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  • Fighting foreign character encoding spam?

    I'm having a hard time combating a new type of spam that has been plaguing my forum for weeks now.

    messages like:

    ìîè ñàìûå-ñàìûå ôîòî÷êè http://spam-url.com (ÿ èõ òóò ïðÿ÷ó îò ïàïû ñ ìàìîé).

    Anyone else having similar problems? It seems that Akismet isn't catching this either.

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    Like many spam filters, Akismet isn't perfect. 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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