Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Spam Accounts

Based on the 4 current spam accounts I have looked at, I believe that we can ban all the spammers of this type by banning the IP 79.18*. There are no non-spam accounts with this IP, but I would still like to see what you think about such an action before taking it.

Comments

ais523:

12-01-2009 16:25:35 UTC

Whois says it’s a /15, so you’d want to block 79.18.*.* and 79.19.*.* to get the entire range (“INTERBUSINESS” registered to Telecom Italia). http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=it&u=http://www.interbusiness-mnt.it/&ei=OEMVS-SMIYeL4QbNu4TcBg&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CAkQ7gEwAA&prev;=/search?q=INTERBUSINESS&hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&hs=7LB shows that the range seems to be for business customers in Italy, with a particular ISP; so if the range is banned, some Italians might have to connect from home, not work, if they wanted to play BlogNomic.

Ienpw III:

12-01-2009 20:33:09 UTC

What happens if you’re blocked?

Qwazukee:

12-01-2009 21:18:16 UTC

BANHAMMER

Excalabur:

12-02-2009 02:29:50 UTC

It may be worth contacting Telecom Italia.  And i would guess that they’re not the problem rather one of their customers.


If we block an IP, then they get either a 404 or redirected to a URL of our choice. 


I’d be for blocking these, at least on an interim basis.  Thanks Wak.

Josh:

12-02-2009 07:46:16 UTC

I’d probably be mildly against, if only because the spam problem we have isn’t that onerous to deal with and I’d hate to exclude legitimate players.

Klisz:

12-02-2009 16:10:08 UTC

If we do block them, I’d redirect to a page (probably written in Italian) which explains why they’re blocked, and having an email-address-in-an-image that they can send to if they’re humans. The address would probably be one of the superadmins’.

Ienpw III:

12-03-2009 02:53:40 UTC

Italian, English, Chinese, German.
We can reuse this page as necessary.

Kevan:

12-03-2009 09:38:04 UTC

English seems fine, if they’re genuinely trying to join or investigate a site written entirely in English. English and random strings of numbers.