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Offline ar3thur

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Unusually large number of new members registering --- seems bogus
« on: September 11, 2017, 12:40:22 PM »
Our forum has been offline for a few years and we've just updated it prior to upgrading shortly and brought it back online.  We used to see a few new members a week or possibly one or two a day at the very peak of popularity.  Now, even though not many know that we are back online, we are getting dozens and dozens of new member registrations, many of which seem suspicious and not genuine.  Registration is set up for member activation to prevent invalid email addresses, so it's not that.  Plus, almost none of the new members has posted anything and the few that have seem to be posting offers for things to be purchased.

Any ideas why this might be happening and how we can make sure that new member registrations are really real?

Offline ar3thur

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Re: Unusually large number of new members registering --- seems bogus
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2017, 12:41:17 PM »
PS:  We are still running version 1.1.21 at this time.

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Re: Unusually large number of new members registering --- seems bogus
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2017, 12:44:36 PM »
You need to make use of SMF's anti-spam in Admin, however in my experience it takes more than that. I have custom coded certain things that stops Spammers in their tracks.

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Re: Unusually large number of new members registering --- seems bogus
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2017, 12:47:01 PM »
You need to make use of SMF's anti-spam in Admin, however in my experience it takes more than that. I have custom coded certain things that stops Spammers in their tracks.

SMF 1.1 has a fraction of the options SMF 2.0 has...
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Re: Unusually large number of new members registering --- seems bogus
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2017, 12:47:11 PM »
You need to make use of SMF's anti-spam in Admin, however in my experience it takes more than that. I have custom coded certain things that stops Spammers in their tracks.

SMF 1.1.* does not have that feature. you would need to upgrade to SMF 2.0 to get that feature.