http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/if-t ... ammad.html
This isn't intended as a rant, nor as a way of plugging my unapproved mod.
For years, we have all been plagued by spammers, both bots and human. The battle to stay in front, is ongoing. This thread has some excellent advice and observations, but for me, misses the point:
http://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopi ... &t=1861645
It discusses, in great length, how to prevent spammers registering, and how to to deal with them from there on. IMHO, the point is being missed.
Let us ask ourselves, "why does spam exist"?
Bringing it down to a basic level, it is simply a form of advertising, either by mentioning the goods/services they intend to promote, or much more commonly by posting a link to it. These links are also spidered by google et al, and may count towards a sites page ranking. In my experience, the latter is almost always the case, regardless of the post being made by human, or bot.
Let us ask ourselves the further question "what can I do to dissuade the spammers"?
Perhaps, one answer is to simply remove the ability to post the link they want/need?
Let them register, let them jump through hoops to sign up, and then simply deny them the ability to post those links. We can work on all the fancy captcha modules, and ip blocking mods, ask them what colour grass is, and still they will get through, especially humans.
Let them do all this, and allow them to copy and paste the text with the link into the text box, and then BAM ! Error message!
They will squirm, and try to work around the block, but in doing so, will still not get the link/s they cherish so much.
Isn't this easier ?
Surely, it can't be that difficult to get something like this very simple mod approved/updated, and give forum owners another option to try:
http://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopi ... &t=2096637
My mod, and others like it, deny them those links.
So far, they have given up, and I don't really see things changing that.
Imagine how pissed off the spammer who has sat typing in all his false details, gone through verification, and evaded the various ingenious methods at blocking him is, when his post is denied because it contains www. .com or .net, or whatever?
Maybe I'm being simplistic, but I really do think we are looking at things the wrong way round?
Maybe it's time for Mohammed to go to the mountain?
Go on ! it's not as steep as it looks.....