Spam posted on the forums

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    Oct 19, 2009 1:23 AM GMT
    What's up with spam being posted on the forums lately?

    I've been on RJ for a long time now, but only in the last week have I seen spam. And not just once, but three times in a week.

    Some of it was posted by people who obviously just signed up to post spam, but then just now I saw a spam post by someone who's got over 700 posts. It seems like that person's login credentials have somehow gotten in the hands of someone who's using it to post spam.

    Why is RJ all of a sudden a ripe venue for spammers?
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    Oct 19, 2009 2:07 AM GMT
    Because the RJ forum software doesn't have any anti-spam countermeasures. And there are no moderators here.
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    Oct 19, 2009 4:36 AM GMT
    well anyone can make an instant account so that kind of opens it up. The forums are even scanned by google which is a big marketing tool. There are even "bots" that create accounts on different systems to spam people or put out feelers for other scams. Gay.com had big problems with that which is why I eventually left it.

    I think if only verified or paid supporters could post or read topics it would pretty much stop it. I certainly would not mind even a special forums section for only verified or paid supporters. It would also cut down on the posters that create instant profiles and fake personalities only to cause trouble.
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    Oct 19, 2009 6:27 AM GMT
    The primary function of security is to make certain actions infeasible. Even if the guys running the site locked down the forums and tightened up user accounts, it's still not impossible for the site to be exploited--it's just a little more "infeasible" than it would be otherwise. Once the security measures are cracked, they're rendered obsolete.
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    Oct 19, 2009 8:59 AM GMT
    flex89 saidThe primary function of security is to make certain actions infeasible. Even if the guys running the site locked down the forums and tightened up user accounts, it's still not impossible for the site to be exploited--it's just a little more "infeasible" than it would be otherwise. Once the security measures are cracked, they're rendered obsolete.
    You can say this about any system, yet security measures still exist without a problem. Some of the trolls here could not crack a walnut. A little more security would make it not worth it for most to try.
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    Oct 19, 2009 9:07 AM GMT
    spam is a waste of space