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    First of all, do not allow a "www-link" in users personal profile until they have achived 10 posts at least.

    Any newly registered users will only have access (at first) to one forum: "Introductions", and there will be a minimum of 1 post before they are allowed to enter the main forums.

    The introduction forum will NOT be available to general public, that is to say us approved posters. It will actually be a screening-forum for moderators. It will automatically ask of a newly registered user to post a simple and very brief "hey I'm here caus I'm interested in Kendo blah blah blah". The porn-bots will post their: "enlarge yer penis-girth by 20 cm's" and "see Britney Spears ride Kevin with a saddle" or whatever and will be easily removed & banned without having to pester the main forum members.

    If you can do this it'll be easy to keep the majority of the bots away from the forum.

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    99% of the bots post once, do it in flames and are really obvious about it. I punt them before most people notice. They've been greatly reduced by requiring image verification on signup and the use of IP and email domain bans. We get no more than 2 or 3 a day now. I believe somebody or other had some more complicated technical things we could do to reduce them further - maybe if they see this they could reiterate.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Neil Gendzwill View Post
      99% of the bots post once, do it in flames and are really obvious about it. I punt them before most people notice. They've been greatly reduced by requiring image verification on signup and the use of IP and email domain bans. We get no more than 2 or 3 a day now. I believe somebody or other had some more complicated technical things we could do to reduce them further - maybe if they see this they could reiterate.
      Here is a thread in which we discussed it. It worked on our site (no spam registrations since), but is largely due to the minimum demand we have on the forum, KWF is a lot more susceptible to it due to its popularity.

      There is something one of my super-geek friends showed me, you can write a small script (javascript or whatever) to bring a banner in a random position onto the screen reading: "If you are human click inside this area", user clicks etc.., is painless for users and hard for spammers to code around

      It really depends on how much it bothers you...

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      • #4
        The main thing you are doing is manually vetting registrations. I'd reduce spam to zero if I did that too.

        I'm not sure how they're getting around the image verification - does anyone know if there's an automated way to do it, or do they just have their bot recognize when it happens and give that step in the registration to a human monitor? If that's the case, nothing much we can do but what we're doing.

        I think what vBulletin needs is some sort of auto-profile recognition. If you see the country left to abu dhabi and various other clues, dump the user.

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        • #5
          Well, the cool thing is that there are no bogus requests even for us to verify, but I said, I am sure is more to do with the fact that is a very small forum.

          About your question, I am not really an expert on vBulletins, but my guess they are getting around it by submitting bogus forms.

          Sorry for stating the obvious, but did you check the product's website/forum to see if they have a vulnerability and a mod or a patch for it?
          Last edited by JCM; 6th July 2007, 02:16 AM.

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          • #6
            We're up to date.

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            • #7
              On a private shooting forum I used to attend, there were two 'signup questions' that were gun-related. They were obvious enough for the noobs to answer, but stopped the bots dead. Can this be done through vBulletin?

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              • #8
                It's not in the options I can set up. Maybe there's some add-ons that Hamish or Alex can do - I don't have access to code.

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                • #9
                  The bots are now posting in "Lounge" forum.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ScottUK View Post
                    On a private shooting forum I used to attend, there were two 'signup questions' that were gun-related. They were obvious enough for the noobs to answer, but stopped the bots dead. Can this be done through vBulletin?
                    Originally posted by Neil Gendzwill View Post
                    It's not in the options I can set up. Maybe there's some add-ons that Hamish or Alex can do - I don't have access to code.
                    You need this mod for the vBulletin software to add questions like that:

                    http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showt...highlight=spam

                    Lets you add as many questions and answers as you like. Go to vbulletin.org and search for the no spam mod. Just installed it on my site.

                    Mike

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