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How to prevent spam on smf forums?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by Arkserver, Jul 13, 2008.

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    Arkserver, Jul 13, 2008 IP
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  2. mudassar

    mudassar Banned

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    #2
    I was facing this very same problem few months back.

    you should use Validation & SPAM control system on registration process on your forum. You can find mods for this on www.simplemachines.org or PM me, I will help you :)

    I hope this will help !
    Cheer :)
     
    mudassar, Jul 13, 2008 IP
  3. Arkserver

    Arkserver Banned

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    Thanks, i've browsed trough their mods and installed some but there are still some people that use spammy names on the site. I guess i can ban them but i'm not sure if they are real spammers or just using spammy names.
     
    Arkserver, Jul 14, 2008 IP
  4. mudassar

    mudassar Banned

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    Hi,

    Are you using Validation For Registrations ?

    This is help you to prevent SPAMs!
     
    mudassar, Jul 14, 2008 IP
  5. Arkserver

    Arkserver Banned

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    yes i'm using it. I've also blocked @mail.ru addresses because i noticed a lot of these spammers use adresses that end like that. I still get usernames like "wrvdsffweafra" and "cvsrwq3e34" but it's less than before.
     
    Arkserver, Jul 26, 2008 IP
  6. mudassar

    mudassar Banned

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    Then I think, they are not BOTs, or any software generated.

    You should manually Ban them
     
    mudassar, Jul 26, 2008 IP
  7. sawz

    sawz Prominent Member

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    start by upgrading your forum, your at 1.1.2, the latest stable
    release is 1.1.5. enable visual verification on registration.

    also enable it for new posters, they have to use it for x number
    of posts and or PM's. use member verification on registering, make
    them answer a welcome email with a verification link.

    there are a few other things you can do, upgrading is the first thing to do though.
     
    sawz, Jul 26, 2008 IP
  8. Arkserver

    Arkserver Banned

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    Thanks, i've been considering updating the forum for some time but a few custom mods and some smf mods will not work with 1.1.5 and because SMF 2.0 should be out soon afaik i'm kinda waiting for it.
     
    Arkserver, Jul 26, 2008 IP
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    ~kev~ Well-Known Member

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    #9

    No you didnt - captcha is disabled on your forum. http://www.engineeringserver.com/forum/register.html

    When I went to register I did not see a captcha image. You are making it super easy for spam bots to register on your forum.

    And the bad news, you did not edit the register template. This means a lot of your members email addresses might be visible on their profile. All a spammer has to do is register, then go profile to profile collecting your members email addresses.

    I just set up an SMF forum for my son. Its been 2 years since I used smf and I forgot how to change the default "Hide email address from public?" setting on SMF. After doing a lot of searching I found the answer and got it posted here - http://forums.digitalpoint.com/showthread.php?t=950994 The default install of SMF leaves your members email addresses exposed. Its been like that for 2+ years and why the developers at SMF do not fix it, I do not know.

    Enable captcha and get that register template edited to protect your members email addresses.
     
    ~kev~, Jul 26, 2008 IP
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    plot Active Member

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  11. Bohol

    Bohol Peon

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    Check Karl Benson's top MODs for preventing spam bots. You may not be able to stop them if they are done manually. The best you can do is to be on guard of your site all the time until the spammers get tired of visiting your site.
     
    Bohol, Jul 27, 2008 IP
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    #12
    do manuel regestration after they have email you.
     
    shahab6, Aug 1, 2008 IP
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    Arkserver Banned

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    I thought it was already enabled, i guess it was because of the new theme and changing a few settings (although im positive i didn't mess with the captcha settings) but it's enabled again. Thanks :D , i'll also look into that hide email problem.
     
    Arkserver, Aug 2, 2008 IP
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    sawz Prominent Member

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    i would be more worried about my forum getting hacked.
    your 3 versions behind and all it takes is one asshole to come along
    and see that.


    poof, no more forum.
     
    sawz, Aug 2, 2008 IP
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    Arkserver Banned

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    I've upgraded some time ago and it lucky for me i managed to make all the mods that i was using to work on the latest smf version.
     
    Arkserver, Aug 10, 2008 IP
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    I have been using SMF software for more than 1 year. Never have had a single problem on SPAM.
     
    Bohol, Aug 10, 2008 IP
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    popowich Well-Known Member

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    apachectl stop :D
     
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    Manual Reg + Email validation will help you a lot. Also make sure that you are updated to the latest version. These types of spammers usually are lowlifes just wasting their time.
     
    gjvblack, Aug 10, 2008 IP
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    Is it possible to ban certain keywords in the SMF forum?
    I'm currently using the latest 1.1.6.

    Thanks!
     
    zigzagler, Sep 28, 2008 IP
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    aeronautic.net Active Member

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    If you check you can find a list of words you can censor. Dig around and you may find it...

    Ah, found it.

    The "Edit Censored Words" option is in the admin area under "Forum Configuration."

    HTH
     
    aeronautic.net, Oct 2, 2008 IP