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Stop the spammers! Stop the spammers!

Stuart Wright

AVForums Founder
Staff member
<img src="http://www.avforums.com/news/images/20111204171502.jpg" align="right">Kill those spammers NOOOOOW!
We've been inundated by spammers over the last few days, especially one particular spam bot which has been managing to create a new spammy account every few minutes.
I've enhanced our in-house tool for tracking down spammers, but have needed something more proactive.
I first tried a tool which allows people in from a few whitelisted countries, but pops everyone else into the moderation queue. But the spammers were still registering using whitelisted country IPs, so I had to go a step further.
Since spam stinks, it can be easy to spot and so I have now implemented a tool which automatically denies registrations and new posts which smell of spam.
This has been working remarkably well and has virtually completely eradicated the specific problem which has been taking up a lot of time recently. Hopefully we won't have any false positives, though no system is perfect.
As always, we very much appreciate your help in reporting posts which have a foul odour.
Thanks
 

mikbak

Novice Member
I also run a forum and have had some major spam issues.. I now get some lists from http://www.stopforumspam.com/downloads/ and have written an interface that tracks and logs them...(classic asp)
 

joker

Standard Member
Maybe that's why my first attempt to register threw up a 'spam' message and blocked me. Once I changed password the system allowed my registration to complete.
 

Dextur

Well-known Member
If I can be of help, pm me, I own 30 or more vb licences , we've nailed spam registrations to nothing with various plugins and some custom scripts.
 

KuriousOranj

Standard Member
It's always amazed me how a forum of your size manages to keep such a tight lid on spammers; thanks for all your efforts, as frankly it seems to me that the Internet would become unusable if people like yourselves didn't put so much effort and time into shutting the hackers and spammers out. :thumbsup:
 

LeeC

Banned
Is any of this enhanced security, the cause of the error message when I post?

Whenever I click "Post Quick Reply", I more often than not get a message about the forum only allowing one post every 30 seconds. It's as though it is trying to double post everything. Only started over the last few days or so.
 

tryingtimes

Well-known Member
Is any of this enhanced security, the cause of the error message when I post?

Whenever I click "Post Quick Reply", I more often than not get a message about the forum only allowing one post every 30 seconds. It's as though it is trying to double post everything. Only started over the last few days or so.
Me too.
 

LV426

Administrator
Staff member
It is (or at least, was) trying to post most quick replies twice.
 

TheyCallMeTJ

Distinguished Member
Thanks for your hard work in maintaining this awesome forum.
 

Stuart Wright

AVForums Founder
Staff member
Further to my first post, we are now reporting spammers to a global database so that they can not register with the same details on other forums who subscribe to the database.
 

Scotty Pro

Active Member
Great news Stuart, lets kick em all into touch :thumbsup:
 
Kill those spammers NOOOOOW!
We've been inundated by spammers over the last few days, especially one particular spam bot which has been managing to create a new spammy account every few minutes.
I've enhanced our in-house tool for tracking down spammers, but have needed something more proactive.
I first tried a tool which allows people in from a few whitelisted countries, but pops everyone else into the moderation queue. But the spammers were still registering using whitelisted country IPs, so I had to go a step further.
Since spam stinks, it can be easy to spot and so I have now implemented a tool which automatically denies registrations and new posts which smell of spam.
This has been working remarkably well and has virtually completely eradicated the specific problem which has been taking up a lot of time recently. Hopefully we won't have any false positives, though no system is perfect.
As always, we very much appreciate your help in reporting posts which have a foul odour.
Thanks

We are having the same issues and our emails are worst... at least 50 per day to each user... I understand that "some" businesses need to make money and think that this is the only way to do things but this is no way to go about it... I am a business, but I genuinly come on here to give advice, if people want to contact me they will but I know how frustrating it can be when you post a question and you recieve a reply selling viagra and/or other nonsensical goods... Good work getting rid of them guys....
 

techwat

Standard Member
We've had a Captcha system for ages but the clever bots seem to know how to get round it
I suppose the conventional CAPTCHAs would be easy to get around, but how about displaying a picture of a common object and asking the user to name it? I believe some forums do this. At least then OCR programs wouldn't work.
 

LV426

Administrator
Staff member
Another technique I have seen elsewhere is to ask a question such as

What is ten minus 7? (Enter a number): [..]
 
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