Spammers on the forum

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Dear moderators of LRF, I’m seeing a lot of spam this morning from new users “djdfdfjykg” being one of them.


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Squashed 'em. Now trying to find a way to prevent them, as the foreign language spam is getting past the spam plug-in.
 
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Ok, I've put a couple more roadblocks in their way in an attempt to block them. It might mean a few "real" posts go into moderation for a few days, but that's worth it to avoid filling people's inboxes with Chinese spam.
 

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Not sure these are available with the software but a few spam tools I have used.
1. Require email verification, do not allow multiple usernames with the same email.
2. Cap new posts by new user. E.g. only can post three times in the first day after registering.
3. Add questions about Lr to register. If you cannot answer them, account must be approved by moderator. E.g. like who makes it?
4. English characters only for low post counts. E.g. you have to have so many posts before posting in an alternative character set.
5. Throttle registrations. The third and higher registrations must be approved by mod each day.

Good luck,

Tim

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Thanks for the suggestions Tim.

#1 was already in place.
#2 went into effect a few hours ago.
#3-#5 I can’t find a way to do in this software, but there are questions to confirm the user is human and not just a bot.

I’ll carry on hunting for more solutions if we continue to get hammered. It’s the first time we’ve had any serious spam in years.
 

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Since you are paying for the software, ask the software company for a list of ant spam measures; and post them here. I am not the only IT guys on here, and we can help.

Tim
 

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should be able to lock out links until a certain number of meaningful post are made. No idea how it's done; but we set 20 post on the forum I moderate . Some still try to get to 20 post with a lot of fast posting; that's when I start my game of deleting as they post. Poor buggers never seem to work out what's happening to their post count . Or I wait until they get to 19 and then hit the ban button :sneaky:
Spammer buster -- LOVE it :D.
 
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We did restrict links, but then newbies with problems couldn't post screenshots of their problem, so it caused more trouble than the occasional spammer, and the spammers got wise and just posted rubbish for their first few posts.
 
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Let's not make this a bigger issue than it is. The number of spam messages that get through is really very low and then they are usually caught quickly. If you don't want to get them in your email box, then follow these forums in your browser.
 
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I woke up expecting a mass of spam again this morning, but there was only a couple of posts from a single spammer. Hopefully that's the end of it again for a while.
 
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