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Title: Stop Spammers
Post by: freddie65 on March 19, 2013, 04:36:11 PM
Just moved over from Simple Press and I can't believe how many spam members I have after only two days.

How can I stop this?

thanks
Title: Re: Stop Spammers
Post by: mashby on March 19, 2013, 04:48:04 PM
Have you setup any registration questions? That's usually the best place to start. There are also mods on the mod site to help prevent spammers as well.
http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?action=search;type=19
Title: Re: Stop Spammers
Post by: Kindred on March 19, 2013, 05:30:14 PM
And a section of the FAQ in the wiki...
Title: Re: Stop Spammers
Post by: xrunner on March 19, 2013, 05:40:05 PM
Just moved over from Simple Press and I can't believe how many spam members I have after only two days.

How can I stop this?

Welcome to the club. There's a lot of spamming going on. Take this for what it's worth but when I started using this message I conjured up myself - my spammers all but stopped -


You can't post ANYTHING or use your account until an Admin approves your account based on spam databases and heuristic screening criteria - you will not be registered until this approval is complete - if you still wish to apply enter "notspammer" without the quotes in the box


^^^ none of that is true but they don't know that.

Try it, it can't hurt.
Title: Re: Stop Spammers
Post by: MrPhil on March 19, 2013, 08:01:38 PM
^^^ none of that is true but they don't know that.
Now they do...

I suspect that the bots can't follow the instructions to drop the quotes, but pretty soon human spammers will be attacking you...
Title: Re: Stop Spammers
Post by: xrunner on March 19, 2013, 08:02:44 PM
Now they do...

I suspect that the bots can't follow the instructions to drop the quotes, but pretty soon human spammers will be attacking you...

Bring it - I'm ready for em!
Title: Re: Stop Spammers
Post by: tumbleweed on March 19, 2013, 08:13:53 PM
Place a question (Admin > Security and Moderation > Anti-Spam.) that is in direct relationship to your content of your forums. something your users would know. This will throw the bots off the tracks for sure.
Title: Re: Stop Spammers
Post by: freddie65 on March 20, 2013, 05:26:03 PM
thanks for the tips.

I'll give them all a try.
Title: Re: Stop Spammers
Post by: freddie65 on March 22, 2013, 03:42:50 AM
I've set up security questions and registered a user to test, however the questions don't appear during the registration process?
Title: Re: Stop Spammers
Post by: Kindred on March 22, 2013, 07:42:19 AM
you have to set the "number of questions" to more than 0
Title: Re: Stop Spammers
Post by: freddie65 on March 22, 2013, 03:05:58 PM
got it thanks!