Anti Spam Anti Spam
This support board is to be used for discussing how to use YaBB's built in spam, banning, and Guardian tools, as well as any mods that may be added to enhance functionality. The goal is to reduce the amount of advertising, flooding, and automated registrations in a YaBB forum.
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Moderation Policy - Read & Heed
Thanks to all for your recent opinions, and those given to me in the past.
A. I waited for timed banning to work before using it.á There was a reason, just as beating your dog every time it acts ...

Started Feb 10th, 2015 at 10:45pm by JonB
2 401 Last Post Jun 2nd, 2016 at 2:10pm
By: Dandello
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Alert!- Change the default questions in DB's Anti-Spam Question
I have a for-sure report that some SPAM-bots have been programmed with the default Q & A of Derek' Barnstorm's excellent Anti-spam Question Mod (now part of the YaBB core),  I am awaiting details if t...

Started Jan 28th, 2013 at 4:35pm by JonB
3 1,927 Last Post Nov 29th, 2013 at 3:20pm
By: Bill Myers
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Anti-Spam Tools for YaBB [updated 11/20]
Recently there has been a huge upswelling of Forum Spam. áThere are two varieties Bot driven (whihc is amenable to using 'tools' against) and Human driven (I call 'em hu-bots) - which requires active ...

Started Nov 19th, 2011 at 6:57pm by JonB
1 150 Last Post Nov 20th, 2011 at 10:22pm
By: JonB
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Countries by IP range
Here's a site with a list of 'Get IP ranges so they can be blocked in htaccess'

Started Oct 24th, 2015 at 2:14pm by Dandello
0 64 Last Post Oct 24th, 2015 at 2:14pm
By: Dandello
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How to Quickly Clean up Ghost Registrations
I am embarrassed to say I did not stumble upon this earlier -
Admin Center > View Delete Members > Bottom of Page
Set 'Equal to' '0' 'Number of Posts' ~ Bingo Checked!~

[color=#ff0000]I whack...

Started Nov 22nd, 2011 at 5:42am by JonB
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0 2,480 Last Post Nov 22nd, 2011 at 5:42am
By: JonB
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My worst spammers -
This is a topic stub for posting 'who, what, when, where' on spammers or ghost registrants on YOUR YaBB board - i.e. Share the infos here!

Started Dec 5th, 2011 at 10:37pm by JonB
13 18,650 Last Post Oct 12th, 2014 at 3:27pm
By: Santos Lawrence
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YaBB Anti-spam Hit Squad - Invitation to Admins
I have formed a working committe/group using Google Groups to function as a single-point-of-exchange for Ideas, Information and Solutions for fighting Forum Spam on YaBB forums. Although the group is ...

Started Nov 20th, 2011 at 5:11pm by JonB
5 3,607 Last Post Mar 26th, 2012 at 5:24pm
By: Bill Myers
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.htaccess and Guardian
Because my forum is locally focused I use .htaccess to ALLOW only U.S. ip's, to cut down on the spam kings of Russia and China and the like.
However; if I allow Guardian to add ip's banned becaus...

Started Nov 20th, 2011 at 3:19pm by TannerLynd
8 3,260 Last Post Dec 5th, 2011 at 4:10pm
By: JonB
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13359 validated Registrants awaiting approval! Help me Obi Wan...
Hello all,
Been searching around here for some time but can't seem to find an exact answer.
My question is, I want to delete ALL the 13359 validated Registrants awaiting approval. How do I d...

Started Jan 24th, 2013 at 9:04pm by FlangeQuimby
8 2,573 Last Post Jan 27th, 2013 at 7:34pm
By: FlangeQuimby
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A current list of temp email domains
I'm just posting the link as I'm sure it will be growing fast.
Remember that YaBB's e-mail domain filter does not permit '*' or '@'.

Started Oct 13th, 2012 at 3:42pm by Dandello
1 1,057 Last Post Oct 13th, 2012 at 4:07pm
By: JonB
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A new file each second in Messages folder
Hi All,
I do not know whether this is the right place for posting our problem, so excuse me if im wrong and move it to the appropriate board.
We are supporting our forum for printers here:<...

Started Sep 23rd, 2013 at 2:10pm by StPenchev
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5 1,292 Last Post Sep 27th, 2013 at 12:46am
By: xnoddyx
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Anti Spam Question - What to edit in the files.
I downloaded the Anti Spam Question mod but am having problems ... it came with a video I can't play and I can't find the instructions on how to edit the files I need to edit to set it up ....
I ...

Started Jan 5th, 2012 at 12:13am by SharonH
3 1,200 Last Post Jan 5th, 2012 at 12:23am
By: Derek Barnstorm
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anti-spam help - ip blocking, advice
having trouble with folks registerng for no reason, making no posts.
maybe 100 per days.
i delete, but time consuming.
how can i block WHOLE entire IP bl...

Started Feb 7th, 2012 at 6:12am by Rad_one
11 130 Last Post Feb 8th, 2012 at 11:06pm
By: Bill Myers
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Anti-Spam Question for 2.3.1 - works!
Hello Admins,
I installed the Anti-Spam Question (Mod) some hours ago - works perfect! From up to 150 spammers a day down to 0 ("ZERO") at the moment - cool áCool
Because of "some" own modifi...

Started Jan 11th, 2012 at 5:04pm by PJAY86
2 2,383 Last Post Jan 11th, 2012 at 5:23pm
By: Derek Barnstorm
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Anti-spam request/suggestions
It would be relatively simple to add another line to the far right column of the pre-registration log that says "Immediately Reject and Ban Email Address" . áI would also like to see a mechanism by wh...

Started Nov 18th, 2011 at 8:47pm by Elixir by Elan
3 1,641 Last Post Nov 19th, 2011 at 12:43pm
By: Plymouth Expat
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Attention Spammers Redux
You don't say which version of YaBB you're running. First - make sure you have the recommended anti-spam mods running, the stopforumspam mod being the first - that automatically disallows anyone alrea...

Started Dec 9th, 2011 at 3:50pm by Dandello
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44 618 Last Post May 19th, 2012 at 5:29pm
By: Bill Myers
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Banned own IP address!
Running version 2.5
I have inadvertently banned my own IP address and now cannot get back into my admin page to unban it!
Can I do this through Cpanel?

Started Dec 23rd, 2016 at 10:04am by ajchis
2 52 Last Post Dec 23rd, 2016 at 2:19pm
By: Dandello
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Best anti-spam practices
This is a topic stub for you to tell us what has worked for your YaBB forums - try to cover the whole thing you do - and tell us what has worked and what didn't (no troublehsooting or problems posts h...

Started Dec 5th, 2011 at 10:41pm by JonB
0 584 Last Post Dec 5th, 2011 at 10:41pm
By: JonB
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Best way to clean out (thousands) of fake members?
I am attempting to clean out the 13k fake auto-registered members that got into my site before i disabled registration... Given that there are so many, I am looking for a way to just wipe out all memb...

Started Mar 22nd, 2012 at 4:53pm by bikenm
1 927 Last Post Mar 22nd, 2012 at 5:53pm
By: Bill Myers
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Better protection for "PM to admin" function?
The registration in Y2.5.2 is quite well protected against spam bots. But "PM to admin" is not. The only "protection" is the captcha which does not prevent the bots from using it anyway. I just got an...

Started Feb 16th, 2013 at 7:52pm by Homer J. S.
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15 3,745 Last Post Feb 19th, 2013 at 7:28pm
By: Dandello
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Blocking spiderbots from profile pages
In my robots.txt I had:
And this has done an adequate job of keeping spiders out of my scripts. But now I'd like to allow Google and the others to spider the forum but ignore the profile pages - ...

Started Sep 8th, 2011 at 10:51pm by Dandello
9 9,462 Last Post Dec 22nd, 2011 at 2:16pm
By: JonB
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Clean Up Ghost Registrations - Even Faster
The post by JonB at the top of this thread,
does work on my YaBB 2.4 board, but you can only do one page (15 members) at a time. áBecause...

Started Apr 21st, 2013 at 7:33am by Jerry Krinock
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8 63 Last Post Aug 19th, 2014 at 4:53pm
By: Dandello
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Confused by Antispam Language
Can somebody explain what this really means. It's found in the Email Domain Filter in Security Center > Antispam Settings:
Mandatory Email Domains
Enter the Email domains that will...

It appears to

Started Nov 25th, 2011 at 11:24pm by jon666
4 1,430 Last Post Dec 5th, 2011 at 4:10pm
By: JonB
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Deny user registrations
Hello Everyone!
I run a board for a small number of users.  My users are all known to me.  Is it possible to disable new user registrations?  I thought I had this in an older version of YaBB, but...

Started Mar 29th, 2018 at 3:12pm by mikie
2 11 Last Post Mar 30th, 2018 at 12:58am
By: mikie
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Domain Blocking in 2.3.1.
Hi, am I being thick here? I want to block some domain emails (, etc) do I simply put * in the ban email text box?
I've read elsewhere that I should just put in the  domai...

Started Oct 23rd, 2011 at 10:34am by jfk
5 1,917 Last Post Dec 5th, 2011 at 4:10pm
By: JonB
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Easy Anti-spam Technique
I'm working on another anti-spam mod at the minute which will use three very simple techniques which should be fairly successful at stopping spambots, so I thought I'd share one of them here with you ...

Started Jan 11th, 2012 at 3:23am by Derek Barnstorm
6 2,103 Last Post Jan 11th, 2012 at 4:57pm
By: Derek Barnstorm
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Everyone's Logo
This should be every YaBBers Logo  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin

Started Jul 13th, 2012 at 1:45pm by Derek Bullock (Ex Member)
1 32 Last Post Jul 13th, 2012 at 2:22pm
By: Bill Myers
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Fake Users Already?
Hi, we have not yet exposed the board to the public, nor to the search engines and our board it is only accessable via our member-only area of a new community just started this weekend.
Yet we ar...

Started Mar 22nd, 2012 at 9:25pm by UVT
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25 586 Last Post Apr 9th, 2012 at 5:18pm
By: Bill Myers
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feature request - censor/spam filter
I get some malicious attacks on my forum using repetitive special text characters. I won't post the details here in case I give anyone ideas, but PM me for details.
I can stop it with the swear w...

Started Jun 20th, 2015 at 3:30am by freediver
2 63 Last Post Jun 22nd, 2015 at 2:04pm
By: Dandello
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Forker's Attempts??
I wonder what this forker was trying with all those file extensions??

Started Apr 7th, 2014 at 12:30pm by Elrick.
3 441 Last Post Apr 7th, 2014 at 8:02pm
By: JonB
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