[Operators] chatroom flooders

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at stpeter.im
Fri Jun 22 12:16:35 UTC 2012

On 6/22/12 4:01 AM, Tim Schumacher wrote:
> At Thu, 21 Jun 2012 21:00:45 -0700,
> Ed - 0x1b, Inc. wrote:
>> On Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 9:50 AM, Peter Saint-Andre <stpeter at stpeter.im> wrote:
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>>> It seems that many of those who run multi-user chat services have
>>> experienced chatroom flooders. What best practices do people have for
>>> fighting this? It seems the best we can do in real time is change the
>>> room to moderated so that new flooders can't send messages, but that's
>>> not a very good solution and we should be able to come up with
>>> something better. I've been thinking about ways to use entity
>>> reputation (XEP-0275), but other suggestions are welcome. :)
>>> Peter
>> How about tar-pitting the flooders - like OpenBSD's spamd? (and not
>> the spam filter spamd)
>> It has a good feature set. I like that it works out at the firewall.
> Tarpitting sounds good, the problem I can see that in heated
> discussion this could also trigger.
> Another Problem I see with tarpitting is when the flooder joins with
> 10 or more bots tarpitting would not be very effective.

And that's what happens.


Peter Saint-Andre

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