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Delays approving accounts and spam filtering news

Post by maven » Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:13 pm

Due to an influx of spam, we are putting a delay in before activating accounts. We can then manually check each against a database of spam accounts, and also checking the IP address against various countries that have played little constructive part in the forum to date but are associated with spam accounts. This means that if you are a genuine sign-up during these spurts of spammers, you will need to be extra patient.

We do try quite hard to prevent spammers from signing up, and to ban them ASAP but one managed to evade us and send out unwanted messages by PM. Thankfully five of you reported this and we were able to delete the spammer and all unread unsolicited messages. But if you have a missed message, then this is why.

We rely on all our members to report spam so that we can remove it, and our volunteers work hard to keep this community a positive and professional space for us to use.
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The fool thinks himself to be wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool - Shakespeare

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Re: Apologies - Spam by PM

Post by miriam » Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:39 pm

Just to update, we are currently restricting sign-ups from Russia, Ukraine, China and Malaysia because of the high volume of spam associated with these accounts, and the low amount of genuine content from these locations. If you are an aspiring clinical psychologist from one of these countries and want to sign up, then please email the forum account at clinpsyforum@gmail.com and we can set you up an account manually.
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Re: Apologies - Spam by PM

Post by BlueCat » Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:46 pm

We've been deleting and deleting, I promise!
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Re: Delays approving accounts and spam filtering news

Post by maven » Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:19 am

We are now also blocking all sign-ups with cmail or yandex email addresses.
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The fool thinks himself to be wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool - Shakespeare

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