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Just out of curiosity, how come with the old forum skin we never used to get this much spam, now with this new skin, we are getting a fuck load of spams, of all kinds.

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The site could probably do with a couple more moderators in different time zones, just to erase the spam.

Not a bad idea, I think Darren should consider advertising some moderators position. Or perhaps promote some of us.

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Ye, lots of spam. Fortunately the new forum makes it so much easier to remove spam (can mass remove a users posts). No idea why so much of it is in Russian, I mean, how many people are likely to click links on an English speaking forum if the post is in Russian?

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Ye, lots of spam. Fortunately the new forum makes it so much easier to remove spam (can mass remove a users posts). No idea why so much of it is in Russian, I mean, how many people are likely to click links on an English speaking forum if the post is in Russian?

Apparently I clicked on one of the links and Google Chrome reported that the link was a forgery. Nothing major happened, but it could've been worse, a Trojan Horse.

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I hate to say it, but we need to implement some sort of policy change. Maybe a captcha system for posts(sucks for the rest of us but might be worth it) and maybe even some ip subnet filtering for specific blocks of addresses known to be from spammers. Maybe use a service like http://www.projecthoneypot.org/services_overview.php to get a block list from.

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I hate to say it, but we need to implement some sort of policy change. Maybe a captcha system for posts(sucks for the rest of us but might be worth it) and maybe even some ip subnet filtering for specific blocks of addresses known to be from spammers. Maybe use a service like http://www.projecthoneypot.org/services_overview.php to get a block list from.

We already have captchas on registration and as the spammers are registering I don't see how a captcha on posts would improve things. In my experience the harder it is to post the less real people post while the number of spam posts still increases (I am sure their AI can do captchas better than me now).

Blocking IP ranges of known spammers can have a real impact on the spam numbers. On the last forum I was a moderator of we blocked a large chunk of China's IP range (not because the Chinese are spammers, just that was where we saw the largest quantity of spam coming from). The effect was amazing, our moderation times went from a 10-15 minute clean up each morning to a 2 minute clean up.

The main reason that most sites don't like to block IP ranges is that they feel that it would be blocking legit members of their forum. I would hope that most of our members would be able to get round and their IP being blocked one way or another.

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I've already made a couple of small changes. One of the changes I wanted to make was preventing the posting of links before a few posts have been made, unfortunately this functionality is not built in.

Were you able to manually implement that, or no? You would probably have to rewrite the post function to look up the users post count, and if less then # of your choice, then don't allow the href in the post. I'm surprised there isn't a plugin or addon that can do this already. Seems like a common practice on many forums.

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Maybe it is the new forum template that is the problem, I had this one template I downloaded that someone else coded and kept getting these viagra, cialis spams on my forums, or maybe it is the new forum system that caused it, but there is probuly some code or keyphrase in the code somewhere that is bringing the bots to here. I could be wrong.. most were all from russia or areas around there. It is really annoying.

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I wonder if this template has been developed by some Russian Mafia. That could explain the reason why we receive so much spam from Russia.

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As a moderator over at another forum (who happens to run the same forum software), I can firmly say that this is some sort of wide-spread thing.

I've reported a few messages here, only to have to turn around to delete the exact same messages over there.

This problem, to my knowledge, as been reported to the IP.Board people. However, I have yet to hear anything new about a solution/fix.

However, you can rest assured that it is not the forum skin that is causing the problem.

If any moderators, or administrators want anymore information, I'll provide what I can.

~ForcedLogix

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As a moderator over at world-garage.com (who happens to run the same forum software), I can firmly say that this is some sort of wide-spread thing.

I've reported a few messages here, only to have to turn around to delete the exact same messages over at WG.

This problem, to my knowledge, as been reported to the IP.Board people. However, I have yet to hear anything new about a solution/fix.

However, you can rest assured that it is not the forum skin that is causing the problem.

If any moderators, or administrators want anymore information, I'll provide what I can.

~ForcedLogix

In that case I'm turning on moderator approval for new users (I apologies to the new users, but it's just ridiculous). I hope other believe this to be a justifiable approach to the problem (please tell me what you think).

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In that case I'm turning on moderator approval for new users (I apologies to the new users, but it's just ridiculous). I hope other believe this to be a justifiable approach to the problem (please tell me what you think).

That's not a bad idea, however, it would be wise to post a guide/announcement stating how permanent the situation is.

Speaking of that, do new(er) users always get put on post moderation?

Just wondering ...

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In that case I'm turning on moderator approval for new users (I apologies to the new users, but it's just ridiculous). I hope other believe this to be a justifiable approach to the problem (please tell me what you think).

It depends on what counts for a new user. If it is something like "less than 10 posts" then it seems reasonable to me.

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It depends on what counts for a new user. If it is something like "less than 10 posts" then it seems reasonable to me.

+1 to that.

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Strangely, there has been no spam over this evening :|

Guess I'll turn off moderator approval and see if it comes back lol.

I think turning on moderator approval, must have made a difference. I don't see any spam at all.

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I think turning on moderator approval, must have made a difference. I don't see any spam at all.

Sometimes spammers don't spam sites within certain times. Usually is is an attempt to avoid posting spam when moderators are about, so it will be visible for longer - i.e. till a moderator next visits the site.

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The way I fixed it is by banning about 20 IP's, have not gotten another spammer in the last month or so. Thats with no Recaptcha system or new user approvals. Allthough I am sure Hak5 forums see more traffic then mine. If you want to be really safe just ban all the IP's from Russia, China and Nigeria lol

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