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  • Spam - Delete or Ban?

    Fortunately I don't get much spam.
    Currently I ban them and move the post to a hidden forum so I can compare ip addresses at a later date.
    Or should I just delete the user altogether?
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    If you delete, they can just re-register.
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    • #3
      I'd say outright ban, for the same reason filburt1 pointed out.
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      • #4
        Usually I ban them, sometimes I just remove their account and they never come back. I had someone spamming my blog every day so I blocked their IP from accessing my site... it was someone from Finland.

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        • #5
          I ban them

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          • #6
            Delete the post, ban the user. Or at least it's that straightforward if they have registered and straight away start spamming.


            If it's an existing user, enter the infractions system.
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            • #7
              Ad-spammers, I ban and move the post to a public "Trash Bin" forum, along with any other threads that get to be utterly retarded... at least that's my policy, as yet I haven't gotten any of them.

              I guess I like having all the evidence there and readily accessible.

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              • #8
                I rarely ban them, I don't need a cluttered ban screen for someone wwhos never going to come back.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Zachery View Post
                  I rarely ban them, I don't need a cluttered ban screen for someone wwhos never going to come back.
                  But, but where's the fun in that? I like banning people


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                  • #10
                    Ban em
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by RagnarokDensetsu View Post
                      But, but where's the fun in that? I like banning people


                      You've never had a few hundered / thousand people on your non pagenated ban list.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Zachery View Post
                        You've never had a few hundered / thousand people on your non pagenated ban list.
                        Non-paginated ban list? Seems like it's just begging to be paginated.
                        :)

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                        • #13
                          If you don't wish to have a lot of banned users .. you can create a user called ' I am a spammer ' and merge all spam accounts into one. Just IP ban the hosts they're using.

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                          • #14
                            User: ban them with extreme prejudice, announce the spam in a monthly banned and suspended users thread, investigate their IP block to see if it's in a "bad neighborhood" (I've already got all of Nigeria blocked off, plus many satellite ISPs and troublesome IPs known for hacking and spamming), and modify .htaccess and user banning options in vBulletin as necessary.

                            Message: move it to a hidden "deleted posts and threads" subforum.

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                            • #15
                              I had my first spammer hit my forum a few days back, I just banned the user/IP and that was that for them.

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