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XF 1.4 Inundated by Spammers - Any suggestions?

Discussion in 'XenForo Questions and Support' started by nassella, Oct 31, 2015.

  1. nassella

    nassella Active Member

    Every day we are getting hit hard by spammers. The spam catcher rarely catches them. Another 20 or 30% are getting into the moderation queue. The rest are getting registered. I think I probably find and remove 5-10 a day on a pretty small forum.

    They are coming from India, Pakistan, the Netherlands and god knows where else.

    I'm banning them as soon as I can get to them and removing their threads. I am banning every IP address they are associated with. I thought their activity would lessen over time but it doesn't appear to be.


    Suggestions are welcome.
  2. nassella

    nassella Active Member

    Does banning IP addresses do anything at all?

    To repeat the spam catcher is not catching any of this really - I can tell 80% of the time who the spammers simply by the weird spelling of the names.
  3. Mr Lucky

    Mr Lucky Well-Known Member

    Human or bots?

    What kind of captcha?

    I added a required user field that just said "tick this box" (required) which seemed to help with bots.

    Then your second line of defence is to make sure all new registrations (i.e. permissions for registered) require moderation.

    Then have a user promotion to add a secondary group (permissions allowing to bypass moderation) that requires 1 or more approved posts. At least that way no spam shows up on your forum.
  4. nassella

    nassella Active Member

    I don't think we have a captcha!

    Thanks for the other ideas....

    I don't know if they are humans or bots. Some leave a single link - usually to a livestream athletic event and some leave weird non-grammatical English that kind of makes sense and adds a link .
  5. Mouth

    Mouth Well-Known Member

  6. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    And the majority of them are going to be actual human spammers - which are even harder for the automated systems to catch.
    About all you can really do is place them in a "moderated" user group (the registered one) and then after they have made a set amount of posts have a promotion run to promote them to "Members".

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