iPhone & Spam

Chris Dean's picture

Let’s conduct an experiment in pattern recognition, shall we?

Theunis de Jong's picture

Moderators, please remove this thread.

... Just playing along, Christopher! Usually I follow the above line with a suggestions of what the poster can do with his Typophile account, but in this case I'm gonna make an exception :-)

Chris Dean's picture

I’m trying to see if certain words — iPhone — attract spam.

5star's picture

Can I add a word too, can I can I can I ...peas.

Chris, if the pattern holds the spam bots should be posting sometime around 1:00 - 3:00AM EST.

n.

Chris Dean's picture

That seems about right by my watch as well. Tonight has to be an early night for me though. We’ll see what I wake up to.

Karl Stange's picture

My favourite recent experiment in this sub-category:

http://typedrawers.com/discussion/comment/2378/#Comment_2378

I wanted to quote it here too but thought it might detract from your experiment or unduly effect the outcome.

Chris Dean's picture

I have a few other key-words I am saving for future experiments. Thanks for being mindful. Flex, rex, hex… Lets see of you clever bots can rhyme!

Chris Dean's picture

Dammit! Why don’t the stupid bots like my thread? Do they not work weekends?

russellm's picture

it needs to be five years old.

iPhone

JamesM's picture

Maybe the page needs to be in the Google database before the spambots are aware of it.

Chris Dean's picture

Haven’t fount a timing pattern yet, but I do know that once a thread has been hit, it has a waaay higher chance of getting hit again.

Typogruffer's picture

Going with the flow. Web design is awesome but tough. How to make my website more visible?

Chris Dean's picture

Thanks for posting! I like very much to hear your thoughts a good idea. Extremely sharp knives.

Chris Dean's picture

Finally. Only took 23 days.

Theunis de Jong's picture

Umm ... Chris, I think it's safe to say your little honey trap works.

Now -- what's your plan again on removing all those spam mails?

JamesM's picture

Spam posts generally have 2 things in common — 1) they are new accounts, and 2) they contain a URL. If there was a way to screen posts that share those 2 characteristics, we'd eliminate most of the spam.

HVB's picture

Today's outpouring may not have been from accounts at all (new or otherwise). There were hundreds of posts by the same poster into multiple topics at exactly the same time. This led me to the conclusion that the site has been hacked; someone is going directly into the website, accessing the server files directly and loading up new content without having to go to each topic separately. I've expressed this view to Chris.

- Herb

Chris Dean's picture

I have a theory that a bot makes an innocuous post without being noticed, lies in wait targeting other threads, and then hits them all at once. I don’t have access to any sort of analytics to help me investigate this theory, or the sources, but in the short time I have been helping cleaning up, I have certainly noticed some patterns and am actively looking into this. Best deal on shoes.

;)

Theunis de Jong's picture

Is a user name such as "Gary000-spammer" and/or "test003-spammer" a hint (and not too subtle), or was this added to their name by a mod? I still see posts by both.

Chris Dean's picture

I’m removing them now. There’s hundreds of them.

5star's picture

Oh the irony of all your previous whining about how this forum is so poorly moderated.

Rookie!!

n.

Chris Dean's picture

Dean = user 15065, 6 years 9 weeks
Caldwell = user 52527, 2 years 50 weeks

Dean > Caldwell Caldwell = rookie

That’s right, I just went mathematical on you :P

5star's picture

LOL!

I've been a member here as Hiroshige since 2005 ... that's 7 years 11 weeks.

My offer still stands, anytime you need assistance just email me the instructions Probie.

:)

n.

5star's picture

Nice spam control Chris ... ;)

n.

5star's picture

And to prevent bots from bombin' spam ... simply increase the allotment time between posts. Somewhere in this forum's board control panel there should be an option to set the amount of time between posts.

I advise 2 minutes between posts.

I've noticed that these spam bots bomb all within a minute or two.

One other thing, is there any way to reset the top typophiles in the last 10 days list?

n.

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