As this thread is about preventing spam, it is probably the best place to make this request.
Dangerousprototypes and I, have been developing a mod that blocks off site links, or links to unapproved sites (uses a whitelist), spam words (viagra invest etc), and unicode characters (Russian Chinese etc). The restriction is configurable, so an admin can set how many days/posts the new user has to have before the restrictions are lifted. Typically, this is set low, as it is very effective at stopping spammers, and a minor restriction to legitimate users. Once the restrictions are lifted, the user has the full rights of any other registered user, and can post whatever your board allows. There is an "extreme" version of the mod, which by making a small edit in one of the files, automatically deletes any user who has attempted to post a profile, been warned that they are not allowed to, and tried again.
This mod is still in development, and will need further work doing on language packs and debugging (if any), and will definitely change before (hopefully) final release. It should not be used on a live forum. I have installed a test forum, which is also acting as a honeypot. One problem I have though, is my domain seems to ignored by spammers? Possibly, because I have been using a variant of this mod for some time, and the spammers know they are just wasting their time?
I would be grateful, to anyone who can attract as much spam as possible to it, or even go and test it for themselves.http://www.skidvd.co.uk/phpbb/index.php
This forum will be deleted once testing has finished.
This mod is far from perfect, but with some tweaking, could become a very useful tool for forum owners.
If anyone does have a look, and would like to post us some feedback, here is the mod in DEV link:Spam Hammer
To the moderators:
I hope I haven't overstepped the mark in asking for assistance in this thread. If so, may I apologise sincerely, and delete my post? This thread is about spam prevention though, and this mod is very effective at doing so. So effective in fact, that I have had to make the unusual request to try and attract spam!
The test forum has guest posting enabled, without any form of captcha or question, registration requires no validation at all. I have opened the curtains and shown the spammers the silverware, now we just need them to climb through the window to try and steal it !
Thanks in advance.
Go on ! it's not as steep as it looks.....