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Dealing with spammers

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Recently I had some person sign up for my forum and post three posts that said "Britney Nude Movies" or similar. One of my mods clicked the link and was taken to a porn site:eek: He then e-mailed me to tell me, as soon as I received the e-mail I logged on and deleted the user and the posts but the user had another account, which I disabled. The porn site also downloaded a virus onto his pc, which took him a day to sort out :eek:

 

1st question is - is there anywhere where you can report sites that leave or try to leave a virus on someones computer?

 

I also have 10-20 people that sign up and never post in the forum, infact most of these don't even activate their accounts but they are filling in the url field in the online sign up form, so that they get a link button to their viagra site etc.

 

I normally log in and change these sites to sits of my friends etc.

 

2nd question is how do other people deal with people that join the forum, merely to post a link in their profile?

 

Thanks

 

chez

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Good questions Chez...

 

I have the same problem on my board... And have done some things that have reduced the headache... but unfortunately Spammers are always going to be a problem..

 

My board is a High School Reunion board w/ 101 alumni signed up... but every so often about 3-5 spammers will sign up all at the same time (which is really easy for me to tell that they're spammers, cause I didn't go to school with any jjeerrrrry_778899 or ssussaann12345 or viagra_genie) I have that board set to Admin approval, so they sign up using the form... yada yada yada and I get an email saying ________ wants to join the forum... If it looks like spam... I record their ip and deny them put the ip on the blocked list and move on ;)

 

One other thing that I've done to make it Less desirable to join the forum is to Hide 98% of the board... Basically until your a registered member you can't see 98% of the forum ;) As for the other board... the Hurricane-katrina-survivors forum... I turned signatures OFF - There were FAR too many spammers on that site!

 

Hopefully that'll help some ;)

 

NeO

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I use several technics against

 

(1) automatic registrations

 

(2) automatic postings

 

best is to have a look around in the support section of your forums software provider, mostly there are several things you can do, just to delete them is no option in the long term, it takes senseless time out of your schedule every day!

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I just wanted to write and agree about the problem of spam. One trick is to require them to take an extra step, like word verification, or getting an password from an e-mail. That will reduce spam, but not eliminate it.

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Spammers will never go away. Will always be around. Just do the things what were posted here and a few more and that should help you fight those guys. Good luck in this.

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I have a rule that says:

Please note that you agree that any posting of unsolicited advertising or promotional material to the brand-newhomes.co.uk forums (including spam links) carries an administration fee of £380.00, regardless of whether it is ever published for public display.

 

At least i can send them a bill for wasting my time! lol

Edited by JASPER

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Jasper, it that included in your TOS when they sign up? i.e. They are supposed to have read that (and other rules) then click/check confirming they read this before actually signing up.

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I have a rule that says:

 

 

At least i can sedn them a bill for wasting my time! lol

 

And how do you enforce that rule?

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I have the rule in my Terms and Conditions of using the forum.

 

Ultimately, if people are persistent, I could send them an invoice for several adminstration fees and then take court action if they refuse to pay up!

 

It will probably only work 100% in my country!

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