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Fox Phlox
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« on: November 11, 2008, 08:33:28 PM »

We've had a lot of spammers joining the forum today. They've all been banned, I hope, and their messages have been deleted as soon as they are spotted.

Let staff know if you spot anything dodgy on the boards.
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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2008, 07:06:53 PM »

It's a shame about the registration process - you would like to think you can trust people not to spam, but...   ::)
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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2008, 02:45:17 PM »

We're obviously now on some spammer mailing list - we've had 170 spammers apply to join the forum in the last 10 days!
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2008, 06:50:03 PM »

wow, why do people spam in the first palce??

Out of intrest how do you know there all spammers??

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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2008, 09:01:26 PM »

I'm not 100% sure that they're all spam - but we've now had 180, and they're joining every half hour or so!

Some have got obvious email addresses such as pharmamedic@rambler.ru

A lot link to the types of site you'd expect spammers to link to.

Almost all of them have a gmail address or a .ru address

There's a message in the news bar asking genuine people to email Peter, so that we can approve them straight away. I've let two people in this week whose contact details looked convincing.
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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2008, 07:44:56 PM »

just that my talk inspired some people to join the forum apparantly :D

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« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2008, 09:47:02 AM »

wow, why do people spam in the first palce??

Recent US research reported by the BBC shows a return of just one sale for every 12.5m emails sent.  That’s (apparently, I haven't bothered to check) a success rate of 0.00000008%, compared to an industry average of 2.15% for traditional direct mail.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7719281.stm
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