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How to Reduce Forum Spam

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 6:45 pm    Post subject: How to Reduce Forum Spam Reply with quote

Forum administrators should be aware of and know how to deal with spamming...

Eventually an individual spammer, or an automated spamming program operated by a spammer will find your forum with the intent to get free advertising. Next we detail some steps that forum admins can take to reduce spamming.


Anti-Spam Tips

First we strongly recommend that Account Activation setting is set to require that joining members must activate their accounts by email by setting:

>>> General Admin -> Configuration : Enable account activation = USER

It is also fine to use the ADMIN setting here, which will require that you manually authorize all new members.

Secondly, we also recommend that posting in forums is restricted to members. Check out Forum Permission Management guide for details.



Banning Types

Also to help assist in the fight against spam is your Ban Panel: User Admin -> Ban Control.

Here you can ban specific members, IP addresses or ranges and email addresses.

IP addresses can be collected from:

- A post by a given member. Will contain a special icon for obtaining the IP address of the member at the time of posting. This is a small icon, which varies by style, but usually appears near the small delete icon.

- The administrator's control panel. Has a Who's Online listing that contains the current IP address of any members who are logged on.

Keep in mind that different visitors can share the same IP address over time, and that a single visitor may have many different IP addresses over time. IP banning is problematic for these reasons, and should only be used as a last resort.

The email banning feature can be used to block emails from specific problematic domains when used with a wildcard.
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