[aur-general] Fighting spam on the AUR
felixonmars at gmail.com
Wed Mar 13 06:59:59 EDT 2013
On Wednesday, March 13, 2013 11:48:50 Maxime Gauduin wrote:
> On Wed, 2013-03-13 at 11:33 +0100, Lukas Fleischer wrote:
> > Status quo:
> > 06:54 < gtmanfred> ok, it really is time for something else
> > 06:54 < gtmanfred> the spammer is now creating a new account for
> > every comment and flag out of date
> > The account suspension feature does not help here.
> > Options:
> > * Allow package maintainers to block the "Flag package out-of-date"
> > feature for a certain amount of time. Note that this might eventually
> > cripple the "out-of-date" function. Also, this does not work for
> > comments.
> > * Use CAPTCHAs during account registration. We could either use MAPTCHAs
> > ("What is 1 + 1?") or something like reCAPTCHA .
> > * Moderate new accounts. Might be a lot of work. We need some TUs that
> > review and unlock accounts. Also, it might be hard to distinguish a
> > spam bot from a regular user. If we require a short application text,
> > this might result in less users joining the AUR.
> > * Block IP addresses. Bye-bye, Tor users!
> > Comments and suggestions welcome! We need to find a proper solution as
> > soon as possible!
> >  http://www.google.com/recaptcha
> Blocking IP addresses would be the most effective and require the less
> work imho. Here's how I'd do it:
> Add a 'TOR user' checkbox on the 'My account' page to state whether the
> user uses TOR or not, and ask the same question during the creation of
> new accounts.
> All new and existing accounts not using TOR are automatically
> All new or existing accounts using TOR are automatically blacklisted,
> and have to send a request to aur-general so they can be granted a
> special status which bypasses the IP verification.
> Give TUs more super powers so they can blacklist or whitelist users/IPs.
> What do you think?
And there're thousands of free proxy lists with millions of available candidate IPs, I don't really think this could stop the spammers.
So IMHO I'd +1 for captchas (though hate it a lot).
And maybe some more captchas than just in registering: (just examples)
* 5th or more out-of-date flags in a day
* 5th or more comments (in different packages) in a day
* 5th or more same comment sentence
This should not bother existing users too much.
But nothing could really stop him if he still hate us so much and register & post manually, just as suggested before.
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