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Old 11 May 2008, 15:14
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mtrac mtrac is offline
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Real name: Mike Trachtenberg
PM Spam

Running 3.7 and have suffered two bouts of Buddhist PM spam. Because PM is sometimes the only way I have to communicate with my members, I allow even unconfirmed ones access to it.

Would like to know ways to throttle members, particularly bots, without interfering with legitimate use. Yes, I know this has been discussed frequently, but I couldn't find a good solution. I'm this close either to redirecting any PM entry with a variant of "Buddha" in the text to Wikipedia or sending a 403 header.

Address of my latest spammer:
07020 - Edgewater, NJ forum
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Old 11 May 2008, 15:33
aeturner89 aeturner89 is offline
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Try using Question and Answer verification.
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Old 12 May 2008, 18:40
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I created a plugin with the private_insertpm_process hook. One of these days I'll check how many PM's the member has sent recently and how many posts they have.

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Old 17 Jun 2008, 15:46
rant boss rant boss is offline
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I just got hit for the second time by this garbage....any updates on how to prevent it? I have visual verification set to prevent bots from signing up...but this thing (or person) is persistent...sent a PM every 2 minutes (I set PM flood control to 120 secs) to a different user for over 8 hours until I caught it.

ps: the scumbag's email addy is
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Old 17 Jun 2008, 15:57
TheInsaneManiac TheInsaneManiac is offline
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Use the X amount of posts before PM, or X amount of posts before URL.
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