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PHPBB Spam -- Overall thoughts

Postby MrGroove » Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:52 pm

Hey guys,

My forum has been under SPAM attack for the past few months to where the forum has almost been made useless.....

Just wondering what others are doing today in order to limit spam on PHPBB.

I've been thinking about using a CloudFlare to throw it in front of my Forum. I've done this on a few of my smaller forums and it's worked nicely. Just wondering what you guys are doing here at phpbb SEO.

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Re: PHPBB Spam -- Overall thoughts

Postby dcz » Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:19 am

The basic custom question (are you a bot) configured in acp, ban on all gmail.com (sadly, but it was alone providing with over 90% of spammers without any reaction from google, and user usually have an alternate email together with their gmail) and some moderation of course.
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Re: PHPBB Spam -- Overall thoughts

Postby shagimuratov » Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:50 am

MrGroove, you should try CleanTalk MOD for phpBB3. MOD stops bots registrations, spam posts and links in users profiles without CAPTHA, Q&A or email restictions.
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Re: PHPBB Spam -- Overall thoughts

Postby HB » Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:31 pm

Check out the sticky on phpBB: https://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtop ... &t=2122696

I take a more aggressive stance and ban Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail registrations (i.e., add *@gmail.* *@yahoo.*, *@hotmail.* in the ACP). Users of those domain can register, but must be explicitly unblocked by the admin. Like I said, it's an aggressive approach, but works. When I get a spammer 2-3x a year, it's almost a pleasant novelty. :lol:
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Re: PHPBB Spam -- Overall thoughts

Postby Stephen26 » Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:29 pm

Personally I use Q&A and easy questions - but such ones that just a human can answer.

I didn't have automatic spam since ~1 year and I allow guest posting in most of my forums.

I use rel='nofollow' for extern links vs. human spammers. Some are stupid enough to post anyways. My moderaters remove those posts ASAP.

My master plan however is to punch these spammers in the face when I meet them in reality. :wink:
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Re: PHPBB Spam -- Overall thoughts

Postby dcz » Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:52 am

Stephen26 wrote:My master plan however is to punch these spammers in the face when I meet them in reality. :wink:



You're too kind, my plans is to vaporize them in the solar wind :mrgreen:
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Re: PHPBB Spam -- Overall thoughts

Postby Stephen26 » Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:46 pm

I'll knock them out with a punch and you vaporize them... team work. :wink:
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