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    Default forum abuse

    I've noticed in the past year a host of forum abuse, spam-like posts, even within this forum. Is there a technical term for this abuse? Other than moderators working to keep the forum clean, is there any protection against this kind of thing?

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    Not really, unless the admistrator has to sensor posts first. That would defeat the purpose of us talking and exchanging ideas and stuff.

    Lately I've had a problem with spambots hitting my Wordpress forum. No matter what I do, they figure a way to get a post in there...but they don't get the satisfaction. I sensor all comments before it gets posted to the website. So nobody saw the unsavory posts about ****(fill in the blanks)

    In a perfect world, poetic justice might be the best thing. Spam his mailbox till his head spins. See how HE likes it.

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    spamming is very common, and one way to prevent it is to have registered member that already had more than 10 (or more) reply, to start a new thread :D... this will kick out most short term spammer
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    Spambot. I suppose this is the correct term. I figured if there was a way to hamper them without disrupting the open flow of conversation BH would have implemented the proceedure. I've got a forum started for a youth group, as requested by two pastors, but I've been warning them about these things. They seem to think They can handle the moderating of it OK...we shall see.

    maybe I'll turn on the admin must approve before post option. That should keep the kiddies safe.

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    Most bots use fake e-mail addresses, so turning on user activation will help. I have a phpBB forum with user activation enabled and the anti-bot question mod installed... to date, we have not had a single spammer get through.

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    A lot of the spambots we get here are the "smart" bots. These bots will read image verification and also verify the email address. So without completely locking out the forum and requiring users to have at least 10 posts, we will always have spam here. Locking the forum to people how have posted less then 10 defeats the purpose of this forum. I just delete the spam and block the user. It's really not that hard.
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    Yes, most bots nowadays will get round the standard captcha, but the anti-bot question mod stymies them (for the moment, at least). Is there not something similar for vBulletin?

    Deleting the spam may not be difficult, but I think most of us would prefer that it didn't get through in the first place. I daren't browse this forum when my young son is in the room, since I once opened an innocently titled thread to find it contained pornographic images. :(

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    All of the spam is definitely hurting the forum. If our hard-working moderator has been holding off on taking any action because the problem seemed manageable, this is a vote for taking some action (but not a suggestion for what action to take as I have never moderated a forum and I don't know what kind of solutions exist).

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    Im not familiar with vBulletin but with phpbb2 has some mods for spambots there for awhile I was getting 5 or more spammers a day Had to go to admin authorize for awhile. The mod that helped the most was they don t show up in the member list until they post.. That was just an addon I didnt think would do much but it does. Most of the time now I put their email addy in the ban list and delete them because most dont even post. Some forums share the email ban list Mine is close to 500 now. If anybody wants it Ill give you a sql dump into a file..

    Also I added this I dont know if it helps but sure was fun adding it....

    Cabaret Karaoke - Registration Agreement Terms
    This forum is monitored on a regular basis. If you are attempting to register for posting links to porn sites etc. your email addy will be banned and supplied to other forums to ban..Your name will be banned and posts will be deleted .
    DONT WASTE YOUR TIME
    Last edited by cabbie; 04-14-2007 at 11:57 AM.

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    I don't have to ban anyone - the anti-bot question mod for phpBB2 prevents them registering in the first place - we get many bot registration attempts, but none has got through. There must surely be something similar for VB.

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