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Spammers everywhere, posting women without underwear

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 2:06 pm
by Carl_S
How do I make it stop ? Everyday I delete up to 10 new members that want to spam porn links. I currently have Admin activation required. They are humans not bots. I have tried email activation but they still register. I have been banning IPs but it doesn't help. Any ideas ? www.minimachinist.com is my forums.

Re: Spammers everywhere, posting women without underwear

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 2:11 pm
by kinerity
Please visit Preventing Spam in phpBB3 for various options for fighting spam in phpBB.

Re: Spammers everywhere, posting women without underwear

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 2:12 pm
by Lumpy Burgertushie
and it would help if you gave us a link to your board.
what you are describing is very very unusual as long as you have a good anti spam setup for the board.

robert

Re: Spammers everywhere, posting women without underwear

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 2:14 pm
by JimA
Also, are you sure they're all humans? Some posts can seem human but bots can become very sophisticated.

What we usually recommend if you only target a specific audience is to create a Q&A question that you're sure is very easy for your audience, but not for people that just want to spam. The ultimate difficult dilemma is that you don't want to make it too difficult for real users to register while still making it too difficult for spammers (bots usually) to get through and thus non-Googleable.

Re: Spammers everywhere, posting women without underwear

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 2:29 pm
by stevemaury
They are not humans. Banning IPs is a waste of time. Can you give us a link to your board?

Re: Spammers everywhere, posting women without underwear

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 3:22 pm
by Carl_S
Link to my forum is www.minimachinist.com

Re: Spammers everywhere, posting women without underwear

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 4:05 pm
by HiFiKabin
The CAPTCHA you are using was broken years ago. Please have a read of the following.

Please visit Preventing Spam in phpBB3 for various options for fighting spam in phpBB.

How to configure Q&A
  1. Administration Control Panel (ACP) > Spambot countermeasures> Installed plugins > click the dropdown box and select Q&A (it will be greyed out)
  2. Click the configure button then click add
  3. Add your question and answer (you need a Q&A for each language you have installed) click submit
  4. Click "back to previous page" then click "back"
  5. Select Q&A from the dropdown box (again)
  6. Click submit at the bottom of the page.
  7. Done.

Re: Spammers everywhere, posting women without underwear

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 4:20 pm
by Carl_S
I tried the Q&A and I get "The plugin cannot be selected as its requirements are not met."

Re: Spammers everywhere, posting women without underwear

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 4:24 pm
by HiFiKabin
'Requirements not met' error
If you see this message The plugin cannot be selected as its requirements are not met then that means you have more than one language installed but you have not set the question in every language.

On the page where you write the question and answer there is a drop list for all of the languages installed in the board. You must choose each one in turn and enter the question and answer.
https://www.phpbb.com/support/docs/en/3 ... a-captcha/

Re: Spammers everywhere, posting women without underwear

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 4:43 pm
by Carl_S
Had two languages installed. Got it going this time. Hopefully it works for me. :)

Re: Spammers everywhere, posting women without underwear

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 4:45 pm
by HiFiKabin
If you have something unique to the topic of your forum, and something that can not be 'Googled' the SPAMbots will be unable to join.

Re: Spammers everywhere, posting women without underwear

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 4:57 pm
by Carl_S
I deleted 8 spammers today before turning on Q&A. Now I'll wait to see what happens. I also switched from Admin autho to email verification. Thanks for the help. :)

Re: Spammers everywhere, posting women without underwear

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 5:31 pm
by HiFiKabin
No Problem

Re: Spammers everywhere, posting women without underwear

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 5:39 pm
by Lumpy Burgertushie
the Q&A you are using is interesting but it may not work very long. if you put that question in google the bots can probably find the answer on the first page.

also, it is a multiple choice question. the bots will just answer with several options and will hit the right one probably on the first try.

also, when I ran the question in search, one of the answers I found was: " 2, but the one on the bottom gets all scratched up". I really laughed at that.


robert

Re: Spammers everywhere, posting women without underwear

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 8:16 pm
by stevemaury
I will PM you a question that will work. BTW, I went to your board and looked for an hour or so, but did not see the women without underwear.