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Forum Spam

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by mmbus, Sep 13, 2012.

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    Argh! I'm tired of having to delete ten new accounts off of my forum everyday because they are spammers. I already set it up so that I have to approve them before they can post, but now it's hard to distinguish between real people and spammers. Is there a better way to prevent spammers and bots from joining my forum without me being involved so much? I'm using phpBB version 3.0.10.
    SEMrush
     
    mmbus, Sep 13, 2012 IP
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  2. abusschaert

    abusschaert Active Member

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    Hi mmbus:

    I use SMF and i know there is a few mods for it to prevent spammers but i don't use them. If your a new forum I would suggest finding a mod like those if phpbb has them. Otherwise keep up what your doing.

    If your forum is active, make restrictions like the ones here (wait 7 days...) Personally i like warrior forums approach - you need a certain amount of posts before you can create a thread. If your unaware of how you can do that just make a member group with permissions to post but not to create new threads. After say 5 posts they upgrade to (member group name) with all the permissions.

    I hope this helps - good luck
     
    abusschaert, Sep 13, 2012 IP
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    dumindushalika Notable Member

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    You need a spam registrations prevention mod/add on to be installed in your forum. Since I am not using phpBB I don't know that there is such a mod/add on for phpBB. But there are such mods/add ons for premium forum scripts
     
    dumindushalika, Sep 14, 2012 IP
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    mmbus Peon

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    Oh, I didn't think of limiting thread creation. I think I'll try that tactic and see if it works.
     
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  6. Lawrence Wright

    Lawrence Wright Active Member

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    Here's some advice.

    - Use Key Captcha

    I've tried it, and my forum hasn't seen spam for over a year. Granted, it's not a popular forum, it's these types of forums that attract spam.

    - Not one spam registration
    - Not one spam post
    - Many, many..... MANY spam registration attempts.
     
    Lawrence Wright, Sep 30, 2012 IP