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Handling Spam

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by NYCFC, Jun 15, 2014.

  1. NYCFC

    NYCFC Member

    I'm getting a spam user that keeps passing my question captcha and then using I'm assuming a bot to post a bunch of threads.
    The user is from India and uses a different IP every time.
    What's the best way to take care of this after registration process? I don't see anything under group permissions as far as number of links are concerned or prohibiting links in posts.
  2. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    First : change the question and answer.
  3. NYCFC

    NYCFC Member

    I did and still got through.
    It's not a common question either. Something forum topic specific.
  4. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    You need more than one of them.
    Change them regularly when necessary.
    Install Stop Forum Spam.
  5. NYCFC

    NYCFC Member

    For the time being (heading to work) is there an option to allow let's say only 2/3 links per post?
  6. DaveM

    DaveM Well-Known Member

    I have the XF setup running with a question and answer and have all the spam options working

    ACP - Options - Registrations

    Also get the following
    StopForumSpam using API key
    Project Honey Pot Key

    So far it is working great for us but we do have a few legitimate registrations going under moderation to be approved manually but not so many as it is an issue
  7. tenants

    tenants Well-Known Member

    StopHumanSpam can not only detect links in posts, but looks for "sneaky URLs" for instance "go to www . mysite . com"
    - You can also only allow users to add links if they have met criteria:
    a certain number of likes
    a certain number of post created
    a certain number of days registered
    post:likes ratio

    - There is also the option to moderate posts that do not meet the criteria

    In the XenForo core, you do have the option (under spam managment) to manually approve / reject posts containing "Spam Phrases"
    NYCFC and Tracy Perry like this.

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