I'm seeing spammers almost every day again, which is around 7:00 AM CET which is -0600 UTC so about 1:00 AM EST, I believe. It's also +0800 UTC in Korea (suspected origin of spam) which is about 3:00 PM there if I'm correct.
It would be nice if it's only a small wave during a fixed time ;-)
There was a new wave of spam (different to the previous one), so the system had to "adapt" again. It started about 17 hours ago and has been going on constantly since then. What you saw was just the initial spam before the system new about it (after deleting a few of those threads it's now under control, hopefully).
There were close to 1000 threads of spam just in the past 17 hours... so what you saw was only a small part. Hopefully we won't be bothered by it a lot anytime soon, thanks to Molster and the rest of the DFans team.
Things getting quite out of control again. I hate this, I really do. I simply cannot stand visiting Bnet forums due to the open sewer that it is, and this is my go-to Diablo 3 website.....but my god man, this spam is so offputting.
I second that. My fingers are burning from banning so many bots... Shinna, Zero, Truecoldkill, and myself have (manually) banned several hundreds (!) bots this morning. You might notice that most threads disappear after a few minutes - the spam system just sometimes needs a minute or two to detect them. It's certainly a new high... there have been over 2500 (!) threads in the past few hours by those spam bots. I think the anti spam system is a bit overwhelmed.
We keep banning them, no worries, it's just popping up faster than we can ban it at times. In the meantime, I think there's no need to reporting them... if it's so obvious spam that appears on the "recent post" list I don't think reporting is necessary ;-)
I've been a long-time lurker of this site. Really do enjoy reading through various advice and general tips (and of course the news), but the "General Discussion"-section is being slaughtered right now, starting ~5 hours ago or so
Spammers are out in full force tonight, so I've got a script taking care of cleaning up the forums. It should continue to run throughout the night and help the spam filter catch any content it has missed.
About what the bots are spamming, id understand if it was for goldselling or boosting, but...kitchen appliances or relationship helps...i mean...really, what do the botters think they will achieve by spamming a gaming forum with this
I'm not sure where to post this... but I'll probably bump this every now and then:
Please do not post in any of those spam threads. Do not post any witty comments, do not post just to tell that you reported a bot (we can see it, no worries), and do not ask about spam-related questions in those threads but *here*.
Q: Why aren't those bots automatically detected?
A: Some of them are, but some of them are not. If the spam filter is a bit more aggressive you'd see completely legit threads disappear (we already have to un-mark threads, posts, signatures, and builds as "not spam" occasionally).
Q: Why should I not post in those threads?
A: It's a free bump for a spammer, which is success for them. Also, after the spam bot has been banned, we have to manually delete your post as well. Last but not least - I'm not sure about it, but just an observation - a thread with replies has a lower likelihood to be detected as spam thread.
Captchas are no obstacle for bots (or spam posters, which sometimes aren't even bots but humans). Captchas do only annoy/hinder "legit users". Captchas are essentially useless and will not be implemented ever, as far as I've read from previous posts of the Curse software developers.