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What do you do to combat spam?

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What do all of you out there do in order to prevent spam? And i don't mean topics or posts that are off topic. I mean full on spam where a member creates an account and probably only one post that contains nothing but links and sentences that don't make sense.
I've been getting a lot of it recently

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Try using a captcha!

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felguard wrote:Try using a captcha!
Not quite. ReCaptcha has been cracked, and so has the old phpBB one. The not have also got pretty good at Q&A CAPTCHA, but I would still recommend using it (but with difficult, unique questions)

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regie0822 wrote:Just give a notification that if any users intend to just post and place a link they will be submitted to spam holding sites that can ban them forever.
Most spam is automated, so that won't work.

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well one way I do it is the mod 'Disallow links before x posts'. That prevents users from posting links until they reach x posts

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I do beleive most spam is automated andthere is great things here to help with it.

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Just use the option where users have to confirm their registration by e-mail. Most of the automatic registrations use falce e-mailadresses :D

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balder1000 wrote:Just use the option where users have to confirm their registration by e-mail. Most of the automatic registrations use falce e-mailadresses :D
If they use false email addresses, get it to check for a valid MX record.

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Make your registration page unique by adding an instruction to type in a given word or phrase. You can actually show it on the page as the bots can not read. That keeps out all the bots.
If they get through that then they are human that are registering.
Make them click an email link to complete registration. That keeps out humans that do not have genuine email addys.
If they still get in they are human and have a genuine email address. Now it is down to yourself and moderators to curtail their activities as quickly as possible. Do not start by deleting posts as you will likely not keep pace with their posting. Start by deactivating their account and then delete posts.
There is little point in doing anything beyond that as an IP ban will not work with a dynamic IP user. Banning email addresses and user names is pointless as they just create another.
Vigilance of your team is key here. Plus ask users to report any spam straight away to anyone on the team.

In 7 years I have only had about half a dozen spammers - all human and all blocked and nuked within less than an hour.

Spammers are only a big problem if you let them be. Be proactive.

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Jim_UK wrote:Make your registration page unique by adding an instruction to type in a given word or phrase. You can actually show it on the page as the bots can not read. That keeps out all the bots.
If they get through that then they are human that are registering.
Make them click an email link to complete registration. That keeps out humans that do not have genuine email addys.
If they still get in they are human and have a genuine email address. Now it is down to yourself and moderators to curtail their activities as quickly as possible. Do not start by deleting posts as you will likely not keep pace with their posting. Start by deactivating their account and then delete posts.
There is little point in doing anything beyond that as an IP ban will not work with a dynamic IP user. Banning email addresses and user names is pointless as they just create another.
Vigilance of your team is key here. Plus ask users to report any spam straight away to anyone on the team.

In 7 years I have only had about half a dozen spammers - all human and all blocked and nuked within less than an hour.

Spammers are only a big problem if you let them be. Be proactive.

Jim
Well said - although some bots seem to be catching up and can now parse the question. Example: "What colour is the sky" no longer stops them.

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Re: What do you do to combat spam?

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No I do not use a question Callum. I give them an instruction.
Example
In the space on the right type in the phrase "Botsnaffoff"
No bot has ever got through that in 7 years.

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Approve every new registrant individually and research IP / email address. Use your own discretion.

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Jim_UK wrote:No I do not use a question Callum. I give them an instruction.
Example
In the space on the right type in the phrase "Botsnaffoff"
No bot has ever got through that in 7 years.

Jim

please can you talk me through how to do this :D
do i need to go to new registrations then captcha or recaptcha?

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Q&A captcha is a standard available option in the antispam countermeasures. It's been there since 3.0.6.
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