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Why i dont get spammers in my forum

Started by Mick., January 19, 2011, 08:58:29 PM

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Mick.

Lots of folks ask 'why i get spammers in my forum', 'i have lots of spam', etc.

Let me tell you,.... i dont get spammers at all on my working  5 years old forum.

Simple,  i run SMF RC3 and a couple mods.....

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.

Dont make question like: "What color is the sky?",  "What color is the grass?" or "2+2=?"   Make your security question related to your forum genre that your guest know the answer to.

2. I also use SMF's integrated "profile Fields".....(also available in the mod site for 1.1.x users).
a. text
b. selection

The mods i use:

Vbgamer's "Avatar Select" mod: http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=368
青山 素子 "reCaptcha" mod: http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=1044


These simple mods available in the mod site and the security question should stop bots and spammers from registering.

Try them out and have fun :P

Mick.


TheListener

I have only had 2 spammers and they didn't get very far.

My forum is related to the area where I live ie Milton Keynes in the UK.

Now why would a hotel in Bali want to register as a member?

Similar to BD I also have questions related to the content of the forum.

bucharest

How do i apply the security question?

NanoSector

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.
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MC73

Quote from: bucharest on May 13, 2011, 04:28:12 PM
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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timetraveller

Where is the Security and Moderation area?

MC73

Quote from: timetraveller on May 13, 2011, 05:57:52 PM
Where is the Security and Moderation area?

It is within the Configuration section in the ADMIN area
Over 1100 Online Flash Games 

bucharest

I dont see the security and moderation area in configuration?

timetraveller


Illori

security and moderation is a section in the admin panel for 2.0 it will not be found in 1.1.*

RvG

I just installed avatar select and viola no spammers.
Do bots know how to select avatars?

bucharest

Good work they seem to have stopped our spammers


is there a way i can remove all members who have never made a post?



floridaflatlander

I looked and didn't see anything, someone else may know more but if you don't very many menbers you can sort post column and click the  members with out post and then click delete,

Outrack

Quote from: bluedevili dont get spammers at all on my working  5 years old forum.

I'm half tempted to register on your forum pretending to be a bot so you can't claim this anymore :p

This is very useful advice, thanks for sharing it. The reCaptcha mod didn't help as much as I hoped, but adding in a security question relevant to the content of the site stopped all bots dead - I still get the occasional spam from India as they seem to have real humans registering accounts (using Google to get through the question), though it's so infrequent that it can hardly be considered a problem.

Carmina

I just realized that spammers registered in my forum but they never managed to post anything. Anyway, I will install the mods now. Thanks for the recommendations!
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doublecoin

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...

Mick.

Quote from: doublecoin on July 22, 2011, 09:30:17 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.

donjazzy

Quote from: bluedevil on July 23, 2011, 02:03:39 AM
Quote from: doublecoin on July 22, 2011, 09:30:17 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.
You are right this simple trick but neglected by many folks works like miracle. I am but free now, I don't use any verification except this. Cuddles @Bluedevil.

Hey hey hey I like your smf blog forum don't know if you can help me set up something like that. Please permit me to pm you for further details. Cheers :) folks know what to input without hassles.

Ive been bot free for 3 years.
[/quote]You are right this simple trick but neglected by many folks works like miracle. I am but free now, I don't use any verification except this. Cuddles @Bluedevil.

Hey hey hey I like your smf blog forum don't know if you can help me set up something like that. Please permit me to pm you for further details, for spamming reasons can't do it here. Cheers :)



Mick.

Bumping. Lately seen lots of spam topics.

Still running spam bot free.

Eudemon

i have stop spammer mod enabled in my forum
so far it blocked out all spammer registration for me which is good
but i get little worry that it might block legit users

thanks for the tip bluedevil
i have concern about placing simple registration question with answer
bcuz a lot of my members don't read english
if i place math question is it gonna be ez for botz to figure out? like 10+3

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