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Spammers

Discussion in 'Forum Software' started by valMETNG, Apr 18, 2014.

  1. valMETNG

    valMETNG Administrator Staff Member Admin

    I'm not sure how easy it is to customize the new forum software to combat spammers. You might already even have a plugin that you're using. Although not foolproof, there are good resources out there to identify spammers by IP. For example, take a look at http://smith-web.net/2013/12/05/project-honeypot-httpbl-php-class/, which incorporates Project Honeypot. It's pretty effective at catching known spammers. After integrating a class like this, you could then do checks (e.g., isListed) before someone registers, before someone posts, and even before someone accesses the forums at all.

    It's pretty effective. The only issue I've seen using it so far is that it doesn't seem to always pull down the most current information, but I haven't been able to figure out why. For example, previously I ran the IP address 23.94.19.234 on the Honeypot site using the class I integrated into my Hotaru site and it correctly showed 24 as the threat score, which is consistent with what http://www.projecthoneypot.org/ip_23.94.19.234 indicated. However, when I ran 27.150.228.141, it returned 0 as the threat score, which was inconsistent with the 1 threat rating shown on http://www.projecthoneypot.org/ip_27.150.228.141 at the time.

    Stop Forum Spam is another good resource that I use as well (although they have daily limits so you might only want to use this one before someone registers or someone posts; if you use it for each view, you'll likely go over their limit).
     
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  2. shibuya246

    shibuya246 Hotaru Developer Staff Member Admin

    Thanks. Stopforumspam is on by default in xenforo and catches quite a few spam registrations.

    Seems like need to limit number of posts people can make when newly registered since spammers are posting >150 posts once they get in

    What is the point of spammers? Their stupid messages live for only a short time. What a waste of time for everyone.

    Spammers be aware: we are deleting messages that don't relate to this forums topic of hotaru cms
     
  3. shibuya246

    shibuya246 Hotaru Developer Staff Member Admin

    I have added honeypot check as well now also. It was part of XenForo but needed a key. All entered so both StopForumSpam and HoneyPot are working.
     
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  4. Jaap

    Jaap Moderator

    Another thought: I'd like to see a FLAG button in order to report any spam post in the forum. The idea is the admin gets a message and can delete the post and killspam the user asap.
    EDIT: Ups! I just noticed the REPORT button and gave it a try. What about then having a group of "level 2 admins" responsible for this kind of housekeeping?
     
    Last edited: May 30, 2014
  5. shibuya246

    shibuya246 Hotaru Developer Staff Member Admin

    Sure that would be good. Can I add you in? We have a few moderators already who do a good job of keeping things organized.
     
  6. Jaap

    Jaap Moderator

    Sure.
     
  7. matpat

    matpat Active Member

    spam stop
     
  8. Almaas

    Almaas New Member

    I have added honeypot check as well now also. It was part of XenForo but needed a key. All entered so both StopForumSpam and HoneyPot are working.
     

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