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 Post subject: Measures taken against phpBB scam?
PostPosted: Sunday 16 Oct 2011 15:51 (UTC +1) 
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Lately I've been seeing a slight rise in the number of spamming on this board, despite this php bulletin board site using captcha to verify login. It seems that these bots are getting smarter now a days. I've researched this matter a little bit and a few suggestions on how you could prevent spam exposure to this great site?

I ran across a few forum members who are using the sortable CAPTCHA plugin to prevent spam on their phpBB board. I notice that this site uses reCAPTCHA for registration process and even that has proven to be vulnerable as evidenced by the spam in recent days.

My solution to this problem would be to enforce a moderation queue which would require any new posts or new topics on the forum to be approved therefore effectively removing the spam. We would require active moderators on the forum to approve all of the messages which could get annoying, but it would certainly solve the problem.

Arris, given that this site is about the only comprehensive site for converting R2 into a viable workstation (which is a great idea!) I would be a shame to see this site go to waste. The constant spamming is certainly a deterrant to establishing a quality site. I have noticed a trend that many noteworthy forums require a moderation queue or require you to contribute x-amount of times before you can gain access to "premium" forums, BetaArchive for example. You have created a great site my friend and I don't want to see it go to waste. I do understand however why you have it set up the way it is now (ease-of-use). But I still honestly believe that if someone really needs help resolving an issue on their R2 workstation, then going through the process of registration and approval of posts should not be a problem at all.

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 Post subject: Re: Measures taken against phpBB scam?
PostPosted: Wednesday 19 Oct 2011 07:31 (UTC +1) 
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I agree with you, however it seems even the mods abandoned the forum lately...
Let's hope someone comes back and at least delete those spam threads.


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 Post subject: Re: Measures taken against phpBB scam?
PostPosted: Thursday 20 Oct 2011 18:43 (UTC +1) 
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Hey halladayrules & sps,

I agree that there is much spam lately so I followed your instructions and installed the Sortables CAPTCHA plugin. In the coming days we 'll see how effective it is, but I am confident such a nice simple question will work to prevent automated bots from registering :)

In case this doesn't work as good as we want it to work, I will consider using a moderation queue and the other options you proposed.

Thanks for your feedback and enjoy the now hopefully clean forum! ;)

Arris

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 Post subject: Re: Measures taken against phpBB scam?
PostPosted: Friday 21 Oct 2011 00:32 (UTC +1) 
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Arris,
Let's hope it works now...
Keep the good work!


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 Post subject: Re: Measures taken against phpBB scam?
PostPosted: Thursday 27 Oct 2011 19:38 (UTC +1) 
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One week later and... it works great! :)

Had to do only 1 IP ban due to spam (instead of ~10-15) since the moment we installed the new CAPTCHA. :geek:

Thanks again for your feedback guys! ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Measures taken against phpBB scam?
PostPosted: Saturday 29 Oct 2011 15:33 (UTC +1) 
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Arris
Thank you for maintaining the best w2k8 site!


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