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Tue 15 Jan, 2013 1:20 pm
Some of you may be aware that we have a script that prevents spammers from joining this site, if they have been entered at http://www.stopforumspam.com
I have a record of how many spammers this script has blocked since its introduction in early 2011.This competition is just for fun, how many attempts by spammers have been stopped this year only by the script - that is, over the last 15 days?Post your guesses below, I will put up the answer
after a while later this week.EDIT - Answer HERE.
Tue 15 Jan, 2013 2:38 pm
My work email is about 90% spam and is supposed to have filters that stop over 90% of the spam that comes. I reckon I average 5 spam messages per day so if 90% is stopped there must be 50 spam messages per day. Over 15 days that would be 750. Is that even close?
Tue 15 Jan, 2013 2:45 pm
I could be wrong, I don't think there is any 'auto' spam like email. Spammers here need to go to the trouble of registering in the hope of being approved (almost as tedious as making sure they are not genuine.. some of them are tricky)
Tue 15 Jan, 2013 2:53 pm
Tue 15 Jan, 2013 3:18 pm
After what Nuts said, I guess 40ish spammers in the last 15 days
Tue 15 Jan, 2013 4:07 pm
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Tue 15 Jan, 2013 4:27 pm
To the power of what?
Tue 15 Jan, 2013 5:40 pm
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Wed 16 Jan, 2013 9:50 am
Zero - they are all automated 'bot' programs
Wed 16 Jan, 2013 7:17 pm
You win the Pie? But you're wrong.
Wed 16 Jan, 2013 7:25 pm
Wed 16 Jan, 2013 7:38 pm
One's called Tasadam, the other Son of a beach
Wed 16 Jan, 2013 7:56 pm
Is that right 8505
Wed 16 Jan, 2013 8:01 pm
6000 of them are in the game.
Whats your excuse 4307??
Wed 16 Jan, 2013 8:06 pm
lol, i wonder myself sometimes
Thu 17 Jan, 2013 6:56 pm
Having run a PR 3 blog, close to 10k visits a month, I would get anywhere up to 1000 - 2000 spam attempts a week.
Being a forum that is in a nice niche, ill bet that a handful of link builders try and post spam links here for paid clients too.
having said that, I'd say anywhere up to the 20 - 30k mark would be a reasonable guesstimate, however anything up to 100k would not surprise me one bit.
And yes, that is for a fortnight.
Thu 17 Jan, 2013 7:07 pm
Tried spam once. Didn't like it. You still see it in supermarkets though...bur I bet no one admits it. Zero then, based on sound logic.
Thu 17 Jan, 2013 7:13 pm
blacksheep wrote:Tried spam once. Didn't like it. You still see it in supermarkets though...bur I bet no one admits it. Zero then, based on sound logic.
My grandmother gave me a can of spam as an xmas prezzie about 15 years ago.
Thu 17 Jan, 2013 7:21 pm
Wow... the stopforumspam site lists 41,000,000 known spammers.
So the correct answer should be 16,249 !
Thu 17 Jan, 2013 8:55 pm
Thu 17 Jan, 2013 10:21 pm
Its a bit like trying to count how many jelly beans are in the jar really, you guess a number but you know its probably going to be a lot more...
Thu 17 Jan, 2013 10:49 pm
Someone had to go high
I ran a public facing email server for a national company over several years. The amount of attempted relays and spam hitting on our virtual front door per day was astronomical. With a bit of effort and regular fine tuning I managed to drop 99.999% of it into the bit bucket, the lucky employees were none the wiser.
Fri 18 Jan, 2013 8:26 am
I think the email gateway devices we use here drops over 90% of mail that hits them as spam. After that about 90% of the mail that they allow through is from Facebook, I think. Pity they don't drop that as well.
Fri 18 Jan, 2013 11:51 am
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