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Offline Mick.

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Re: Why i dont get spammers in my forum
« Reply #20 on: January 24, 2012, 04:04:29 PM »
I wouldn't use anything mathematical.  For other languages quite frankly im not sure how to answer that.

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Re: Why i dont get spammers in my forum
« Reply #21 on: January 24, 2012, 04:35:48 PM »
Definitely nothing mathematical.

As a simple rule, try typing your question into Google and seeing what answer you get back. If you get your answer as a direct answer or in the first few results, think of another question.
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Re: Why i dont get spammers in my forum
« Reply #22 on: February 13, 2012, 10:48:14 PM »
We were getting 100+ spammers trying to register every day. When we upgraded to 2.0 I added a simple security question to the registration process and they STOPPED immediately. I even logged off with my user name reregistered a new account username and it works perfect...

You can even leave the answer in your registration page.   Bots cant read, they do recognize certain words that have been programmed to them.

When registering to my forum, i ask the question followed by the answer. That way folks know what to input without hassles.

Ive been bot free for 3 years.

Bot usually don't recognize those kind of stuff and they only depend on the programs that makes them run. Simple as that. It is guaranteed that only pure humans can register in the forum with that security measures.

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Re: Why i dont get spammers in my forum
« Reply #23 on: March 26, 2012, 01:00:37 PM »
Thank you, this helped me a lot too.

How do i apply the security question?

   
    Administration Center »
    Security and Moderation »
    Anti-Spam

Then scroll to the bottom to insert your Q and A

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Re: Why i dont get spammers in my forum
« Reply #24 on: April 07, 2012, 05:08:07 AM »
Cool trick.

The only forum I have run into that asks a topic related security question is http://www.ApplianceJunk.com [nofollow], and if I remember right, it only asked the question once I was bumped up to a higher "expert" rank.

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Re: Why i dont get spammers in my forum
« Reply #25 on: April 07, 2012, 08:18:13 AM »
I use CloudFlare in combination with Arantor's Login Security mod, Forum Firewall and my own custom mod (blocks e-mail addresses as usernames, awaiting approval at the mod site).

Now I only need some stuff to prevent spammers from registering...maybe I'll create a custom mod for this.

We used CloudFlare for awhile until a few of our members started complaining that they could not access our site if their computer was connected to the internet through a cell phone tower.

Cool trick.

The only forum I have run into that asks a topic related security question is http://www.ApplianceJunk.com, and if I remember right, it only asked the question once I was bumped up to a higher "expert" rank.

Our anti-spam verification question is asked during registration.
« Last Edit: April 07, 2012, 08:21:45 AM by ApplianceJunk »
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Re: Why i dont get spammers in my forum
« Reply #26 on: May 16, 2012, 12:39:49 PM »
I have only had 4 spammers and they didn't get very far.

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Re: Why i dont get spammers in my forum
« Reply #27 on: May 19, 2012, 01:58:14 AM »
Thanks for the Tip :D

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Re: Why i dont get spammers in my forum
« Reply #28 on: May 21, 2012, 12:43:00 AM »
Sorry but using this method , bandwidth will loss. I'll prefer use the  Bad Behavior, blockscript, bots scout etc are there.

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Re: Why i dont get spammers in my forum
« Reply #29 on: May 23, 2012, 04:05:23 PM »
Sorry but using this method , bandwidth will loss. I'll prefer use the  Bad Behavior, blockscript, bots scout etc are there.
Are you serious? Are you concerned about the bandwidth of 3 to 5 more lines of code, against thousands of bots hammering your server daily?

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Re: Why i dont get spammers in my forum
« Reply #30 on: October 28, 2012, 07:09:02 PM »


1. First off, i use SMF's RC integrated security question.  The question used is related to my forum genre. I run an automotive forum and the question is simple. "How many spark plugs a Chevy Avalanche has?" Answer is 8.

Do bots know this? No.

This suggestions was just awesome.  I did exactly that.

The question is so easy for anyone interested in the topic of my forum, but no one else would know.

I went from dealing with 30-40 spammers per day to ZERO since I did this last week.

Thanks so much for this tip.

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Re: Why i dont get spammers in my forum
« Reply #31 on: January 02, 2013, 12:49:22 AM »
Bah- I don't know why I didn't think of using forum-genre questions earlier. We'll see how things go, thanks. :)
If bot regs cease, then I can finally remove a lot of extra steps I took to decrease them manually ( such as posting in a specific section of the forum multiple times to gain access to the rest >.> ).

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Re: Why i dont get spammers in my forum
« Reply #32 on: January 02, 2013, 10:10:34 AM »
Bah- I don't know why I didn't think of using forum-genre questions earlier. We'll see how things go, thanks. :)
If bot regs cease, then I can finally remove a lot of extra steps I took to decrease them manually ( such as posting in a specific section of the forum multiple times to gain access to the rest >.> ).

i dont use any of these steps anymore. My only spam measure is the forum genre question. Just one question, no captcha. ;)

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Re: Why i dont get spammers in my forum
« Reply #33 on: January 13, 2013, 12:44:44 PM »
Total spam killer. Many thanks!!!!!!!