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Control Spam in SMF 2.0

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BinkyM:

--- Quote from: shubha on April 19, 2012, 02:45:15 AM ---1) Install the Forum Firewall ,Bad Behaviour Mod,httpbl,stop forum spam,bot scouster.
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Hi, shubha:

I give up; what'd you mean to type when you typed "bot scouster"? I've made several stabs at "scouster" (because "bot" is most likely right), and I'm not finding that mod. Gimme a clue, please, Mr Fat Fingers? Thanks!

Binky

BinkyM:
Hi again, shubha:

You refer to the mod "Permission for Website Url Of Users," but there isn't one. Perhaps you mean "Permission for Website url in Profile"? That seems the most likely.

(You're right! I'm methodically going through your message installing things you recommend, as someone came into my test forum and posted a message about phentermine, and I'm trying to make sure it doesn't happen often when my forum goes live.)

Binky

Arantor:

--- Quote ---1) Install the Forum Firewall ,Bad Behaviour Mod,httpbl,stop forum spam,bot scouster.
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Bad Behaviour includes httpBL support. You do not need both Bad Behaviour+httpBL and SFS and in any case it is still not really desirable to use SFS as too many false positives are there. The last mod referred to is BotScouter, not scouster.


--- Quote ---2) Do not use the cloudflare. Cloudflare security is easy to break. You can not banned the hostname of cloudflare.All the members will get banned include the admin.
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Not issues if you use the CF mod available, but I've heard too many stories of people having trouble to be convinced of its reliability. Any method that makes it harder for legitimate members to use the site is counter-productive.


--- Quote ---3) Spammers are come for the links only. Install these three mod also-

Prevent Adding Signature and Links Mod
Permission for Website Url Of Users
Hide Links
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You could just use Anti Spam Links which would reduce the issues with the others too.


--- Quote ---4) Remove the permission of "view other profile" from Guest Area.Spammers always try to make the profile backlinks.
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That's just good practice. I still have no idea why SMF turns that on by default.


--- Quote ---5) Add the question from the Anti SPAM ( Configuration->Security and Moderation -> Anti Spam ). Change the Anti Spam question every 10 days.
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THIS is the single most important measure in my opinion. You get to avoid a lot of spam just by writing a single good question. You don't have to change it every 10 days, I find that I can set a question and months later I'm still not seeing spam.


--- Quote ---6) Do not allow the guest posting.
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It's not enabled by default and seems to be just good sense to me.


--- Quote ---7) Use this in Anti Spam (HelpPost count under which users must pass verification to make a post) .Minimum four post require for the members.
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As already indicated this one would certainly help. And probably help more than the other suggestions there - it isn't about preventing them from having signatures, it's about preventing them from misusing them.


--- Quote ---8) Try to avoid create backlinks in Russia(.ru) and China (.cn). Both are the famous for spamming.
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Huh? I don't think it makes any real difference actually...

butchs:

--- Quote from: Arantor on June 10, 2012, 10:09:12 AM ---Not issues if you use the CF mod available, but I've heard too many stories of people having trouble to be convinced of its reliability. Any method that makes it harder for legitimate members to use the site is counter-productive.

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I like cloudflare (CF).  I have used it since it's conception.  You can tame it down by adjusting the settings.  One feature I love it that it has the ability to detect countries.  Without having to worry about my server admin forgetting up update GeoIP when they update the server software.  I can remember at least three (3) times my site went down due to htaccess calls to GeoIP when the site software was updated.

This is no longer a problem...  I use the free CF country detection feature with my Forum Firewall mod to block undesirable countries like russia, china and many other non-USA friendlies...  With zero downtime...

 :-X

Arantor:
Oh, I have no doubt that you've got it working well, since I know how enthusiastic you are about it. All I know is how many people I've heard that have had troubles - though I wouldn't be surprised if a decent percentage of those were configuration type issues.

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