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IP addresses are now privately stored with posts
February 23, 2009
2:45 pm
Peter
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Thanks to bylo's suggestion due to a spammer, this site now records the IP address of each post. This information will NEVER be publicly displayed or shared and will be used solely for the purpose of blocking repeat spammers. If you are a site moderator and witness any repeat spammers, please report them to me before you delete the post so that I can note their IP address.

February 23, 2009
3:54 pm
bylo
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Good! One problem you may encounter is that these spammers may use different IPs every time just as e-mail spammers use different e-mail addresses. I suppose one way to deal with that would be to block entire IP address ranges, and perhaps even entire countries, from being able to post here. After all, how many people located in, for example, China or Russia would have a legitimate reason for posting on a forum devoted to a Canadian MVNO?

February 23, 2009
7:13 pm
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bylo said:

Good! One problem you may encounter is that these spammers may use different IPs every time just as e-mail spammers use different e-mail addresses. I suppose one way to deal with that would be to block entire IP address ranges, and perhaps even entire countries, from being able to post here. After all, how many people located in, for example, China or Russia would have a legitimate reason for posting on a forum devoted to a Canadian MVNO?


MVNO??

February 23, 2009
7:28 pm
Peter
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MVNO: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MVNO

I'd like to avoid going the "block entire countries" route. We don't want to stop prospective Canadian visitors from getting the full story on the situation with Canadian cell phone plans! Plus, if someone really wants to spam you and they're doing it manually (there are certainly tricks we can use against spambots), they have all sorts of tools like anonymous proxies and virtual private networks to appear as though they're coming from many different places.

February 26, 2009
11:04 am
Peter
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I have now hacked the code so that there is now a list of usernames and e-mail addresses that guest users cannot use. (There's only one item on each list right now...)

February 26, 2009
6:00 pm
iamdrumming
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Peter said:

I have now hacked the code so that there is now a list of usernames and e-mail addresses that guest users cannot use. (There's only one item on each list right now...)


You're a hacker now? Sheesh, can you hack into my bank account and deposit a few thousand? lol

February 26, 2009
10:16 pm
Peter
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Nowadays, I'm mostly hacking in the sense that I've caught the flu bug, which consists of a lot of coughing...