Comment 2WNW Re: Editor Question


Spam Filtering


Editor Question (Score: 1)

by on 2015-01-04 22:08 (#2WNK)

What's your recommendation to editors on using, or not, the "Ban IP" option for spam posts?

Here's as good a place as any...

Re: Editor Question (Score: 2, Insightful)

by on 2015-01-05 07:51 (#2WNR)

Or the team could be more proactive on the backend. Many of the bots (or low-rent workers in 3rd world sweatshops, it's hard to tell these days) that stuff forums and submission queues seem to follow a fairly standard template so a few well crafted regexp's combined with a tool like Fail2Ban feeding the IP blacklist might nail a lot of the low hanging fruit before anyone even gets to see it.

Re: Editor Question (Score: 1)

by on 2015-01-05 08:15 (#2WNS)

I've looked into preemptive bans using existing spam databases (see for an example) that use either a REST API call or a DNS lookup. However, with the current spam load I think the reactive approach is sufficient for now.


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