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Re: Spiders and Bots

Post by Ghoul » Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:50 pm

Removed the following fields from Edit Profile Tab within the User Control Panel. The only thing still there is pull downs for setting your birthday. Spammer bots were putting URLs in those fields. I doubt anyone uses or even looks at that stuff anyways.

Battlelog profile

Deleted the following code from /www/styles/DirtyBoard2/template/ucp_profile_profile_info.html
ucp_profile_profile_info.html.original is there if it needs to be restored for any reason
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      <dt><label for="website">link to Battlelog profile:</label></dt>
      <dd><input type="text" name="website" id="website" maxlength="255" value="{WEBSITE}" class="inputbox" /></dd>
      <dt><label for="aim">{L_UCP_AIM}:</label></dt>
      <dd><input type="text" name="aim" id="aim" maxlength="255" value="{AIM}" class="inputbox" /></dd>
      <dt><label for="msn">{L_UCP_MSNM}:</label></dt>
      <dd><input type="text" name="msn" id="msn" maxlength="255" value="{MSN}" class="inputbox" /></dd>
      <dt><label for="yim">{L_UCP_YIM}:</label></dt>
      <dd><input type="text" name="yim" id="yim" maxlength="255" value="{YIM}" class="inputbox" /></dd>
      <dt><label for="jabber">{L_UCP_JABBER}:</label></dt>
      <dd><input type="text" name="jabber" id="jabber" maxlength="255" value="{JABBER}" class="inputbox" /></dd>
      <dt><label for="location">{L_LOCATION}:</label></dt>
      <dd><input type="text" name="location" id="location" maxlength="255" value="{LOCATION}" class="inputbox" /></dd>
      <dt><label for="occupation">{L_OCCUPATION}:</label></dt>
      <dd><textarea name="occupation" id="occupation" class="inputbox" rows="3" cols="30">{OCCUPATION}</textarea></dd>
      <dt><label for="interests">{L_INTERESTS}:</label></dt>
      <dd><textarea name="interests" id="interests" class="inputbox" rows="3" cols="30">{INTERESTS}</textarea></dd>

Spiders and Bots

Post by Ghoul » Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:32 pm

I spent a couple hours deleting obvious spam user accounts most of which were Russian or were linked to Russian web sites. I also implemented a large ban list for web spiders and bots. Didn't ban google, yahoo, bing etc but rather the sites that pump search rankings which is the reason for the fake accounts adding garbage to our forums trying to boost clients search results across the web.

New user accounts that add URLs to their profile that are not game related (people use to link to their battlelog profile) will be deleted if there is no evidence they are real people contributing to the community.