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What to do with members who are spam
« on: January 05, 2019, 02:04:01 AM »
I have been hit by lots of fake members (spam) registering to my forum. Is it better to ban them or delete them? I know banning them prevents them from reregistering, etc. but there are a few hundred and I want to clear them out. I will also beef up my security to lessen this happening in the future. Also, if I delete them is it ok to do it in cPanel? which would be much faster. Thanks

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Re: What to do with members who are spam
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2019, 02:50:37 AM »
Do not delete them directly in the database. That will screw up your site.
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Re: What to do with members who are spam
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2019, 02:56:10 AM »
Thanks my friend

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Re: What to do with members who are spam
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2019, 04:22:19 PM »
What kind of "beef up my security" did you have in mind?

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Re: What to do with members who are spam
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2019, 09:55:51 PM »
it helps to change your security questions once a month or so
this can drastically reduce spambots from being able to register successfully
also, to delete them just do it while logged into the site and delete the user + all posts at the same time
(ie: click the user account name, then "actions" then delete this account)

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Re: What to do with members who are spam
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2019, 04:39:06 AM »
Don’t try to tell me that some power can corrupt a person. You haven’t had enough to know what it’s like.

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Re: What to do with members who are spam
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2019, 04:15:26 PM »
My security questions were too simple. I will make them a bit more complicated.

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Re: What to do with members who are spam
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2019, 03:24:06 PM »
Are these members live human beings,  or spam bots? I use the recaptcha questions and I have the stopforumspam.com mod installed. It compares every registration attempt to a spammer database and blocks anything that is red flagged.
I have had zero spam problems so far.

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Re: What to do with members who are spam
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2019, 01:14:20 PM »
My security questions were too simple. I will make them a bit more complicated.

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