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Ah, crap... more spam....
« on: December 06, 2012, 01:41:03 PM »
FYI, to the admins - SMF forums have recently been the target of MUCH spam. and it looks like a bunch has come in over the past few days.

They have cracked the standard CAPTCHA, so that does not help.

Things that can help
1- upgrade to 2.0.2 ASAP
2- Add "questions". This is a standard feature in SMF 2.0.x and cuts down on spam tremendously - especially if you use questions related to the topic of the site (for example, what city is DarkConfrontation held in, etc)
3- Add the Bad Behavior+HttpBL mod and/or the Stop Spammer mod. These two mods tie into the Project HoneyPot and Stop Forum Spam directories and shut down spammers as they try to register. After installing those plus the questions, I reduced the spam registrations on my forum to zero.

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Re: Ah, crap... more spam....
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2012, 03:54:14 PM »
I think one of the questions we had was a little too easy.

Updated the forum and questions, cleaned up the spam.

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Re: Ah, crap... more spam....
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2012, 05:56:15 AM »
Thank god.  I was getting burned out deleting 100+ spam posts every other day.
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Re: Ah, crap... more spam....
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2012, 09:43:28 PM »
Wow, I haven't been on in a while it seems.  Way to go y'all.
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Re: Ah, crap... more spam....
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2012, 07:57:31 PM »
I think one of the questions we had was a little too easy.

Updated the forum and questions, cleaned up the spam.

  Umm I don't think that did it.
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Re: Ah, crap... more spam....
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2012, 12:19:48 PM »
It slowed them down but not stopped them.
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Re: Ah, crap... more spam....
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2013, 05:19:32 AM »
Well, SMF released 2.0.4

And as I noted in my original post - bad behavior+httpBL (project honeypot) is a good mod which prevents them from even getting to the registration process. Stop Spammer flags known spammers from the stop forum spam database and puts them into limbo until an admin has a chance to review the account and delete it or accept it.
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Re: Ah, crap... more spam....
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2013, 02:07:04 PM »
  I odn't even know what any of that means.
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Re: Ah, crap... more spam....
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2013, 05:22:11 PM »
lol...   the stuff I listed are modification packages for the forum software
(I happen to be on the support team and the board of directors for SMF)
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