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Post by NRPGAdmin on October 8th 2013, 7:53 am

For a while now I have been having a problem with a group of trolls that love to harass my forum, either through spamming, or just harassing the members under different names.  I have banned them multiple times, banned the IP, but they are getting around it simply with a free download proxy, my current defense is shutting down my forum to new joiners which is only hurting me since I am left defenseless.

Is there anything at all that I can do to get rid of them?  I do not want to disable all proxies (If that's even possible) since we have members whom are in a dorm that has one normally for the schools protection, but I will if I have to and cut my losses.  Any and all help is appreciated.

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Post by Ange Tuteur on October 8th 2013, 4:32 pm

Hello NRPGAdmin,

I believe you have two choices which are possible by yourself.

1. ) Keep the forum open to new members and ban these said users each time they come back to harass your members. It would be good to check for faulty/fake emails, and make sure that you have email activation for new accounts, you could also use Admin only activation for accounts as well.

2. ) Close your forum to new members from anywhere to a week or a month. If these persons find that they cannot join your forum anymore, they will most likely give up and move onto something else.

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Post by SLGray on October 8th 2013, 6:12 pm

Also try this:

Do not react to the trolls. What I mean is do not post about them on your forum or reply to their private messages and/or emails. Just ban their accounts and delete their spam posts.


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Post by NRPGAdmin on October 8th 2013, 8:51 pm

I have already done all of these options, this has been going on for months, and has even escalated to the point a rival site has been made just to harass mine and try to steal my members since I have to frequently turn on admin activation. The group of trolls were once members that got themselves banned, so they have a personal grudge against the site that seems never ending.

I'm trying to see if Forumotion has any stronger ban methods, anyone I can report this to, or what I can possibly do to end this once and for all. It is to the point I have to schedule people to be on 24/7 just to prevent a spam attack and ban the accounts before I have to spend hours cleaning up html porn spam.

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Post by SLGray on October 9th 2013, 12:41 am

Forumotion will only get involved if they are breaking the Terms of Service (referring to their forum). Forumotion does not have any other methods to ban members.


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Post by NRPGAdmin on October 9th 2013, 4:23 am

So I am basically stuck dealing with this with no help? The security on the forum is rendered useless by a free download proxy. They openly announce that it is them, and announce that they are using a proxy to get past the bans. Is there seriously no one that can help me on this issue? I should not be stuck sitting with my forum on Admin approval because the security you offer is like paper in this scenario. Forgive any frustration in my response, I have been dealing with this issue for months, and now I'm being told basically to suck it up and kill my forum by keeping it on admin approval.

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Post by SLGray on October 9th 2013, 10:05 am



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Post by NRPGAdmin on October 9th 2013, 12:31 pm

Sadly, none of this helps. I have done all the safety precautions, I have the IP's limited (It doesn't help when a new IP is made with a click of a button) on making new accounts, and I have people watching for strange activity. I have physically done everything possible that is listed, but my Forum still has no protection against a proxy. I appreciate the attempts at trying to help me with this problem, but if there is truly nothing I can do but sit here and keep getting screwed over by the proxy spammers then I guess that is all I can do. I am to the point of taking legal action against them if possible, is there any recommended/required process for this?

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