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    How to Spam Proof your forum

    This guide is meant for people that just started a forum and want to proof it from those ugly bots that just post useless stuff and take up your board's space, speed, and bandwidth, and use valuable system resources.



    I have a few tactics to share with you.



    1. Install CAPTCHA - If you don't have CAPTCHA software (or even better, reCAPTCHA) software on your forum, you're setting yourself up for disaster. Spam bots can just register using automated software and spam up your forum before you can even touch the "lock" button or "delete" on a topic.



    2. Human Verification Questions - Using custom registration fields, make random math questions or "Are you human?" questions, and then set the board to automatically display the wrong answer (some boards like NovaBoard and MyBB and IPB DO support this, so look).



    3. Forum Permissions - Many webmasters overlook this, but after testing the theory, it's the most dangerous vulnerability around. Make the VERY first forum you on your forum (the one on the top) called "Announcements", and disable Member posting and replying. Then, somewhere else, make a forum called "Announcements Discussion", where members can discuss each announcements. The trick behind this; bots usually spam up the first forum they can see, so if they can't post in it, they'll screw up and end up not visiting your site altogether.



    4. Grammar - There's nothing a bot likes better than posting in topics with titles like "ipb php mail" or "luv 4 u". When they see that, they spam up the topic. So enforce grammar rules in your forum.



    5. Special Software - There are some forum softwares that have special MODS designed to interact with a special server containing the names, emails, identities, and IP Addresses of almost ALL spammers known to man. Offhand, I know that IPB, phpBB and MyBB have this available to be installed.



    Follow all the following steps, and you'll be great and doing fine!

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    Re: How to Spam Proof your forum

    Indeed a great guide.

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    Re: How to Spam Proof your forum

    [quote name="Daniel"]2. Human Verification Questions - Using custom registration fields, make random math questions or "Are you human?" questions, and then set the board to automatically display the wrong answer (some boards like NovaBoard and MyBB and IPB DO support this, so look).[/quote]

    I prefer this over the CAPTCHA. When I tried CAPTCHA (several forms of it, one at a time), spam bots still regularly got through. I don't know if more effective forms of CAPTCHA came out since I stopped using it, but I know that a simple astronomy question did what it couldn't: effectively stopped spam bot registrations (except for a human assisted one rarely).



    For the interested, the question was, "What is the closest planet to the sun?" I thought of making it, "What is the hottest planet in the solar system?," but that would be trickier.



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    Re: How to Spam Proof your forum

    Good little guide. Im trying to remember the software I used for my last forum...give me second here. Ah, yes http://stopforumspam.com/ . Has some good plugins for a lot of the major forum softwares. Askimet is also a good choice.

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    Re: How to Spam Proof your forum

    [quote name="Medora"]
    [quote name="Daniel"]2. Human Verification Questions - Using custom registration fields, make random math questions or "Are you human?" questions, and then set the board to automatically display the wrong answer (some boards like NovaBoard and MyBB and IPB DO support this, so look).[/quote]

    I prefer this over the CAPTCHA. When I tried CAPTCHA (several forms of it, one at a time), spam bots still regularly got through. I don't know if more effective forms of CAPTCHA came out since I stopped using it, but I know that a simple astronomy question did what it couldn't: effectively stopped spam bot registrations (except for a human assisted one rarely).



    For the interested, the question was, "What is the closest planet to the sun?" I thought of making it, "What is the hottest planet in the solar system?," but that would be trickier.



    Regards,



    Kevin[/quote]



    The latest and greatest form of CAPTCHA is reCaptcha it's much more effective then the old stuff.

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    Re: How to Spam Proof your forum

    For the human verification, I kind of like the memory questions as well, like, "who is the owner of this forum?" or, "What is the name of this forum?" Those are pretty good as well.

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    Re: How to Spam Proof your forum

    Cool. This are the basics. But yet again, some spammers are'nt bots!

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    Re: How to Spam Proof your forum

    Yeah but there is always IP banning for those human spammers.

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    Re: How to Spam Proof your forum

    re-Captcha is the way to go. I had a similar problem when I opened my forum. I am able to keep registration clean and simple with re-Captcha. The only spammers I get are human ones that you of course have to deal with no matter what you use.

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    Re: How to Spam Proof your forum

    Nice guide and some other good information in this topic. Thanks for sharing guys.

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