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Spam Bots are getting to smart? just another post about spam.

Post by nomad666 » Sat Jan 21, 2017 3:28 am

I see that some spam bots are using google to figure out the Q&A yes I put in questions that google can not know but still getting a big pile of doodoo users spamming the site I am guessing that they are paying cheap labour now to spam sites so what can one do I must have locked out half the email and ip address around the globe so whats the fix can their ever be a fix for this?

upgrading to latest greatest Forum did not do anything like it ever would :lol:

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Post by Lumpy Burgertushie » Sat Jan 21, 2017 4:46 am

please give us a link to the board so we can see what you are doing.


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Post by nomad666 » Sat Jan 21, 2017 4:59 am

I got enough spam poo without putting a link to my site here... :ugeek:

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Post by nomad666 » Sat Jan 21, 2017 5:02 am

I even tried blocking 3 quarters of the planet with the .htaccess file that did not work at all for me..

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Post by 3Di » Sat Jan 21, 2017 5:29 am

This Board is full of links to mine, in 10 months I don't have got a single spammer yet.

It's a Vanilla 3.2.x with just 4 extensions made by me.

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Post by nomad666 » Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:23 am

Hope it stays that way for you!

Not that its that big a deal for me to deal with spam just wanted to open a discussion about it to see if anyone was in the least interested in chatting about it...

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Post by david63 » Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:34 am

Are they actually spam bots that are creating accounts or just spam bots trying to access your site?

We all get the second type every day - there is nothing much that you can do about it and generally they do not create a major problem. Some have said that using something like Cloudflare can reduce them, but in doing so Cloudflare can create other problems.

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Post by HiFiKabin » Sat Jan 21, 2017 10:01 am

I have links to my fora here and on other sites, and I get maybe one spam account a month.

Like Robert said, without a link to your forum there is very little (ie nothing) we can do to help.

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Post by JimA » Sat Jan 21, 2017 10:07 am

Like you said, the best way currently known is to have very site-specific questions that can't easily be figured out by putting it into Google and changing those often to prevent the creators of those bots from solving the question manually once and then putting the answer into their bots so they can duplicate it.

There will always be a few that can come through, either through manual spam or by bots knowing the answer from previous tries. In that case it can be very useful to use the Moderation Queue (we can so here as well) to catch the spam messages and delete the accounts before it reaches your board. :)
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Post by Mick » Sat Jan 21, 2017 10:37 am

nomad666 wrote:
Sat Jan 21, 2017 4:59 am
I got enough spam poo without putting a link to my site here... :ugeek:
They've found you so I don't think giving us your address is going to make much difference. You need to stop them and if we could see the issue we may be able to help.
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Post by warmweer » Sat Jan 21, 2017 2:47 pm

I used to have spammers and managed to stop those temporaily using .htaccess but that implies regular updating of the country specific IP-ranges (which is a hassle).
Two other solutions work for me, the first of which will not be very popular.
1. admin activation after receiving a mail from the registrant stating the reasons for wanting te become a member.
2. Q@A where the A is part of an image to be found in a visible part of the forum, plus a couple of letters have to be left out or capitalised/uncapitalised.

Never had spammers since (sockpuppets yes but that's another story).

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Post by nomad666 » Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:49 pm

warmweer wrote:
Sat Jan 21, 2017 2:47 pm
I used to have spammers and managed to stop those temporaily using .htaccess but that implies regular updating of the country specific IP-ranges (which is a hassle).
Two other solutions work for me, the first of which will not be very popular.
1. admin activation after receiving a mail from the registrant stating the reasons for wanting te become a member.
2. Q@A where the A is part of an image to be found in a visible part of the forum, plus a couple of letters have to be left out or capitalised/uncapitalised.

Never had spammers since (sockpuppets yes but that's another story).
I am now trying your suggestion in 2 and see how that goes thanks...

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