The Neverending Fight Against On-line Junk

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Re: The Neverending Fight Against On-line Junk

Postby skirtingtoday » Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:23 am

Thanks too for all your hard work - virtually un-noticed by most folks here. It is very much appreciated.

Only very occasionally, there is a delay in logging in - but that is probably at a time when the spam-junk is being scanned, sifted and deleted. A small price to pay to keep the site clear.

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Re: The Neverending Fight Against On-line Junk

Postby STEVIE » Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:16 pm

I can only add my thanks too.
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Re: The Neverending Fight Against On-line Junk

Postby skirtingtheissue » Thu May 08, 2014 11:08 am

This forum for me has always worked flawlessly and seamlessly; one assumes that it "just exists" with little attention, like the power grid. Well, Carl, you've shed some light on what maintenance issues exist behind the scene, and you deserve a lot of thanks for keeping everything running smoothly!
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Re: The Neverending Fight Against On-line Junk

Postby crfriend » Thu May 08, 2014 9:28 pm

skirtingtheissue wrote:This forum for me has always worked flawlessly and seamlessly; one assumes that it "just exists" with little attention, like the power grid.

I take that as high praise indeed, for the goal I strive for is "utility-grade" stability. In fact one of the "objectives" on my resume is, "[...] to provide [the] enterprise with robust fault-free systems and networks" (or something to the effect).
Well, Carl, you've shed some light on what maintenance issues exist behind the scene, and you deserve a lot of thanks for keeping everything running smoothly!

We get "issues" behind the scenes, everybody does -- including the electric company -- and it's down to how you handle them which separates the men from the boys.
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Re: The Neverending Fight Against On-line Junk

Postby crfriend » Sat Mar 05, 2016 2:52 pm

Here's an update on this front, mainly because I'm about to purge several hundred inactive and deactivated accounts. This will not affect anybody who has an active login.

The last time I cleaned out the database was back in July of 2014 and it's become a bit of a mess in the interim. The number of bogus registrations remains high, and the automated bits in the background remain entirely useful; however, there's been a recent uptick in crud, and I'm going to dust off the registration table.

Here's what the last year and a half looks like:
sc-inactive-users.png

There are three classes of inactive users -- those whom the system has summarily dealt with (based on IP) tagged as "Auto" in red, "Manual" (in green) represents the ones that the moderation team has manually dealt with (and reported), and finally "Incom" (in blue) represents incomplete registrations where the e-mail handshake failed (usually due to a bogus or deactivated e-mail address).
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Re: The Neverending Fight Against On-line Junk

Postby Sinned » Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:04 am

Thank you Carl and others for keeping this site clean and a pleasure to visit. Whilst on can I ask a question about finance? There must be a cost to host this site so where does the moolah come from. There is no advertising so no revenue there. Not really that important a question and no accusations of shady dealings, just a thought that flitted through my brain a day or two ago, that's all. If silence is the reply then I'll say no more. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. In true Monty Python fashion. Eric Idle does that character superbly.
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Re: The Neverending Fight Against On-line Junk

Postby Stevie D » Sun Mar 06, 2016 8:49 am

Sinned wrote:Thank you Carl and others for keeping this site clean and a pleasure to visit. Whilst on can I ask a question about finance? There must be a cost to host this site so where does the moolah come from. There is no advertising so no revenue there. Not really that important a question and no accusations of shady dealings, just a thought that flitted through my brain a day or two ago, that's all. If silence is the reply then I'll say no more. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. In true Monty Python fashion. Eric Idle does that character superbly.


Yes - what Sinned said. Very happy to make a contribution to the site. And yes - I'm still active here even though I might not post much.

As for the 'Nudge nudge' sketch, it's a classic. Enjoy it here :D
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Re: The Neverending Fight Against On-line Junk

Postby crfriend » Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:27 pm

I'm getting set to do (yet) another purge of deeply-inactive users to free up space in the user-name realm and outright delete the deliberately- and automatically- disabled users in the database.

Bogus registrations by those who would push "advertising" ("spam") at us have continued apace, and, for the most part the automated defences are doing their job well. Here's what the situation looks like, and shows the number of registrations that have been deactivated on a day-to-day basis from January, 2016 to date:
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Beware: The graph is a large image so it could show things accurately over the 2 1/2 year window. (I should do this more often, but I'm lazy.)

The outright block on China remains in place, and I don't think I'm willing to remove it.

Some stuff does get through, but since new registrants are required to have their first few posts vetted by the moderation team we winnow out the garbage that way and deactivate the spamming account manually.
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Re: The Neverending Fight Against On-line Junk

Postby Charlie » Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:17 pm

Thank you crfriend, it's so pleasant to come to a site with no advertising. I even indulged in the luxury of turning off Adblock for SkirtCafe.
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Re: The Neverending Fight Against On-line Junk

Postby Sinned » Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:59 pm

We do take it for granted all the hard work the moderators ( and in particular Carl ) do to keep our site lean and active. Thanks all of you and I am grateful that your expertise is up to the task of keeping the user table to acceptable limits and disabling all the attempts to corrupt. I have a degree in CompSci but as I was never really trained on the software behind this new internot thingumy I would be at a loss to know where to start. The skills may not be easy to pass on but there must be some way of passing on the most important of them to ensure the continuity of the excellent service. We really are lucky to have the moderators that we have. I shudder to think of what would happen if even a small fraction of those malicious accounts were to wreak their damage. :cry:
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