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XF 1.4 Arrrgh more Spammers

Discussion in 'XenForo Questions and Support' started by JamesBrown, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. JamesBrown

    JamesBrown Well-Known Member

    I'm having a load of spammers register lately so the other day I changed to Q&A at registration but still they come. The questions are pretty obscure so they are more than likely humans registering.

    Is anyone else suffering, how do you combat them? Cheers
  2. Hugo Santos

    Hugo Santos Active Member

    I use:
    Project Honey
    Akismet API Key
    XenUtiles (Tools)
    BotScout API Key
    FSpamList API Ke
    for me this ok to beat spam reg.
  3. DaveM

    DaveM Well-Known Member

    I just use what XF has in it and I seem to stop my daily spammers
  4. rainmotorsports

    rainmotorsports Well-Known Member

    On 1.3 I was using Tenants Fool Bot Honey Pot alone, no captcha's nothing. On 1.4 since honey pot is core I am using nothing and now we are trying to figure out what to do since FBHP seemed to do a bit better.
  5. DaveM

    DaveM Well-Known Member

    I also have this one but don't even use it
  6. DragonFlames

    DragonFlames Active Member

    If you are getting hammered like that I would suggest switching on message moderation for new members.

    Very simple to do with Xenforo, and you just release the good messages and consider upgrading the members who send those, and delete the members who post SPAM. That should mean no SPAM messages at all get displayed....so making it pointless to SPAM you in the first place.

  7. SDB33

    SDB33 Member

    This sounds great...where do I make this change???
  8. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  9. DragonFlames

    DragonFlames Active Member

    Brogan has pointed to one way. When we setup originally I just went to Users > Edit User Group > Registered and made Follow Message Moderation rules Not Set (No).

    The effect of that is not to stop newly registered users being able to post, it just means all their posts go into moderation. For that to work for us I have all my confirmed/trusted members also in other groups... such as Founder Members, Subscriber members and so on, and all of those switch normal Message moderation on....meaning message moderation doesn't apply to them.

    So, nobody can join our system and post SPAM on our forums. We only upgrade people from that when we are truly sure they are fine....or they can do it for themselves by paying for a subscription/auto upgrade.


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