Any tips to keep spammers out of my phpbb forum??

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I've tried everything but the roaches keep coming back. I've obviously used spambot countermeasures (Recaptcha) but somehow I still have 10 postings a day from porn spammer scumbags. (My forum has to do with nutrition; nothing nefarious). Does anyone know the perfect settings and/or effective methods on phpbb to eradicate this vermin from the planet Earth? Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Barrs
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    • Profile picture of the author K_tir
      Originally Posted by Paul Barrs View Post

      Sorry, buddy, all I can say is "good luck with that" -

      Even here the spammers get through. The only suggestion I have is that you do as Allen does here and block their links til they get a certain number of posts count up - still doesn't stop them, but hey - ....

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      • Profile picture of the author Zachmo
        It has been a reflex for me to copy the spammer's name then ban its email and ip then delete it from the forum. And I tell you it is not funny doing it over and over again.
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        • Profile picture of the author txconx
          Originally Posted by Zachmo View Post

          It has been a reflex for me to copy the spammer's name then ban its email and ip then delete it from the forum. And I tell you it is not funny doing it over and over again.
          I use the CPanel to ban entire country IPs because I find most of these problems arise from certain countries.

          OP - check the IP of the posters and just ban the IPs.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    I'm not sure if you are talking about automated spam bots or not?

    If that's the case, something I did a few years ago for my phpbb board was during the signup process, I asked people to insert a code from an image much like captcha these days. But instead of having the code on the image, the image instead said something like 'Go to url to get the code'. So they would have to type that url in and it would display an image with a code in it.

    I would update the code every week or so. That was probably 5 years ago though, I would hope to think there are maybe easier ways of securing things these days?

    Either way, you just have to make it harder for them to signup. People who are genuinely interested in joining your forum will go through an additional easy step to do so. Spammers however have so many unsecured forums to choose from that they will just move along to the next one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    Whatever you do, xrumer will tear apart your phpbb forum (sorry for that)... I think you could consider migrating to Vbulletin....
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  • Its hard to get rid of spammers! Good luck though those people have no lives at all
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    • Profile picture of the author Vogin
      Hmmm... had a forum a while back and got used to spend 10 minutes a day just deleting it. We tried various countermeasures, but they just kept coming... You might want to consider implementing a "weird" captcha, asking questions such as "how many legs a dog has" and similar ones.
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  • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
    Implement a question, if you have that option as this would stop most bots, have email validation, and set the first xyz posts for approval (if you have that option)

    Adie : Whatever you do, xrumer will tear apart your phpbb forum (sorry for that)... I think you could consider migrating to Vbulletin....
    They chew through vb and most anything once they are in, these people are like rats that live in the underground, you let one in and the family follow, the people who run these scum bag systems that expect people to clean their crap up daily, need to be hot shafted?
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    • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
      Originally Posted by tryinhere View Post

      the people who run these scum bag systems that expect people to clean their crap up daily, need to be hot shafted?
      We should produce a counter attack system that hacks into their sites, puts up knitting patterns and cake recipes and blasts the viewer with a full on rendition of a Wagner opera the instant they open the site!
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrea Wilson
    Maybe you can manually approve every registration in your forum. I have seen a few forums that doesn't allow free emails like gmail and yahoo to be used in registrations and i think that lessens the chance of letting in spammers. Then try to implement a rule that members should have a hundred postings before they can put up a signature.

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