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Old 14 Apr 2009, 20:12
mrmontez2000 mrmontez2000 is offline
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Spammers every single day

I feel like this cannot be right. I get at minimum something like 5-7 spammers/illegitimate accounts registering on my forum daily, it is Insane. The forum isnt huge by any means, probably 60 truly active posters and been around for 3 months.

i have to approve all regs so they dont get to post. But christ, is there ANYTHING i can do to prevent this? i have a big email block list and it never hinders anything...what could cause this influx at all times?
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Old 14 Apr 2009, 22:43
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You could meaby try editing the Human Vitrification in the Admin CP to spelling your site backwards , i don't think Spam 'bots' can read it

But if its real people you could get proxy monitoring and block their IP address

Just some ideas
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Old 15 Apr 2009, 07:01
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Old 15 Apr 2009, 07:49
MickDoneDee MickDoneDee is offline
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I had the same problem until I added an anti-spam question to be answered at registration. Now I see in WOL multiple guests registering but most don't complete the registration process because spambots are blocked by that question.

My anti-spam question is cricket-related because my forum is for cricket followers so applicants are expected to have some cricket knowledge.
LBW is one way a batsman can be dismissed. LBW stands for Leg Before W.... Enter the correct word beginning with W.
To create an anti-spam question:
1. In admincp click Add New User Profile Field
2. In Profile Field Type select Single-Line Text Box from dropdown list.
3. Fill out the form including your anti-spam question in the Description field.
4. In Field Required select Yes, at registration and profile updating from dropdown list.
5. In Field Editable by User select Only at registration from dropdown list.
6. In Which page displays this option? select Edit Profile from dropdown list.
7. In Regular Expression type the answer to your anti-spam question. I'm not sure if this is case sensitive? For example, if you type in lower-case and the applicant types in upper-case does the registration process continue?

Other options should be self-explanatory.
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Old 15 Apr 2009, 08:23
AdrianH AdrianH is offline
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I use this mod ,this with recaptcha mean I see at most 1 spammer manually registering in maybe 2 months.

The bots have been trying to enter my forum on mass for the last 6 weeks, up to 900 (yes 900) registration attempts per day and they all fail. I am seeing 30+ continous connections every few minutes ,each group of IP's try memberlist,usercp,register,index..... over and over then the IP's change and it starts again. PaulM's Track the guests mod is a useful tool for watching this garbage.
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Old 15 Apr 2009, 12:55
tedology tedology is offline
Join Date: Mar 2009
Somewhat a related question:

I'm a new admin.

Is there a way to see how many FAILED registration attempts I'm getting... to see if either a) I'm not getting any attempts or b) my safeguards are actually working?

Does that make sense? I want to see if I'm actually doing something RIGHT! LOL

I thought perhaps there is a way to check this in the admincp.

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Old 15 Apr 2009, 15:43
Niner1000RR Niner1000RR is offline
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I was getting 4-5 per day, I created a new question

What year is it?
Answer: 2009

And I have had a spammer since!
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Old 15 Apr 2009, 15:56
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TY for that, hard to believe I forget to check there often lol like many on here

Thanks again
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