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Blocking IP addresses

Post by Furball Zen » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:50 pm

Prior to the recent upgrade to 3.2 from 3.0, i had a butt load of IP addresses that were banned from joining and that list did not come over from the old install. I cant seem to find where to edit this on 3.2, or im just too tired and missing it. Not sure where to find that list on the old install either.
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Re: Blocking IP addresses

Post by stevemaury » Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:54 pm

It's in the database, but blocking IPs wastes resources and is ineffective. Give me 5 minutes in your ACP and I will block all your spam forever.
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Re: Blocking IP addresses

Post by Furball Zen » Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:03 am

Should i make a username for you or give you my details?
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Post by KevC » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:24 am

Furball Zen wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:03 am
Should i make a username for you or give you my details?
You can do either. Or change your password, tell Steve the 'new' one, let him fiddle about and then change it back to your normal one afterwards.
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Post by thecoalman » Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:49 pm

Banning an IP is only useful if you have out of control poster/spam bot that is re-registering with same IP. In that case you would ban for a few days. That would stop the bot but the human poster will usually move onto proxy server etc.

One thing to bear in mind about banning IP's is it may be used by hundreds or even thousands of people, a college campus for example. The other issue is it often changes for the person using it so the next person that gets it would be banned from your site. That is why you would only use a ban of very short duration.

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Post by stevemaury » Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:02 pm

Create an account, make it a Founder and PM me the username and password. You can delete the account when I am done.
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Re: Blocking IP addresses

Post by Furball Zen » Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:02 pm

thecoalman wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:49 pm
Banning an IP is only useful if you have out of control poster/spam bot that is re-registering with same IP. In that case you would ban for a few days. That would stop the bot but the human poster will usually move onto proxy server etc.

One thing to bear in mind about banning IP's is it may be used by hundreds or even thousands of people, a college campus for example. The other issue is it often changes for the person using it so the next person that gets it would be banned from your site. That is why you would only use a ban of very short duration.
I banned entire countries, i dont care lol. It worked for the most part.
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Create an account, make it a Founder and PM me the username and password. You can delete the account when I am done.
Ok.
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Re: Blocking IP addresses

Post by Mick » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:45 pm

Banning anything by IP is pretty much a waste of time and server resources.
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Re: Blocking IP addresses

Post by danielpryor » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:27 pm

stevemaury wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:02 pm
Create an account, make it a Founder and PM me the username and password. You can delete the account when I am done.
Could you help me please, my spambot situation is out of control on my forum? I'd be willing to create a founder account, etc for you.

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Post by Lumpy Burgertushie » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:57 pm

first, let us have the link to your board so we can test.

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Re: Blocking IP addresses

Post by danielpryor » Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:05 pm

Lumpy Burgertushie wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:57 pm
first, let us have the link to your board so we can test.

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Re: Blocking IP addresses

Post by stevemaury » Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:09 pm

What you are doing now is completely unnecessary. PM me a founder account and I will stop your spam.
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Re: Blocking IP addresses

Post by danielpryor » Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:29 am

stevemaury wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:09 pm
What you are doing now is completely unnecessary. PM me a founder account and I will stop your spam.
Thank you so much for your help! You rock! I totally owe you one!

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Re: Blocking IP addresses

Post by KYPREO » Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:02 am

Thank you for those who have commented in this topic. 8-)

Over time, we had developed a substantial IP ban list. Some of these bans were historical from many years ago due to users who tried to circumvent bans - at the time they served a purpose but those users are long gone. As an anti-spam measure the list is useless. Even if implemented at a server level, it would seem a waste of resources. As a test, I cleared the IP ban list and I got a measurable improvement in server performance. Spam bot registrations have not become a problem since.

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Re: Blocking IP addresses

Post by danielpryor » Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:35 pm

Nope, didn't work, spammer is back! wow, how lame.
Any way to set this up so no one can post unless i "approve" it? I've tried and no matter how I set it up, this guy gets through?

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