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Re: Forum Upgrade

Postby jtemples » Wed Jul 30, 2014 6:35 pm

I started getting server errors again today as well; I also got logged off while trying to make a post.

But on the bright side, all of the hundreds of spams appear to have been deleted.
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Re: Forum Upgrade

Postby ric » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:26 pm

I can't get past the server errors at all this morning.
It looks like the new "forum manager" is having a few problems...
My new leslie-special website (for fans of The Great Race) :)
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Re: Forum Upgrade

Postby jtemples » Thu Jul 31, 2014 4:24 am

I didn't see any spams in the last 10 hours or so, but they've just started up again. I don't know what time zone the "forum manager" is in, but it will be interesting to see if hundreds appear in the next 8 hours.
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Re: Forum Upgrade

Postby Ian.M » Thu Jul 31, 2014 10:59 am

So the spam starts approx 10 am Indian time. (phone country code for India is +91)
An international botnet would not be tied so closely to business hours in a particular country.
I suspect its simply local "cottage industry" spam running out of various webcafes etc.

My script is keeping my screen 99% spam free at the moment and I've only had to add a single phone number so far today.
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Re: Forum Upgrade

Postby Tom Maier » Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:55 pm

jtemples wrote: I don't know what time zone the "forum manager" is in...


Most likely he is in Arizona, USA. We call that "Mountain Time" because it follows the Rocky Mnt. range.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_Time_Zone

But also you need to consider local time zone variations that can iunfluence his schedule:

Donut Local Time (DLT)
Before checking web site, must get donut before they are all gone.

Who Scheduled This Meeting Time? (WSTMT?)
Somebody scheduled a meeting at 8:00 in the morning and you are still eating you donut when people are assembling. Everybody is late and too sleepy to participate. Then there is a hunt for who scheduled this meeting so early. Followed by a lynching...
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Re: Forum Upgrade

Postby drh » Thu Jul 31, 2014 3:14 pm

I just checked the "site". It had logged me off and wouldn't let me back on. The site is full of Indian spam and CindyNY, a longtime mod, was logged on.
In other words, business as usual.
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Re: Forum Upgrade

Postby HallMark » Thu Jul 31, 2014 3:35 pm

Ian.M wrote:So the spam starts approx 10 am Indian time. (phone country code for India is +91)
An international botnet would not be tied so closely to business hours in a particular country.
I suspect its simply local "cottage industry" spam running out of various webcafes etc.

My script is keeping my screen 99% spam free at the moment and I've only had to add a single phone number so far today.

Yeah they are from India and posting magical Black Magic help. :lol:
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Re: Forum Upgrade

Postby drh » Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:36 pm

Just got back on. No spam (yet). And 2 admins logged on, CindyNY and RoboPuppy. For what it's worth.
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Re: Forum Upgrade

Postby jtemples » Thu Jul 31, 2014 11:04 pm

David wrote:it might be bad form but could we not just answer any threads opened on the mchip forum here and post a link to it ?

That would require that the Microchip site be sufficiently functional that you could actually respond to a thread. I've found that not to be the case on at least one thread today.
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Re: Forum Upgrade

Postby BobAGI » Thu Jul 31, 2014 11:20 pm

FWIW I have yet to see spam threads.
I have set up my profile to alert me of new posts in the PIC24 Topics sub-forum and I cannot recall when I last got a message about something spam like there.
I know it has happened before but quite seldom, not the massive spam that some here report.
Where is it?
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