2010-12-22 01:00:24Bug in the "Spam control" button?
Ned

ned.flounders@yahoo...
129.170.23.45

We're getting a sudden flood of spam postings from user "prosch".  I've repeatedly clicked the "Spam" link, which does successfully delete all the user's posts.  But it doesn't seem to disable the spammer's account.  Although the last one was posted under a different name ("prolanguage") so maybe it's working now....

2010-12-22 02:51:33
Ned

ned.flounders@yahoo...
129.170.23.45

Nope, still not disabling the account. 

Maybe this is payback for my accidental tagging of CBDunkerson as a spammer last month.  The website has learned that I'm not to be trusted with these powers......

2010-12-22 03:23:24
Ned

ned.flounders@yahoo...
129.170.23.45
This guy is determined.  He's on his 3rd login now (dolmetscher), with 13 comments in the past couple of hours.
2010-12-22 08:37:47Okay, I figured out why spammers can still post
John Cook

john@skepticalscience...
121.222.210.74

It's a programming loop hole - setting them to spammer changes their user status in the database but not in the user's live session. So while they're on their current session, they can still spam - but next time they come back, they find their account disabled. I'll need to add some code to double check the user status when a comment comes in.

Ned, thanks for being on top of this guy - he had to keep changing logins because of your speedy moderation (and it'll be even more effective when I tighten the code). I'll go grab his IP # and ban it from future use.

2010-12-22 08:42:45Spammer banned by IP
John Cook

john@skepticalscience...
121.222.210.74
But he used 2 different IP numbers so that's not a fool proof way of filtering this guy out. But hopefully he'll get bored by his lack of success and move onto greener pastures.
2010-12-22 22:52:13
Ned

ned.flounders@yahoo...
129.170.23.45

Thanks, John.