View Full Version : Occasional Spammers

07-09-2006, 02:34 PM
I am seeing the occasional spammer sign up. As soon as I notice one I delete their spam and ban them...

If you receive any PM spams or unsolicited contact, please contact me and I'll take care of it as soon as possible. I check the site 2-3 times a day.

08-28-2006, 09:49 PM
We still seem to be getting the occasional spammer dropping in. Do you think it would be a good idea to enable admin account verification? Basically this means I would have to approve everyone before they can post. I'm not sure if I want to go that route though.

Sir Alain
08-28-2006, 09:59 PM
I have a phpBB too. The only thingso far as I can tell that it does is keep spammers from posting. They still wind up in your memberlist and you have to go and delete them manually. Dunno why the folks at phpBB haven't come up with a way to deal with it.

The problem I have had is not with spammers posting, but somehow their bots jack my bandwidth by using my domain email address to do their dirty work. Might wanna keep an eye on your bandwidth usage.

There are a number of mods and hacks available that address the problem at:




but after reading through their message boards, it seems that this is a widespread problem with phpBB and none of the mods and hacks seem to do a 100% fix on the problem. I guess about the time they fix something the bottom feeders invent a new way to take what isn't theirs...

08-28-2006, 10:01 PM
that really makes me want to say dirty words and upgrade to a commercial bulletin board system...I might do that.

Sir Alain
08-31-2006, 12:28 AM
I'm starting to consider that myself. Although I do have a Geeklog blog and I have so far had no exploit attempts (knock on wood). There is a BB add in module for it, that I am looking at really closely.

I read in another thread that this site was being upgraded in order to include subfolders. Is that the Categories and Hierarchies Mod? If so I would be interested in how that goes, especially what SQL changes need to be made. I downloaded it and have been thinking about doing it, but so far I'm too bigga chicken.... :mrgreen:

08-31-2006, 09:31 AM
Oh no nothing like that...what I mean by subfoolders is that the forums will no longer be in the root of the website. Right now the phpbb's index.php is at the root level of the hosting account. I'm going to move it to a forums subdirectory so I can have a more dynamic and potentially useful homepage.

I intend to create a root level page that uses the phpbb's rss feed to highlight certain things...its still going to be driven by the forums, and the forums will continue to be the main reason to visit the site. But I'm goign to try and make a more welcoming homepage.

Imagine a featured map or some other featured something or other on the homepage that's pulled straight from the forums...A panel that shows and links to the last 5 posts, most popular posts, etc. All accessible on the homepage.

As for spammers...I looked at a few of the mods yesterday...Confusabot for example. But I don't think that would buy me anything, because after checking my bandwidth I don't think I'm being abused by bots or automated systems...yet.

08-31-2006, 12:32 PM
Did you see this? http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=393606

I'm thinkin about giving it a test whirl.

Sir Alain
08-31-2006, 10:38 PM
That actually looks like it might be worth giving a whirl. Just about all the bogus signups use the free poker email addy's and a dead blogspot site. I tried filtering them through phpBB's admin, but it's pretty lame. I bookmarked this mod, an I think I might give er a go. Thanks for posting it!


08-31-2006, 10:52 PM
I've currently modified th eboard to hide the website textbox on the registration screen, and if a website is submitted (can only be filled via bot) then the registration is denied. Perhaps this may stem the tides, and it was easy ti install...no files, just editing.

Sir Alain
09-01-2006, 01:33 PM
Another good idea. Legitimate members can always post a link to their website in their sig or something...

09-01-2006, 01:53 PM
I still have to mod it further to get the field turned back on for profile editing. I also need to put up a notification that says how to get your website in yoru profile since its not there during registration.

Sir Alain
09-01-2006, 11:52 PM
I'd be interested in knowing how you did it once it's all done. If you don't mind sharing, that is... :)

09-03-2006, 08:25 PM
Have you looked into the Turing test technology? That seems to be the dominant anti-bot tech that is being used, and from what I've seen there is a phpBB module to implement it.

Sir Alain
09-04-2006, 01:43 AM
Nope. Not even heard of it. Where can I find out more about it? Is it a bot too?

09-04-2006, 01:10 PM
You can search for captcha engine and/or Turing test to see what the terms mean, but basically a Turing test is a test to determine if something is actually human (very watered down explanation). The captcha engine was developed to give a computer a way to make this determination.

Here is a site you can check out to get an idea:

I'm sure you have seen them by now. You are presented with a distorted image of letters and numbers and you have to enter them to prove you are not a bot.

Sir Alain
09-04-2006, 10:46 PM
Thanks a bunch! I learned smething today LOL. That should get me back on track.

09-05-2006, 08:07 AM
Well, I'm back at work now, which limits my time a bit...so if you figure somethign useful out on the phpbb end...PLEASE let me know.

09-05-2006, 01:49 PM
Thanks a bunch! I learned smething today LOL. That should get me back on track.
Glad I could assist.

09-09-2006, 06:48 AM
Well I can tell you.
A friend and I am running a big german D&D site with an extensive phpbb forum too and we also have a lot problems with spambots.
Some extensions (from the phpbb site) and some handmade fixes by my friend who does the technique stuff did made the issue better, but from time to time there are still some spam attacks.

I think that this won't be better until the devs of phpbb do something about that in their code.

anyways, I would also be glad about every good tipp on this topic :D

Sir Alain
09-09-2006, 11:17 PM
I think that this won't be better until the devs of phpbb do something about that in their code.

I think that about sums it up nicely, doesn't it? :wink: