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XF 1.3 My forums are getting a lot of spam...

Discussion in 'Troubleshooting and Problems' started by Will75, Jul 19, 2014.

  1. Will75

    Will75 Member

    Hello. I got XenForo about a couple weeks ago and already my forums have major spam. The site is brand new. I have no idea how the hell there is so much spam. It's quite ridiculous. I'm on a couple times a day, every day, deleting spam posts and spam-posting accounts. People have a captcha thing and have to confirm their email address. Has anyone else been having this issue lately? Is there an add-on or a way to prevent this? Some how spam bots or whatever are getting accounts fully registered and spamming the hell out of my forums. Today there was gibberish ads selling drugs. Here are screenshots of the spam, dunno if it helps, but yeah.



    Also, sorry but I am new to XenForo, how are people commenting on the front page (XenPorta)? Is there a way to make it so only admins can post there? XenPorta is using the forum section "News & Announcements". The other day a player posted on the front page, so it's not just a spam issue :p. But yeah, any help on this spam would be greatly appreciated it. It's very annoying...
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Have you configured all of the available spam options and settings?

    I suspect not.
  3. 0ptima

    0ptima Well-Known Member

  4. 0ptima

    0ptima Well-Known Member

    I suggest that you change your image CAPTCHA to Questions and Answers specific to your forum
    Dinosaur likes this.
  5. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    This is a very good suggestion.

    I also suggest new registration moderation. This will require you to approve each new registration.

    I also suggest using the Register Email add-on.

    wedgar and Dinosaur like this.
  6. BoostN

    BoostN Active Member

    I bought and installed FoolPotHoneyBot and StopForumSpam, not one spammer in months! Best money spent yet.
    Dinosaur likes this.
  7. Will75

    Will75 Member

    Hmm, okay. I installed that and I obviously can't tell if it works or not, but it seems like it should help. Thanks!

    Alright, done. I changed the captcha to a few questions specific to my forum. Thanks for the suggestion!
  8. 0ptima

    0ptima Well-Known Member

    You can see all the bots that have been blocked. Go to Tools and click on the logs.
  9. Will75

    Will75 Member

    Holy crap! There's a ton of blocked spammers. Thanks for letting me know about logs :p and thanks for suggestion the add-on, @BoostN
    BoostN likes this.
  10. ThyPhon

    ThyPhon Member

    You can choose categories that will be posted on XenPorta. Basicly, change any category's permission as only admins can post there and then choose this category on XenPorta setting. After that, when you post in this category, it will be on XenPorta.
  11. wedgar

    wedgar Well-Known Member

    We have installed and used the Register Email add-on and also use new registration moderation.

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