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Old 12-12-2019, 08:15 AM   #1
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Default Spam on the tech thread

Boy we got slammed bad on the tech thread. Makes me mad. A few weeks ago I PM'ed Charlie and offered to moderate. If anybody knows him personally maybe make that offer. We have to get rid of the spammers.

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Old 12-12-2019, 09:12 AM   #2
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224 thread just today, total.

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Old 12-12-2019, 09:19 AM   #3
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224 thread just today, total.
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Old 12-12-2019, 10:57 AM   #4
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Sent Charlie an email this morning with screenshots. . . I hope he reads it.

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Old 12-12-2019, 11:27 AM   #5
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http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho....php?p=2316732

If this place tanks from lack of care like TSN did we're always accepting refugees.

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Old 12-12-2019, 12:30 PM   #6
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TSN = Turbo Saturns?

That was before my time but I recall seeing a few dead links to them, when I first joined Saturnfans. Kinda wondered what happened . . . just figured they vanished from lack of users / interest.

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Old 12-12-2019, 12:59 PM   #7
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I totally agree! Although I don't post much since I've joined, I use this forum a LOT for technical advice and to find out cool stuff about my SL2. It's my favorite and only Saturn forum! I joined a few other online Saturn forums but quickly left because some moderators act like NAZI Gods and have control issues! NOT HERE! I love SaturnFans! As I said, I use it almost daily for advice, but I also am always willing to share any tricks or tips I've learned elsewhere or on my own.

But in the last few days, I have to scroll through 20-30 pages just to find a post that I can actually READ! My chinese or japanese (whatever those posts are) is lacking. It's REALLY annoying to see someone post every 2 minutes ALL NIGHT, with only 1 view and NO replies. But it's not just one person, it's several.

I'd hate to leave a forum over someone else's spam posts, but when I can't find any helpful technical help without clicking through 35 pages to get past the spam, it gets very frustrating!

Being 61 years old and all of a sudden having a crank but no start condition on my only transportation, a 97 SL2, is stressful enough! I'm checking threads daily for hours looking for stuff to test and how to test it. But all of a sudden over the last couple days I'm having trouble finding ANYTHING without clicking past several hundred posts in some Asian writing that I'm pretty darn sure have NOTHING to do with anything I'm working on.

I clicked to ignore 2 of the spammers, but that doesn't make their post vanish. I wish forums had a way to ignore posts from specific posters like facebook does.

Oh well, nothing I can do here, and whining won't help. I have enough to worry about. Still not getting spark on my SL2 twin-cam, but getting fuel. It was NOT the crank sensor, nor was it the ignition module and I doubt it's the coils. I'm getting fuel, which is gas fouling the plugs when I crank it. 14 days since it last started. So yeah, I have a LOT more tests to make. Just NOW all of a sudden I have to use the search box to find what I need instead of just scrolling down and reading thread topics.

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Old 12-12-2019, 01:49 PM   #8
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Ye gods - my ads are now all coming through in Chinese.

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Old 12-12-2019, 01:55 PM   #9
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TSN = Turbo Saturns?

That was before my time but I recall seeing a few dead links to them, when I first joined Saturnfans. Kinda wondered what happened . . . just figured they vanished from lack of users / interest.
Nope. Mike Lore aka Titan didn't keep any complete, verifiable, backups and then when the site got hacked ( wasn't patched similar to how SF is running 3.8.9 when current version of vbulletin is 5.5.5 ) he couldn't recover it.

I managed to get my hands on a partially complete database and with the help of 6S user headtrip we partially restored it and when it came time to relaunch Titan ghosted me and the site basically died along with a ton of knowledge and users. I actually managed to track him down and communicated through email but he wouldn't part with the domain name either. Many came to 6S as refugees and that's how 6S got bigger.

It's 99% on Titan/Mike and 1% on xxwarlordxx who was supposed to have been server admin.

With 6S I've been very careful to always have backups of backups, verify integrity, and patches, etc to prevent such a thing from happening.

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Old 12-12-2019, 02:25 PM   #10
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Yikes.

Well, at least I will be able to graduate college early with these offers.
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Old 12-13-2019, 12:49 AM   #11
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I've moderated a few forums in the past, I'd gladly step in and help keep things under control...

I've been noticing that we've been getting hit a lot here recently

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Old 12-13-2019, 08:53 AM   #12
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The other near-saturn subforums are destroyed.

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Old 12-13-2019, 09:28 AM   #13
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So sad. If this doesn't get canned, people will start leaving

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So sad. If this doesn't get canned, people will start leaving
They've been leaving for a long while. I would imagine that this site doesn't generate much in the way of revenue so Charlie is probably out working his day job. I haven't seen him around here in ages....

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Old 12-15-2019, 04:44 AM   #15
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I've moderated a few forums in the past, I'd gladly step in and help keep things under control...

I've been noticing that we've been getting hit a lot here recently

Same here, I'd gladly volunteer my time to help keep the forum spam free. This place is a great resource for people. It would be a shame for it to die.

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Old 12-15-2019, 06:05 AM   #16
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Suppose it would be out of line to contact the Registrar URL to see if they would touch base with Charlie? They would have all his personal contact information and could act as a go between.

Because of the spam problem, they might be willing to help.

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The GMT400 forum was hit too.... all prescription medication, though.

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I'm a luddite when it comes to these things, but if a new user joins up, does someone (like Charlie) need to review and approve or is it an automated process? I'm guessing automated (or this spammer wouldn't have been approved in the first place) but if it is a real human (besides Charlie) can that person or persons help?

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^I'm probably a luddite as well, but the concern raised above - IMHO - suggests another path toward securing SaturnFans. Since there is no filter on this website to determine if a "new member" is a genuine person or not, it's easily attacked by spam makers. Perhaps this website needs an additional security related check box reading "prove you're not a robot" like many membership related sites have (whether free or fee based).

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I used to moderate a Yahoo group. New users initially had their posts moderated. When they made a post that was legit, I would take off that restriction. When they posted spam I immediately banned them.

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