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It has been there since version 2.0.11 The last 10 versions.
Some templates that precede that version may not have it but you can add it yourself http://www.phpbb.com/kb/article.php?article_id=329

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Bots have been able to bypass the phpBB visual confirmation for some time now, so turning it on does little to solve the problem. Using a more difficult to read captcha will perhaps slow them down, but once they're programmed to read the now ones it will be the same situation again. A couple of other solutions that are being used are the Anti Bot Question mod (I use this and have no spam registrations/postings any more ... and I allow guest posting)
:http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=427852

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alvo wrote: Bots have been able to bypass the phpBB visual confirmation for some time now, so turning it on does little to solve the problem. Using a more difficult to read captcha will perhaps slow them down, but once they're programmed to read the now ones it will be the same situation again. A couple of other solutions that are being used are the Anti Bot Question mod (I use this and have no spam registrations/postings any more ... and I allow guest posting)
:http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=427852


A couple of good techniques I'm using is requiring visual confirmation with each guest post (bots may not expect that), and for guest posters and registered posters with fewer than x many posts, I limit the number of links they can have in their posts.
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stevemagruder wrote:
alvo wrote:Bots have been able to bypass the phpBB visual confirmation for some time now, so turning it on does little to solve the problem. Using a more difficult to read captcha will perhaps slow them down, but once they're programmed to read the now ones it will be the same situation again. A couple of other solutions that are being used are the Anti Bot Question mod (I use this and have no spam registrations/postings any more ... and I allow guest posting)
:http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=427852


A couple of good techniques I'm using is requiring visual confirmation with each guest post (bots may not expect that), and for guest posters and registered posters with fewer than x many posts, I limit the number of links they can have in their posts.


This has been discussed before and the only downside is that it makes it a little bit harder for legitimate users to post. Have you asked the community opinion on it?
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Dog Cow wrote:
stevemagruder wrote:
alvo wrote:Bots have been able to bypass the phpBB visual confirmation for some time now, so turning it on does little to solve the problem. Using a more difficult to read captcha will perhaps slow them down, but once they're programmed to read the now ones it will be the same situation again. A couple of other solutions that are being used are the Anti Bot Question mod (I use this and have no spam registrations/postings any more ... and I allow guest posting)
:http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=427852


A couple of good techniques I'm using is requiring visual confirmation with each guest post (bots may not expect that), and for guest posters and registered posters with fewer than x many posts, I limit the number of links they can have in their posts.


This has been discussed before and the only downside is that it makes it a little bit harder for legitimate users to post. Have you asked the community opinion on it?


Well, just slightly harder, as I allow several links in a post before it trips the error message. Spammers tend to post messages with lots of links, going beyond the several I allow for guests and members with few posts. I'll ask for forgiveness if anyone in my community complains about it. :) I doubt anyone will.
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Yeah, I suppose since you have a post limit that triggers it, it's only a temporary annoyance :wink:
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EXreaction wrote:
Truden wrote:I haven't seen somebody to mention Bad Behavior as an Anti-Spam solution.
I use it in some places in my PHPNuke web site, but it can be used in PHPBB2 as well.

You can download Bad Behavior from here
And on this page is the installation guide.

It works and I experienced it on myself :lol:
My IP (South African proxy) was used by spammers and is listed in www.spamhaus.org which list is used by Bad Behavior.
So I wasn't able to post comments in my Web Site until I put my IP in the white list :D

If you want to check how it works, download it, put it in your PHPBB root, open posting.php and ADD after the lines with the includes:

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require_once($phpbb_root_path . 'Bad-Behavior/bad-behavior-generic.'.$phpEx);


I would be willing to list it on the first page...if someone creates a thread for support with it somewhere else(modDB or mod dev forum)


http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=406036

This seems like a good idea.

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Have you tried the mod out?

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Ok pissed off....

Deleted 30 messages this moring for rape/incest/beastiality/gay/kiddie porn.

Took a 40 minute break, and poof, already 10 more. Not to mention the typical lame Britany spears porn as well.

I'm going to try the anti-bot question mod. The only thing vc does is confuse human users.

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There must be a way to resolve this, can't we use spamassassin or something?

Does anyone have some kind of solid method of keeping out the spam?

What about something like akismet for phpBB? (http://akismet.com/) ?

http://akismet.com/blog/2006/06/phpbb/
http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=466892

Does this work?

Thanks.

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This mod would be much better for that purpose I think.
http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=2148409

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Ok, I set up my forum to ask users a logical question during registration. This seems to have fooled most the spam bots. I did get one which got through, but it could have been a human at the other end.

At least more than 90% of the pedophile porn has been cut down. I was getting ready to shut down my forum for good. I certainly don't need to go to jail cause some incest-freak decided to post ilegal links on my site.

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safe_reader wrote: Ok, I set up my forum to ask users a logical question during registration. This seems to have fooled most the spam bots. I did get one which got through, but it could have been a human at the other end.

At least more than 90% of the pedophile porn has been cut down. I was getting ready to shut down my forum for good. I certainly don't need to go to jail cause some incest-freak decided to post ilegal links on my site.


Yes, the best way to stop bot spam is to make your board as custom as possible. :)

Make certain fields need to be filled out and remove other fields that used to be there, rename things and whatever you can think of. :)

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Jim K,

yes, this is one of those bloated threads that one can spend valuable time reading ... and then assertain that PREVENTING SPAM on phpBB is not 100% possible, right?

All my previous post asked is if it was possible. It seems you've locked my thread and advised me to go find another forum software, Is that correct?

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Grayson wrote: Jim K,

yes, this is one of those bloated threads that one can spend valuable time reading ... and then assertain that PREVENTING SPAM on phpBB is not 100% possible, right?

All my previous post asked is if it was possible. It seems you've locked my thread and advised me to go find another forum software, Is that correct?


What absolute rubbish!
This thread is large because so many people have problems with spam and come here for advice. Of course if you have not taken any of your valuable time to read it then it will not have been of any help to you.
Yes you are correct that there is no way of preventing spam 100% as a human spammer can register just as easy as any other human can.
This is true of course of any board software and not just phpBB2 and I don't think that phpBB2 is any more affected than other software.
I remember a user complaining about being hit by a particular spammer and gave the username. A google search revealed that spammer or spambot to have created 10'000's of accounts with sites using phpBB2, VBulletin, SMF etc, etc, etc
I have not advised you to go find another forum software but if that is what you want to do then fine. The choice is yours at the end of the day.

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