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Comments October 31, 2008

Spammer Techniques: Are You a Zombie? Part II

Filed under: Anti-spam, phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 5:31 pm CommentsComments (2) 

In the first post in this series I showed some data from my phpbb2 honey pot board that has been collecting spammers for several months now. One of the most interesting observations (as far as I am concerned) is the posting frequency. The posting bot would log on, post, wait 25 seconds, post a second time, wait 25 seconds, post a third post, and then log off for several hours. This behavior would repeat throughout the day with the same user account coming in from different IP addresses around the Earth.

I suggested that this behavior was an indication of “zombie computers” and since today is Halloween it seems a good time to finish the topic. :D


Seasonal Board Graphics

Filed under: Board Management — Dave Rathbun @ 11:50 am CommentsComments (4) 

Do you do anything “fun” with your board for different seasons? For example, my main board is nicknamed “BOB” and here is the normal logo:

Today I have this logo instead:

I would have thought that stuff like this is harmless fun, but several years ago when I tried changing graphics around for Christmas I got some rather interesting comments from board members. I was reminded – in some cases fairly bluntly – that some folks don’t celebrate Christmas. :-? As a result, I have tried to stay more generic with what I do.

What about you? Have you ever tried to set up special holiday themes for your board? What was the reaction from your members?

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