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    Only african to own a PC! Cider's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by SirDice View Post
    Usually, yes. Put up a post limit for new accounts. Say only 1 post per 5 min. for the first 10. No links allowed until then either. That'll slow them down a bit.

    Visit regularly, look at the new registrations, weed out the crap. Remove spam posts a.s.a.p. and ban the user's account.
    Hey there,

    I try and do jsut that. I ip ban it rather tan username ban it.

    Thanks for the advice.

    I promise ill go through all the posts today still.
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    LOL - Nihil has started to take over!

    Should I ban him
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cider View Post
    LOL - Nihil has started to take over!

    Should I ban him

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    you might find this helpful. Like I said I have a lot more experience with vBulletin, but we still do run a couple of PHP BB forums. I can't stand them myself, extremely primitive software by comparison, but it is what it is.

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    Thanks,

    Will have a look ...
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    I wonder how getting rid of the word register and renameing the scripts would par against them.

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    crossing up the spambots is actually the relatively easy part. But there's still a fair number of human spammers in China and India especially.

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    Hi Cider.

    I've not been around for a while, but we are about to launch a forum for work. We are banning all urls for the time being, and will probably only allow urls in future once the article has been moderated.

    You might like to limit your workload by only allowing urls to be posted after moderation, but other posts to be let through.

    That way the first spam you get from a (spam) user and you can ban the user and delete evrything they have written in one go.

    Regards,

    Steve
    IT, e-commerce, Retail, Programme & Project Management, EPoS, Supply Chain and Logistic Services. Yorkshire. http://www.bigi.uk.com

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    I have noticed a significant increase in user registrations although not in spam posts. The Akismet add on seems to keep the forum protected from the few that do post spam. I suspect that the main reason for the user registrations is the spam links seen in the website and signature fields when profiles are viewed. Does anyone know of a mod to suppress these fields when viewing a profile of a user that has less than a specified amount of posts?

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