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Spam, etc.

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 4:06 pm
by admin
I have problem with spamming in this bulleting board. Once a day there comes spam material postings.

What is the best method to fight against spam (in this) bulletin board ?


Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 1:21 am
by Glen
Is it possible to do one of the following two:

(i) have a CAPTCHA or something on signup, so bots cant sign themselves up? An easy one would be to answer a simple question about nomograms or something. There could always be an alternative route via email or something where you just explain why you need to be able to post but can't answer the captcha.

(ii) moderate first postings - that is, your first post to the board goes to an admin for approval, but once its approved, you can post freely (of course the admin can still boot you later if you misbehave).

I don't know what facilities you get with phpBB to start with, but I presume there's some way to keep the spambots at bay other than just dealing with them after the fact.

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 3:35 am
by Glen
While we're at it, there seems to be a dozen spammer accounts here already.

It's probably worth deleting them before they post more spam.

At the least, can you set the signup to require the intervention of an admin?

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 5:36 pm
by admin
Spammer accounts deleted and registeration changed to user based acceptance.


Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 9:28 am
by admin
Spammer accounts deleted and registeration changed to admin based acceptance.


Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 7:44 am
by Glen
Well done. Seem like we might have another one. Maybe they got in before you changed the setup.

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 5:58 am
by Glen
Those last two look a bit suspicious to me. Are they legit?

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 8:21 pm
by admin
There seems to come dummy registrations still, but they don't have permissions to write. I delete them away.


Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 4:48 pm
by RonDoerfler
The spam registered users keep on coming. I sympathize with the administrator for having to deal with this problem.

The knowledge base webpage for phpBB (at has a link titled "Preventing SPAM - Bots and Humans (Outside Link)" that provides different options to help prevent spam for phpBB.

I see that there is a new version of phpBB (version 3) that became available last December, and upgrading always to the latest version is the first recommendation on this anti-spam page. If this version is older, it might help to upgrade. Otherwise there are some links and MODs on the anti-spam page that might help, and the knowledge base webpage above also has a link to an article on how to install MODs.


Re: Spam, etc.

Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:08 am
by Glen
Looks like the account bruce741 is a spammer.

His post here: viewtopic.php?t=28#p284

just repeats some of a previous post (so if you're not paying close attention, it *looks* legitimate) and then links to a commercial site (to do with leather jackets) in the signature

So the post contains no actual information and the signature is spam