Sunday, December 17, 2006

Attn: All Forum Owners - Beating the Spam Bots...

G'Day all...

Quite by accident I stumbled across a veritable goldmine of info for Forum Owners, Admins and Moderators that may be - as we have been at The Son and the Moon Forums - on the recieving end of a large number of posts by Spam Bots...

One forum on colourblindness seems to have come up with a rather unique solution to the problem of Spam Bots... let them spam a specific folder (dunno HOW they get them to ONLY hit THAT folder tho') http://www.vischeck.com/bb2/viewforum.php?f=3

Anyway while it's NOT a solution I'd use it DOES provide a massive list of known spammers screen names that we've made use of at The Son and the Moon Forums and 'pillaged' the list and added all the posters screen names to our 'Disallowed Names' listings ...and... found quite a few useful 'keywords' and phrases to be blocked by our 'Word Censor' ...

Hope you guys out there can make use of it...

1 Comments:

Anonymous alex wade said...

Well thanks guys!
We found that the spam bots generally hit the first forum in the list. So we just added a dummy one at the start. Then, to get rid of the rest, we added an additional (custom) captcha. Our spam has gone to almost zero :)

Alex
(www.vischeck.com)

6:05 PM  

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