FYI: Raid on the site

Crumpet 5/24/2022 05:21 pm 4503

Hi everyone,

There was what I will call a small raid on the site this afternoon. It was multiple people in different countries and states spamming the threads with hateful content. They also tried to post a lot of comments, but luckily auto comment approval is off for most users, so their comments didn't get through. However, their dozens of threads did. They also sent messages to a few users.

I'm in England and have work in the morning so I was in bed, but strangely I couldn't sleep (I've been sleeping well lately so it's unusual for me). I checked my phone and had an email from someone alerting me to the raid (thank you), so I dived out of bed and came to start blocking. deleting, saving details etc. I've been doing that for the past 1.5 hours or so. I wish I could have seen it sooner but I'm very glad that I was able to hop on.

In retrospect, it was very risky to have thread auto approval on for all users. I shouldn't have had it set up that way and will not be having it that way in the future. For now, all comments and threads have to be approved by me. I am also being careful about what I let through, so some legitimate threads might not be approved. I will also need some other kind of anti-raid measures in place, but I'm not sure what yet. Possibly a better emergency alert system, approvals for messages, and more moderators.

You all handled it very well and did exactly what you were supposed to do: report it. I hope that nobody was affected by the content you saw. These people are pathetic trolls trying to get a reaction and trying to make themselves feel superior. But they're not. I have previously been a troll myself, and I even trolled people who I thought were faking conditions like they did. I know exactly the type of person that does this and what kind of mindset they have (since I used to be one), and they're complete losers. Don't let losers like these determine how you feel about yourself. You're awesome and nobody can take that away from you.

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May 25, 2022 10:37 am

thank you crumpet for handling this well and for making sure this is a safe, inclusive space!! you‘re totally awesome, thanks for everything you do! i love this site and im so happy that things are being handled rainbowsmile

May 25, 2022 8:16 am

@Crumpet: alr rainbowsmile

May 25, 2022 7:59 am

i was offline for like 3 hours and i come back to chaos im so confused but i do remember seeing a post on reddit about this site on r/systemscringe

idk man some people really have nothing better to do!

May 25, 2022 7:58 am

@Rand0m_S1mp: Yes, I can see that and appreciate it, thanks. You're not in any trouble for it or anything. You didn't do anything wrong. I just need a quick way of stopping spam and that has to be based off the number of threads rather than the content.

May 25, 2022 7:53 am

@Crumpet: the reason i was spamming was to try and drown out the offensive ones. But anyways i deleted most of the threads i spammed

May 25, 2022 7:48 am

@Rand0m_S1mp: Yes, that's supposed to be happening in your case because of how many threads you've posted recently. I've added a thread posting limit so that people can't spam the threads as easily. I'm not sure what the final limit will be, but I've got it quite restrictive right now due to what happened.

  • bugz_doez_kandi
May 25, 2022 7:46 am

@Crumpet: alright, thank u crumpet!! i'll make sure to look out for those

May 25, 2022 7:44 am

thank you so much crumpet <3 i was worried about this all night cuz a couple people that are really close to me are systems and i didnt want them to get hurt

May 25, 2022 7:41 am

@Crumpet: yeah im getting errors about posting the limit of threads 2day. But thank you crumpet for handling the situation

May 25, 2022 7:36 am

I've made a few small security changes to threads and messages. I've still got other things I need to do but some of them are larger tasks so I've just done what I can get in place quickly to start with. If you get any errors when trying to post messages or threads, you're probably hitting these security measures. I haven't implemented them in the clearest or best way right now.