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Spammers after reg code?

Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 4:28 pm
by ImpactDNI
Somehow still getting spammers, even after turning on email verification and image verification. Whats the best way to go about dealing with it?

I assume others here have had the same problems...

Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2005 9:09 pm
by espicom
Review the second link in my signature about changes you can make to your registration process that will stop most bot-based registrations.

As for getting spammed with VC and email verification turned on, are you sure you've stopped guest postings on your forums? We thought we had donte this, but found several boards that hadn't been changed...

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2005 4:37 pm
by ImpactDNI
Just went through and made sure, all the boards are set to "Registered" mode... (except hidden ones, etc).

Still getting spammers though...
I like that link in your profile.

No one else is having this problem?

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2005 4:54 pm
by who_cares
have you tried banning the spammers?

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2005 5:23 pm
by ImpactDNI
yup, theres plenty of them, done IPbans on a ton, but they keep coming...
Its normally 2-3 spam posts, and then the next day, a new reg. and 2-3 more. Never the same user posting multiple days in a row.. (even tried leaving a few valid)

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2005 7:24 pm
by ImpactDNI
Forgot to mention, I don't think its actually true bots, but a person registering an account (validly, with user interaction), and then turning it over to a script to post a few times (or just copy/pasting a few posts in)

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2005 8:53 pm
by flogger12
ImpactDNI wrote: Forgot to mention, I don't think its actually true bots, but a person registering an account (validly, with user interaction), and then turning it over to a script to post a few times (or just copy/pasting a few posts in)

there is not much you can do to stop real people that are determined, not and keep your board available to the public.


robert

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2005 9:12 pm
by ImpactDNI
no one else is having this problem?

What about a solution somewhat like SpamAssassin? Something that calculates an index value for spam, and then deletes/allows based on that?

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2005 9:51 pm
by who_cares
ImpactDNI wrote: no one else is having this problem?

What about a solution somewhat like SpamAssassin? Something that calculates an index value for spam, and then deletes/allows based on that?

give it a try but it may delete real posts too

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2005 10:07 pm
by lurttinen
ImpactDNI wrote: Forgot to mention, I don't think its actually true bots, but a person registering an account (validly, with user interaction), and then turning it over to a script to post a few times (or just copy/pasting a few posts in)


Probably the only way you can slow them down is to set account activation to admin.
This means more job to do for you and if they arent using any obvious "spammer" nicknames, then you cant figure whos going to send spam and whos a good person.

Maybe you could find out whos their ISP and send some email to abuse@their_ISP.com (or whatever their ISP's contact is...) and ask them to do something.

It's a long shot, but worth to try.
You cant keep banning IP's forever as this might afect your other registrants aswell.

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2005 11:07 pm
by espicom
To extend a suggestion from the spam bot thread, you might want to make your system "more useless" to the spammers, by (at least temporarily) disabling the part of bbcode.php that makes links clickable. If they can't get clickable links, they have no reason to bother your forum.

Were it me, I'd make a change so that all URLs disappear instead of being made "clickable", but I can sometimes be a bit extreme when dealing with scum...