Spam Filter Woes

I am a regular poster and I keep getting blocked by the spam filter for absolutely no apparent reason other than (perhaps) I'm an expat who lives in Asia, and therefore login from a 'foreign' (it's local to me!) IP address at like 2 AM EST.  I keep 'send report' when I get the spam filter message, and have written to the website's moderator several time.  What is up with all this, and how can we fix it?  Do others have this problem? 




January 18, 2017 10:01 AM

Meanwhile the boards are full of spam this morning! Poor moderators, and poor us!

January 18, 2017 11:00 AM

I know, eh? It's a ridiculous situation. 

January 18, 2017 11:02 AM

I tried to post an original forum post and it locked me out, though I had nothing in the text that could even be misconstrued as inappropriate or spam-like.

January 18, 2017 11:08 AM

The keepers of this website really need to get their act together and fix the problem. 

As a temporary fix, if you want to leave a comment or create a new post that the spam filter won't allow, please take advantage of our new moderator email, bnwmod at gmail dot com

1) If you can create a post or comment yourself, do so, because that will make it in your name. Make the content something about the text having been sent to the moderators so that we know to check asap.

2) Send whatever it was you wanted to write to the moderator email and one of us will replace the filler text with the real text. (If it's a new post, please include a title, too.)

3) If you can't create the new post, one of us will do it for you and give you credit for the content. Please include your username in the email. 

Hopefully this will get resolved quickly. 


January 18, 2017 11:51 AM

I've run up against the filter several times lately. I edited and edited one time and couldn't figure it out. I finally posted just the first line of what I wanted to say to see if I could post at all and I could. So I added the second line and it worked. The third line and it worked. The fourth line and I hit the filter.

Seeing absolutely nothing of consequence in the rejected line, I posted the first half and it went up fine so added the second half and it was rejected. I re-worded the completely innocuous section and it let me put up the post just fine. I would have never been able to guess the trigger and still can't explain it.

It's tedious and I only did it once, but if you're curious to test for yourself you could do similar.

By EVie
January 18, 2017 12:25 PM

I used the same strategy, and it worked. So far the offending words I've identified are "s3x" (as others have noted as well) and "str3tch" (no idea why! Maybe something related to certain male enhancement products?)

January 18, 2017 8:09 PM

My "favorite" is when deleting a spam post triggers the spam filter. OF COURSE it's spam, that's why I'm trying to delete it! Why on earth didn't the filter catch it when it was posted?

In other words, the filter is not only totally ineffective, it's also applied to entirely the wrong parts of the process.

January 19, 2017 12:05 PM

Yes! It drives me crazy when that happens -- and also how infrequently it happens. Pardon the crassness, but it's really a "no sh*t, Sherlock" moment. 

January 18, 2017 2:00 PM

Yes, others do definitely have this problem. And yet, every morning, the forums are full of spam until the moderators get to it.

A hint to TPTB at Mollom: it is mind-bogglingly idiotic to apply a "spam block" to people who have been posting to this forum for years. Also, if your so-called "spam filter" is based on blacklisted words (as this one seems to be), then it is not a spam filter in any valid sense of the term; it is merely a user-annoyance filter that will NEVER actually prevent a single piece of spam from being posted (as it demonstrably hasn't).

Of course, these are the same people who, a few months back, decided that it's a good idea to block all paragraph tags and line breaks in forum posts, and it practically took divine intervention to convince them otherwise. "Astoundingly moronic" doesn't even begin to cover it.

January 19, 2017 5:47 PM

The only time it's ever stopped me is when I had been listing name suggestions (hitting enter in between each) on a reply to someone. I guess there was 'too much space' or something. Crazy cause I do that all the time, and it's only happened once.

January 19, 2017 7:08 PM

Whereas I had it hit me a couple of times specifically because I didn't put line breaks between a list of names (I wanted to use commas instead).

April 4, 2018 11:11 AM

There seems to be a new problem with the spam filter that is preventing the creation of new threads, so I'm piggy-backing on this old thread to try to get a sense of the scope of the problem. I'm a mod, so not sure if non-mods can also reply to threads; please reply to this thread if you are able (and if you've tried to start a thread but were blocked, let us know when that happened). Thanks!

April 4, 2018 12:00 PM

I logged in with the (non-moderator) moderator account and I wasn't able to reply to this message. 

April 4, 2018 5:48 PM

This sentence makes me laugh so hard! (I do know what you mean but it is still wonderfully silly.)

I had been wondering why the quiet had been so protracted and why no one had spontaneously conceived a set of all-girl quadruplets to fill the silence yet!

April 11, 2018 11:03 AM

For everyone wondering when they will be able to get their BNW fix again, here is a message from Laura:

The tech staff is working on the problem. It turns out that there's not as simple a fix as we'd like -- the latest versions of the spam-fighting software and the core publishing software are no longer compatible, so they have to test and implement a whole new system.


April 26, 2018 4:58 PM

It seems to be working again and now some creep is posting 

BobbyZox  -

April 26, 2018 5:13 PM

While we wait for the full fix, if anyone has an urgent naming issue (or anything else you want addressed on the Board), let's post it here.

April 26, 2018 7:04 PM

The captchas-out-the-wazoo approach is clearly not actually preventing any spam...