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Writing => The Writers Circle => Topic started by: Artemis Quark on December 30, 2017, 01:12:12 PM

Title: Leaving MWC
Post by: Artemis Quark on December 30, 2017, 01:12:12 PM
It breaks my heart to leave this circle but the latest barrage of spam, including offensive Blocked-like titles has pushed me over the edge. Moderators are powerless to remove this filth now that the new owners have made changes for the worse. The Circle has become a downward spiral. A real shame.

A fresh start with old friends.

Sincerely,

AQ
Title: Re: Leaving MWC
Post by: Jo Bannister on December 30, 2017, 01:17:17 PM
I think we all feel the same way.  What a pity.
Title: Re: Leaving MWC
Post by: fire-fly on December 30, 2017, 01:21:42 PM
 :'( :'( :'(

He deleted his account
Title: Re: Leaving MWC
Post by: Laura H on December 30, 2017, 02:14:52 PM
See you on the other side, AQ.  :-*
Title: Re: Leaving MWC
Post by: hillwalker3000 on December 31, 2017, 04:07:32 AM
Same here. Time to take it off my 'Favourites' taskbar. The spammers have been allowed to take over.

H3K
Title: Re: Leaving MWC
Post by: Vienna on January 02, 2018, 03:58:21 AM
Last one out, turn off the light eh?
Title: Re: Leaving MWC
Post by: Mark T on January 05, 2018, 03:25:40 AM

Hm. Just been through every board on the site and only saw one piece of spam, on the Welcome board. Hm. 
Title: Re: Leaving MWC
Post by: hillwalker3000 on January 05, 2018, 05:14:07 AM
They must have had a clear out. Last week, every single new post or reply was spam.

H3K
Title: Re: Leaving MWC
Post by: JameelaM on January 05, 2018, 12:36:32 PM
Sorry to see you go Artemis, we greatly appreciate your contribution to the forum over the years and hope that you find a home here once again in the future.

I spent a few hours yesterday and today to clear out all the spam, we also put even more security measures in place to minimize the amount of spam that shows up, according to the logs this is working and most of the spam is being blocked but as with all forums some does get thru and we just need to keep a watchful eye.

Thanks for your comments and we appreciate each and every one of you for being a part of this community!

Jameela
Title: Re: Leaving MWC
Post by: fire-fly on January 05, 2018, 12:42:55 PM
Does this mean the moderators can now remove spam from the site once again Jameela?
Title: Re: Leaving MWC
Post by: Vienna on January 05, 2018, 01:20:00 PM
In the end we still dont know whats happening here right?
Title: Re: Leaving MWC
Post by: fire-fly on January 05, 2018, 04:07:14 PM
Nope and you can ask till you're blue in the face and you won't get a straight or honest answer Richard
Title: Re: Leaving MWC
Post by: JameelaM on January 07, 2018, 08:06:32 PM
Does this mean the moderators can now remove spam from the site once again Jameela?

Fire-fly, I'm waiting on a reply back from the dev team on this, I have raised the question, in the meantime I'm checking daily to remove spam posts and we are still tweaking the security to prevent such posts from overrunning the community.

We appreciate your patience as we work thru these challenges.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Leaving MWC
Post by: matty11 on January 08, 2018, 04:43:33 PM
Fire-fly, I'm waiting on a reply back from the dev team on this, I have raised the question, in the meantime I'm checking daily to remove spam posts and we are still tweaking the security to prevent such posts from overrunning the community.

We appreciate your patience as we work thru these challenges.

Thanks!

That's a time consuming, thankless job, since spam is automated. Wouldn't it be better to switch off the automated registration? Use time to activate only genuine registration?

A reply on the registration process used on another site:

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It is a bit time consuming but not too bad. Some names are obviously spam and I donít bother to investigate further. Generally speaking any real person will email if Iíve missed them so I donít worry too much. Itís far easier than being swamped as we have in the past by bots and spam.

best

matty
Title: Re: Leaving MWC
Post by: JameelaM on January 08, 2018, 06:25:38 PM
Hi Matty,

Thanks for your comments and yes, it is time consuming but necessary at this time.

We don't allow automated sign ups, there is a verification in place (new sign ups get a verification email that they have to click in order to log in for the first time) and we have a captcha in place, so we have all the usual security measures in place, which is why the influx of spam and inappropriate posts is a bit of a head scratcher at this time.

I'm working directly with the dev team each day to monitor the situation, and according to the log files there is a huge amount of spammers being blocked, so we are definitely moving in the right direction, we just have a few more holes to patch up before I can confidently say we're all good.

Thanks to everyone for your patience, and I do apologize for not being able to address these concerns in a timely fashion.
Jameela
Title: Re: Leaving MWC
Post by: matty11 on January 10, 2018, 03:23:05 PM
Isn't there an option whereby admin manually approve registration?
Title: Re: Leaving MWC
Post by: Emery on January 11, 2018, 02:49:56 PM
Well...I dropped back in today to get active again and then find this. I've been on a few other sites such as this but really liked the community here. Oh well, to all good things.

If anyone has recs, PM me the sites and I'll look into them.

I really appreciate all the MWC has done for me and I hope it will soon return to its former, glorious state.
Title: Re: Leaving MWC
Post by: Laura H on January 11, 2018, 09:52:42 PM
There's life after death, Em. Seek and ye shall find the Bestwritingforum for you.