This forum allows newbies to create accounts and post immediately with no admin approvals needed. The moderators all tend to be in the same/similar timezone so there are periods where spam can remain for a few hours.Yet again there is another influx of spam posts by presumably bots. Why is it seemingly so easy to do this on Macrumors? I'm no website expert so this is a genuine question.
I know of forums that tried "first x posts have to be manually approved", but the mods complained that it was a huge amount of extra work.I'm absolutely not dissing the moderators. They do a great job. But a few hours later the site is still being inundated with the same spam posts. I think it's crazy that as mentioned above, new members can join and post immediately. I think that needs to stop, just my opinion.
Surely there must be a way to mitigate this issue. It may cost, but it is a worthwhile investment. I wish that it were as simple as approving new users or having a 'cool-off', because this is untenable in the long term. I don't blame the moderators as it is simply unrealistic and asinine to expect them to be available 24/7, maybe we need some mods in different time zones or something, anything that's within the realm of possibility.
Currently the attack continues. Probably around 12 hours straight now.
From having past discussions in this forum section about moderation issues I believe it was mentioned that there are some mods based in Europe. If that is true then they are either currently asleep, on holiday or fired/quit.That's a good point. I wonder where the mods are situated? Maybe all in America? If that's the case then that's no good and something else that could be changed and very easily I would suggest?
Wow... This is the problem. How is anyone supposed to trust MR as a reputable source of information when this is what's present next to their articles? It's not even the same dilemma as ads, this is going on within the site itself.
Fighting spam bots is a constant cat-and-mouse game of us deploying new filters and other tools while the spammers adjust their tactics. And yes, we also didn't have anyone around to manually with deal with it this morning.
A lot of this current flood is being filtered out before it even gets posted, but obviously a good bit was still making it through. We've made some changes to hopefully catch more of it, and we're keeping an eye on things to handle the rest.
The vast majority of new users are here for legitimate purposes, many of them experiencing problems with their devices, and it's frustrating to have to wait for approval before your posts can be seen.Thanks for the update.
Why can new users post immediately? Maybe that needs changing?
Admin staff will have the same forum rights as mod's so I suspect it was an admin that removed them.