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    Spam

    We've been having a bit of trouble with passport related spam over the past week or so.

    I'll implement some more anti-spam measures shortly - one partial measure will be to extend/change the signup questions/captcha type thing that currently exist. These are of the type "finish this word: Somebeachsome....."

    Ideally these are something that a normal harness fan from anywhere in the world would know off the top of their head but might be hard for a bot or somebody getting paid $1 an hour to figure out.

    If anybody would like to help please PM me with any questions that fit the bill.
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    Super Moderator Stallion Messenger will become famous soon enough Messenger's Avatar
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    Lately I have been making pre-emptive strikes against new members whom I see as more likely spammers than harness fans
    I do this by giving them a 30 day ban if they don't supply their real name (or anything resembling a real name )
    If they have already posted spam or go onto post spam I give them a life ban
    Lately it is not unusual to see more banned members listed as being online than legitimate ones (not that they can post or anything)

    A search of our Members List tells me that 1166 of our members have never posted - not that there is any requirement to do so. That leaves <1,000 members who have posted

    What puzzles me is why some of these non-posters have sometimes had over two thousand visits to their profile and it isn't the member them self as sometimes they have not been active for several years.
    Just as I suspect some of our supposed members are Bots (robots), I thought these visits may have been from bots. Naturally the longer someone has been a member, the more visits they are likely to have had but the inconsistency is surprising ie. One 2011 member may have had 700 visits while another 2011 member may have had 2500. Why such a difference when neither has posted anything to pique visitors interest and I cannot find anything to suggest their chosen name has anything to do with it
    If anyone has any theories, please tell

    We exist for harness fans and nothing else which is why I will continue to be tough on those who seem to be here for other reasons. It does however make you wonder when you are averaging a ban a day
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    Super Moderator Stallion Messenger will become famous soon enough Messenger's Avatar
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    The Spam-O-Matic Statistics on the forum home page
    states that 3 spammers have been permanently banned
    Actually I have permanently banned a hundred
    Please be understanding if on the odd occasion you see spam before we get to it
    The Thin Green Line - Supporting the Rangers who protect the world's endangered animals against poachers

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