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  • biggazillakilla
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    Yes, I have that installed, as I mentioned above. It helps.

    What I'm saying is:
    Originally posted by biggazillakilla View Post
    At any rate, if I could limit URLs from within vB, without a modification, I would be happy.
    But there really needs to be a better, faster, easeir way to handle bots and spammers and SEO'ers and the like. Like a one-click method to identify a poster as a possible spammer--click one button and that member cannot post URLs or images, has his posts moderated, etc. As I said, I'm getting real humans on my forums every day making posts that aren't spam, but are designed to boost SERPs of other sites.

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  • Jake Bunce
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    I think there is an addon for that on www.vbulletin.org.

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  • Protoss
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    If you go over to vBulletin.org there's a modification that does exactly what you require in that it restricts the use of URL's / links in posts until a set number of posts is reached.

    I been on several forums that use this feature. Often set to 10 posts.

    http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=177704

    If you look around there may be other hacks for this purpose.

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  • biggazillakilla
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    I use Akismet on another site; it catches a lot of stuff.

    Again, the problem I'm having is with human SEO'ers. They're signing up for multiple accounts and making very short but on-topic posts.

    By pure coincidence, I recognized one of the sites that was being spammed. I contacted the site owner and told him that he was creating a bad image for himself. In his defense, he said that he'd hired an SEO firm to take care of traffic and SEO for himself.

    For my situation, if I could prevent URLs for new members, or have posts with URLs sent to a moderation queue, I'd be happy.

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  • jasetaro
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    Originally posted by biggazillakilla View Post
    Jake, I appreciate the reply, but I'm having trouble with human spammers. They are making very short, but on-topic, replies to threads. They also abuse the introductions forum and lounge forum.

    I have installed some modifications that prevent signatures from showing up for members in a certain group (the newly-registered group). Even with these restrictions, I am still getting lots of spam, albeit less than I was getting before.

    At any rate, if I could limit URLs from within vB, without a modification, I would be happy.
    Have you thought about activating Akismet? I've been using it on my blog for nearly two years and on my vB forum for about 6 months... In my experience it has a 99+ percent acuracy rate.

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  • biggazillakilla
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    Jake, I appreciate the reply, but I'm having trouble with human spammers. They are making very short, but on-topic, replies to threads. They also abuse the introductions forum and lounge forum.

    I have installed some modifications that prevent signatures from showing up for members in a certain group (the newly-registered group). Even with these restrictions, I am still getting lots of spam, albeit less than I was getting before.

    At any rate, if I could limit URLs from within vB, without a modification, I would be happy.

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  • Jake Bunce
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    The ideal is to stop the spam bots from even registering. You can use one of the human verification options:

    Admin CP -> vBulletin Options -> Human Verification Manager (on the left, not the right)

    The Q&A option can be very effective. Note that the "image verification" option isn't very effective anymore since some bots are programmed to read those images.

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  • Spam again. Spammers are using the same background color.

    I'm getting all kinds of 'new' spam attacks on my forum. The one I'm posting about now is this: spammers hide links by making the color of the link the same color as the background of the forum.

    I swear, if vBulletin would just give me the option to disable links by usergroup, I'd more spam free. Or better, if a usergroup makes a post with an email address or link, their post would be moderated. Yes, I know there's a hack over at vBulletin.org for that. It's just a pain to keep updating hacks and templates and upgrades and all that.

    May as well talk about the other spam problem I'm having. I seem to have gotten on some kind of list--I'm getting people joining up solely to post on threads that have good search engine rankings. I'm getting obviously on-topic (but still pretty useless) replies to them with attempts to post links in the replies.

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