I have been operating my forum since May of 2002, and for the absolutely first time ever, we got spammed by a new member who managed to start 29 new threads with sex links and pictures of porn, and also mass-flooded my shout box, before one of our moderators contacted me via cell phone around midnight tonight (waking me up thankgoodness) and I put a stop to the madness right away with a full out ban on all available triggers and a xxx.xxx.xxx.* ranged ip ban.
Then all was well on http://board.marlincrawler.com
and back to sleep I went. Then I got another phone call around 2am at which a 2nd new user had created 25 new threads with the exact same spam content, of course managing to get around my ban triggers. Also, to make matters worse, he mass-private messaged hundreds(?) of members with the same information as in the threads including the images, to which I have already received multiple complaints about, and its 3:30am right now. I mean everyone is asleep! All hell is going to break loose in a couple more hours when people wake up and log in only to find some offensive PMs awaiting them
Naturally I expect him to return pretty soon to do it again as he has already done it twice successfully.So here is my request:
How about a Ban Trigger that is 'By Keyword' ? This spammer has used the same words, links, images, etc in all of the combined 50+ posts and countless PMs, so I think it would be really nice if I could have the forum immediately ban the user on a pre-determined Keyword.
The ban could be flexible, in a sense that you could just have it set for an automatic time ban, for instance, when triggered, the user is banned for only x minuets. Or you could have it set by member group. Just some ideas to ensure that a real genuine and contributing member won't get banned accidently, for instance for just quoting what the spammer had to say.
Also, for those who are interested, regarding the PM situation I had, I searched and found this thread helpful: Limit to PM's Sent at One Time
. I am going to apply what Unknown W. Brackets suggested momentarily.
So what do you guys think? Since the word censor exists, you could also have it check a list of Ban triggering Keywords, just as it does Censor triggering keywords, and then effectively apply a certain type of ban.
More to the point, this spammer linked to a unique website in all of his threads/messages. All I would have to do is add this address to the Ban Keyword List and then when he tried his shameless plug, he would be the one getting
plugged hahaha sucka
This would be quite the helpful addition for me right now
Good night, I hope from here out!