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  • Corrine
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    I just signed up for reCAPTCHA. I hope it works. We've been getting a couple hundred new spammers a day.

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  • TObject
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    We switched to reCAPTCHA after the attacks began. So far it is holding up. It appears the spammers left our site to concentrate on easier targets.

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  • MadK
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    Originally posted by Wayne Luke View Post
    Was your question: What is 2 + 2?

    You need to ask decent questions.

    Though like I said in a different thread, I am using Recaptcha on different sites and haven't had a single spam registration. One site is just sitting wide open (not even using the latest version) and uses recaptcha for human verification with no issues today.
    I am using reCAPTCHA and I did not get hit by the massive spam attack either.

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  • TObject
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    Originally posted by mr clean View Post
    You don't, you sue the Cafe. Well, in theory it sounds nice at least.
    So, if somebody from your forum spams me, can I sue you?

    Just kidding.

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  • yogesh
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    Originally posted by hotshot View Post
    No how do we sue some kid in Africa in an Internet Cafe?
    If the kid is running a porn site or online drug store then why not? It is not about getting the small manual spammers but the people who actually use them to promote their businesses.

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  • ILTK
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    You can enter html for the Q&A question, html for an image.

    The image displays 4 objects, one of which is out of place.

    Q: [html for for image here] One of these things is not like the other. What is the name of the thing that does not belong?

    A: dog

    (Image shows 3 fruits and a dog)

    If they get past that it's a human spammer.

    Couple this with a plugin that disallows links if they don't have say 25 posts, and blocks the submission then even if they are human spammers they won't cause any disruptions with adult image spam.

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  • mr clean
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    Originally posted by hotshot View Post
    No how do we sue some kid in Africa in an Internet Cafe?
    You don't, you sue the Cafe. Well, in theory it sounds nice at least.
    Last edited by mr clean; Tue 7 Oct '08, 6:08am.

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  • hotshot
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    Originally posted by yogesh View Post
    Unless some law is passed to make ensure these spammers have to pay thousand bucks for each and every spam message posted in forums/spam email sent, they are just going to keep doing it. Or maybe we should form a some sort of vigilante group to take down the websites of the spammers to ensure it is simply not worth the trouble to go and spam.
    No how do we sue some kid in Africa in an Internet Cafe?

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  • The_Gismo_Man
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    Originally posted by Ifti View Post
    Anyone know where I can pick up the mod where I can add an extra question during registration etc??

    Im running 3.7.3

    Thanks
    This thread explains it all

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  • DelphiVillage
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    Originally posted by yogesh View Post
    Unless some law is passed to make ensure these spammers have to pay thousand bucks for each and every spam message posted in forums/spam email sent, they are just going to keep doing it. Or maybe we should form a some sort of vigilante group to take down the websites of the spammers to ensure it is simply not worth the trouble to go and spam.
    that law already exists in my country (Belgium) it is illegal to spam or distribute any unwanted advertising most countrys have a lame law enforcement structure (Russia for example) they won't act even if you can proof a crime.

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  • Ifti
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    Im also getting hit!

    Anyone know where I can pick up the mod where I can add an extra question during registration etc??

    Im running 3.7.3

    Thanks

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  • yogesh
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    Unless some law is passed to make ensure these spammers have to pay thousand bucks for each and every spam message posted in forums/spam email sent, they are just going to keep doing it. Or maybe we should form a some sort of vigilante group to take down the websites of the spammers to ensure it is simply not worth the trouble to go and spam.

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  • labrocca
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    My forum is getting nailed too and I thought I was targetted but now I see it's just because I run VB. I am gonna start installing different add-ons and see what works. This kind of stinks having to spend the time to do this. Damn those spammers. I hope a version is released where these spammers can be stopped.

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  • pedigree
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    Originally posted by birdie View Post
    I unnstalled that as its not worth it. Too many false positives (ie legit members blocked) due to the nature of the database used to identfy the IP addresses (it blocked an AOL IP address at one stage!) ... better off implementing the other solutions in this thread.
    Maybe that AOL address was spamming? Did you configure the plugin properly so that old spamming IP addresses are ignored? Did you configrue the mod so that it didnt scan IP addresses? Hmm, No? My board has gone to zero spambots without a false positive.

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  • AdrianH
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    Originally posted by birdie View Post
    I unnstalled that as its not worth it. Too many false positives (ie legit members blocked) due to the nature of the database used to identfy the IP addresses (it blocked an AOL IP address at one stage!) ... better off implementing the other solutions in this thread.
    You have the choice of which items to check on the database, set the mod to check username and email address and there is no issue, IP addresses used by spammers are irrelevant as the bots pick up any IP available,look at the lists of spammers and you will see the same username and email against many IP's,one case is username "kathy" which I have logged on 7 seperate attempts each from a different IP address and country of origin.

    This system does work very well if used correctly. As to yoour AOL address, why do you beleive that spammers do not use AOL?

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