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ADMIN: PMs disabled
« on: October 13, 2006, 05:02:57 PM »
Hello,

it was decided that the PMs will be completely disabled.

Currently I disabled the sending, in a week or two I will also disable reading, so please backup important messages you've got there somehow, since they'll be otherwise inaccesible.

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Re: ADMIN: PMs disabled
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2006, 05:24:35 PM »
Kubecj, with all respect to your decision. But I think this is a radical option and there will be other options to do so.
IM is a good instrument for the forum. I hope this won't have an even worse impact than closing the Off Topic forum.
Again, my opinion only. I think a little of cold water won't be bad before taking this decision.
That seems to be precisely the intention of the spammer and the others that put on Alwil the responsability of it: damage avast image, damage avast forum image.
Please, reconsider.
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Re: ADMIN: PMs disabled
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2006, 05:25:47 PM »
Hello kubecj,

Can I ask whats the reason for this decision? I know for the last spam PMs, but I don't think that this is a reason for completely disabling the PMs. (this is only my opinion) I mean, the PMs are really useful feature and I am pretty sure that the others will think the same way.

Isn't the restriction for 20 posts enough?   :-\

EDIT Tech was faster than me  :)

Please, reconsider.
« Last Edit: October 13, 2006, 05:27:36 PM by .:XMAS:. »
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Re: ADMIN: PMs disabled
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2006, 05:30:32 PM »
A decent spammer can generate 20 (or 2,000 you name it) posts in no time.

This is a temporary solution before the situation calms down. You only see the tip of the iceberg - but our support department is swamped with angry people who got offended by the spam and this is the decision that was made by our CEO.

Hopefully, in a week or so, we find an alternative (but still reliable) solution to the problem and will be able to re-enable PM's.


This is very frustrating for all - but it's simply unacceptable to risk another spam attack now.

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Re: ADMIN: PMs disabled
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2006, 05:31:04 PM »
My opinion:

Those who want to disable PM's can, with the * in their blocked senders list. No more PM's.

However, those that are willing to put up with the spam to continue using the PM function should be able to.

Just my opinion. The decision, is of course left up to the adminstrator.  ;)

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Re: ADMIN: PMs disabled
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2006, 05:35:26 PM »
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Thanks for taking the steps needed to stop such spam on the forum. It is unfortunate that PMs will have to be disabled and I hope all others here will understand why this is necessary.    :'(

Before PMs were disabled, someone sent me one asking why all this spam. Of course, I really do not know. But, there could be many reasons and among those ... a grudge against awil, an attempt at forcing a forum program update, a general attempt to make others suffer, just plain old stupidity, etc.    >:(

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Re: ADMIN: PMs disabled
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2006, 05:41:54 PM »
This is a temporary solution before the situation calms down. You only see the tip of the iceberg - but our support department is swamped with angry people who got offended by the spam and this is the decision that was made by our CEO.
Ok. We respect it.

Hopefully, in a week or so, we find an alternative (but still reliable) solution to the problem and will be able to re-enable PM's.
This is very frustrating for all - but it's simply unacceptable to risk another spam attack now.
Thanks  ;)
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Re: ADMIN: PMs disabled
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2006, 05:45:47 PM »
A decent spammer can generate 20 (or 2,000 you name it) posts in no time.

This is a temporary solution before the situation calms down. You only see the tip of the iceberg - but our support department is swamped with angry people who got offended by the spam and this is the decision that was made by our CEO.

Hopefully, in a week or so, we find an alternative (but still reliable) solution to the problem and will be able to re-enable PM's.


This is very frustrating for all - but it's simply unacceptable to risk another spam attack now.

Thanks
Vlk
OK, thanks for the answer Vlk. Hopefully you'll find a solution soon  :-\
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Re: ADMIN: PMs disabled
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2006, 06:29:13 PM »
In my opinion disabling PM's is not needed to stop the spam, make rules when sending PM's such as each user can only send 1 PM every 90 seconds. This will slow down the spam bots a lot. There is no need to disable PM's completely, but this is just my opinion.
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Re: ADMIN: PMs disabled
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2006, 06:33:11 PM »
Currently I disabled the sending, in a week or two I will also disable reading ...

Hopefully, in a week or so, we find an alternative ...

I'm confused.
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Re: ADMIN: PMs disabled
« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2006, 07:12:59 PM »
This is a temporary solution before the situation calms down. You only see the tip of the iceberg - but our support department is swamped with angry people who got offended by the spam and this is the decision that was made by our CEO.
*Glancing at the number of posts about the same topic,* there are tons of tips of iceberg in this forum enough for inducing the current status of Alwil...  :P

I am a new comer, who are rarely affected from the decision but old members have already warned about the situation in a thread.  Hopefully, the moderators will make up to the rather slow move at the stat of this confusion.  ;)

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Re: ADMIN: PMs disabled
« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2006, 07:13:44 PM »
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In my opinion disabling PM's is not needed to stop the spam, make rules when sending PM's such as each user can only send 1 PM every 90 seconds.


We're open to any (realistic) suggestions. But they must be realistic - meaning that the forum software (SMF) has to support them. Are you sure something like this is supported?

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I'm confused.


So are we. Sorry :-\


We're thinking of disabling the "email" part of IM's by default (i.e. this would be opt-in rather than opt-out). This should make the feature unattractive enough for most spammers.
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Re: ADMIN: PMs disabled
« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2006, 07:35:26 PM »
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We're thinking of disabling the "email" part of IM's by default (i.e. this would be opt-in rather than opt-out). This should make the feature unattractive enough for most spammers.
Vlk,
Is this to be done in lieu of disabling PM's?
If that's the case, that would be a great solution since the fact that there is a message waiting is always displayed
each time you visit the forum.
What still disturbs me is the fact that someone who isn't part of management was able to get  to the members email addresses.
That's the part of this whole intrusion that needs to be remedied. If it happened once, it's going to happen again.
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Re: ADMIN: PMs disabled
« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2006, 07:48:20 PM »
I don't know if the attraction is the fact that PM posts will be notified by email or the fact that they have been able to hit so many PMs in a short period of time.

Yes the no email by default would be a good option unless you opt-in, allied with the No PMs for users with less than X posts llama/newbie, etc. and the double step registration before they can become a member. With these three restrictions PMs would still be workable for members but unattractive to spammers.

The two step registration and guests only having read only access, should also limit the drive by forum posting that we have also seen recently.

I don't know if IPs can/should also be recorded at registration as a form of deterrent.

PMs are an important function and I would hate to see them disappear or become unworkable. Many have now chosen to hide their email address in their profile settings (quite rightly), to avoid harvesting by bots scanning the publicly available forum pages, so with no email address you are forced to use PMs.
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Re: ADMIN: PMs disabled
« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2006, 08:01:49 PM »
What still disturbs me is the fact that someone who isn't part of management was able to get  to the members email addresses.

Well, what does it mean "to get to the members e-mail"? They didn't learn these e-mails, of course. But if your settings say that the forum should send you the notifications about received PMs, you'll get the message, yes.