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After following all of the guides posted on phpbb, installing the advanced block mod, picking from several of the tips posted by so many users (thank you!) .... ugh. we still can't put a stop to the spam hitting our forum (http://www.kickball365.com/forum/).

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right now that link is not loading at all.

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Lumpy Burgertushie wrote:right now that link is not loading at all.

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godaddy issues with php i believe. its back up.

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nope, sits there trying to connect until it times out.

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What version of phpBB are you using? phpBB 3.0.11
What is your board's URL? http://www.kickball365.com/forum
Who do you host your board with? GoDaddy
How did you install your board? I used the download package from phpBB.com
What is the most recent action performed on your board? Fresh Install
Is registration required to reproduce this issue? No
Do you have any MODs installed? Yes
What MODs do you have installed? Advanced Block Mod
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What styles do you currently have installed? alerion (rockettheme.com)
What language(s) is your board currently using? english
Which database type/version are you using? MySQL 5
What is your level of experience? Comfortable with PHP and phpBB
When did your problem begin? Two months ago.
Please describe your problem. MySQL Connection errors (believe asw spam bots)
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Split from Topic: [Discuss] Preventing Spam in phpBB3 because that topic is only to discuss the sticky referred to not for support regarding spam nor anything else.
kickball365 wrote:MySQL Connection errors
Exactly what errors?

Preventing registration, as you have done, will be 100% effective against spambots. Can't comment on your other anti-spam measures because with registration disabled we can't view them.
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Oyabun1 wrote:Split from Topic: [Discuss] Preventing Spam in phpBB3 because that topic is only to discuss the sticky referred to not for support regarding spam nor anything else.
kickball365 wrote:MySQL Connection errors
Exactly what errors?

Preventing registration, as you have done, will be 100% effective against spambots. Can't comment on your other anti-spam measures because with registration disabled we can't view them.
Turns out it didn't help that much. Site was taken down today by GoDaddy. Site was overrun by spam posts. Got an email saying that it caused issues on the server side.
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If you already had piles of spammers as members changing the registration settings wouldn't have changed that it would only stop any more from joining. The existing members could still have posted at will. You would need to identify the spam members and delete them and their posts.
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Oyabun1 wrote:If you already had piles of spammers as members changing the registration settings wouldn't have changed that it would only stop any more from joining. The existing members could still have posted at will. You would need to identify the spam members and delete them and their posts.
Thanks. Working on eliminating inactive users now.

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Oyabun1 wrote:If you already had piles of spammers as members changing the registration settings wouldn't have changed that it would only stop any more from joining. The existing members could still have posted at will. You would need to identify the spam members and delete them and their posts.
We have turned back on registration... we are using custom profile fields, reCaptcha, and mod (Adv Block Mod).

Thoughts? Thanks.

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recaptcha was broken some time ago.

all you really need is a good Q&A setup and you will stop all of the bots from registering in the first place.

they will not show up as inactive users at all if they can't register at all.


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You must at least have a mistake in a MOD somewhere.
I just clicked register and then 'I agree to these terms' and was greeted by this on the next screen

Your account has been created. However, this board requires account activation, an activation key has been sent to the e-mail address you provided. Please check your e-mail for further information.
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Kevin Clark wrote:You must at least have a mistake in a MOD somewhere.
I just clicked register and then 'I agree to these terms' and was greeted by this on the next screen

Your account has been created. However, this board requires account activation, an activation key has been sent to the e-mail address you provided. Please check your e-mail for further information.
Thanks... We dont have many mods running so we are attempting to figure out how this came to be.

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Lumpy Burgertushie wrote:recaptcha was broken some time ago.

all you really need is a good Q&A setup and you will stop all of the bots from registering in the first place.

they will not show up as inactive users at all if they can't register at all.


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Went back to Q&A option. Thanks.

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Still can't get registration back though. Checked MOD code and everything. Would this be something I likely tweaked on the ucp.php page?

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