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pike Offline
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Post: #1
I decided to completely disable the new vBulletin feature 'Visitor Messages', because at it's current stage, it's primed for spammers - which just won't do Sad

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Post: #2
Thank you, Pike. Always lookin out for your hommies!!
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Post: #3
Turns out the problem goes even deeper

Quote:Profile Signature Spam

Linking to external spam urls from the user profile page

This is the latest an probably the most difficult spam problem that I have had to deal with. It’s a rather clever trick that spammers came up with to improve their site’s search engine performance and get better search traffic. Spammers sign up for dozens of accounts using keywords like “Buy DrugX Here”, where DrugX is replaced with a variety of prescription drug names. They then place as many links as they can fit in their user signature directing to their sites. The reason that spammers have been using this method is because my site is seen as reputable through the eyes of Google, so placing text on my site for the traditionally disreputable pharmaceutical drug websites gives more credibility and they often appear high up on search results because of my vBulletin SEO methods (Thanks to vBSEO).

What’s so tricky about this problem is that there’s really no way to easily see when a user is doing this, unlike traditional thread or post spam that appears on the general forum where users will often flag it. The only way to check for this type of spam is to go through each days user registration log looking for suspicious names.

So until we crack this nut (feel free to help!) I disabled Signatures for all "normal" users

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Post: #4
pike Wrote:Turns out the problem goes even deeper



So until we crack this nut (feel free to help!) I disabled Signatures for all "normal" users

although I think I am a "normal" user, I dad the download link for my SVN build for the comminuty in my signature
(thread http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=35452)
could be given a higher level ? it would help the user (and myself) to have this enabled again

P.S.
I do help XBMC with the SVN builds and the externalplayer patch help
I hope that puts some weight behind me to get my level raised.
If not, please let me know what I can do ?

Thanks

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Jester Offline
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thanks Wink

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Is there a chance I can get my sig back for users to easily access my win32 builds like jester?

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Any way to enable it for members with certain history? Length of account perhaps?
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pike Offline
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Post: #8
working on it Wink

edit: better now ?

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(This post was last modified: 2008-12-14 16:16 by pike.)
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Post: #9
Smile Thanks.

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Thank you Smile
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Post: #11
Hi there,

I was wondering why there was no setting to inplement my "signature". At least I didn't find it anywere. So if I understood this thread correctly the signature feature is disables for "normal" users.

I wanted to put my specs (MacMini (3.1) on Ubuntu 9.04, 32 bit, XBMC SVN 19xxx, etc. bla bla bla) there. Is there a chance I will do this in the future?

Thanks again

Martin
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