Forum Spam Registrations

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by waloshin, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. waloshin macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    On my SMF forum I receive dozens of spam registrations everyday. Usually from, the Ukraine, Israel, .ru,

    I currently have over 300 members wanting to join, but 99.9% are all spam.
    How do you combat this? I have admin email approval , but it is annoying trying to weed through the good ones all the time.

    What do you do?

    All I have are these three options:

    * Immediate Registration

    New members can login and post immediately after registering on your forum.

    * Member Activation

    When this option is enabled any members registering to the forum will have a activation link emailed to them which they must click before they can become full members

    * Member Approval

    This option will make it so all new members registering to your forum will need to be approved by the admin before they become members.
  2. Osarkon macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    Doesn't your registration have one of those fields where you have to type in what's displayed on the image?

    Would the Member Activation work? I was under the impression spam accounts were automated, so if that was the case they wouldn't click on an activation link? :confused:
  3. waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    I do , but these are real people not bots.
  4. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    How do you know they are spam?
  5. 7seven7 macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2009
    How does MacRumors deal with spam? Perhaps a "god" could inform you.
  6. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    I have reported 3-4 spammers and they all have been banned if their first and only post is a spam post or all of their posts (not their sig) contains spam. They are banned within 30 min.
  7. dmr727 macrumors G3


    Dec 29, 2007
    If you really want to keep the spammers out without requiring a team of mods being on the lookout, you almost have to approve each member individually. On a small board where you might have just a couple of valid registrations per week - this usually isn't a big deal. I just tell the registrants to send a quick e-mail to my account and I get it added ASAP. That makes it easy to find the valid registrants among all the SPAM.

    If you're running phpbb, go get toolkit.php. It'll allow you to quickly list all your inactive members awaiting activation, and you can activate the ones you want and quickly mass delete all the rest.

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