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Spambots

Posted: Wed May 02, 2012 4:14 pm
by Enraged
As many have noticed, we had problems with spambots awhile ago, but since switching to the new Q&A captcha system, it seems to have stopped 99% of them. Unfortunately, this does not stop more advanced bots, or real people, from spamming.

We try to keep on top of banning and deleting spammers, so please have a bit of patience when you see a spammer.

The only real way to stop spammers completely is to do admin approval on all new users. I've been through this on another forum, and it is a major pain if there aren't lots of people available to do the approvals. The other forum I am on only has the forum owner do approvals, and it can take weeks and repeated emails to get it approved.

If anyone has any suggestions on other things to try to stop spammers, feel free to post here, we are always looking for good ideas.

Re: Spambots

Posted: Wed May 02, 2012 6:01 pm
by Tom Smith
I don't have any clever ideas for speeding up/approving the user approval process, but it is possible to, in the short term, lessen the impact of hundreds of offers of fake rolexes, etc.

Click the spammer name beside the post, and when the profile shows up, add them to your "foe" list.

All this does is filters out their messages from view. It doesn't change the new message tag on the various forum topics, but it is slightly less annoying to deal with while waiting for the forum admin to swing the ban-hammer.

Re: Spambots

Posted: Wed May 02, 2012 8:13 pm
by lasershark1
Is there an option/module for phpBB that says "If a new user gets reported X number of times, autoban them?"

Sure, it CAN be abused by forum jerks, but I dont think there are any here.

Like if your account is less than 2 days old, if any of your posts get reported twice, autoban. Not once, that protects against accidental banning of real people.

Just a thought.

There's very likely also a word filter. New accounts that post with one of the words in it, autoban. (You're new, you write rolex, bam, gone)

Re: Spambots

Posted: Wed May 02, 2012 8:15 pm
by lasershark1
New accounts that post something that has a link in it gets locked down for admin unlocking - no real need for a new person posting on their 1st day to post a link somewhere.

Re: Spambots

Posted: Wed May 02, 2012 9:30 pm
by sea2stars
Plenty of options here