Spam explosion on daily check-in

Counting carbs/calories is a drag. Obsessive scale stepping is a recipe for despair. If you want to count something, "days on habit" is a much better metric. Checking off days on a calendar would do just fine, but if you do it here you get accountability and support. Here's how. Start a new topic in this forum called (say) "Your Name Daily Check In." Then every N day post a "reply" to that topic as to whether you stayed on habit. A simple "<font color="green">SUCCESS</font>" or "<font color="red">FAILURE</font>" (or your preferred euphemism if that's too harsh) is sufficient, but obviously you're welcome to write more if you want. On S-days just register that you're taking an S-day. You don't have to do this forever, just until you're confident you've built the habit. Feel free to check in weekly or monthly or sporadically instead of daily. Feel free also to track other habits besides No-s (I'm keeping this forum under No-s because that's what the vast majority are using it for). See also my <a href="/habitcal/">HabitCal</a> tool for another more formal (and perhaps complementary) way to track habits.

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Whosonfirst
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Spam explosion on daily check-in

Post by Whosonfirst » Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:55 am

We currently have 14 spammer threads on front page(edit) & 13 on 2nd page(edit) of daily check in pushing regular posters off the first page. Same thing to some extent on other forums as well.
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Weekly goal = Five Green days in a row. I do a BMI check by looking in a mirror.
Orig. SW(7/2016)= 226/ SW(reboot) =217-3/7/18/
Current Wt= 210 -8/18

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Post by Soprano » Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:25 pm

You can report these and they will be removed but the forum software needs upgrading, it is preventable but takes more work.

It's a shame as it is annoying and can lose us members

Jx
Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

Whosonfirst
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Post by Whosonfirst » Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:51 pm

Soprano wrote:You can report these and they will be removed but the forum software needs upgrading, it is preventable but takes more work.

It's a shame as it is annoying and can lose us members

Jx
Already done, en-masse, but it's annoying to send a notice for the 30-40+ spams on our board.
Weekly goal = Five Green days in a row. I do a BMI check by looking in a mirror.
Orig. SW(7/2016)= 226/ SW(reboot) =217-3/7/18/
Current Wt= 210 -8/18

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Post by automatedeating » Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:27 am

I have emailed Reinhard twice. I suggest you do the same. He knows he needs to upgrade the server, but he hates the thought of losing Habitcal. I'm like - at this point so be it.
Month/Year-BMI
8/13-26.3; 8/14-24.5; 5/15-26.2; 1/16-26.9; 9/16-25.6; 8/17-25.8; 11/17-26.9; 3/18-25.6; 8/18-24.5; 10/18-23.8; 1/19-23.4; 2/19-22.7

Whosonfirst
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Post by Whosonfirst » Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:25 am

I'll let it drop at this point.
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Weekly goal = Five Green days in a row. I do a BMI check by looking in a mirror.
Orig. SW(7/2016)= 226/ SW(reboot) =217-3/7/18/
Current Wt= 210 -8/18

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Post by automatedeating » Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:39 am

Hi Whosonfirst. I'm sorry - I didn't mean to sound like I know how to solve this or have a simplistic solution. I don't. I only just emailed Reinhard recently two times about this overflow of spam - I have never emailed him before this crazy worsening in the last few months. I just was thinking that if enough of us email him personally he might solve the problem. I also offered to be a moderator if that would help. And I really don't know anything about the specific needs of a server in order to block spam.

Thank you for emailing him and for caring about our forum.
Month/Year-BMI
8/13-26.3; 8/14-24.5; 5/15-26.2; 1/16-26.9; 9/16-25.6; 8/17-25.8; 11/17-26.9; 3/18-25.6; 8/18-24.5; 10/18-23.8; 1/19-23.4; 2/19-22.7

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Post by Soprano » Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:07 pm

There are much better forum software programmes out there that will allow you to block first posts and pick up potential spammers on registration. I'm a moderator on another forum, unrelated to diets and it is so much more user friendly than this one which from a users experience point of view is frustrating to say the least.

Jx
Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

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