[ros-users] Answers.ros.org Spam

G.A. vd. Hoorn - 3ME g.a.vanderhoorn at tudelft.nl
Thu Jul 3 13:37:47 UTC 2014

On 3-7-2014 12:33, Martin Peris wrote:
> Dudes,
> I must have deleted near 100 spam questions just in the last hour in
> answers.ros.org
> Right now there is 4 different accounts pouring spam at a rate higher than
> what I can delete... how about restricting to 1 question per day to users
> with karma<  10 ?
> One more suggestion: Right now to delete a question you have to click on
> it, see the full text and then hit the "delete" button on the bottom on the
> page (which for long spam messages might take some scrolling). The total
> process takes about 5 seconds for spam message, but since a human moderator
> can identify an obvious spam message only by the title... how about adding
> a "flag" and "delete" button (only for moderators and people with high
> enough karma) directly besides the title of each question on the main
> question list? This might save us a lot of time.

As Christian mentioned, several countermeasures are being worked on, and 
in the meantime some more moderators have been recruited to manually ban 
the offending users.

It is actually enough to just flag the posts, as the moderators are then 
made aware of it. Moderators can easily ban users and remove all their 
contributions in one click (which is definitely much less involved than 
having to go through all posts by hand :)).

So in the future, just flag one or two messages from each account, and a 
moderator should take care of the rest.

> Best regards,
> Martin.
> 2014-07-02 8:44 GMT+09:00 Isaac I.Y. Saito<
> iisaito at opensource-robotics.tokyo.jp>:
>> For Gmail users who still like to receive email notifications from
>> answers.ros.org but want to avoid those from spammers, I've been
>> making a blacklist.
>> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1P4eRVCbkJoNxh36HCO-5HfvLikaSzYmX7U5rz7nRCb0/edit
>> Not perfect but HTH,
>> Isaac
>> On Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 4:49 AM, Tully Foote<tfoote at osrfoundation.org>
>> wrote:
>>> Hi Everyone,
>>> As many of you have noticed answers.ros.org has been subject to a lot of
>>> spam recently. We have been working on adding technical issues, however
>> the
>>> spammers have been able to overcome standard defenses like CAPTCHAs
>> which we
>>> have added. I'm putting out this call to request a few more moderators
>> for
>>> the site. Answers.ros.org is powered by the community and has been well
>>> maintained by the several moderators who were initially volunteered
>> several
>>> years ago.
>>> In light of the persistent spamming by technically savvy spammers, our
>> best
>>> defense is to leverage our strong community. We have a very active site
>> and
>>> if each person helps just a little the spam can dissapear very quickly.
>>> To everyone, please use the "flag offensive" for any spam you encounter,
>>> whether it's in a question or an answer. This will bring it to the
>> attention
>>> of the moderators who can block users. If you have enough karma you can
>> also
>>> delete the post, however please flag it first so that the moderators can
>>> block the user as well.
>>> We've recently expanded the pool of moderators however I'd like to expand
>>> the pool of moderators to include a few more people from various
>> timezones
>>> who have demonstrated contributions to the site(>500 Karma). If you are
>>> interested in becoming a moderator please contact me off list.
>>> Tully
>>> _______________________________________________
>>> ros-users mailing list
>>> ros-users at lists.ros.org
>>> http://lists.ros.org/mailman/listinfo/ros-users
>> _______________________________________________
>> ros-users mailing list
>> ros-users at lists.ros.org
>> http://lists.ros.org/mailman/listinfo/ros-users
> _______________________________________________
> ros-users mailing list
> ros-users at lists.ros.org
> http://lists.ros.org/mailman/listinfo/ros-users

More information about the ros-users mailing list