XF 1.3 How to prevent spammers ?


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I am running xf 1.3.3 and every day i have 3/4 threads like this :

How can i prevent it ? i have try security questions,recaptcha , different captchas addons
and the spammers still posting . :(


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Depends on what you have set up already.

Adjust the spam options in the ACP.
Enable Akismet.
Enable Captcha (I use Q & A).
Moderate all newly registered members.


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Upgrade to 1.4 if you think that they are automated based spammers. (Though I think you'll find that they're actually human-backed.)


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I was getting beat up recently with spammers, I changed my settings to this (1.4) and It has stopped. (knock on wood.) Also, I did not want to have to moderate new users or their posts/ threads, I think that is a turn off on forums IMO.

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I have all the span setting active on XF 1.4 and so far not one spammer so as far as I can see this is the way to go. I have it set to manual approval if any are still flagged and then I just check out those. Most times I am finding it is a legitimate member being caught on their user name being flagged