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Re: New blood

by Corion (Pope)
on Jun 11, 2009 at 15:16 UTC ( #770675=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to New blood

Unfortunately, the majority of these users are spammer users that get locked shortly after joining for updating their scratchpad with spam links.

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Re^2: New blood
by hangon (Deacon) on Jun 12, 2009 at 00:52 UTC

    Until now, I had nievely assumed that spamming was nearly nonexistant on Perlmonks. Yesterday I encountered a spam node within minutes after it was posted. When I submitted it for consideration, my approval nodelet returned showing it already considered by someone else, with four votes to reap. Such a rapid response by a vigilant community is apparently what keeps PM so clean ++.

    Perhaps if the Internet community at large dealt with spam so swiftly and decisively, spamming would become a thing of the past.

Re^2: New blood
by Perlbotics (Chancellor) on Jun 11, 2009 at 16:53 UTC

    I wonder if locked accounts could be removed or hidden from the list of Users?

    Some new Monks also care to write a few words, most don't. So I think it would be nice if those nodes with content could be marked somehow (maybe using italics or CSS?) for easy recognition...

    Update: As ambrus suggested, this Super Search revealed the non-locked users for today (ATM, ham:spam-ratio is 15:49, ≈ 23% real new users or sleeping spammers;-). So the 205 new accounts were not created today.

      I hide the list of all users in Newest Nodes, with Newest Nodes Settings. It's not really worth to display them there imo, as just a new user in itself is not an even I want to check out. If a new user posts a node or talks in the chatterbox, I can notice that directly. If the user writes stuff to his homenode, you're supposed to be able to notice that from Recently Updated Home Nodes, but sadly that node includes all new users, even if they don't touch their homenode. Also, if I really wanted to see a list of recent users, I can always Super Search for them.

      Update 2008-06-18: after some nudging, tye has found the problem with the Recently Updated Home Nodes page so now newly created users won't autmatically show up in the list. (Users created before 2008-16-17 are still on the list till they scroll out, we can't fix this retroactively.)

Re^2: New blood
by citromatik (Curate) on Jun 11, 2009 at 15:43 UTC

    I know the presence of spammers in that list (you can realize some of them by just looking at their names). But usually, the list is 10-50 names long... it is possible that the increment really means that there are more spammers or that they are more insistent! :-)


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