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    Xilef
  Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:35 am
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We're having loads of spammers who make single posts (Usually pretty good posts too) and then change their signature to advertise something and then they never return.

I propose that we have a 10-post activation on signatures, so a new user needs to have posted at least 10 times before they can use the signature feature.

Could even make it a higher number like 32 or 50 times.

Thoughts?


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    coyotecraft
  Mon Sep 09, 2013 1:31 pm
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They could always fake a signature

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    Perihelion
  Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:06 pm
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Yeah I dunno, I'm tempted to just start banning them as soon as they post even if they haven't technically done anything wrong yet. This is ridiculous. I banned and deleted all of the ones who had changed their signatures.

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    coyotecraft
  Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:08 pm
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Although, we could restrict them from creating a new topic in the first place. I mean, have a post requirement before having the privilege to start a new topic. That would also cut down on the number of people who signup to post their game in the completed games section who then never come back.
Maybe force people so show a little development in "what are you working on" or the screenshot topic. Or at least comment on other games first. After all, this is a game development forum.


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    Xilef
  Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:41 pm
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No I think overly restricting posting is not the way to go about it as that would hurt legitimate new users, not having a signature is not exactly usage-breaking.

I'm for signatures that advertise relevant subjects like a game development tool or something that could be of actual use, but advertising holidays and car insurance on your first post is what I'm getting at, it's a real shame as some of the discussion topics are actually rather fruitful, just that it's ruined that the person's motive is to shove in a signature that is irrelevant spam.

Also, if they faked a signature in their post, then when it gets reported for spam the staff would see that it is post content and it makes it more definite that the user should be banned for posting spam rather than another kind of infraction over a signature.

Adding a minimum post count for signatures seems a bit easier than manually moderating new users too.


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    Perihelion
  Mon Sep 09, 2013 3:48 pm
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The thing is that it's really obvious when it's a spammer, though. The posts are all inane in exactly the same way, and the names are similar, and they all post in the same forum. I'd be for adding a new feature, but we're planning on switching forum software soon anyway, so it might be more trouble than it's worth. If Wyatt or someone wants to mess with it, by all means go ahead, but it might be simpler to just deal with it manually.

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    Xilef
  Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:46 pm
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First I heard of this software switch, I guess this thread will be pointless once that happens :U


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    Perihelion
  Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:56 pm
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Well, I say soon, but who knows really. In theory, at least.

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    Glitchfinder
  Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:18 pm
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Perihelion wrote:
Well, I say soon, but who knows really. In theory, at least.


I dunno about it being in theory, he kinda likes to keep to himself and all that, and I'm not sure he rolls that way. I personally can't wait to see what the new update ends up looking like, because all I've heard are tidbits.

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