WEB How can I stop spam on a forum?

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by Robb, Nov 9, 2007.

  1. Robb

    Robb Guest

    Every day I spend a ton of time deleting new users that have signed up from russia, canada and other places. I have authentification in place, I also have to manually activate the account before they can post, which has been effective in that no spam has actually hit the site, but it also means that people cant just register and start posting which is a minor annoyance. Is there anything I can do to help slow down the spammers from signing up?
     
  2. Nakon

    Nakon Guest

    what forum software are you using?
     
  3. Robb

    Robb Guest

    phpbb
     
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  5. Robb

    Robb Guest

    how difficult is it to switch from phpbb to another software? Or can you?
     
  6. Oh its me 20

    Oh its me 20 New Member

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    smf is good free forum software.
     
  7. wack0

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    bro, go here and download the Anti Bot Question MOD

    http://phpbb.mwegner.de/

    i put it on over a year ago and havent gotten ONE spammer sign up!!
     
  8. Robb

    Robb Guest

    how hard is it to install?

    its all in german
     
  9. registeredPORK

    registeredPORK Happy Poo Poo

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    For phpBB, use their easyMOD. What you have to do first is go to phpbb.com, go to their MODs section and download easyMOD. Install that and then upload the Anti Bot into the said folder (/admin/mods/)

    Go into your ACP and go to "Install Mods" and then find the mod you want to install. If there are any errors you might have to find it and do it manually or just change it in the coding.


    There are plenty of forum's out there that will enable you to be able to import users and threads from the phpbb forum. vBulletin is costly but (imo) one of the best forum software out there. It lets import/export with their Impex software.
     
  10. thomor25

    thomor25 I make money online....

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    if you need help robb I can do this this weekend let me know man
     
  11. Robb

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    well, seeing as I dont understand anything in the post above yours I do need help :rofl:

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    i dl'd the newest easymod release as well as the anti-spam-acp.

    im not sure what to do w/ the downloaded files

    I know the easy mod needs to be installed first bu there are no directions, just an .php install file
     
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  12. retorq

    retorq What up bitch??

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    I have some custom code on my PHPBB board, basically I use the visual verification, I also cut down the registration process a bit, I get user name, password and basically that is it. Alot of the bots send websites and signatures, if my board receives a website or a signature field on registration is shit cans them. I have some code too that deletes user account on first posts that contain links in the message ... Helps ALOT. I've got it installed on a few different boards and it works nicely on all of them ...
     
  13. wack0

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    brotato, just download the mod and it will be in english
     
  14. Vtec44

    Vtec44 OG!

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    On my board, the first 15 messages require a mod/admin to approve them (in addition to image verification during registration). I still get spam accounts, but my users never see a spam post because they'd be deleted.
     
  15. Robb

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    i just do where i have to verify the user before they can post, i guess i should be concerned, spam never really hits my board, just clutters up my memberlist
     
  16. Vtec44

    Vtec44 OG!

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    I did that a while back, but some are smart enough to wait until early in the morning to spam.
     
  17. registeredPORK

    registeredPORK Happy Poo Poo

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    There should have been four directories, one image file, and two txt files. Are you sure you downloaded the correct one? If not, go here:

    http://sourceforge.net/project/down...perb-east&filename=easymod_0.3.0.zip&20667290


    This is the help file to install easy mod:

    http://easymod.sourceforge.net/readme/
     
  18. retorq

    retorq What up bitch??

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    If you make it so guests can't see member's websites, member's emails, the memberlist page, and a few others you reduce your changes of people wanting to spam your board ... google bots surf as guests, if they don't see those then there is no benefit from spamming your page ...

    Also I changed the default time zone ... most bots use -12 or what ever the default is, I removed that and made it a 'spam bot only' setting ...
     
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    smf is nice
     
  21. Robb

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    how do i make it so thsoe arent seen?
     

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