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XF 1.4 Someone is using a bot to spam my forum

Discussion in 'XenForo Questions and Support' started by imthebest, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. imthebest

    imthebest Formerly Super120


    Someone is using a bot to flood my forum with new threads.
    I'll quote this from @Mike's announcement in a HYS for 1.4:

    Is it possible to include some honeypot fields in the create-thread form, too?

  2. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    That would require an add-on, of which you should post in the appropriate sections requesting one.
  3. RoldanLT

    RoldanLT Well-Known Member

    Enable Akismet.
  4. imthebest

    imthebest Formerly Super120

    Mike could you please confirm if it is possible to include efective honeypot fields on the create thread form?
  5. Steve F

    Steve F Well-Known Member

    @Jeremy already stated it is possible, with a add-on.
  6. semprot

    semprot Active Member

    Have you tried to check their IP(s)?
    Maybe they came from certain countries.
  7. imthebest

    imthebest Formerly Super120

    He is using a dynamic IP, he changes his IP constantly.

    It looks like he is using a spam tool like XRumer but he can't pass through the registration form so he registers an account manually and then leaves his tool running against my forum to flood creating new threads.

    So it looks like the problem isn't the registration form but the create-thread form.
  8. RoldanLT

    RoldanLT Well-Known Member

    Did you already did this?
    semprot likes this.
  9. semprot

    semprot Active Member

    akismet / stopforumspam should protect from tools like xrumer most of the times.
  10. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Akismet is very good.

    It is proving especially successful on my forum where I get human spammers who sign up and often their posts are correctly put into moderation.
  11. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    I'm not inundated, but the built in anti-spam stuff is working:


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