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Signature disable for new users

Posted: 23 Apr 2019, 16:54
by ahk7
Signatures seem to used often by spammers - they make a few "posts" (useless comments often) and then add a signature with spam link.

So why not disable signatures for users < 30 posts or something like that.

btw the old archived forum is also riddled with signature spam posts (drugs, second hand car parts and related drivel)

Re: Signature disable for new users

Posted: 23 Apr 2019, 17:17
by tank
its already disabled for newly registered users.

Re: Signature disable for new users

Posted: 23 Apr 2019, 19:40
by gregster
I have seen new users with signatures this week... although some seemed broken (broken links).

Re: Signature disable for new users

Posted: 23 Apr 2019, 19:54
by tank
then they arent signatures. that code isn't applied to sigs

Re: Signature disable for new users

Posted: 23 Apr 2019, 20:03
by gregster
I just banned one with a working link sig a few hours ago... it was reported by ahk7, the creator of this topic, iirc: https://www.autohotkey.com/boards/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=111783 - I am pretty sure, he had a working link sig for some service called 'docdrive', before he was banned. The same signature with a working link was visible in his profile.

But there is also this guy: https://www.autohotkey.com/boards/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=111659 - with broken links (Edit: broken bbcode, the links are actually working), which appear in his one post. Here, it is clearly a signature by a new user....

There are more accounts without posts, like https://www.autohotkey.com/boards/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=111726 or https://www.autohotkey.com/boards/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=111722 Perhaps they got stopped from posting by the forum software. (There are entries in the logs for the first one, but it might have been for links in the post body, not the sig.)

Re: Signature disable for new users

Posted: 23 Apr 2019, 21:23
by tank
Well clearly the forum code for those settings aren't working. Thanks for the examples

Re: Signature disable for new users

Posted: 24 Apr 2019, 08:09
by SOTE
ahk7 wrote:
23 Apr 2019, 16:54
Signatures seem to used often by spammers - they make a few "posts" (useless comments often) and then add a signature with spam link.

So why not disable signatures for users < 30 posts or something like that.

btw the old archived forum is also riddled with signature spam posts (drugs, second hand car parts and related drivel)
I agree. I also remember seeing a few new members with spam signatures that were links to some product (that had absolutely nothing to do with IT or programming).

This profile is another example of fraudulent new users (likely criminals or spam bots) with spam signatures - https://www.autohotkey.com/boards/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=111833

Re: Signature disable for new users

Posted: 14 May 2019, 14:26
by ahk7
Saw + reported one earlier today, new user + first post plugging their training website via their signature.

Re: Signature disable for new users

Posted: 30 Jul 2019, 15:04
by ahk7
Saw one today* and some earlier this week - *the signature is now removed for that user but there are now several users who post "nice" comments (usually only one) but have links in their profile to commercial websites:
* this user had a spam signature https://www.autohotkey.com/boards/viewtopic.php?p=286503#p286503 but has "contact spam"
https://www.autohotkey.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5008&p=283684#p283684
(see/click the contact bubble/link for those users)

Re: Signature disable for new users

Posted: 30 Jul 2019, 18:14
by joedf
Ban hammered. Thanks :+1: