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How do I stop spammers to post on my forum?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by Grand webmaster, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. #1
    Hello guys!

    I own a forum where anyone can discuss any commercial opportunities with the forums experts (www.bigcommercestation.com/Forum). I have hosted the forum some 40 days ago and after a few days I saw continuous flow of spammers comments on my forum. Many spammers post comments promoting their sites and some of the sites contains virus. As my sites are protected with sitesecurity so I came to know when a viral link is posted on my forum.

    Now a days I made an option of publishing comments after admins approval and introduced captcha for every posts or comments but till now I cannot get rid of this problem. I receive more than 1000 topics/post per day and all I have to remove from my forum on the next day. How can I stop spammers to post on my forum?
    SEMrush
     
    Grand webmaster, Mar 6, 2012 IP
    SEMrush
  2. KJMS-Chris

    KJMS-Chris Guest

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    You can hire a forum administrator ("vBulletin consultant") or find a DNS service that specifically blocks malicious traffic
     
    KJMS-Chris, Mar 6, 2012 IP
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    Wad!e Member

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    Not sure about SMF,but it's probably like phpBB has the Q&A CAPTCHA feature.

    You set a question on the registering form and one or more answers.

    It's one of the best technique to reduce the amount of spams to zero!
     
    Wad!e, Mar 7, 2012 IP
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    Zoti Media Group Notable Member

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    #4
    CAPTCHA will help.
     
    Zoti Media Group, Mar 7, 2012 IP
  5. Wad!e

    Wad!e Member

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    CAPTCHA can and actually has been cracked. it isn't the best solution anymore. :\
     
    Wad!e, Mar 9, 2012 IP
  6. fileking.co

    fileking.co Peon

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    #6
    mate the solution
    will be
    use firewall and ban all spam ip
    also try to use some mod to limit new user activity
     
    fileking.co, Mar 9, 2012 IP
  7. MikeLugar

    MikeLugar Well-Known Member

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    #7
    I would say CAPTCHA plus use another challenge of some type. This should also be on the new member registration page as well.
     
    MikeLugar, Mar 9, 2012 IP
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    meena101 Greenhorn

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    #8
    You can do three things:

    1. Install a captcha plug-in
    2. Block certain IP addresses from which a lot of junk originates
    3. Monitor your forum continuously at all times and delete unwanted messages and posts
     
    meena101, Mar 9, 2012 IP
  9. Grand webmaster

    Grand webmaster Peon

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    Can you explain this method a little bit?
     
    Grand webmaster, Mar 9, 2012 IP
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    Grand webmaster Peon

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    I have added captcha plus challenging questions but none of them is helping me to stop the spammers.
     
    Grand webmaster, Mar 9, 2012 IP
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    iawmib Peon

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    #11
    - Ask trusted members to help out (mod status)
    - Monitor forum
    - Try to ban known spam public proxy server ip's?

    btw.. cant submit to bigcommercestation.com/directory/ (cant reach url error)..
     
    iawmib, Mar 10, 2012 IP
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    KJMS-Chris Guest

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    Cloudflare cuts down on spam, sometimes, or are you asking about the vBulletin consultant?
     
    KJMS-Chris, Mar 10, 2012 IP
  13. Grand webmaster

    Grand webmaster Peon

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    Where have you found this link http://bigcommercestation.com/directory/? I am saying about my forum which is bigcommercestation.com/Forum
     
    Grand webmaster, Mar 11, 2012 IP
  14. Grand webmaster

    Grand webmaster Peon

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    Yes I am doing these things but most of the registrants use unique ip addresses but posts same topics. How can I solve this problem?
     
    Grand webmaster, Mar 11, 2012 IP
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    Wad!e Member

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    #15
    You're using SMF,and that might be the reason why I failed giving you the best advice on reducing spam even though the question on registering form usually does it.

    If you were using phpBB then the question CAPTCHA would have definitely stopped the spam coming in.
     
    Wad!e, Mar 12, 2012 IP
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    damoncloudflare Greenhorn

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    A captcha is most certainly going to help with spam bots (not so much human spammers). Do you have traffic from countries that you don't want to hit your site? You could also look at putting blocks on your server for countries you don't want to access the site.
     
    damoncloudflare, Mar 12, 2012 IP
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    Grand webmaster Peon

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    That's right! This is a nice solution.
     
    Grand webmaster, Mar 13, 2012 IP
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    Grand webmaster Peon

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    Why can't we solve it if we use smf? It is a nice forum script as well
     
    Grand webmaster, Mar 13, 2012 IP
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    Try installing the stopforumspam plugin. I've found it pretty useful on my myBB forum and it's available for SMF also. You can have it check usernames, IPs and email addresses of all signups against their spammers database.

    It doesn't catch everything, but it does stop a great deal.
     
    benjaminp, Mar 13, 2012 IP
  20. KJMS-Chris

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    Also if you notice that spammers are posting in the same areas, enable moderation for new threads. It helps.
     
    KJMS-Chris, Mar 14, 2012 IP