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So this morning, this is what I woke up to: 

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Stuff like that is all over the site today. There were a couple other similar weird posts from separate accounts in the past few weeks too. Is there a fix that could be used, like requiring CAPTCHA during signup to filter out bot accounts attempting to register and post this type of spam?

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I assure everyone that the admin team is looking into it. This spam is unacceptable. We may stop taking on new members until the issue is resolved.

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Thank you for reporting the spam recently on the board. Reporting the posts is the best way to alert us to these posts and we will delete them as soon as we can.

Although we have spam prevention methods in place, they were proving to be insufficient.

We have changed the security check method as of October 8, 2022 and will monitor this situation. If the spam continues we will disable new registrations for a period of time.

Thanks for your patience and making CPTDB a great place!

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52 minutes ago, captaintrolley said:

You're welcome.  I spent at least an hour reporting all that spam. Starting from the bottom and working my way up didn't make it any faster. LOL

A lot of the time it's 1 account creating several threads in several subforums (sometimes it could be several accounts doing this at the same time). Since there doesn't seem to be an option to report profiles directly, I'd report 1 of the multiple threads created by said profile, indicating it as a "spam account", and eventually all those threads get deleted & the spam profile turns blank

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18 hours ago, Oc4526 said:

Good morning @A. Wong is there an option to “report user” along side report post ?  

When you report the post, we see the associated user and ban them right away, so it is essentially reporting both at once!

This means that you don't really have to report all the posts by the same person.

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On 11/8/2022 at 8:49 AM, Kumiko Oumae said:

One by the user @gammabutyrolactone is promoting the sale of drugs and other illegal material. Which is getting out of hand.

On 11/8/2022 at 9:08 AM, CanadianBrick1 said:

This one has probably been the worst one. I also can't believe someone would do something like this so publicly 

On 11/8/2022 at 9:46 AM, DCTransitFilms said:

He just asking to be arrested lol

It's also possible that some of those bots advertising drugs, counterfeit products, or "other illegal material" could be undercover sting operations to see if anyone falls for it.

Tax payers : r/memes

In the meantime, here's another bot (already reported): https://cptdb.ca/profile/40162-ashelyco19/

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