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  • -mz
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    Originally posted by Gene THF View Post
    Hello,

    This is sort of an open ended question, we're looking for some feedback. Currently, on our site TinyHouseForum.com we're getting a lot of spammers signing up multiple accounts and auto-posting.

    We've considered signing up with Stop Forum Spam, but we're curious as to what experiences you guys may have with this in terms of effectiveness.


    Gene M.
    Lead Admin
    Tiny House Forum
    We have in the area of 1000 messages posted every 24-hour period on forumania.com. When we first moved off of our old home onto the forumania site, we had a lot of spammers signing up. Someone told me about SFS and I started to use them to check the registered users whose names were not familiar to me. If they showed up in the SFS database I would use the excellent ban tools on vB to remove them from our forum. I finally got the API and the wonderful StopForumSpam took over for me. We have not had any known spammers in forumania from that day forward. True that now and then someone who is not in SFS's database shows up and posts one or two messages trying to convince us to buy something from them. Our moderating team quickly removes the message(s) and I will ban the user by IP and email address. I do love vB's ban tools <g>. I highly recommend Stop Forum Spam.

    BTW, I had a 192 sq. ft. tiny house built for me two years ago. I love it. I will surely visit your forum! -mz

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  • Wayne Luke
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    Originally posted by woodmj View Post
    I didn't find SFS caught much on it's own.
    StopForumSpam doesn't check content of posts. It is used at registration along with other registration options (such as email verification) to prevent known spammers from registering on your site to begin with. It will check IP addresses, email address, and user name based on the settings. Once a user registers, it has no effect.

    To filter content, you will probably want to use Akismet. While originally created for the WordPress family of products, they provide an API that the server can tie into and validate the content based on filters and keywords from millions of websites. When a post is filtered, it is created in a moderated or unapproved state that only the poster and site staff can see. This allows it to be moderated appropriately based on your personal community rules.

    The other options are there to fine tune your installation. For instance, a medical site might want to allow posts with the words Viagra or sildenafil in them. Those are valid words there. Others will probably want to ban these words. In 5.5.4, we're adding an option for a list of words so that administrators and moderators on a site can be notified if they are used. This simply broadens your options.

    Using all the options available along with permissions and usergroup promotions allows you to create a comprehensive anti-spam plan.

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  • woodmj
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    Keywords & amount of links per post before a post is sent to the moderation queue in an unapproved, hidden state helped me.

    I didn't find SFS caught much on it's own.

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  • In Omnibus
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    The most effective spam prevention by far is to ask a question only users with a legitimate interest in your forums could answer.

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  • NumNum
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    Iíve had good experiences with them and recommend. I have even blocked ip address at the server level from specific areas (countries) prone to spamming. I have even placed all new registrations in moderate mode for periods of time.

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  • Stop Forum Spam Effectiveness / Spam problems (VB Admins, please chime in!)

    Hello,

    This is sort of an open ended question, we're looking for some feedback. Currently, on our site TinyHouseForum.com we're getting a lot of spammers signing up multiple accounts and auto-posting.

    We've considered signing up with Stop Forum Spam, but we're curious as to what experiences you guys may have with this in terms of effectiveness. Also, if you have any other ideas to stop or mitigate forum spam we'd love to hear it. We've obviously got spam filtering on, with some keywords we feel help a bit but it'd be nice to be able to stop it at the source which is registration.

    Also, we're trying to get reCaptcha 2.0 setup but it's not working on our site currently - are there any other bot detection/bot filtering scripts that could be equally effective?

    Gene M.
    Lead Admin
    Tiny House Forum
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