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Author Topic: forum spam  (Read 4429 times)


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forum spam
« on: May 05, 2014, 04:12:06 pm »

i looked up some SMF mods and would like to make some suggestions for getting this spam under control

these are some capcha options that look promising. id also add an email verification code of some sort

just giving my 2 cents and throwing out ideas...who is the head honcho of the forums anyway?
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Re: forum spam
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2014, 06:16:14 pm »

SMF are a target, although the capcha can slow the bots there are capcha solvers, so appears to make question/ answer a better option. This may solve frequent postings but there is the frequent requests then to solve. an ongoing battle perhaps.

 add: One option may be to limit new users to the introduction and vectorbie question section of the forum until they have proven to be actual users. they would still be free to say hello and post issues and spam would then be reduced to one section? guess I should keep out of it but was reading some after seeing all the postings yesterday.
« Last Edit: May 05, 2014, 06:36:40 pm by overthere »
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Re: forum spam
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2014, 08:21:45 pm »

I'm wagering that most commonly, the accounts used for spam here are created by humans in real time.
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Re: forum spam
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2014, 03:53:42 am »

The latest versions of spam bots tend to have huge databases associated with them making it extremely easy to get around captcha and question/answers. If you go question/answer, you have to update it on a regular basis, otherwise the next version bot has the answer already.

A combination of checking known spammer databases (such as Stop Forum Spam) and custom images that people have to name tends to be extremely effective in stopping most spam bots. No, it won't stop the human from getting in, but those are easily dealt with as well.
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Re: forum spam
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2014, 04:24:21 am »

I encountered a web site not long ago that required you to add two numbers together and provide the answer.  I thought that was pretty interesting and unique.  Just a thought.............