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Old 07 Jan 2011, 16:12
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Spam Accounts are Killing Me!

I have a small forum with about 2000 members and up to this point have been manually activating accounts. As of this week, the spam accounts have skyrocketted and I need to install some kind of MOD to help. What's the general concensous on the best MOD to use? I looked through the list and the multiple image captcha seemed decent, but I was hoping to get some opinions on what's out there...

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Old 07 Jan 2011, 16:59
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Use Q&A instead of capthcha. There are a few threads stickied at the top of the forums over on vbulletin.com on how to combat spam.
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Old 07 Jan 2011, 18:55
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Use Q&A instead of capthcha. There are a few threads stickied at the top of the forums over on vbulletin.com on how to combat spam.
Thanks. I didn't think I was the only one. There must have been some New Year's resolutions added to some spammers.... "1) spam more!".

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Old 07 Jan 2011, 19:06
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Same thing happened at our site starting Monday. This ZDBlock thing: http://www.spambotsecurity.com/zbblock.php seems to have helped a lot, although we did have some problems with members getting blocked when trying to use the the site from their phones.

Also I think that thing might work by completely blocking access from certain countries, which may or may not be something you want to do. (ETA:..although it is configurable, and maybe it doesn't block entire countries by default, I'm not sure).

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Old 07 Jan 2011, 19:10
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Originally Posted by e9coupe View Post
I have a small forum with about 2000 members and up to this point have been manually activating accounts. As of this week, the spam accounts have skyrocketted and I need to install some kind of MOD to help. What's the general concensous on the best MOD to use? I looked through the list and the multiple image captcha seemed decent, but I was hoping to get some opinions on what's out there...

Thanks,
Dan
I just manually activate accounts, the spammers give up eventually.
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Old 07 Jan 2011, 19:27
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I just manually activate accounts, the spammers give up eventually.
This is what I've been doing all along, but I'm getting over 100 bogus accounts a day now and it will get out of hand really fast. I'm also considering shutting down registration all together and directing them to a page asking to send an email to me with a username suggestion, then I would manually create the account. I only get about 2-3 new users a week on my forum.
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Old 07 Jan 2011, 19:28
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Unfortunately, everyone's site is different so there is no one-size-fits-all for a spam solution. You need to look at all the options and decide which ones would be best for you.
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Old 09 Jan 2011, 23:33
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I use the auto-delete plugin...the peeps register and get usernames, but are deleted after 5 days of non-compliance. So no noticeable effect. I did have over 30 new user accounts added just today, so it's a huge annoyance as far as that's concerned.
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Old 10 Jan 2011, 18:30
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Us the stopforumspam mod. It works like a champ.
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