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Author Topic: Keeping site spammers out...  (Read 3161 times)

Offline diva

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Keeping site spammers out...
« on: November 15, 2004, 06:54:33 AM »
A friend of mine who is a professional musician has been targeted for a while by spammers who register, don't post but put their email or site as a jewellry sales, drug sales, porno site....no sooner do we delete them then more come..

We are sick of  constantly deleting...is it possible to develop a mod which modifies registration so that people must be approved by admin and if its not done within X days it will auto delete?

Im desperate for something as they are driving me (as one of his moderators) insane very slowly and painfully

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Re: Keeping site spammers out...
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2004, 07:00:08 AM »
also maybe make users write a CHARACTERS that figure in an image to avoid bots registration
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Re: Keeping site spammers out...
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2004, 07:01:31 AM »
You can already make it so that users have to be approved by an admin. It's in "Feature Settings and Options". Change the registration method to "approval".

It won't auto-delete them for you though, but you can delete a batch at once by just going to admin -> Registration Management and delete from there
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Re: Keeping site spammers out...
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2004, 07:01:57 AM »
Im not sure if they are using a bot...how can you tell? Your idea DOES sound good though, a lot of sites use that when you sign up eg the free webspace sites

Hi Grudge....thats what I want to avoid...constantly deleting them grrr


Am I right in assuming there is no way around it? If you don't think its practical I will just have to keep deleting sigh....
« Last Edit: November 15, 2004, 07:03:47 AM by diva »

Offline Aeolis

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Re: Keeping site spammers out...
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2004, 10:54:58 AM »
I'm assuming you'd be checking more than every X days, in which case you'd be right there with the delete button handy, and not just checking every once in a while and letting the legit users get deleted...   hitting the check all button then deleting shouldn't be that much of a hassle to risk kicking legit users out too after x days.  Its not like you have to search through the whole list of members.

Either way, I'm guessing it wouldn't be a difficult mod, for the unactivated, check their registration compared to the current time, delete if over the x day limit.


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Re: Keeping site spammers out...
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2004, 11:33:33 AM »
i'd bet they might be on a spammer blacklist, you can search goolge and an all ip's listed also set it to require at least email avalidation so they have to use a valid email address that they have access to to register. ;)

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Re: Keeping site spammers out...
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2004, 03:36:49 PM »
The problem with auto-delete would be it would delete ALL members awaiting approval, even valid ones! If you have a quiet forum (Which I assume is the case considering you don't check reg management often), why not just disable registration completly, and put a message up saying "Email this address to register an account". If it's always people from the same IP range just ban their address in the admin menu...
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