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#1 Mesmerized

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Posted 13 October 2008 - 08:44 AM

Hello,

There is a forum that has been flooded by spambots (members called Viagra, BuyViagraOnline, ChatAboutSex and dozens and dozens more etc. :thumbsup: ). The problem started after an angry member warned the administrator that the site will soon be facing difficulties. Spams are now introducing themselves as newbies ... I don't think that the administrator knows what to do about it and he's not receiving any help from the guys who are responsible of the site's maintenance. How should we act to stop them?


P.S. I hope that I haven't posted this topic in the wrong forum as I usually do, sorry about that :flowers:

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Posted 13 October 2008 - 08:51 AM

Meh. Bound to happen. I Mean ..err yup
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Posted 13 October 2008 - 10:57 AM

Hmmmm, I see! Well I hope that there is something that we could do about it.

Edited by Mesmerized, 13 October 2008 - 10:57 AM.


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Posted 13 October 2008 - 02:07 PM

Not sure. But I think there is Meta tags that can prevent bots from surfing the site? Then again we would want Google to seek information in turn. this will end up stopping the good bots from seeking information
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Posted 13 October 2008 - 02:25 PM

There should be some tools in the forum software to use
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Posted 13 October 2008 - 02:29 PM

Yeah? I've never worked with this forum board software.. Im still oldschool. Gotta do everything manually. >.< sigh.. best of luck to ya guys. :thumbsup:
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Posted 13 October 2008 - 04:21 PM

Disabling registration might help til the problem is fixed. What forum software is it? I did not see it mentioned here. One might also enable email activation. That would make it so the member is not validated until the validation link is clicked. Bots cannot respond to a validation email.

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Posted 13 October 2008 - 04:28 PM

Oh its Invision 1.3.0 haha That old. :thumbsup:
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Posted 13 October 2008 - 04:55 PM

Goldwyn, if I may ask.. How do you know the forum software that the member Mesmerized is talking about? I have not seen it ststed here at all?

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Posted 13 October 2008 - 05:04 PM

There should be some tools in the forum software to use



Also I run a site with invision as the main software

Just not this version ofcourse. This board is more updated.

Edited by Goldwyn, 13 October 2008 - 05:05 PM.

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Posted 13 October 2008 - 05:17 PM

Thought about enabling Captcha? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captcha

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Posted 13 October 2008 - 05:20 PM

Goldwyn.. quoting garmanma does not answer my question. I am confused how you know the forum software mesmerized is talking about. They never say.. garmanma does not say either. I am confused also because in a previous post in this topic you say you know nothing of forum software, yet you now say you are running a forum? I am even more confused.

Mesmerized, I am sorry if I seem to be interupting your topic. I do hope you get control there.

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Posted 13 October 2008 - 05:25 PM

I meant I know nothing of this version. I know 1.3 not Ip 2008

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Posted 13 October 2008 - 05:29 PM

Oooohhh ok.. see now.. that still doesn't answer my question but, ok. Thanks Goldwyn.

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Posted 13 October 2008 - 05:32 PM

Okay. Im not sure what your quetion is. but here go's I have a much older version of this board that I run. The newer version have newer settings and such. How I know this. Once apon a time I some how got admin status with another site that had an updated version. I was able to tinker within the site's internal workings. Kinda neat. I logged out fearing to mess someting up they caught on and removed me from admin status
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