Anti-spam policy - moderated posts and id deletion

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Anti-spam policy - moderated posts and id deletion
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First of all, a notice to spammers: why bother? In order to discourage the monstrous quantities of spam which constantly invade the Internet, this site is protected by the Mollom antispam service. Mollom is very effective and blocks 99.9% of spam before it even hits the site, and the rest gets shot down by our ever vigilant webmaster.

That's for the spammers. For bona fide members of the forum, the anti-spam can be a pain, because it can mean that your perfectly honest comments either get thrown out altogether, or get diverted into the moderation queue and will stay there until the (ever vigilant of course) webmaster gets round to rescuing them. Please bear with us. 

Unfortunately, there is not much we can do about preventing spammers from actually creating user id's, so from time to time we will be clearing down detected spammers and users who have not connected for more than 6 months. This should not affect bona fide forum members, but error is human and if by any chance you lose your login id, then just create it again - our apologies.

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Update (01/11/2018)

Following the 2018 site upgrade, here are some information about its impact on the forum use:

1) A huge amount of spam accounts and spam comments has been removed (about 2,000 spammer accounts deleted, tens of thousands of published or unpublished spam comments deleted with many embedding potentially malicious content). Due to the potential risk they pose, a mass deletion has been made, consisting of the removal of every single user (with all its comments and topics) among:

  • “Anonymous” users;

  • unapproved users;

  • users with inexistent email address domain.

which were 99.9...% spammers.

Unavoidably, such a mass deletion has also removed valid topics, comments or accounts, especially these of the most recent users who still hadn't been explicitly approved by the forum moderator.

We do apologise to those bona fide forum users for the possible deletion of their account, topics or comments and actually encourage them to register or post over again.

2) From now on, in order to improve anti-spam moderation, newly registered authenticated users are unapproved by default. They can't post new topics and need moderator approval before posting a new comment; they can't send private messages first, but they can reply to moderator's ones.

3) Many tools are now installed in order to fight spam, especially spambots. Even if it might somewhat disturb the forum users, it's nowadays a necessity to use them.

4) Due to development interruptions, few features have now been abandoned on the website. Concerning the forum, the convenient “DiscussThis” feature (which permitted the creation of a forum topic from an article page) is now unfortunately unmaintained and therefore unusable.

5) Because picture files can both embed malicious code and be very heavy, they are now filtered out from forum posts.

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