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Spam prevention help?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by DarkGizmo, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. DarkGizmo

    DarkGizmo Active Member

    Hey guys, i'm using the customIMGcaptcha at the moment but it seems like bots are still getting through it, I'm also using Xenutilities and the RegFormTimer, but it seems like these aren't preventing bots from coming through....unless these are human-registered bots, what's the best way to keep these bots at bay?
     
  2. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I've heard Q&A does wonders.
     
  3. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    Hello and welcome to XenForo :)

    Support is only available to licensed customers. If you could please post this question in one of the following forums http://xenforo.com/community/#xenforo-community-support.22

    If you're already a customer, please add your forum user name here
    http://xenforo.com/customers/forum-users

    And that will allow you to post in the support forum

    If you're not currently a customer, this will help you solve all your current issues
    http://xenforo.com/purchase/

    Someone will gladly help you. Thanks in advance :)
     
  4. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    The OP is licensed.
     
  5. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    @Adam Howard, before 'assuming' I tend to look at their recent posting history to see if they would appear licensed (or just check the username). That way, if there is an indication I'm not calling someone out. (y)
     
  6. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    I've come to copying and pasting a general message. It applies to everyone.

    If you're customer, it reminds you that there is indeed a support forum. And to all the possible readers, it educates them where and how support is addressed on the forums.

    One size fits all :p
     
  7. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    To answer the question, I use Q&A only and get very few spam registrations.

    In fact, I can't remember the last time I had one.
     
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  8. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I thought it was you that swore by Q&A... lol. Just checked, XenFluence uses Q&A and hasn't been hit. The demo board we have didn't use one and received quite a lot of spam registrations (enough that we just turned 'em off).
     
  9. DarkGizmo

    DarkGizmo Active Member

    Well I was using Q&A but the problem with Q&A is if you ask a question that has a general answer, it doesn't stop the bot from getting through. I'm surprised the customIMGcaptcha was cracked because that's what I use along with Xenutils and i'm still hit with 1 to 4 bots per day unless they are being registered by a human, I might get the stopcountryspam add-on and just start denying full countries access....
     
  10. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    If the bots are getting through your Q&A then they aren't written very well.
     
  11. Matthew Hawley

    Matthew Hawley Well-Known Member

  12. DarkGizmo

    DarkGizmo Active Member

    What are some Q&A's you'd use then? Cuz I always try to word them in a way the bot would get confused....
     
  13. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Mine are all F1 related :)
     
  14. DarkGizmo

    DarkGizmo Active Member

    Ah well see the problem is my site's kinda general, with a splash of gaming but not everyone is into gaming so it's hard to come up with related questions y'see. :p
     
  15. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    I have good luck with http://xenforo.com/community/resources/xf-qaptcha.1241/. Simple slider that any human should be able to use.
     
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  16. petertdavis

    petertdavis Well-Known Member

    Have a look at my Q&A on Partisan Lines and then look at the status update spam I'm getting, and explain that to me. I just deleted a few hundred spams from the last week, but there's loads more in there.
     
  17. Sheldon

    Sheldon Well-Known Member

    Doesn't that mean they have saved the answer now (after correctly figuring it out)? Change the question, seems to me it would go back to less spam.
     
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  18. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    Uh... maybe because that is a fairly easy one to answer, and is probably in xRumers database. You want something like
    On a 2012 Chevrolet Corvette, what was the largest optional engine you could purchase.
    That would require a little more digging and most bot's would not have that in their database.
     
  19. MikeMpls

    MikeMpls Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately some captchas are easier for machines (bots) to solve than for people.

    You either need good Q &A's, which must be changed periodically (eventually they will end up in Xrumer's DB) or KeyCaptcha.
     
  20. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

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