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Death to the &^$%# Spam Links on IF!

Is there a way to keep repeat link spammers from a free and open art community project without requiring membership/passwords or the like? [more inside]
posted by Glinn on Feb 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Bogus web site registrations

I have a web site using Wordpress and a forum plug-in (Simple-Press) that's been around for awhile and has become fairly popular. All of a sudden I've begun getting at least 3 to 6 bogus user registrations each day that are coming from IP addresses in Russia and eastern Europe. I don't really know why or how concerned I should be. They don't need to register to post comments on my blog and Akismet is almost 100% effective at getting rid of comment spam. They're also either not trying to post spam on my forum or they can't get past the Captcha/challenge it uses. [more inside]
posted by 14580 on Nov 4, 2011 - 4 answers

Who is Hipolito M. Wiseman?

Who is Hipolito M. Wiseman, and why is he leaving all those spam comments? [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole on Feb 3, 2011 - 3 answers

BDSM in Battery Park?

CraigslistCasualEncountersw4mNYCfilter: what's with Battery Park? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2010 - 7 answers

Can I use htaccess to deny certain non-existent directories to avoid going through my Drupal site?

Can I use htaccess to deny certain non-existent directories in order to avoid going through my Drupal site (which requires connecting to my database)? [more inside]
posted by kosmonaut on Jan 2, 2009 - 7 answers

How did the phishers get my email address?

My SO and I are receiving phishing emails on brand new email addresses. The addresses hadn't been given out to anyone when the first ones arrived. Are spammers just constructing likely email addresses and sending blindly? If not, how is this happening? [more inside]
posted by DarkForest on Mar 21, 2007 - 12 answers

Stopping the blog spammers

I want to start a Wikipedia page featuring the domains of blog spammers. Does one already exist?
posted by bamassippi on Jun 27, 2006 - 12 answers

Social bookmarking spam

Is it just a matter of time until spammers usurp the del.icio.us popular page? Or does social bookmarking by nature provide some kind of defense? [more inside]
posted by deshead on Jan 8, 2005 - 6 answers

How can I stop referrer log spam?

"Reffy is a Windows-based mass referrer spammer.... Reffy comes with a pre-generated list of 3047 active blog websites...." My blog is on that pre-generated list. These people are spamming my logs and filling my referrer page with crap. Paypal has, unsurprisingly, not responded to reports that they're being used to transfer money to spammers, and .htaccess deny blacklists are no good when your URL is being distributed to spammers all over the place. So, (1) how do I stop them, and (2) what legal recourse would I possibly have to get my cut of the money they're making by putting my website URL in their application?
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2004 - 11 answers

How to get rid of Ebay spam?

SpamFilter: I do some html stuff for friends who run an micro-business which involves lots of sales on eBay. The email address they use for their eBay sales is getting absoloutly flooded with spam - so much so that its nearly unusable. Given the restrictions on what kind of markup code you can put in eBay auctions and have work, can anyone suggest a way that we can somehow encode or camoflauge the address in the auction so that the spam decreases?
(I've already tried this to no avail - eBay's code turns it back into standard characters when we view the source code.)
posted by anastasiav on Jun 26, 2004 - 18 answers

How can I become the spammers I detest?

Seems like I ran across a website a long time ago that you could enter someone's email address, and it would send them a billion emails. Anyone know of a site like that? I feel like getting some revenge against some very persistent spammers.
posted by maceo on Jun 13, 2004 - 13 answers

How do spammers know my former home address?

How do spammers know my (former) home address? [more inside, natch] [more inside]
posted by Vidiot on Mar 16, 2004 - 4 answers

Stopping Spam

Where the hell did spammers get my email address and what can I do to stop it? (more) [more inside]
posted by item on Mar 3, 2004 - 16 answers

Fixing my spam problem

ok, so I've had it up to here with nefarious spammers and other lowlifes spoofing my email addresses, causing my inbox to be filled with bounces and besmirching my and my company's good name. since we're all relatively smart and tech savvy, what exactly has to happen in order to get an authenticating email system to replace what's currently out there? is it an impossible dream?
posted by crunchland on Jan 28, 2004 - 22 answers

Stopping Spoofing Spammers

Anyone care to drop some knowledge about stopping spammers from spoofing your address? [more] [more inside]
posted by Hackworth on Jan 17, 2004 - 5 answers

Name Generators

Where can I find the script that spammers use to generate their random names? I write a lot of fiction, and the colorful, creative, unique name combinations that I see in my spam box are often perfect for characters. I'm guessing it's just a variation on Kleimo's census-based name generator, but I've always been curious to see the actual script. [more inside]
posted by oissubke on Dec 22, 2003 - 10 answers

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