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Chinese Spam Bot Issue

Discussion in 'Forum Suggestions & Feedback' started by Finn, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. Finn

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    Dear Blackhatworld,

    why dont you just disable/block chinese letters on this forum ?

    1. Only english is allowed to talk here anyways.

    2. This way spam bots couldnt create these massive thread amounts.

    3. I see they always use chinese letters in thread title and content.

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  2. Egon-olsen

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    Good thread! Every day at the same time this chinese spam bots just spams the main page with worthless threads.
    And nobody can't even read it. So I would also like BHW to dissable non english characters.
     
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  3. davids355

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    Sounds like it makes sense but probably admins have already thought of it and maybe it's not as easy as it sounds.
     
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  4. redarrow

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    Totally agree so simple to do.

    I no for a fact the programmer can do this easly.


    Php example

    Both these regexes should do it:

    $str = preg_replace('~[^a-z0-9]+~i','', $str);
    Or:

    $str = preg_replace('~[^a-zA-Z0-9]+~','', $str);
     
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  5. Finn

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    To disable all non english charachters on the board shouldnt be rocket science.
     
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    This should definitely be implemented. It sucks when over half the posts on the homepage are chinese spam. Another idea is you need x amount of post replies before being allowed to create a new thread?
     
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  7. Finn

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    Glad you like my idea buddy. Lets see what MODS will answer when reading my thread :)
     
  8. BassTrackerBoats

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    But we make them disappear so fast usually...
     
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    Hello BassTrackerBoats, I respect you but thats not a solution of the problem in my opinion.

    Tell me one good reason why we should keep allowing chinese letters on the board please?

    To disable non english charachters would solve the spam bot issue so thats something which should be considered.
     
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    My post was more tongue in cheek than anything.

    You've posted in the correct forum and the guys that make those decisions and adjustments will surely see it.
     
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  11. Finn

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    Oh okay since I am not a native I didnt get the joke at first, sorry lol.

    Thank you for your reply glad you reaching out!
     
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    it's been a while since I have used Xenforo but they have some pretty great spam reduction plugins. Also I think you can use wildcards in the blocked phrases settings to block out Chinese characters and put any posts using them into the mod queue.
     
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    Maybe you are right. I'm just thinking that to run this big forum the admins must be pretty smart when it comes to hosting etc.

    If it was really easy I'm trying to think why wouldn't they have already done it; which makes me think there must be some factors we don't know about.

    Maybe not though, maybe they just haven't thought of it.
     
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    I am 1/256th Chinese and I find this post offensive.
     
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  16. BassTrackerBoats

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    Instead of trying to filter out characters, can't we just put a limit on how many threads new posters can can create in a day/hour?
     
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    yeah, nice thread and suggestion.
    they're freaking annoying!!

    They appear pretty frequently,
    so I guess there should be more ways to block them as members above suggested, (non-English prevention or plugin) not only making it disappear fast
     
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    This solution sounds pretty good
     
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    vote for this too.
    it can also prevent other manual spammers too