MNHQ here <waves> re. spam

(85 Posts)
RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 03-Mar-13 11:25:15


Just to let you know that we are dealing and exterminating; thanks for all the reports. Hope you'll understand if we don't have time to come on to all the various different threads about this right now.

<up to thighs in spam>

MrsTwgtwf Sun 03-Mar-13 11:27:11


Don't eat any of the spam, or your thighs will expand.

SavoyCabbage Sun 03-Mar-13 11:28:29

Most of its gone now so well done. During the night it was every single thread and we all had to huddle up one one thread together like there was a war on.

Well, I could have stepped outside into the 30 degree sunshine

Scout19075 Sun 03-Mar-13 11:29:02

Good luck, RowanMumsnet and the rest!

Here's hoping you have lots of chocolate and wine to help you get through it all!

Well done. They are tedious, aren't they? Don't worry about coming onto threads or responding personally to reports - I'm sure we're all just glad you are there with your bug-gun blasting them away.

nannynick Sun 03-Mar-13 11:38:20

We are all i expect just gald the spambots have been stopped, at least till next time they visit.

Keep up the good work, hope it does not take hours.

Rowan is it useful for us to report every single one we see? Or in situations like this is it fair to asume if we see them, you do too?
Thanks for sorting this out. Though I do worry about what we'll all do when we fancy watching sport but can't think how.

I'm reporting as I go!!

ShowOfHands Sun 03-Mar-13 11:46:28

Might I suggest you pipe this excellent song gently across MNHQ.

All together now...

Spam it's pink and it's oval, it's made in Chernobyl, SPAM!!

Would you like every single one reported, or just one each time we spot a new batch? There's a huge batch in AIBU but I've only reported one of them - is that enough to flag it up to you, or does it help to have every one tagged?

Sunnywithshowers Sun 03-Mar-13 12:01:08

Good luck! I don't need responses either, just glad you're deleting them all.

FamiliesShareGerms Sun 03-Mar-13 12:01:37

Suggest that you post this message (along with whether you want us to report or not - there are some very recent ones still coming in...) at the top of the page, or under "discussions of the day" or somewhere it won't get drowned out in spam itself

I've just reported two new ones that were posted in the last 5 mins - can I suggest a temporary shut down of the registration system whilst this is dealt with??

dothraki Sun 03-Mar-13 12:05:14

They are bloody everywhere. I might actually have togo and do something constructive for a few hours sad

ShowOfHands Sun 03-Mar-13 12:05:43

Agree with Families. Was thinking at about 3am this morning, they need a banner across MN atm explaining that they are aware of the problem and what/if anything we should do. There must have been hundreds of reports and I have no idea if they're useful.

MNHQ at the moment Or maybe Tech?

Moominsarehippos Sun 03-Mar-13 12:08:25

You have DALEKS at MNHQ? I am so jealous.

dothraki Sun 03-Mar-13 12:10:16

Sparkling grin
Do you think this would be a good time to start a thread about football ?

ShowOfHands Sun 03-Mar-13 12:13:58

At one point at 3am, my active convos was 50 threads long. 40 were spam as a minimum.

It's such a spectacular waste of time. And completely illegal.

Moominsarehippos Sun 03-Mar-13 12:15:20

Can't you list the originating mailboxes and we can spam them back with recipes for hummous or something?

A trawl of 'unanswered messages' will get a lot of them.

MmeLindor Sun 03-Mar-13 12:16:42

Blimey, just looked at the Bloggers Network. Do you want us to report each threads, or is there no point?

ShowOfHands Sun 03-Mar-13 12:17:34

Sadly, they'll probably never be able to trace it back anywhere.

Moominsarehippos Sun 03-Mar-13 12:19:17

Surely is goes back to whoecer is advertising? Whatzit - some football-style doodah?

MmeLindor Sun 03-Mar-13 12:20:25

Talk about not knowing your market - do they really think that MN is a hotbead of footie fans?

Although, I am presuming it is a bot kind of thing, cause no one could post that fast.

ShowOfHands Sun 03-Mar-13 12:34:38

I don't think it is advertising though. I think they're doing it because they can. If they wanted to advertise they'd pay more attention to audience. I think they're more likely to be doing it because they can. Disruption of Service attacks seem to be just ridiculous attempts to derail the function of large sites for some perverse pleasure. There are groups out there whose sole function is to choose a site and try and bring it down by doing exactly this sort of thing. There are a few ways of doing it but spambots are very popular. Makes it unusable for the intended audience.

Tee2072 Sun 03-Mar-13 12:35:27

I made the same suggestion, Tapir. I don't know if HQ have done it or not.

Remember, if you hide the threads, other threads will appear on Active!

LIZS Sun 03-Mar-13 12:35:42

They're still appearing !

MmeLindor Sun 03-Mar-13 12:35:51

yes, had another look at the threads. I think you are correct. Poor Tech, must be manic at MNHQ.

FiveGoMadInDorset Sun 03-Mar-13 12:36:40

No attacking AIBU. Still reporting but not sure if should be?

I think if you report. Post 'reported' on the thread. I assume that's helpful re multiple reports?

MrsJREwing Sun 03-Mar-13 12:36:55

still loads

Same here Five. But the NN seems to change a lot.

MmeLindor Sun 03-Mar-13 12:37:34

Not sure if it helps or just makes it worse, if we are all reporting threads. Hopefully one of MNHQ will pop in and tell us.

MooncupGoddess Sun 03-Mar-13 12:37:55

Ugh. Could MN make the registration process a bit more complicated (e.g. having to identify mixed-up letters on the screen or something) to deter them, or does it not work like that?

FiveGoMadInDorset Sun 03-Mar-13 12:38:30

I have been doing that and just hiding those already done.

Thumbwitch Sun 03-Mar-13 12:38:59

Hope you can fix up an appropriate defence against them! Bloody annoying, they are.

<sends case of gin to MNHQ>

Tee2072 Sun 03-Mar-13 12:40:26

Most of the bots can get through that moon. Their tech is more advanced than most Captcha tech.

Sad but true...

At least with the huge thread titles they are easy to stop.

Not stop-spot. hmm

LineRunner Sun 03-Mar-13 12:41:32

Just reported another few.

lougle Sun 03-Mar-13 12:42:07

Don't stand in Spam, Rowan shock

Please do tell us what will make your lives easier at the Towers smile

FiveGoMadInDorset Sun 03-Mar-13 12:42:14

We seem to have moved on from football.

brewbrewbrew for the troops.

Tee2072 Sun 03-Mar-13 12:53:05

I have this mental image of HQ with red lights flashing and people yelling across the room 'There's 12 more in Bloggers! Get on it STAT!'


and the sound of electronic laser fire as they are deleted and blocked....

stoatie Sun 03-Mar-13 12:54:41

sad gits (spammers)

It must be like the control panel of the Tardis.

Tee2072 Sun 03-Mar-13 13:01:16

This is what I'm thinking, Sparkling.

I am expecting a picture of The Doctor on the MN Facebook page any second now.

MmeLindor Sun 03-Mar-13 13:02:55

Damn. Tee. Now I have Dr Who them tune in my head

Tee2072 Sun 03-Mar-13 13:05:20


We really need him to come save us. Has anyone heard any whooshy timey wimey whoohooo noises around HQ today?

Is anybody else kind of enjoying the 'can I be the first to report?' game? grin

Dr Who saves MNHQ from the evil spammers!! There's a two parter right there.

Tee2072 Sun 03-Mar-13 13:07:47

Isn't that Red Dwarf, Sparkling?

Tee2072 Sun 03-Mar-13 13:08:30

It does say it's TARDIS, but it looks like the computer from Red Dwarf on the console!

OMG Cross over!!!!!!!!!!

Ooh is it? i am getting my SciFi mixed up.

pixiestix Sun 03-Mar-13 13:10:24

Baby Names is drowning in it.

Tee2072 Sun 03-Mar-13 13:11:06

That's definitely the TARDIS, sparkling.

The whole site is, pixie.

Everyone will be calling their baby 'Spam'. then. sad

Dawndonna Sun 03-Mar-13 13:18:11

Everything is bloody drowning in it at the moment. Driving me mad and I'm in a mardy as it is!

LadyBeagleEyes Sun 03-Mar-13 13:19:53

Poor MNHQ, I do feel sorry for all the work they're giving you. wine

FancyPuffin Sun 03-Mar-13 13:20:30

MNHQ I know you are working like beasts trying to sort out the spamming.

Just one idea in the past you have suspended all new registrations for a few days when we have been invaded.

Would that help?

[gin] wine thanks

HalfSpamHalfBrisket Sun 03-Mar-13 13:23:06

Oy Sparkling
Nowt wrong with the name Spam! grin

BoneyBackJefferson Sun 03-Mar-13 13:25:41


Couldn't you just turn off new registrations for a while?

Tee2072 Sun 03-Mar-13 13:39:24

Turning off new reg has been suggested and I'm sure they have thought of it as well.

RustyBear Sun 03-Mar-13 13:44:56

Apparently the best way to stop spambots is to require a question at registration - advice "to use a question that is unique to your forum, avoid using common knowledge like "what is 1 + 1". Eg a boating forum asked questions about boat terminology, like, which side is port?

Wonder what questions MNHQ could come up with....

LineRunner Sun 03-Mar-13 13:45:49

That previous picture is the inside of the sex shed.

Tee2072 Sun 03-Mar-13 13:56:27

I do not know what kind of sex you have LR...

Rusty If you go to the market, what kind of ham should you buy?

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Sun 03-Mar-13 13:58:08

OMG, baby names! Sinking under a pile of shit spam.

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Sun 03-Mar-13 13:59:00


EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Sun 03-Mar-13 13:59:21

Bugger, given the answer away...

NormaStanleyFletcher Sun 03-Mar-13 14:12:57

What is the point of the spam? Is it because mumsnet scores highly on google searches, and therefore if you are searching for live streaming of a game the mumsnet post will appear high in the results?

MmeLindor Sun 03-Mar-13 14:19:50

problem is, you would have to be a MNetter already to know that the answer to 'What kind of ham do you like', should be 'naice'.

We could have some kind of pregnancy related questions.

RustyBear Sun 03-Mar-13 14:26:12

Wasn't me that suggested the ham, Mme!

I don't know a lot about how spam bots work, but maybe you could have a question like the ones for the competitions, where you have to answer a comprehension-type question based on a page that's linked to (eg the meaning of one of the acronyms). Or could a spambot cope with that?

ShowOfHands Sun 03-Mar-13 14:29:38

I know they're busy but do you think a sticky on this thread might help stop the multiple 'what are mnhq doing/do they know/are they up' threads?

Dh agrees that MNHQ should post the originating email addresses so we can spam them back. I am tempted to go through every thread posting, 'Oh do fuck off, there's a dear' - but I suspect that would be a total waste of time.

Dawndonna Sun 03-Mar-13 14:52:58

Unfortunately, posting 'oh do fuck off, dear' really is a waste of time. It's not a person.

IamtheZombie Sun 03-Mar-13 14:55:20

Posting anything on any of these threads just bumps them back up the Active list. There are more than enough new ones still going up to swamp Active as it is. Please just report.

You are right, Dawndonna. I might have enjoyed it the first few times, but that is all.

Tee2072 Sun 03-Mar-13 16:20:11

Mine was not a serious question for consideration!

All they are hoping to accomplish is delay and confusion...and I've been watching too much Thomas...

LineRunner Sun 03-Mar-13 18:25:35

I think a good MN registration question would be, 'How much does Peter Andre love his kids?'

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