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Stopping vbulletin spam registrations

 9:36 pm on Sep 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

I've got a small forum that takes a very few legit registrations a day, and 50-100 spam registrations.

I installed a capcha program, and still getting the huge spam registrations.

What works best with vbulletin to kill the spam, and is still easy on user registration? Many of my posters aren't overly forum literate.



 4:58 pm on Sep 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

That many spam registrations is a major problem.

1) Are you using the vBulletin built-in image verification?

2) Are you doing email verification? I haven't had anything like that amount of spam on the vB forums I work with.

3) Does it appear that the registrations are automated? If so, you may have some options. Unfortunately, most would require some minor coding. Putting in a field hidden with CSS and then processing only forms which have that field blank is one. An even simpler (but easier to defeat) one would be to add a new field in the control panel that says "leave blank" or "what is 4 + 5" and testing for the appropriate value. If a human is setting up the spam, though, these will be too obvious.

Here's the official recommendation set [vbulletin.com] from the authors. You can also check vbulletin.org, the official hack site, for more anti-spam weapons.


 10:48 pm on Sep 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

1) yeah. it's not done much if anything.
2) I tried. But my users are technically incompetent. Most really shouldn't be allowed around computers. Email verification was causing problems with them as well.


 3:08 am on Sep 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

I would suggest...
1. Make sure that the image verification is really working.
2. Go into the admin control panel, and check ALL the checkboxes to vary the image verification font, size, curved letters, etc.
3. If that doesn't work go to vbulletin.org to find an alternative method to image verification.

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