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  • [Forum] Why so much SPAM?

    Ok, I've run UBB Threads for 12 years and would get the occasional spammer register (I could always tell by how the filled in the registration form with gibberish). Usually the IP would trace to some place like China.

    But I have only been live with my VB 4.2 site for a couple days and almost immediately I started getting dozens of phony members signing up, many from China, Russia, etc. It;s unreal - they just keep coming and I keep putting their IP ranges in my ban settings.

    Question - what is it about VB that is causing me to have more of these spam accounts in two days than I had in 12 years with UBBT? Any solutions?

  • #2
    There's good mods on such as Spam-o-matic that block many bots from joining. You may want to increase your Human Verifications options as well. Make some questions easy enough for members to answer (something that goes along with the theme of your forum), bots usually cannot get passed these.

    This thread also has some good information: Profile


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      • #4
        Thanks folks! I only had image verification on my UBBT site, but hardly had any spambots (over 13000 members). Wonder why there is so much more of it with VB? Is it just that there are more VB sites out there and the spammers look for them more?


        • #5
          Vbulletin is a more popular product, and as such spammers have made scripts which target it specifically. They can search for certain phrases which all vbulletins use and identify your site and then run a spam script.

          The solution is to install this:

          I went from 200 spam messages a day to around 1.


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