Do you know we have 1744 members on the web site.
Click on “memberlist” and go to page 34 where you will read some interesting names !!!!!!!!!!
Yes, I guess it would be wiser to have a new member approved before accepting him/her….
I myself do moderate a Maicoletta scooter forum and had to do so when I found my forum crawling with spammers that did not even know the difference between a Vespa and Maicoletta… Now, all new memberships go through me and after I read the comment of the candidate member I can choose to accept him/her or not. This keeps the forum clean.
And something other that would be nice is the possibility to upload pictures from your own computer without the need of hosting them elsewhere…
But hey, there is always something to wish for ;o)
I have sent an e-mail to the webmaster about this problem a few days ago. It seems that the forum has been swamped with new “members” since the middle of July. It also seems obvious that all those new “members” who are listing a web-site are spam providers and should be deleted immediately. Very few “real members” list a web-site. Eric’s suggestion should be followed. Applicants should only be let into the forum after their application has been scrutineered and their motive for joining has been found valid. I suggest that this should be discussed at the next council meeting. Something needs to be done!
I have asked a moderator of a Yamaha forum I am a member of how he handles this as he uses the same software. As far as I know he has made/found a script that automatically deletes al fake members… Maybe this could help the SOC board.
EDIT: not much luck there too. They have tried all kinds of solutions and scrips but none helped for long. Maybe an upgrade to version 3 of this forum?
This has been an ongoing problem for some time now (see my postings on the subject in the forum category). I currently manage this by doing regular clearouts of the ‘spam’ accounts. However, whilst i’ve been away for a few weeks, the numbers have recently risen to quite high levels (we’re getting about 100- 200 accounts registered per day). Hopefully we’ll be back down to more reasonable levels soon.
Some boring computer type stuff now follows if you are interested ……..
This version of the forum software allows a users details to be displayed before i have activated their accounts (and i activate and email each genuine account manually). With this version of the forum there’s no simple way of preventing users from registering their websites/links etc whilst they await account activation or deletion as appropriate – i could modify the forum software to prevent these users being displayed but am loathe to do this as this potentially creates more of a maintenance problem because we’ll then be running non-standard software. A new version of the forum software will help (noting that won’t solve the problem for long as the hackers soon catch up) but i have had problems upgrading the underlying database because there’s a risk of losing some/all user account and posting contents (do we have any mysql database experts out there who could help ?). I’m hoping to upgrade in due course and the ability to post pictures is something i’d like to include here (in the meantime thanks to Erik for helping out with this).
Hope that provides some clarity on what is a bit of a niggle and an unfortunate ‘feature’ of many other forums as well as our own,
Thanks for the explanation. I am afraid I am no MYSQL expert but do know quite a lot from SQLserver 2000/2005. Could you not simply backup the posting- and user database, do the upgrade and then restore the backups? Logically the user and postingtables would have nothing to do with the functionality of the board itself…. But without seeing the actual database it is a bit talking “out of the blue”…