March 8, 2017 at 4:46PM

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Good bye NFS

It is getting harder and harder to sift through the BS and find the real posts. 2 weeks ago we were told that the spam is being dealt with and here we are STILL bombarded with spam. Suggestions have been made to lock the forum until its dealt with and no answer no fix. Its just pure laziness at this point. I know some content creators aren't paid but someone is making money from the site otherwise it would be ad free. and those are the ones I am talking to.

Fare thee well NFS, hopefully you can get this remedied before everyone gives up on my once favorite forums!

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Just to add
A spammer is the TOP MEMBERS THIS WEEK
1. david warner 201

March 8, 2017 at 4:49PM

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Michael Militscher
Director / Commercial Producer
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If NFS is too busy to take care of this, they should assign some members the power to clean-up all this spamming garbage. ( especially all the film piracy crap )

March 8, 2017 at 8:32PM, Edited March 8, 8:32PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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I think they are busy making the basketball movie they ran the $100,000 kickstarter for. Can't wait to see it!

Jake

March 12, 2017 at 10:06AM

The lack of effort has been apparent for a while now. Not sure what happened but this site is really starting to crumble. No one comments on the articles anymore, the forums are a mess, and there seems to be no one behind the wheel. It's a shame. My once favorite site to browse has become a ghost town.

March 9, 2017 at 1:38PM

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Luke Neumann
Cinematographer/Composer/Editor
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I can dig it. I only stop by here once a week now. I don't even bother looking at the boards anymore.

March 9, 2017 at 4:25PM

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Don Way
Writer/Director of Photography
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Hey guys!

This spam issue is a nightmare. Apologies for how long it's taking to get control over it, but just know that our editorial staff has deleted thousands of spam accounts thus far. I'm currently spending my Saturday night searching for these a-holes and cursing under my breath as I do it. Best possible way to party in my opinion.

March 11, 2017 at 9:40PM

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V Renée
Nights & Weekends Editor
Writer/Director

this is a wordpress blog. Pay an indian developer peanuts to fix it. Obviously.

Jake

March 12, 2017 at 10:15AM

Have you thought of enlisting some NFS members to help out? i.e. Temporary admins/ priority reporting of spam accounts? I know I spend enough time on here as it is sifting through the boards, and i'm sure quite a few people would be willing to donate some time to get this site back!

Craig Douglas

March 12, 2017 at 2:47PM

I understand how difficult it is stop message board spammers. I had a website a while back with a phpBB message board.

Bots would automatically register for my message board and post thousands of spam messages per day. Deleting the messages and the bot signups was labor-intensive.

Bot-nets can easily defeat alphanumeric captcha systems. Captcha that requires the registrant and/or poster to answer a math question works much better but isn't completely full-proof.

Cross-site scripting attacks were a huge problem for me and had to be stopped with coding mods. Hackers always look for security holes.

Even big networks such as Facebook and Twitter have to contend with bot-nets. The only real way to deal with these things is to constantly have security mods written and installed and to use a more rigorous question-based caption system.

Glenn Bossik

March 14, 2017 at 8:00PM

Hey all, just to echo what V said, it has been a real challenge to get a handle on this massive attack, and at this point we've deleted accounts by the tens of thousands. We are working with developers to curb it once and for all but it's a complicated process. You'll see that it's already gotten much better.

Thanks for your patience. And man...please have a tiny bit more! Yes, we have had a spam attack for a couple weeks and are trying furiously to fix it, but we've also published more original content in the past year than in any year past so I hope you will find, in fact, that there are people "behind the wheel" who care and are working hard to get you the best filmmaking related articles and podcasts out there.

March 15, 2017 at 11:42AM, Edited March 15, 11:42AM

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Liz Nord
Editor-in-Chief & Lead Producer
Documentary Filmmaker/Multi-platform Producer

I'm not knocking the content at all, it's more about the lack of comments and activity. You guys would know more about the site stats than me, it just seems like there is WAY less activity than there used to be. I kinda feel like a variety of factors are playing into that, the spam in the forums is one part. The point system is another, I stopped commenting because even when I would post something helpful, it would have -3 votes...lol. It kind of creates a win/lose aspect to comments. Seems like the formula for success is to not show negative votes, if it goes below zero it just shows zero.

I don't think the content plays any part in the equation, honestly. Still good articles and content but almost no comments on those articles. Again, it's a ghost town compared to the past. Or at least, that's how it appears to this reader :)

Luke Neumann

March 15, 2017 at 1:52PM

I have been away for many many months due to a problem with my account being unable to post so I have missed all this. (It seems fixed now).

I agree with Glenn. I hate those damn Captcha systems but if the only alternative is that NFS goes to the dogs then it will be a bitter pill that we have to take.

I also agree with Luke's comments about the voting system. He shouldn't be hassled for trying to be helpful and God help anyone who might post an opinion that is controversial. How much more effective and productive is to give even a few sentences of counterargument rather than a downvote.

March 16, 2017 at 9:49AM, Edited March 16, 9:49AM

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Julian Richards
Film Warlord
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