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Re: Non-member spam-bombing of our group #spam-bombing #howto

Epicatt2
 

Duane wrote:

I don't have "Allow Nonmembers to Post" checked,
so I never see them unless I look in the Activity Log.
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Duane,

This is the same setting that you decribe as with my group. No one sees these non-member posts except the owner/moderators and then only in the Activity Log. I hope that I was being clear about this in my post starting this thread.

My concern is that dozens and dozens of of these bounced post notices continue to show up, bounce, and are bloating our Activities Log. I was mostly wondering –and still am– whether there's any method one can use to block these several aggressive spammers.

Paul M.
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Re: Non-member spam-bombing of our group #spam-bombing #howto

Peter Cook
 

On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 03:17 PM, Epicatt2 wrote:
Anyone have an idea for how to block these spam posts?
Yes: Go to Admin > Settings > Message Policies and uncheck "Allow Nonmembers to Post."

Pete


Re: Non-member spam-bombing of our group #spam-bombing #howto

Duane
 

On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 02:17 PM, Epicatt2 wrote:
Is this happening to anyone else right now?
One of my groups has had 7 non-member messages, a couple have had 2, and another none since the 1st of November.  I don't have "Allow Nonmembers to Post" checked, so I never see them unless I look in the Activity Log.  Here on GMF, there have been about 100 in the last 2 days!

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Re: Membership questions #addmembers #question

Bruce Bowman
 

On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 03:50 PM, Liz Zoob wrote:
Is there a way to have groups.io automatically send them an email with a couple of questions asking about their interest, the way Facebook groups allow, or must I do this manually from my own email account?
Set up a Member Notice of type "Pending Subscription" containing the questions and make it Active. Replies will go to the +owner address.

See https://groups.io/g/GroupManagersForum/wiki/8155 and https://groups.io/helpcenter/faq/1/group-owner-moderator-faq/q-can-i-screen-prospective-members-who 

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Bruce

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Re: Membership questions #addmembers #question

Duane
 

On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 02:50 PM, Liz Zoob wrote:
Is there a way to have groups.io automatically send them an email with a couple of questions asking about their interest
If your group is Restricted (members must be approved), then yes.  Have a look at the Pending Subscription notice in the Owners Manual.  (There are also many topics about it here on GMF that you could read.)  A lot of us use that to screen prospective members.

Duane
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Re: Non-member spam-bombing of our group #spam-bombing #howto

Nivard Ovington
 

Don't allow non members to post ?

Nivard Ovington in Cornwall (UK)

On 19/11/2020 19:34, Epicatt2 wrote:
Hello All,
Is this happening to anyone else right now?: On Nov 16th we started having attempts to post by non-members which were/are spam messages. There have been only three sender addresses involved and two of those are continously and repeatedly bombing our group with two separate messages which are obviously spam.
Fortunately these attempts are all bouncing since our group requires approval of messages but the Activites Log is now showing dozens of attempts from these two spammers over the last three days. It's mostly just two spammers and their two (respective) messages, all the same two. There was also a third spammer early on in this sequence with its own specific message but it stopped after half a dozen tries.
Anyone have an idea for how to block these spam posts? We are a Premium Group but I find no tool for dealing with this. Is this something to maybe post over on BETA?
TIA & Fingers X-ed!
Paul M.


Membership questions #addmembers #question

Liz Zoob
 

Hello,

By searching and perusing messages here I am pretty sure the answer to my question is no, but here goes, in case I missed something. I  moderate a topical group and normally people write me asking to join, and usually they say w/o prompting why they want to. But some folks find their way to our groups.io page and request membership, and then I have no idea who they are or why they want to join. Is there a way to have groups.io automatically send them an email with a couple of questions asking about their interest, the way Facebook groups allow, or must I do this manually from my own email account?

Thanks.

Liz


Non-member spam-bombing of our group #spam-bombing #howto

Epicatt2
 

Hello All,

Is this happening to anyone else right now?: On Nov 16th we started having attempts to post by non-members which were/are spam messages. There have been only three sender addresses involved and two of those are continously and repeatedly bombing our group with two separate messages which are obviously spam.

Fortunately these attempts are all bouncing since our group requires approval of messages but the Activites Log is now showing dozens of attempts from these two spammers over the last three days. It's mostly just two spammers and their two (respective) messages, all the same two. There was also a third spammer early on in this sequence with its own specific message but it stopped after half a dozen tries.

Anyone have an idea for how to block these spam posts? We are a Premium Group but I find no tool for dealing with this. Is this something to maybe post over on BETA?

TIA & Fingers X-ed!

Paul M.
CostaRicaLiving
https: //groups.io/g/CostaRicaLiving
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Re: Need Group Approval Before Inviting Members

Frances
 

On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 02:21 PM, Beth Dyer wrote:
I am setting up a new group and trying to invite members.  However, I am getting this message:  "This group has not yet been approved. Once it has been approved, you will be able to post to it."

I have set up a group before, but didn't list it publicly.  How long will approval take?  Can I do anything to expedite that process?

I don't think it takes long. No, nothing you can do, provided of course that your group complies with Groups.io's terms of service:  Groups.io TOS

The guide for new groups in Groups.io help says:
When your group is created successfully, Groups.io displays the Promote page with a banner at the top stating that your group has been created, along with some introductory information. You will receive an email notification when the group is approved by Groups.io (which could take a few hours). If you opted to include your group in the directory of publicly listed groups, it will take some time for the directory to be updated to include your group.

https://groups.io/helpcenter/gettingstarted
See also:  https://groups.io/g/GroupManagersForum/wiki/12672

Frances

 
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Need Group Approval Before Inviting Members

Beth Dyer <djembe@...>
 

I am setting up a new group and trying to invite members.  However, I am getting this message:  "This group has not yet been approved. Once it has been approved, you will be able to post to it."

I have set up a group before, but didn't list it publicly.  How long will approval take?  Can I do anything to expedite that process?


Re: Upgrad then Downgrade

Ken Schweizer
 

Thank you. What concerns me is that doesn't seem to be the way it works if a premium group downgrades and then upgrades back.

 

I like Christos' idea. Will the monthly fee cover the new group creation plus give a "donation"?

 

Ken

 

From: GroupManagersForum@groups.io [mailto:GroupManagersForum@groups.io] On Behalf Of Duane
Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 3:19 PM
To: GroupManagersForum@groups.io
Subject: Re: [GMF] Upgrad then Downgrade

 

On Wed, Nov 18, 2020 at 03:06 PM, Ken Schweizer wrote:

If we do this will we lose the grandfathered perks?

No.  It's all dependent on the group creation date.

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Re: Photo Move

Gene
 

Bruce, I opened the unzipped files and saved as .jpg file. They then uploaded successfully into the new group photo album. I do have 681 photos so if that is the only way, I have a lot of manual work to do. Thanks for your feedback. 


Re: Photo Move

Gene
 

I wish it were that easy. We have merged with another train club and am combining files and photos into their groups.io site. The file moved without issue but the photos are presenting a challenge. Thanks for getting back to me.


Re: Photo Move

Bruce Bowman
 

On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 09:48 AM, Gene wrote:
The images do not have a file extension  of .jpg. They simply day files?
Groups.io needs to know the image file type in order to render thumbnails properly. Assuming they actually are JPEGs, you need to add a jpg file extension to each one, as Duane previously said. At that point you should be able to upload them to the Photos area.

Why? Recognizing file type automatically without an providing an extension (or some other metadata) requires opening the file, which is a slow process. Although some OS's (iOS is one) will recognize file type without an extension, whatever groups.io is running on (probably Linux) is not one of them. 

Hope this helps,
Bruce

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Re: Photo Move

Gene
 

The images do not have a file extension  of .jpg. They simply day files?


Re: Downgrading a group

Chris Davis
 

No.  We missed the $110 by a week or so.  We’d have kept it at Premium at $110.  But at $220, it’s too much for our limited resources.   That’s unfortunate, as that is the sole reason we aren’t renewing.  In case someone cares about that.  


Re: chapalagals group subscription

Duane
 

On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 07:21 AM, mac6036 wrote:
In fact, I told the fee would be refunded after a time.
That's not what was said.  You were told that you can downgrade the group after the first year. Actually, you can downgrade at any time, but it won't be effective until the paid time is used.

How can I lose this $220 fee for this group
Just change the group plan to Basic at any time and you won't need to pay again.

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Re: chapalagals group subscription

Chris Jones
 

On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 01:21 PM, mac6036 wrote:
this is nonsense, not what I was told, In fact, I told the fee would be refunded after a time.
I may be in a minority of one but I cannot see "what" is nonsense; neither can I guess at the full version of what you were told.

Chris


Re: chapalagals group subscription

mac6036
 

this is nonsense, not what I was told, In fact, I told the fee would be refunded after a time.

How can I lose this $220 fee for this group that I never active in and took it over so it wouldn't die after the owner was nowhere to be found. How I lose this fee, or greatly reduce it? Navigating the "help" guide is a nightmare.


Re: Downgrading a group

Chris Jones
 

On Wed, Nov 18, 2020 at 07:47 PM, Christos G. Psarras wrote:
If the $110 rate, be forewarned that (as it stands right now) if you ever downgrade to free you'll revert to the $220 rate if you ever want to return back to Premium
A point very well worth considering IMHO. Downgrading could turn out to be a costly exercise if you want to upgrade again later. Remember the old adage act in haste; repent at leisure.

Chris

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