No links until Nth Post

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onyxthedog 101 Dec 18, 2009 at 17:33

I am kind of stealing this from dev shed, but to prevent spam could we disable links in posts/signatures until they have n number of posts?

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rouncer 103 Dec 19, 2009 at 08:24

nah, thats no good, thats deprivation of liberty.

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poita 101 Dec 19, 2009 at 08:39

That would be no good. What if people want to ask a question that requires a link? Most new members sign up because they have a question to ask, and I think it’s unreasonable to prevent these people from linking us to their problems.

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Mihail121 102 Dec 19, 2009 at 15:53

Give n, give a long list of arguments, then we start discussing.

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onyxthedog 101 Dec 20, 2009 at 05:25

It doesn’t stop them from posting it as text for example:
www.google.com
Google!

Well, it automatically adds the url tag, but the top one I didn’t intend to be an actual link.

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starstutter 101 Dec 21, 2009 at 03:04

How about we advise the user that he cannot post links for 8 posts (displayed when they first create their account).

If the user tries to post a link, they will recieve a (very clear and flashy) message telling them that they cannot do that until they have completled 8 posts (and the post will not be put up, it will wait till they remove the link and will not count as a post).

If the user attepmts to post more than (say) 3 in a row with links in them, the account is banned.

If the user misses the “REFRAIN FROM POSTING LINKS!!!” message more than 3 times, chances are almost certain its a bot (or a human with the intelligence level of a spammer).

Signatures though I’ve never seen as a real issue, but I’m sure we could rig up a system for that too.

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StudioFortress 101 Dec 24, 2009 at 17:50

@starstutter

How about we advise the user that he cannot post links for 8 posts (displayed when they first create their account).

If the user tries to post a link, they will recieve a (very clear and flashy) message telling them that they cannot do that until they have completled 8 posts (and the post will not be put up, it will wait till they remove the link and will not count as a post).

If the user attepmts to post more than (say) 3 in a row with links in them, the account is banned.

If the user misses the “REFRAIN FROM POSTING LINKS!!!” message more than 3 times, chances are almost certain its a bot (or a human with the intelligence level of a spammer).

I think you should remove the banning bit at the end. You will be banning some members purely because they failed to read or understand a warning. I don’t think that on it’s own is enough justification to ban new members. They haven’t actually gone against the rule (their links are still failing to be posted).
@starstutter

Signatures though I’ve never seen as a real issue, but I’m sure we could rig up a system for that too.

If it’s not broken, then don’t fix it.

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onyxthedog 101 Dec 24, 2009 at 19:12

We are a predominately male group (any females here?), so of course if its not broken we will still try to fix it!:lol:

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Reedbeta 167 Dec 24, 2009 at 19:41

Signature spam actually turns up quite often. In any case, I think I agree with poita. This would be an unreasonable burden on legitimate new members. Having the mods manually delete spam posts works well enough, IMHO. :) Also, in case anyone didn’t know, you can report a spam post to the mods by clicking the report.gif icon in the corner of a post. Doing that sends us all an email about it. Although, for me personally, I generally check DevMaster right after checking email, so it won’t get me there any faster. ;)

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alphadog 101 Dec 30, 2009 at 14:47

Yeah, with (at least) three of us checking email, mostly North American time zones though, spam does happen but is pretty short-lived.

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starstutter 101 Dec 30, 2009 at 18:28

@onyxthedog

We are a predominately male group, so of course if its not broken we will still try to fix it!

We need duct tape! *makes manly grunt*

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johnson1 101 Dec 31, 2009 at 16:53

Well I too carry a view that links should be disabled unless the nth post. Not in the actual post but in the signature. I am new and I know my signature will be deleted but i will be happy.

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Reedbeta 167 Dec 31, 2009 at 19:49

Why do you have a spammy-looking signature in the first place if you “know” it will be deleted? Are you a troll? :)

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ItsJustSomeRandomGuy 101 Apr 24, 2010 at 02:54

If this is supposed to save data, then I think it wont work. “Spammers” would just post pointless posts until they could post links.

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UnrealSolo 101 May 29, 2010 at 13:36

@ItsJustSomeRandomGuy

If this is supposed to save data, then I think it wont work. “Spammers” would just post pointless posts until they could post links.

thats a good point, however if its a problem here, (not that ive noticed it is) then spammers tend to post quite a few links - which could be flagged as spam, or links in new members posts could be simply subject to aproval, there are also blacklists which could be checked against - most spammers post the same spam to many boards, some use blackilists.

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necroside 101 May 30, 2010 at 19:53

No links?
No Viagra?
No more nude girls?
No more Rouncer songs at myspace?

Why should I come back here? :lol: