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7 years 1 month ago #965 by Stuckey
FYI-
Accutron suggested a few changes to the forum that I've adopted.

First - Show and Tell has been merged in to Builders Forum. They did about the same thing so I removed one.

Second - Feedback has been merged in to Notices. Again, they were are little redundant so I removed one.


Any other suggestions? Let me know!

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7 years 1 month ago #978 by bcoggs
I won't miss the spam (which gets cached and remains visible in the the rss-o-sphere even if deleted).

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7 years 1 month ago #980 by Stuckey
bcoggs wrote:

I won't miss the spam (which gets cached and remains visible in the the rss-o-sphere even if deleted).


I'm working on that one :-/

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7 years 4 weeks ago #994 by Stuckey
Quick spam update -
I setup a new account filter a few weeks ago and that has blocked lots of spam accounts. It looks like the last few spam posts were actually from accounts registered before I installed the filter. I found a pretty convincing pattern and proactively banned those accounts that matched the pattern.

So - hopefully the spam thins out :)

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7 years 3 weeks ago #1036 by Stuckey
In the few free minutes I've had between working on school applications, I think I found the best forum spam solution...


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7 years 2 weeks ago #1039 by GreyFox
So cool - Nice solution, and you never have to turn on the lights ;)

Let there be neon light!

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7 years 2 weeks ago #1040 by AnubisTTP
What system are you using to get the data from the computer to the display? Do they actually sell scriptable USB-enabled LED marquee displays now? The last time I had to use one, they only came in red and you had to type in messages using a membrane keyboard that was as comfortable and user friendly as a vicious zombie attack.

Now if only there were some sort of script you could run that would use the scrolling LED display as a club to bludgeon the spammers into unconsciousness...

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7 years 2 weeks ago #1041 by Stuckey
I'm using a product called Kitchi - it sits as a Windows service and updates the display. It pulls down the RSS feed from this forum and uses it to populate the display. It can also read flat files and other data sources. Every few minutes, I have it reload the feed, blank the display for ~5 seconds and load a new message.

www.kitchi-rss.com/overview.html

The display itself is a BetaBrite Prism USB display that I found for dirt cheap on eBay and won with a low ball bid :)

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7 years 2 weeks ago #1042 by Accutron
That's pretty awesome. It must be working because I've been deleting much fewer spams the past few days. Hey wait a minute, I've been replaced by a machine! Well don't come complaining to me when your LED marquee becomes self-aware and decides that you'd be a suitable chemical fuel cell to power its war machine.

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7 years 1 week ago #1112 by Accutron
I had a thought, is there any way you can write a script to automatically block posts which begin with a particular text string? Every single spam I've deleted on here began with the word 'empty', all lower case. How many real posts are going to begin with that?

While I'm on the subject, here's the latest list of violent offenders...

HokeAidepttit
immansignug
Sperpeninia
HiffutFurnKit
ABINGGAGFOM
Valeriana
Coattymah
wetsuitman
gueshyNommomo

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