Strange telegram I received

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cassius335

Sure - but IP addresses can be spoofed.

A better alternative would be to add a Captcha style input to the registration form to prevent automated spam bots from signing up to the game. Prevention, after all, is better than cure.
Or not let people send telegrams until they've levelled up a bit (Lvl 2? Lvl 5? Lvl 10?). I doubt automatic spam-bots can play the game.
 

Elmyr

Or not let people send telegrams until they've levelled up a bit (Lvl 2? Lvl 5? Lvl 10?). I doubt automatic spam-bots can play the game.
Or make them complete "Pony-Express", which would impose a level 3 req for sending telegrams and require a valid email address.

But presumable they come from specific IP addresses, can an IP address not be blocked?
It can be done, but would cause problems for legitimate users from those countries if they used proxies from small countries with limited internet access.
 
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Da Twista

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Getting this via telegram all the time is becoming immensely annoying. I have logged a support ticket on this.

Subject shops-the-west.net NEW WEBSITE
Conversational partner Holul
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Holul Today at 11:56 AM
I welcome!

http://www.shops-the-west.net/

I would like to inform you about existence of new website about the-west.
What this side serves? I talk already, you can here publish assortment of shops in your town.
For what? I explain, for other players, they could easier and simpler to them to get interesting them object.

http://www.shops-the-west.net/

Except for that on a site you will find:

black list [blacklist of dishonest players],
calculator of payments [you can check as well as how many were paid by Your habitants on town treasury of city during the last week],
afore-mentioned searching system of objects [you can in a simple and rapid method find a city in which you can purchase an object you interesting of which, or object with bonus you interesting of which]

http://www.shops-the-west.net/

PS: All income from advertisings which is on a site is appointed on it preservation and development, so consequently if it pleased to you and was for you usable during a minute, click in any of advertisings. Maybe even you will find there something interesting for you ;).

http://www.shops-the-west.net/
I have looked at this site, not interested in using it at all.
 

ir.ufis

A better alternative would be to add a Captcha style input to the registration form to prevent automated spam bots from signing up to the game.
This will only slow down the spammer for a minute or so while they do a manual registration and then send the registration info to their spam bot.

Or make them complete "Pony-Express", which would impose a level 3 req for sending telegrams and require a valid email address.
This would be the best solution.
The level restriction part of the pony express quest is what will do the trick. The valid email address is too easy to get by.
With one gmail address you can have virtually unlimited aliases that all go to the same inbox. No need to register a new address, just use a different alias with every new registration (feel free to google "gmail ninja tips" for more info). The verification of the email once again only slows down the spammer for a minute or so.
Forcing them to level up to 3 will of course slow them down considerably more.

Another useful method can be to blacklist some phrases in the messages. Replace all these with *** or [noparse][blacklisted phrase][/noparse] or whatever.
Will cause some extra processing on the sever though. You can limit it to processing the [noparse][/noparse] bb code, but I have received some spam with the site name in plain text. Then this will also be overcome with tinyurl and other such sites. Basically forcing them to play a few levels before being able to send mail will be the best solution.
 
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