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Forum security, Spam posts, and New posters. 01 Feb 2012 20:56 #1

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Hello All,

Like any forum we have been getting our fair share of spammers who while not directly harmful, can create a lot of work removing posts, can be quit annoying, and for a while (until they are deleted) can clutter up the forum.

I always like a more open forum with as few barriers to posting as possible but as the forum grows and becomes more popular then inevitably the spammers "contributions" grow as well.

There are quite a few solutions to this ... some better than others ... but with the current spam bots that are out there many of the filters can be bypassed. They tend to register with throwaway emails and multiple IP's so banning or deleting them (as I do each time) has little effect because they typically use a new registration and email for each post. On most days there are well over 100 spammers who register as members. Some days I have had over 60 spam posts to remove.

I wanted to post this because there are a couple of things that can help a great deal that I have decided to implement. The first of these is that each new member will receive a confirmation email where they need to confirm their registration.

The second is that the first post for every new member will have a re-captcha field where you will need to enter two words before you post. After you have made your first post this will no longer appear.

These two filters should help reduce the number of spammers who are able to both register and post to the forum and make it a much more enjoyable experience for everyone.

Phoenix
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Re: Forum security, Spam posts, and New posters. 03 Feb 2012 22:39 #2

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Hello All,

The ReCaptcha I've added to the first post of new users (typing in two words) should not only should make a difference in preventing spam but also helps Google to digitize scanned copies of various books (which I have made good use of in my mattress and materials research).

Hopefully this will make a significant difference in the ongoing battle against spammers at the very low "cost" of some inconvenience with new users' first post.

Phoenix

ADDED @ 6:03 PM: It appears to be working. A new spam bot which has posted many dozens of spam posts on the forum registered a few minutes after I added ReCaptcha. I waited without logging it out (which I usually do when I see them) and tried to make a post for about 15 minutes (it usually takes a few seconds to post once it's registered) before giving up :). So far so good.
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