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List of Temporary Emails that You can Ban

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by fattony69, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. fattony69

    fattony69 Well-Known Member

    I recently had a small issue where I had to deal with a human troll. Now, he decided to take the route of temporary emails to harass my forum. I thought I'd help everyone out to just ban them all.

    Update: I've added the list that Shawn (username: DigitalPoint) provided in this post.


    I use this on my forum, The Best Forum Ever and you should too!
  2. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    These are the ones I block (sorry for not filtering out ones you already posted):

    Shelley, Alien, Adam Howard and 4 others like this.
  3. fattony69

    fattony69 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the list. I'll add them on my forum and merge them on the OP.
  4. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member


    Seriously... Block these out and even with no spam filters, no recaptcha, and even no e-mail verification turned on and you will have blocked 1/2 or more of the spammers.
    Fufu likes this.
  5. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    Don't a lot of valid users have yahoo email?

    Seems that a bunch of my users do....
  6. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    They do. I have many users with yahoo and hotmail addresses.
    Doesn't sound like a solution unless you want to alienate new members.
    Alien likes this.
  7. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    Everyone and I do mean everyone .... Who joined my site using a Yahoo e-mail address was either a spammer or someone I quickly had to ban.

    I've never had a "valid" yahoo member in 2 years.
  8. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    So, unless I am missing something, these need to be entered one by one in the banned emails?
  9. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

  10. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

  11. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    I have thousands of them, many with valid (related) avatars and long lists of known posts......

    We manually approve each member, so I may have less problems because of my "fuzzy" logic.

    Of course, vast numbers of gmail addresses are also spam....so I don't see the point in blocking the biggies.
  12. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    I don't have the time to manually approve everyone and I find that sites that require manual approval discourages people from coming back. I've joined such sites and by the time I even receive the notice that someone on staff finally approved my account... Odds are high that I've lost interest or have forgotten why I wanted to join (or what I wanted to comment on).

    E-mail verification is good enough for me. :)

    I've hardly ever had any issues with gmail users. Mostly I assume it has to do with it not being so quick and easy to set up a gmail account (unless that's changed).

    Yahoo accounts are so easy to make... There is actually a web script that hackers and spammers use to automatically generate Yahoo accounts by the hundreds in minutes.
  13. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    I needed to do a little math for my vB site.

    Out of 13,149 members, 2,657 have a yahoo address.
    Of that 14 have been banned that made it through spam addons.

    Which leaves 20% of my members using yahoo addresses.
    That's a number I would not discount.
  14. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    Every forum has different priorities. I spend less than 10 minutes total per day approving from 10 to 25 members by hand.

    10 minutes is less time than adding to one thread on Xenforo.com...

    I may be able to go to automatic once I get enough filters in place - but prevention is usually better than cure. Heck, look at this site. I can't afford to have something like the recent spam bombs happen on my site...that is, if I have any way to avoid it.
  15. oman

    oman Well-Known Member

    Any way to add these all at once, rather than manually putting them all in?
    faeronsayn likes this.
  16. Alien

    Alien Well-Known Member

    You must be kidding me. :)

    I'd say I get 30 to 1 on spam, with gmail in the lead for the last 4+ months at least.

    The scripts can use gmail just fine, it's been done countless times by the spam crews and I've seen it in action.

  17. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    We see a ton of spammers using Gmail addresses as well. They seem to like it because you can generate an infinite number of unique addresses with a single Gmail address since it allows you to do some trickery with "." and "+" characters. For example, you can send email to "some.thing@gmail.com" or "s.o.m.e.t.h.i.n.g@gmail.com" and they would go to the same address (which underneath it all is "something@gmail.com".
    Dodgeboard and Alien like this.
  18. melbo

    melbo Well-Known Member

    Be nice to have a way to deny gmail addys that have more than 2 .
  19. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    Ideally, probably would just want to strip out the "." and "+" internally and use that for a comparison for uniqueness. Just blocking addresses with more than 2 "."'s probably would be less than ideal because you may get people who have their legit email as something like digitalpoint.shawn.hogan@gmail.com or something.
    Kevin likes this.
  20. melbo

    melbo Well-Known Member

    Good point but how many legit email addresses would have more than 3 "."? I see some of the xrumer spammers trying to register with 10 and 20 "."s in an email.

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