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Old 06 Mar 2009, 15:58
BonsaiNut BonsaiNut is offline
 
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Forum security and managing spammers

I have numerous bots registering at my site. The combination of email confirmation and moderation captures them all, but requires a lot of manual effort. Once I catch spammers I add as many as possible to my banned email addresses and domains, but I can't do this in one particular case. There is a certain bot out there that registers several times a day on my forum with this format:

*z*@hotmail.com

The asterisk is a wildcard character that represents a text string - in most cases a name. So, for example, registrations will be from:

[email protected]
[email protected]

I have tried manually adding these to my banned email lists, but the combinations are practically unlimited, and even after blocking over 30 of these, they still keep coming. In addition, they all pass the email confirmation test, so they clog up my moderation queue.

If there was a way to add wildcards to our blocked emails I'd have this resolved immediately. There may be a manual way to fix this, but it escapes me.

Any suggestions?
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Old 06 Mar 2009, 18:38
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Hey BonsaiNut, I visit your forum all the time. Have you considered using the NoSpam addon?

http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=183329

I think this same concept comes with 3.8, but your on 3.7.
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Old 07 Mar 2009, 03:24
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Old 09 Mar 2009, 05:51
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Originally Posted by subnet_rx View Post
Hey BonsaiNut, I visit your forum all the time. Have you considered using the NoSpam addon?

http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=183329

I think this same concept comes with 3.8, but your on 3.7.
Heya subnet! Small world

Yeah, I am thinking of changing a few options. I was hoping to be able to use wildcards in my blocked domain addresses, but that feature doesn't seem to be available.
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