Ban That Spammer

JNMillano2
As of this writing, the GCD forum is flooded by a North Korean (if I am not mistaken) using - you guessed it - Korean lettering. This is not just a simple spamming, it is an insult to the whole chess community, and to the boss simply called Erik.
MGleason

We've banned hundreds or thousands of these spam accounts, and they keep popping up.  IP bans, etc., haven't solved it, because he's using different IP addresses.  The developers are working on the spam filter to try to get it to catch this stuff.

JNMillano2
Thanks for the response. Those spammers are like sneaky terrorists, if you ask me. In other words, suicide bombers.
Rudolph_Cobrato
MGleason wrote:

We've banned hundreds or thousands of these spam accounts, and they keep popping up.  IP bans, etc., haven't solved it, because he's using different IP addresses.  The developers are working on the spam filter to try to get it to catch this stuff.

Can't chess.com limit the # of threads created? (e.g. Only one new thread every 10 minutes, something to this effect)

I don't think any member that uses the forums in a productive manner needs to make so many new threads so quickly.

Reuben_Sammitch
Rudolph_Cobrato wrote:
MGleason wrote:

We've banned hundreds or thousands of these spam accounts, and they keep popping up.  IP bans, etc., haven't solved it, because he's using different IP addresses.  The developers are working on the spam filter to try to get it to catch this stuff.

Can't chess.com limit the # of threads created? (e.g. Only one new thread every 10 minutes, something to this effect)

I don't think any member that uses the forums in a productive manner needs to make so many new threads so quickly.

That actually sounds like a good idea. Maybe you should make some sort of official suggestion along those lines.

MGleason

Depending on how the database and the code are structured that may or may not be quick and easy to implement, but it seems like a good idea.

If nothing else, it will make it more inconvenient for them and force them to spend time creating more accounts.

talapia
MGleason wrote:

We've banned hundreds or thousands of these spam accounts, and they keep popping up.  IP bans, etc., haven't solved it, because he's using different IP addresses.  The developers are working on the spam filter to try to get it to catch this stuff.

 

I would begin by banning all of NK, then limit new users to only posting after 30 consecutive days with sign-ons or other activity on chess.com and after having played about 10 games. Really if they don't play and have not been on the site long, they have no business in the forum. If it's a tech problem, they should email staff.

MGleason

I doubt the spammers are really in North Korea.  Hardly anyone in North Korea is allowed to have internet access; they have their own internal internet, but in general only certain government officials and foreigners are permitted to access the global internet.  Blocking North Korea would accomplish nothing except possibly stop one or two high-ranking military figures indulging their addiction to puzzle rush.

Remember that the flags on people's accounts are not necessarily accurate, people can specify any account.

Limits on posting by new members would be welcomed by moderators and it's been suggested before.  However, it's not very welcoming to new members.  If you have some genuine chess question and you decide to ask it in the chess.com forums, you will create an account, come to the forums, and discover you're blocked.  So you'll give up and go to another site and possibly never come back to chess.com.

I would say that limits on how frequently you can start a new thread are much more likely than significant restrictions on new members.

JNMillano2

Every time I check the GCD forum, it is flooded with Korean topics - posted 1 and 4 minutes ago. What the hell is that person's problem? The guy or girl is probably mentally I'll. Well, I wish y'all persistence in banning him/her and cleaning the mess.

MGleason

Either someone is being paid to do it manually or someone is running an automated script.

The purpose is probably not to get business from chess.com members; the purpose is probably search engine optimisation.

JNMillano2
Thanks for info, sirs.
Lord_Hammer

He was South Korean by the way. 

And I know what you are talking about. 

JNMillano2
Thank you for the correction, Lord Hammer.