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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:32 am 
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Ye gods! The number of member birthdays shown at bottom of the main page is staggering. As many as I have years!

I wonder how many of those accounts are spam accounts...?

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General Yoros, Warrior, Str 13, Agl 8 (10), Stm 17, Per 13, Int 11, Lck 8; Law, HP 39, AC 17, R+2, F+4, W+2, band/shld, warhammer, longsword, longbow, pitchfork

Han Dee, (Weaver) Neutral Thief, Str 10, Agi 13, Stm 11, Per 11, Int 15, Lck 14, AC 13 (Leather), HP 25, Luck Die d6, Backstab 3, Sneak Silently 10, Hide In Shadows 9, Pick Pocket 10, Climb Sheer 10, Pick Lock 9, Find Trap 9, Disable Trap 9, Forge Doc 10, Disguise 3, Read Lang 5, Handle Poison 3, Cast Scroll d14+2, birth augur (Born under the loom) +1 to all skill checks (including thief skills), Banepicks (auto pick lock/disable trap, but lose 1d3 random ability loss, if a 3 then 1 pt is perm)


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 Post subject: Re: Birthdays
PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:46 am 
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Yes, there are a ridiculous number of spam accounts out there. The forums software is adept at keeping them from posting (with some human review) but it's pretty amazing how well they pass all the "human tests" (like figuring out the "fuzzy letter box" and other such things) in order to get accounts created in the first place. I need to upgrade the boards to the newest software -- supposedly it is even better at keeping them from creating accounts in the first place...

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 Post subject: Re: Birthdays
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:28 am 
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I've been wanting to trim out accounts for the spambots, but there are hundreds of pages of accounts with zero posts and I can't figure any way to get rid of them in bunches. I don't know if I have the patience to clear out a thousand accounts one at a time. :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Birthdays
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:57 am 
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finarvyn wrote:
I've been wanting to trim out accounts for the spambots, but there are hundreds of pages of accounts with zero posts and I can't figure any way to get rid of them in bunches. I don't know if I have the patience to clear out a thousand accounts one at a time. :shock:

What about just clearing them on on their 'birthdays'? Would that not get through them fast enough? The number listed for today is kind of staggering...

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Playing RPGs since 1977 • Quasi-occasional member of the Legion of 8th-Level Fighters - Holds the power to play gnomes at will!

Here Be DCC Monsters...

General Yoros, Warrior, Str 13, Agl 8 (10), Stm 17, Per 13, Int 11, Lck 8; Law, HP 39, AC 17, R+2, F+4, W+2, band/shld, warhammer, longsword, longbow, pitchfork

Han Dee, (Weaver) Neutral Thief, Str 10, Agi 13, Stm 11, Per 11, Int 15, Lck 14, AC 13 (Leather), HP 25, Luck Die d6, Backstab 3, Sneak Silently 10, Hide In Shadows 9, Pick Pocket 10, Climb Sheer 10, Pick Lock 9, Find Trap 9, Disable Trap 9, Forge Doc 10, Disguise 3, Read Lang 5, Handle Poison 3, Cast Scroll d14+2, birth augur (Born under the loom) +1 to all skill checks (including thief skills), Banepicks (auto pick lock/disable trap, but lose 1d3 random ability loss, if a 3 then 1 pt is perm)


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 Post subject: Re: Birthdays
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:41 am 
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GnomeBoy wrote:
What about just clearing them on on their 'birthdays'? Would that not get through them fast enough? The number listed for today is kind of staggering...


I second that emotion! 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Birthdays
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:25 am 
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lol -- I've just noticed my adjective of choice for being shocked by the number of spam birthdays is 'staggering'. I can't say I use it much in everyday speech, but it's occurred twice in this thread. Hmm.

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Playing RPGs since 1977 • Quasi-occasional member of the Legion of 8th-Level Fighters - Holds the power to play gnomes at will!

Here Be DCC Monsters...

General Yoros, Warrior, Str 13, Agl 8 (10), Stm 17, Per 13, Int 11, Lck 8; Law, HP 39, AC 17, R+2, F+4, W+2, band/shld, warhammer, longsword, longbow, pitchfork

Han Dee, (Weaver) Neutral Thief, Str 10, Agi 13, Stm 11, Per 11, Int 15, Lck 14, AC 13 (Leather), HP 25, Luck Die d6, Backstab 3, Sneak Silently 10, Hide In Shadows 9, Pick Pocket 10, Climb Sheer 10, Pick Lock 9, Find Trap 9, Disable Trap 9, Forge Doc 10, Disguise 3, Read Lang 5, Handle Poison 3, Cast Scroll d14+2, birth augur (Born under the loom) +1 to all skill checks (including thief skills), Banepicks (auto pick lock/disable trap, but lose 1d3 random ability loss, if a 3 then 1 pt is perm)


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 Post subject: Re: Birthdays
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 6:07 pm 
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The chances of the word "staggering" appearing twice in such a short thread is, well, staggering!


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 Post subject: Re: Birthdays
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:48 pm 
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*smacks forehead*

*staggers around the room for a moment*

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Playing RPGs since 1977 • Quasi-occasional member of the Legion of 8th-Level Fighters - Holds the power to play gnomes at will!

Here Be DCC Monsters...

General Yoros, Warrior, Str 13, Agl 8 (10), Stm 17, Per 13, Int 11, Lck 8; Law, HP 39, AC 17, R+2, F+4, W+2, band/shld, warhammer, longsword, longbow, pitchfork

Han Dee, (Weaver) Neutral Thief, Str 10, Agi 13, Stm 11, Per 11, Int 15, Lck 14, AC 13 (Leather), HP 25, Luck Die d6, Backstab 3, Sneak Silently 10, Hide In Shadows 9, Pick Pocket 10, Climb Sheer 10, Pick Lock 9, Find Trap 9, Disable Trap 9, Forge Doc 10, Disguise 3, Read Lang 5, Handle Poison 3, Cast Scroll d14+2, birth augur (Born under the loom) +1 to all skill checks (including thief skills), Banepicks (auto pick lock/disable trap, but lose 1d3 random ability loss, if a 3 then 1 pt is perm)


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 Post subject: Re: Birthdays
PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 3:24 am 
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Does this mean we need to get a post on the board or we'll be consigned to the nether? Don't underestimate the number of ghosts you might have, silently haunting these halls, absorbing the wisps of wisdom floating therein! :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Birthdays
PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 5:21 am 
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:lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Birthdays
PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 5:58 am 
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EeonEM wrote:
Does this mean we need to get a post on the board or we'll be consigned to the nether? Don't underestimate the number of ghosts you might have, silently haunting these halls, absorbing the wisps of wisdom floating therein! :wink:
Congrats on your first post. You are now a human. :P

Remember that even if a person without posts does get wiped out somehow, you can still read the boards. I saw that there are some members who joined in 2003 and still have yet to make a single post.

My hope would be to mostly trim out spammers and give us a reasonable number of people on the rolls. If you want to find a particular user and are not 100% certain of their name, you have a lot of junk to sort through just to find them. Not so convenient, IMO.

This will probably be a project for a long weekend or vacation, however. Hard to find a few spare hours otherwise.

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 Post subject: Re: Birthdays
PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 7:47 am 
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EeonEM wrote:
Does this mean we need to get a post on the board or we'll be consigned to the nether? Don't underestimate the number of ghosts you might have, silently haunting these halls, absorbing the wisps of wisdom floating therein! :wink:

We have ghosts!
*Gets up from chair and staggers out of the room white as a sheet*

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