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Old 23 Oct 2010, 17:19
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How to stop spam registrations?

On my forum, a lot of spammers keep registering spam accounts. They don't post anything in their signatures, but they do attempt to post spam on my site. How can I prevent that?

My forum version is 3.5.0.
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Old 23 Oct 2010, 18:31
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Honestly the thing that seems to keep most spammers at bay is my random question(s)... I don't think that's part of 3.5 but it looks like you have the skills to program it if need be.
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Old 23 Oct 2010, 18:33
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Originally Posted by Psionic Vision View Post
On my forum, a lot of spammers keep registering spam accounts. They don't post anything in their signatures, but they do attempt to post spam on my site. How can I prevent that?

My forum version is 3.5.0.
I had the same problem and I solved it with a combination of:
  1. re-Captcha for registrations
  2. StopForumSpam mod
  3. Akismet
Can't be sure which of them is doing the best work, but the combination of them had a 100% success.

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Old 23 Oct 2010, 19:26
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3. Akismet
Do you mean that you have the SFS mode set up with Akismet, or are you using that a different way?
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Old 23 Oct 2010, 19:36
MaryTheG(r)eek MaryTheG(r)eek is offline
 
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Originally Posted by kh99 View Post
Do you mean that you have the SFS mode set up with Akismet, or are you using that a different way?
This is what I've:
  1. vBulletin Settings-> Human Verification Manager: re-Captcha
  2. vBulletin Settings-> Options-> Spam Managment: Akismet
  3. and finally I've installed the StopForumSpam Module
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Old 24 Oct 2010, 19:45
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I updated the forum to 3.8.5. What solutions are available for this version of the forum? Please link.
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Old 24 Oct 2010, 23:28
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Ban them using a combination of methods such as blocking the ip number, username, email, believe me after a short while it puts a stop to the persistent spammers. A lot of this spam will be from spam bots which can be clever enough to deal with the question and captcha depending on the software used.
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