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XF 1.2 Advice on dealing with spammers

Discussion in 'XenForo Questions and Support' started by Floren, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. Floren

    Floren Well-Known Member

    Hello everyone,

    I need some advice from some of more experienced users who deal on a regular basis with spammers.
    Personally, I think XF 1.2 has amazing improvements. So far, I did the following things:
    1) Stop Forum Spam: Reject registrations when 1 warning flag is detected
    2) Enabled DNSBL honeypot API key and blocked the registration
    3) Enabled Akismet

    Thank you for letting me know what other steps I should take and if you think is appropriate the 1 warning flag for SFS. I would also like to know if there is a way to automatically mark a properly registered user as spammer and report it. You can spot easy those users, they have weird nicknames and email addresses (i.e. GiuseppeMqrf etherealtroupe493z20@outlook.com).
     
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2013
  2. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  3. Floren

    Floren Well-Known Member

    Could you please post an example where and how I should setup this? Is it possible to share the spam phrases? Thank you.
     
  4. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  5. JulianD

    JulianD Well-Known Member

    What I do is use captcha phrases. A simple one. They will eventually guess it, you clean up spam and update your captcha phrase to something different. That should keep them out for a week or two.
     
  6. Floren

    Floren Well-Known Member

    Thank you. If Mike or Kier could share the phrases, I'm sure it will be welcomed by many forum owners.
     
  7. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    You need to use phrases that are specific to the spam that you receive.
     
  8. Floren

    Floren Well-Known Member

    Hi Mike,

    I'm pretty sure you got a fair amount of common phrases. Could you post few examples, especially regular expressions? Thanks.
     
  9. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Just things like "kitchens", "nike", "watch * online", etc.
     
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  10. Moshe1010

    Moshe1010 Well-Known Member

  11. Floren

    Floren Well-Known Member

    What happens if the addon is not developed anymore or simply abandoned?
    I prefer to stick with supported solutions only, plus this will probably not work for visually impaired users.
     
  12. Moshe1010

    Moshe1010 Well-Known Member

    It's already been abounded as you can see. However, members of the software are fixing it since they use it themselves. As long as it works for me, I would fix it for future releases if anybody else wouldn't do it before me.

    I've just found that all the "supported" solutions are either an hassle for users or just don't work. I was really skeptical about xf-qaptcha, but this add-on is just brilliant by any means in regards to spammers.
     
  13. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    Add mandatory custom profile fields that require new users to fill in why they want to join your website and ask various tidbits relating to the forum topic. For example if you have a forum about cars, ask what their favorite cars are.
    This will allow you to easily identify real users. Especially if you manually approve accounts.

    There is a lot of benefit to manually approve accounts, because it stops almost everything at the door instead of creating a lot of work from spammers having running wild.

    Ban all temporary / fake email domains.

    I swear by Bad Behavior, but currently this is not supported yet.
    http://bad-behavior.ioerror.us/about/
     
  14. Floren

    Floren Well-Known Member

    I have some good news. So far, rejecting registrations when 1 warning flag is detected combined with DNSBL honeypot and Akismet produced 100% spam free results. I did not have a single spam registration for last 2 days. I used to get on a daily basis at least 50 spam accounts.

    After upgrading to 1.2, I deleted over 7,000 spam accounts awaiting validation.
     
  15. Floren

    Floren Well-Known Member

    Quick question: How can I easily report a spammer that managed to successfully register?
     
  16. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Spam clean them (and choose to ban them) and they'll be reported.
     
  17. Floren

    Floren Well-Known Member

    Quick question: If I batch update users, select the Ban option and click on Delete at the bottom, will this actually report the users? My goal is to automate the reporting of spammers, while deleting their accounts at the same time.
     
  18. Floren

    Floren Well-Known Member

    I'm going to rephrase the question, as is probably not clear.
    If I batch update users, first by banning them permanently then delete them, will they be reported?
     
  19. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    No. They will only be reported via the spam cleaner.
     
  20. Floren

    Floren Well-Known Member

    But what if they don't create any spam posts? How do I spam clean them? I still get daily registrations like:
    AdelineCa tastefulfinancetjd2@outlook.com

    I want to report and delete those users. What is the proper way to do it?
    The reporting method has to be made easy as is the only way we can report spammers.
     
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2013

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