Lumpy Burgertushie wrote:most likely the ban IP table is full in the database. banning via IP is virtually pointless since the spammers use different IPs at will. best thing to do is to truncate the ban IP table and setup the board with the builtin Q&A to stop the spam bots from registering.
Once upon a time, entire ranges of IP's were banned due to spammers. That is not effective for preventing spammers, for sure. We are using Q&A and admin approval for new joins these days.
Now IP banning is used solely to block access to abusive forum members so they don't rejoin with a new username when banned. Yes, a savvy user can get around that, but the average user doesn't know how to go about doing such.
I'll clear the banned IP's and tried banning a single IP and the site locked up. Waiting now for it to "recover."