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Advice For New Users: How Not To Be Mistaken For A Spambot
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Author:  General Luigi [ Fri Aug 12, 2011 5:22 am ]
Post subject:  Advice For New Users: How Not To Be Mistaken For A Spambot

Yep, the spambots are back, and less than a month after Dual Destinies got released outside of Japan, too! Because of how many of the blasted things are coming in, we've been making efforts to get rid of them before they post. Why do new users need to know this? Because there's a risk that you'll be mistaken for a spambot as long as your post count is zero. To my knowledge, no humans have ever been mistaken for spambots here, but it's still in everyone's best interest (especially yours) for you to distinguish yourself from a spambot as quickly as possible.

What is a spambot?

A spambot is a computer program that creates an account for the express purpose of posting spam. The ones that show up here are usually designed to post ads for products or sites or simply boost their search engine ranking by creating as many links as possible. Clicking these links is strongly discouraged, as it is very likely that the sites they link to contain spyware, viruses, or other stuff you really don't want on your computer.

What do we do to spambots?

Crush them, of course! Thanks to Wooster, all Administrators, Moderators, and Ace Attorneys are armed with something called the Ban Hammer, a special tool that does far more than just ban accounts. The Ban Hammer will ban an account for life, permanently ban any and all IP addresses the account has used, delete the account from our Member list, delete any and all posts made through the account, and report any and all relevant information on the account to StopForumSpam, a noble group dedicated to anti-spambot operations. Simply put, any user hit by the Ban Hammer disappears like a dissenter in a dictatorship. Needless to say, you don't want to be mistaken for a spambot and hit by the Ban Hammer yourself.

How do I prove I'm human?

Regrettably, the automatic systems already in place are insufficient to keep spambots from registering and posting--hence the existence of the Ban Hammer. Hopefully, our anti-spambot forces are not so trigger-happy as to immediately ban anyone whose profile looks like this, but I can't vouch for how everyone determines a user's humanity. Below are some things you can do to help ensure you won't be our first human Ban Hammer victim.

  • Customize your profile. To my knowledge, no spambot on this forum has ever had an avatar or signature, so having one will make you look a lot less suspicious. Adding other things to your profile, such as listing your interests or making an obvious reference to the Ace Attorney series, will also help.
  • Don't advertise any sites in your profile. The one exception to the "customize your profile" bit of advice is websites. Most of the newer spambots I've seen don't bother advertising sites in their profiles, but if there's a link to an obscure or dubious site in your profile, it's going to make you look suspicious.
  • Post. As I pointed out in the beginning of this post, there is a risk that you'll be mistaken for a spambot as long as your post count is zero. Now, this doesn't mean you'll get banned for lurking; we respect your right to not post. That said, the content of a user's posts is pretty much decisive and incontrovertible proof of his/her humanity (or lack thereof), so posting is the best way to get out of the "possible spambot" category.

What if I'm Ban-Hammered by mistake?

To my knowledge, this has never happened, so I doubt you have anything to worry about, but as with any ban, we have a system in place to address this problem. Most of us staff members have our respective email addresses and/or one or more of our respective IM addresses visible on our respective profiles, so just contact one of us through one of those media and explain your situation. Once your IP address has been removed from the banlist, you'll be able to register a new account here (sorry, but since the Ban Hammer deletes accounts, restoring an old one is impossible).

Author:  Pierre [ Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:35 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Anti-spambot measures: how not to get mistaken for a spambot

Tis a good idea this pre-emptive banning.
Lately I've noticed many of the 'newest members' from the link at the main board page are just bots, even if they don't really post they have links and adverts in their profile and location. Will be a good way to curb these things.

On the plus side it might encourage lurkers to become more active in the community as well after they've made a first post :garyuu:

Author:  Franzika Von ehmpke5 [ Fri Aug 12, 2011 5:36 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Anti-spambot measures: how not to get mistaken for a spambot

What's a spambot?

Author:  Reverie [ Fri Aug 12, 2011 5:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Anti-spambot measures: how not to get mistaken for a spambot

Erm...it's like a program that is controlled by a computer and just spreads spam. In this case, it's a CR user that may or may not post. If it does, it only posts links to other sites. If not, the links are in it's profile. But they're never controlled by a real person. I guess Wikipedia can probably explain it better.

Author:  Auraion [ Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Anti-spambot measures: how not to get mistaken for a spambot

I feel like I've been a spambot my entire life
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Author:  jonathanrp [ Sat Aug 13, 2011 2:23 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Anti-spambot measures: how not to get mistaken for a spambot

Basically spambots are programed to flood forums with links to random sites, which generally get revenue per view.

Something like that, lol

Author:  Ha³ [ Sat Aug 13, 2011 8:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Anti-spambot measures: how not to get mistaken for a spambot

Seems like our newest member is yet another spambot...

memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=15154

Author:  Reverie [ Sat Aug 13, 2011 9:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Anti-spambot measures: how not to get mistaken for a spambot

Why is it always the Russians?

Author:  Ha³ [ Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:28 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Anti-spambot measures: how not to get mistaken for a spambot

Another one.

Here.

Author:  Louise [ Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:41 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Anti-spambot measures: how not to get mistaken for a spambot

I love reading their nonsense profiles (the ones in English anyway).

EDIT: lmao I just saw this. I thought it was a genuine account because of the name :B

Author:  Johnny Rotan [ Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:12 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Anti-spambot measures: how not to get mistaken for a spambot

Another phpBB forum i'm on is set up to where the first 2 or 3 posts made by a new member have to be approved by a mod. IDK if it'd work here though.

Author:  Pierre [ Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:22 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Anti-spambot measures: how not to get mistaken for a spambot

Johnny Rotan wrote:
Another phpBB forum i'm on is set up to where the first 2 or 3 posts made by a new member have to be approved by a mod. IDK if it'd work here though.


I think that would make things very slow for genuine members especially if there's no mods currently on. However it would probably stop the spam.

Author:  Chidori__O [ Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:44 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Anti-spambot measures: how not to get mistaken for a spambot

:omg:
thx

i joined on aug. 11 2011 so i got scared for a sec




also i don't have an avater or a signature so thx again for the tip




and i only have 2 posts (3 now) so this is a big help

Author:  FVKWY [ Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Anti-spambot measures: how not to get mistaken for a spambot

So many spambots.

I am making good use of my report button.

Author:  MiaFeyFan [ Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Anti-spambot measures: how not to get mistaken for a spambot

Found a new one- and it's posting too :edgeworth:
memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=15256
Looking at it's post I'm pretty sure it's a spambot.

Author:  Pierre [ Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Anti-spambot measures: how not to get mistaken for a spambot

If we could put up a feature where after a user have received X amount of reports they are blocked from posting more until an Admin or Mod has dealt with the reported posts it may help.

A bot today posted like 8 topics and stuff which I battled against and would be good to shut it up for a wee while.
Then again most bots I've seen just post like one topic but it couldn't hurt.
Also then again it could open the forum up to horrendous griefing if trolls decide to create an account and report posts to freeze an account....but we ain't got anyone like that I think.

Author:  General Luigi [ Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Anti-spambot measures: how not to get mistaken for a spambot

For now, just report troublesome posts and the staff will respond as quickly as possible. Also, MiaFeyFan, there's no need to post spambots here. Just report spam with the Report function and someone will be on it once they see the report.

Author:  MiaFeyFan [ Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:04 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Anti-spambot measures: how not to get mistaken for a spambot

^ Oh ok. Sorry about that. I'll remember to do that from now on :payne:

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