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Bots & Spam

albacore's picture
albacore

Bots & Spam

I've noticed a lot of what I think are Bot posts lately; generally they seem to repeat a section of text from a previous post in a thread and usually, but not always, insert some strange link - I'm not sure what their purpose is, but they are annoying.

I've just received an email from Vivaldi (the browser, not the composer) saying they are going to do SMS verification of new webmail/blog accounts because of similar problems. Perhaps that might be a useful tool on TFL?

 

Lance

OldLoaf's picture
OldLoaf

Floyd must be very busy playing whack-a-mole with these recent bots.  It can't be easy!

I, for one, would welcome an extra login step for registered users.  Something like "2 factor authentication" or similar.  It's an extra step for users, but will help keep the rodent population down.

Just my 2 cents...

Jeff....

idaveindy's picture
idaveindy

Just click "report" on the spammy comments, and any other comments by the same user. 

As Lance says, there are patterns, or give-aways,  that you can see, even before they post another comment with spam links.

OldLoaf's picture
OldLoaf

Way ahead of you.  Looks to be the same bot/person in this latest series.