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edgar davids
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What's the current best method for beating the spammers? A simple Q&A text answer seems very weak? After a few years of stability, I've logged into my board after a few months absence to find masses of spam users on my board. Also, I can't quite remember the best way to delete these.

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Q&A is very strong, if you choose the right kind of question.

Anything you could get the answer for on a search engine is useless. You have to think a little more laterally with questions specific about your board or 2 part questions or ask them to enter a code that is somewhere else on the site, such as in a 'welcome' topic.

See How to clean up a board hit by spam for some suggestions.
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Welcome to the internet and computers. Your question "Grass is to lawn as __________ is to forest" is most likely automatically copied and asked at numerous websites which happily give the answer, and the answers are perfect candicates for registration attempts. Did you really think this needs any human interaction? I could write a bot doing this myself. I should do it, just to teach board owners how easily their question can be solved when they don't use something that can't be answered anywhere else than on the board's website itself.
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That question was given as an example question in the anti-spam topic - viewtopic.php?f=46&t=2122696 Obviously, it was not intended for general use, as the questions are useless if they become too popular. However, such logic questions can be pretty bot proof if chosen wisely.
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