Of Icky Spam and Ickier Spammers

Hey all,
As you may have noticed, we're having a spam problem. :P Spam members = spam reviews = spammy ickiness. I really hate to shut down autoregistration when it wasn't working for the longest time and then we finally got it to work over the past few months, but that may be what needs to happen. I'll be talking to Lyndsie about this. But for now, if you see spammers or spam reviews, PLEASE let us know!! Post here, post on our FB page, or message me. Thanks, and together, we will defeat the Spammers of Evil! :)

ETA: And btw... NEVER CLICK ON SPAM. That's why they keep sending it. Because somebody always does.

Posted by Anise on Sep 18, 2017 11:50 am (9 Comments)

Is it irony when spam comments are left on a post about spam? *thinking emoji*

idreamofdraco @ Oct 05, 2017 09:25 pm

It's the DEFINITION of irony. :)

Anise @ Oct 06, 2017 10:52 pm

Every review I've seen recently has been spam. I have had at least 3 or 4 in the past year.

Sue Bridehead @ Oct 09, 2017 03:28 pm

Hey Sue Bridehead, haven't seen you in forever! :) I've ALWAYS loved your fics, and I'm sorry about the spam review situation. I'm trying to find a way to go back to manual registration of new members-- I hate to get rid of autoregistration when it took such a long time to get it to work, but it's just letting too many spam memberships slip through. We WILL find a way. :)

ETA: I went back and deleted as many spam reviews as I could find on your fics!!

Anise @ Oct 09, 2017 08:43 pm

Hi, hi!

I'm having some icky spammer problems, have deleted quite a few lately...The ones I'm seeing now don't appear to be "real" members as their names aren't clickable. I've got about four on A Second Beginning and four or five on A Family Man.
Sorry to hear you have to get rid of auto registration, since it's not your fault but that of the ickies!

Sannikex @ Oct 12, 2017 03:19 am

@Sannikex If you can't click on the spammer's username, that means we've already deleted the account. Unfortunately in this case, deleting the account does not also automatically delete all the reviews the account left behind. :/ I've gone ahead deleted the rest of the spam reviews on your stories. Thank you for the heads up and sorry for the inconvenience!

idreamofdraco @ Oct 12, 2017 08:58 pm

@idreamofdraco you are a wonderful human being!! :) I'm deleting the spam accounts as fast as I find them too.

Anise @ Oct 13, 2017 04:42 pm

Hey, I got a new spammer 'review' on Private Jokes and Family Resemblances. The name username isn't clickable so I guess you deleted the account already. Just a heads up.

Nutmeg44 @ Oct 21, 2017 09:59 am

I've been getting plagued by spammy reviews on my fics. I usually get 3 or 4 a week across most of my stories. Is it possible to use a captcha or other test to prevent spam bit accounts registering?

Myanceris @ Oct 23, 2017 03:26 am