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Stopping Spam.

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by AppleAndMango, Jun 22, 2015.

  1. AppleAndMango

    AppleAndMango Active Member


    I'm using Google's reCAPTCHA on my forum though the odd bot keeps getting through. I'm fairly bored deleting accounts and adding temporary email addresses to the banned list.

    Is there anything that completely stops spam?
  2. RoldanLT

    RoldanLT Well-Known Member

  3. Mouth

    Mouth Well-Known Member

  4. AppleAndMango

    AppleAndMango Active Member

    I wish I could just rely on this.

    I have an API key for every service apart from akismet but I've just signed up for an API key.

    A bot keeps making account and uses the same if not very similar website in their profile, email addresses are always temporary addresses.

    Thank you, if Akismet doesn't help I'll give the addon ago.
  5. Mouth

    Mouth Well-Known Member

  6. AppleAndMango

    AppleAndMango Active Member


    Mine are 2,2,7,5

    I'll try third party addons if I still receive bots.

    Thanks for your help.
  7. DaveM

    DaveM Well-Known Member

    How about also adding a question and answer option to the registration process.
    AndyB likes this.
  8. AppleAndMango

    AppleAndMango Active Member

    I was looking at https://www.keycaptcha.com/ Anyone used it?
  9. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    You do know this is already built into XenForo?


    As you can see, I use Question & Answer and find it very effective with hardly any spam registrations on my site.
  10. AppleAndMango

    AppleAndMango Active Member

    Yeah I know it's built into XenForo.

    I was just wondering if anyone knew how effective it was compared to the others.
  11. Solidus

    Solidus Well-Known Member

  12. Fred.

    Fred. Well-Known Member

    I also recommend setting up spam phrases (see the link above)
    That's one of the best ways.
  13. DaveM

    DaveM Well-Known Member

    I am also finding this method to work well all round
  14. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    This will stop 99% from being able to register, use the Questions and Answers:

    Q: What is the green leafy vegetable that is very nutritious (hint start with the letters 'sp')
    A: spinach
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2015
  15. Solidus

    Solidus Well-Known Member

    Especially if you spell it wrong like that, lol.
    MilesB likes this.
  16. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    Good catch. Edited post to avoid confusion.
    Solidus likes this.
  17. Solidus

    Solidus Well-Known Member

    I thought maybe you were making a joke at first.
  18. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    It would certainly stop the spam.

    Of course the only guaranteed method of stopping all spam is to not run a forum...
  19. Mouth

    Mouth Well-Known Member

    And, depending upon your forum target audience, perhaps 50% of potential members who cannot answer the question easily and say, "ahhh, fuq it" :)

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