I've had to ban "Gmail"

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I've had to ban "Gmail"

Postby Dan Rowden » Fri May 21, 2010 2:20 pm

To all members,

Due to the fact that 95% of spam is coming from gmail users, I've had to ban that email service from the board. If you are a current member using it and find yourself effected by this move, please re-register using a different email address.

Sorry for any inconvenience.


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Re: I've had to ban "Gmail"

Postby Animus » Fri May 21, 2010 2:57 pm

I use gmail, but I can still log in, so does it only affect notifications? I guess. I don't really use them anyway.
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Re: I've had to ban "Gmail"

Postby guest_of_logic » Fri May 21, 2010 5:27 pm

You can in any case change your registered email address by clicking on "User Control Panel", then "Profile" and then "Edit account settings", and filling in the form.
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Re: I've had to ban "Gmail"

Postby Dan Rowden » Fri May 21, 2010 7:34 pm

Most spammers are avoiding effort.
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Re: I've had to ban "Gmail"

Postby Dan Rowden » Fri May 21, 2010 7:37 pm

Animus wrote:I use gmail, but I can still log in, so does it only affect notifications? I guess. I don't really use them anyway.


I don't know. I would have assumed it would have effected you, but maybe I have no idea what I'm doing.
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Re: I've had to ban "Gmail"

Postby guest_of_logic » Fri May 21, 2010 9:13 pm

Dan Rowden wrote:Most spammers are avoiding effort.


Oh, I was directing that to Animus and those like him who still want to receive notifications - e.g. when someone sends them a PM - not spammers!
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Re: I've had to ban "Gmail"

Postby Animus » Sat May 22, 2010 12:03 am

Dan Rowden wrote:
Animus wrote:I use gmail, but I can still log in, so does it only affect notifications? I guess. I don't really use them anyway.


I don't know. I would have assumed it would have effected you, but maybe I have no idea what I'm doing.


Hmmm. Someone has suggested here that if you ban @gmail.com then I should still remain a member but be unable to register anew with a gmail account or change my existing email address to gmail.com, but I have tried this and had no problems saving my gmail account in the phpBB account settings.

Someone else has suggested that you can add a registration question "Are you a bot?" to the registration process that would block spam-bots, but it'd still leave the door open to manual spammers. At any rate, the @gmail.com block should work too.
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Re: I've had to ban "Gmail"

Postby Dan Rowden » Sat May 22, 2010 9:27 am

Sadly, the majority of modern spammers, at least to places like this, are manual and not bots. Lots of unscrupulous - or maybe just desperate - people in the world, it seems.
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Re: I've had to ban "Gmail"

Postby Anders Schlander » Sat May 22, 2010 12:04 pm

I use gmail aswell, any chance that the user name can be preserved and switched to the new account, if neccesary?

Asia houses many of the people who spam advertisements. They are also very active in the gaming industry, where they sell gaming currency etc.

It must be said, there is alot of people who can't afford not to do many of these tasks.

Playing video games is largely considered quite benign, but when faced with the reality that people play them as a job just to feed their family, it's really quite obvious that the world is disfunctional. The fact that jobs exist to perpetuate stuff like needing video game posessions, or useless clothes etc. They 'only' exist because humans desire useless things. humans keep wanting things. With a greedy and selfish pupolation, with a worldwide monetary exchange system, some people are going to be screwed over, and in the mad race for insatiable fulfillment, these people latch on hoping to provide services to stay onboard, lest they drown in the sea of human exertion.
everything is really backwards. And asia is feeling it the worst because of the amount of people who are rushing to get a glimpse of modern life nowadays.

Ofcourse, i doubt most people even realize the problem, because they are busy with their own ego.
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Re: I've had to ban "Gmail"

Postby Dan Rowden » Sat May 22, 2010 4:36 pm

It seems as though the ban on gmail doesn't work retrospectively, as y'all are posting ok.
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Re: I've had to ban "Gmail"

Postby Animus » Sun May 23, 2010 4:49 am

What are your settings like? Did you ban "gmail.com" or "@gmail.com" or something else?
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Re: I've had to ban "Gmail"

Postby Dan Rowden » Sun May 23, 2010 9:36 am

I banned *@gmail.com

You need the * wildcard. That's the format I've used to ban previous email addresses and it seemes to have worked.
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Re: I've had to ban "Gmail"

Postby Anders Schlander » Sun May 23, 2010 10:00 am

hmm. fair enough
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Re: I've had to ban "Gmail"

Postby Animus » Mon May 24, 2010 3:46 am

Cool
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Re: I've had to ban "Gmail"

Postby cousinbasil » Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:43 pm

Dan Rowden wrote:I don't know. I would have assumed it would have effected you, but maybe I have no idea what I'm doing.


should read: "...would have affected you,..."
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Re: I've had to ban "Gmail"

Postby Dan Rowden » Tue Jun 08, 2010 2:53 pm

Your correction has had the effect of affecting me.
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Re: I've had to ban "Gmail"

Postby Dragonspirit » Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:26 am

If you must change to a new email provider, try Fastmail... It has been my friend for years... None of the thht in Fastmail...
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