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  • A question for the Mods/Admins/Website forum designers

    On this perticular forum style (not this website), i have noticed that there are quite a few spambots that create accounts, then post lots of spam

    if any, what measures do you take to stop spambots posting of these forums?(because i haven't seen any here)
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    Re: A question for the Mods/Admins/Website forum designers

    Due to security reasons, we are not able to tell you how we combat this problem.
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    • #3
      Re: A question for the Mods/Admins/Website forum designers

      If we told you, we'd have to shoot you!
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      • #4
        Re: A question for the Mods/Admins/Website forum designers

        ahh, i apologise, it's just a website i frequent has this problem, and i was just asking there was a way to do it

        thanks anyway
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        • #5
          Re: A question for the Mods/Admins/Website forum designers

          Originally posted by Luke Murgatroyd View Post
          ahh, i apologise, it's just a website i frequent has this problem, and i was just asking there was a way to do it

          thanks anyway
          We're just winding you up, Luke
          Wired will probably give you some specific help -- he's a vBulletin guru. Dedicated, active and visible moderators and admins make a big difference

          Tom
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          • #6
            Re: A question for the Mods/Admins/Website forum designers

            thing is, they do have mods and admins and they are the ones getting annoyed at deleting the spam all the time, but they aren't very technical, so they are not sure about how to stop the spam

            is there anyway to make it so a new account can't make a topic unless it has posted at least once in the past?

            (btw, i am not an admin so i can't fiddle with the settings myself)
            Last edited by Luke Murgatroyd; 21st December 2006, 12:18.
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            • #7
              Re: A question for the Mods/Admins/Website forum designers

              Image reading tests in the registration process are a good way to stop Bots. The process involves putting up a "twisted" image of some letters and numbers and asking the registrant to type in what he can read in the image. Bots can't read twisted numbers and letters from images so they can't complete the registration process.


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                Re: A question for the Mods/Admins/Website forum designers

                Originally posted by Stonelaughter View Post
                Image reading tests in the registration process are a good way to stop Bots. The process involves putting up a "twisted" image of some letters and numbers and asking the registrant to type in what he can read in the image. Bots can't read twisted numbers and letters from images so they can't complete the registration process.
                A common form of this is called CAPTCHA.

                That certainly stops a lot of them. There's also generally patterns you can see, e.g. certain domain names, certain URLs posted, certain IPs, etc. Banning said patterns when they become evident helps. There's no foolproof way to stop them though. Most forum packages have inherent settings (or freely available add-ons) that help to combat spam as well. I mod / admin 2 other vBulletin-based forums. On one of them I have installed a custom hack, and by chance it highlights obvious spammers VERY easily (although this is purely unintentional).

                Ultimately it comes down to a dedicated staff and memberbase. On the afforementioned site, no one EVER reports threads, so it's up to the staff. On another forum I help mod, we have an aggressive staff in combo with a helpful memberbase. Here, it's also an aggressive staff w/ helpful members. Ultimately it's a community response thing.

                I'd also recommend checking out the support forum for the forum software that you're using, as well as http://www.theadminzone.com.
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                • #9
                  Re: A question for the Mods/Admins/Website forum designers

                  thanks for your help guys, Wired, i 'll check the website you mentioned
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                    Re: A question for the Mods/Admins/Website forum designers

                    No problemo
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