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  1. #1
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    Fighting spam - changing registration procedure?

    The amount of useless spam has massively increased over the last few months (at least I feel that way).

    I know several other forums which require new members to be moderated for their first frew posts (something around 1-3 posts), and I think this would help here as well.

    Are there any plans by the moderators to do something against the spam postings?

    If moderating new members is put in place I would volunteer to help out if that would be needed.
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    If moderating new members is put in place I would volunteer to help out if that would be needed.
    Yup, me too.

    I would surely like to also be able to help prevent these rather than merely report them.

    And some forums still allow "anonymous" posters - and they get heavily hit.
    Last edited by papadi; 10-16-12 at 15:27. Reason: correction

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    We are stopping more posts than usual, but no where near the max that we hit about four years ago. More agressive moderation is something that we've considered, and I will bring the issue up again.

    It takes some time to work through the process, there are multiple people that have to weigh in on this kind of change. I expect that it will be about two weeks before I have a final answer. I will be traveling about that time, so it could be as much as a month before you see this change if it is approved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat Phelan View Post
    It takes some time to work through the process, there are multiple people that have to weigh in on this kind of change.
    Any news on this?
    Seems the spammers are quite active again.

    In another forum-site (TotalCommander: http://www.ghisler.ch/board/index.php?language=english) I have seen a "trick", where the first sub-forum would be a honeypot (spam trap). Any user posting into that would be automatically be deleted. Apparently a lot of spammers simply take the first (sub)forum without any check. The forum description contains a big warning to prevent real users to accidently post there.

    It did reduce the number of spams there drastically. So maybe that is an option for dbForums as well.
    Last edited by shammat; 06-30-13 at 08:16.
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