I started a GTA site with a friend who's more offline then I am these days, by far, I was always concerned with the site itself, but we were happy to have members join, really, help us get started in viewership, if not posts. However, today I'm finding a massive influx of Russian Pro-Spam-Bots, and I can't tell if anyone is really legit, some list age and hobbies on their join criteria, and one jokingly asked in English about travel tips outside the USA, highjacking a thread. Rather then ban IP though, I did the easiest tact as a Moderator and banned user names. I think this tends to be the Wack-A-Mole approach and not too productive. I'm the only one doing daily observations to keep things in check and I have a personal life too.
It's all a bit too much negativity trying to second guess the new joins, so if things don't look right, I take action right away.
Wonder if staff on this site have some suggestions, experiencing an uptick in this type of attack perhaps, on GTA based sites related to it's popularity?
For instance, one posted in Russian with reference to Battlefield 4, but I still couldn't allow it, because only a small fraction if even that, would understand such a post, and it's likely just not informative. I was leary just posting a music site one could stream from, being based in Russia, but I even wonder if doing that had an effect like what I'm seeing now?
When we started it was people attacking our effort who knew me previously, and it was entirely unwarranted types of attack, so having to deal with undesirables on a site you want to enjoy, nothing more, nothing less, it's a massive headache to deal with this type of thing.
I'd love to have help dealing with these matters, but it doesn't seem possible being the way fringe sites operate, We initially had a struggle electing and keeping moderating and Admin staff around, and those folks grew tired of it long before me I guess!