Removing spambot Users

Removing spambot Users

So, on our newer hosting, after we opened up registrations, but before we added simple Math Capatcha on registration, a lot of spambots registered as Users.  Mostly not a problem, as we’ve got good anti-spam – notably Akismet Anti-Spam.  But we want to clean that up – remove the spambot users.  But how do we tell the spambot Users from legitimate users?  That’s not super-easy, as there’s no simple way, based on just Username and Email Address – which is often all (or nearly all) we have to go by.  So, what can we/you do?  We’ll remove spambot accounts starting about a month from now.  Here’s where you come in:

User action needed / how do I avoid getting my User account removed along with the spambot accounts?:

  • Looks like the spambots can’t be bothered to set a First Name and/or Last Name on the profile of their account, so set a non-blank First Name and/or Last Name on your Profile Personal Options.
  • Be or become a subscriber to our BerkeleyLUG list (Google Groups).  For all email addresses subscribed to that list, for Users Registered on our BerkeleyLUG web site where we have a matched email address, we’ll presume that user isn’t a spambot and won’t remove that registered User account in our spambot purging efforts (be sure your email addresses match – do you need to change/update for them to match?).
  • Be grandfathered in (only applies to a very small number of Users) – if your account was already on the site before we migrated hosting (your account was created before 2019-08-30), we’ll consider you grandfathered in and not a spambot – that’s only these Username accounts:

Site “hosting” moved: (now on balug virtual machine)

Site “hosting” moved: (now on balug virtual machine).
The web site (main) URL is and domain is
On 2019-08-30 its “hosting” was migrated from hosting to
being “hosted” on balug ( virtual machine. (and that domain) is what remains of old content and site location,
essentially all content was migrated.
Expect (and domain
to be going away in the (not too horribly distant) future.

Website Change

We have a new wordpress website. We are discussing this at our meetings and on our email list. Comments welcome.

We meet at Bobby G’s Pizzeria on the second and fourth Sundays of each month from Noon to 3PM in Berkeley near the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Bobby G’s is on University Ave near Shattuck Ave. We hope you join us, join the discussion on our email list and/or join us in #berkeleylug on by following the tabs at the top.

Web Hosting

As some of you may have noticed our site’s web hosting has had some troubles this month. Many thanks to Jack for working with of Scottsdale, AZ to bring it back online and to Michael for his support and investigation.

While it is by far the largest domain registrar it has had some bad press about it’s SOPA stance, detractors and scrutiny. Wikipedia’s Article gives some background.

I would like to start a discussion about web hosting options people have used. As open source advocates I hope we can find a solid hosting provider that contributes code back to the open source projects they and their customers rely on every day. I know our members have quite a bit of hard won wisdom based on their experiences. Sharing and comparing the services and quality levels of different providers can help us all now and casual readers alike.

We hope you join us for our meetings in Berkeley at Bobby G’s Pizzeria. We meet on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.