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I get spam posts on my forum, deleting members don't work, nor does sending warning sticky type mails, so is there a way to actually ban the instigators IP address?
I use a common phpBB message board system.
It says this:
Ban one or more IP addresses or hostnames
IP addresses or hostnames:
To specify several different IP addresses or hostnames separate them with commas. To specify a range of IP addresses, separate the start and end with a hyphen (-); to specify a wildcard, use an asterisk (*).
But what do I do to ban an IP? I want to be able to ban single IP address and not ranges eg: member spams board, they get banned.
I don't even know if this is possible to do.
Can someone take me through this step by step.
User Admin > Ban Control > Ban one or more IP addresses or hostnames
Just add the user's full IP address (format 111.222.333.444) and hit Submit. You can get the user's IP address by clicking IP on their latest post.
joined:Apr 30, 2007
You should look also at the "MOD Troll" which gives some good options to deal with particularly troublesome members:
Nowadays they use proxies, you might actually be banning large blocks (if you use a wildcard) of legit users.
IP banning is out-dated and uneffective IMO.
Best strategy is to employ ALL security measures you can find. Things like a "Humanizer" question, a better captcha, email confirmation required etc etc
Don't just settle for one counter measure, but use a lot of them.
Sophisticated users have a zillion ways to get around an IP ban. As I've mentioned in the past, another approach is a "global ignore" for a problem user, called "Coventry" in vBulletin. The user keeps posting normally, but nobody can see the posts. If the member logs out, or logs in as a different name, he'll see what's happening, so it only works for those users who use a single member ID. It's satisfying when it does work, though, and the problem member keeps talking to nobody for weeks.:)
It says something about the personality of these members when they keep spouting for dozens of posts without any acknowledgement (or argument) from other members - clearly, they like to hear themselves talk and are oblivious to anyone else.
I believe there is a few similar mods like this but the one I use adds a configuration in ACP where you can add and delete questions. Keep it simple, I simply have a paragraph that I added to the registration form with a underlined word and ask the registrant to type in the underlined word.