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Post by Mortemorte »

If you follow the "rules" mentioned here http://www.phpbb.com/kb/article.php?article_id=150 it should work out fine
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Thanks
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Post by John L »

I have a slight delimma. I just recently installed(with help) the "Stop Spambot Registration", and it works nicely. I am getting constant reminders that attempts are being made to get on the site, but were not allowed. I had over 12 yesterday.

However, I am still getting one or two, that do not remind me of a human, even though the Personal Profile Information is left out. The name is " Andick94", typical porn spam, which is akin to many of the bots that have crapped all over my forum site. Usually it will have a name with "dick" or "Ana" or something like that in the name.

Is it possible that a bot is actually bypassing the Mod, and actually gettin in, or is it a human, acting like a robot?

Also, which Mod is the best one for stopping human spammers, or is that not possible? I am really curious here.
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Post by Mortemorte »

Human spammers you wont stop 100%, because that would make new registrations impossible.
There should be mods that would disallow certain words/links/etc
Humans could do the registration and give a bot the login + pass todo the "nasty work"
Usernames like *dick* *anna* you could just put in disallow names list in your admin panel
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dwhswebhosting wrote: ...it is a great thread I just think something else done simply is needed to fight spam.

...So far I have a black list of about 30 i.p.'s I figure it will need hundreds before it will help much...


I think there are mods done simply here that fight spam very effectively. The VIP mod has been installed on my forum and is 100% effective so far in stopping bot spam. I even put the VIP code right next to the field on the new user registration page, making it as easy as possible for the user to complete that step in the registration process. I don't think there is anything you can do that is more effective and easy than that.

The mod is so good that I even removed Visual Confirmation on my forum. The VIP mod stops spam bots dead in their tracks, so I don't need other mods or VC turned on anymore. I'm not sure what you'll find that is better, more effective, or easier to implement and use than that.

And as mentioned by someone else, blocking IP addresses is useless. Bots mask their IPs, and change them regularly, so your blacklist is really just a list of random IPs, not necessarily bot IPs.
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Post by John L »

mcd007 wrote:
dwhswebhosting wrote:...it is a great thread I just think something else done simply is needed to fight spam.

...So far I have a black list of about 30 i.p.'s I figure it will need hundreds before it will help much...


I think there are mods done simply here that fight spam very effectively. The VIP mod has been installed on my forum and is 100% effective so far in stopping bot spam. I even put the VIP code right next to the field on the new user registration page, making it as easy as possible for the user to complete that step in the registration process. I don't think there is anything you can do that is more effective and easy than that.

The mod is so good that I even removed Visual Confirmation on my forum. The VIP mod stops spam bots dead in their tracks, so I don't need other mods or VC turned on anymore. I'm not sure what you'll find that is better, more effective, or easier to implement and use than that.

And as mentioned by someone else, blocking IP addresses is useless. Bots mask their IPs, and change them regularly, so your blacklist is really just a list of random IPs, not necessarily bot IPs.


Do you have a link to that particular MOD? And is it verified?
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Post by alvo »

Try teading the first post in this thread. It lists all the mods related to stopping spam.
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Post by John L »

alvo wrote: Try teading the first post in this thread. It lists all the mods related to stopping spam.


"Teading"? I must assume that you are not editing your writing, correct?

Actually, I did read the first post. However, the person I was questioning did not specifically state "myVIPcode - fight spam registrations". He simply stated "VIP, which could have been a different program. That is exactly why I asked the question.

Perhaps he was in just as big of a hurry as you?
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Post by Dave Bean »

One that seems to be missing from the list, perhaps because it may not have been designed for spam and it is not available yet is the Approval Groups Mod:
http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=2654234

I have big hopes that this mod will help with spam. Basically, a post from a user is not available for the public to see until either approved by an administrator or the user has been labeled as trusted.

Anyone with forum spam issues could benefit from this capability.
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Post by John L »

Dave Bean wrote: One that seems to be missing from the list, perhaps because it may not have been designed for spam and it is not available yet is the Approval Groups Mod:
http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=2654234

I have big hopes that this mod will help with spam. Basically, a post from a user is not available for the public to see until either approved by an administrator or the user has been labeled as trusted.

Anyone with forum spam issues could benefit from this capability.


Dave, doesn't the administrator still have to work just as hard with this? As an Administrator, wouldn't I have to read everything? It seems to me that I would be forced to do the one thing I was hoping not to have to do: activaly pay attention to everything.

I'm confused here. Could you be more specific?
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Post by alvo »

John L wrote:
alvo wrote:Try teading the first post in this thread. It lists all the mods related to stopping spam.


"Teading"? I must assume that you are not editing your writing, correct?

Actually, I did read the first post. However, the person I was questioning did not specifically state "myVIPcode - fight spam registrations". He simply stated "VIP, which could have been a different program. That is exactly why I asked the question.

Perhaps he was in just as big of a hurry as you?

Don't be such a jerk. I'm glad to know you've never made a typo. Anyway, you didn't ask if VIP code mod is the "myVIP code" mod, you asked for a link and it's in the first post of this thread that I pointed you to and there is nothing else listed there that could be confused with it.
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alvo wrote:
John L wrote:
alvo wrote:Try teading the first post in this thread. It lists all the mods related to stopping spam.


"Teading"? I must assume that you are not editing your writing, correct?

Actually, I did read the first post. However, the person I was questioning did not specifically state "myVIPcode - fight spam registrations". He simply stated "VIP, which could have been a different program. That is exactly why I asked the question.

Perhaps he was in just as big of a hurry as you?

Don't be such a jerk. I'm glad to know you've never made a typo. Anyway, you didn't ask if VIP code mod is the "myVIP code" mod, you asked for a link and it's in the first post of this thread that I pointed you to and there is nothing else listed there that could be confused with it.


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Post by mrvegas »

thanks for this post....
I’ve implemented a few spam mods and they all work great.
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Post by niepce »

Hi, im new to the board !!

Little question, on the first post of this topic, it is written :
Users should never be deleted straight from the users table.


What is the risk of doing so ? Except erasing a user which was not a bot ?
Because it's maybe the 500th bot user that I delete this way..... hmm :?
So far no problem, but what's the risk ?
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Post by alvo »

User information stored is in more than one place in the database and just deleting the name is just removing part of the data which could potentially cause a problem.
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