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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
2 330 Last Post Jun 2nd, 2016 at 2:10pm
By: Dandello
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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 62 Last Post Oct 24th, 2015 at 2:14pm
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 1,918 Last Post Nov 29th, 2013 at 3:20pm
By: Bill Myers
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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 3,595 Last Post Mar 26th, 2012 at 5:24pm
By: Bill Myers
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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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By: JonB
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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
1 107 Last Post Nov 20th, 2011 at 10:22pm
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 18,572 Last Post Oct 12th, 2014 at 3:27pm
By: Santos Lawrence
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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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Honeypot Spambot catcher & Honeypot Labels
Hello All
I Admin Center and through Anti-spam Settings > Spambot Registration Deterrents > I found Honeypot Spambot catcher option is checked and activated by default since the pure installation...

Started Mar 5th, 2015 at 7:26pm by alqutob
1 93 Last Post Mar 5th, 2015 at 9:08pm
By: Dandello
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Forum Spam - Our Solution
Hello all,
With forum spam reaching higher and higher levels, many YaBB forum administrators are having to spend more time dealing with the problem. I would estimate that attempted spam on our fo...

Started Nov 4th, 2011 at 10:33am by AndyInSpain
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By: Bill Myers
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This bot won't go away!
I recently had a bot sign up on my forums under the name DLSteven (not sure if the name is relevant or not)
I was unable to do anything with this bot. I could not reject or deny it's application ...

Started Apr 13th, 2012 at 2:57pm by ASoG
4 1,884 Last Post Apr 13th, 2012 at 6:26pm
By: Bill Myers
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Highlighted words and extra box
I am having am issue with highlighted words in the posts that are actually links to spam ads, this is something that just started a short while ago. My shoutbox has also doubled, the top is now rollin...

Started Apr 7th, 2013 at 6:19pm by Attila
4 1,930 Last Post Apr 8th, 2013 at 5:32pm
By: xnoddyx
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How to stop the bots cold
We use YaBB 2.5 AE customized by Jon B. 
I would like to share with you how I stopped the bot registrants this weekend.  Not just slow them down but stopped them all cold in their tracks.  It's ...

Started Jan 28th, 2013 at 4:24pm by Autonerdz
12 96 Last Post Jan 30th, 2013 at 12:16am
By: Derek Barnstorm
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Had to Take Our Register Button Away
[color=#333333]Well, it's great and sad at the same time. About 60 days ago I threw my hands up in the air because I just couldn't keep up with the hackers & spammers (we had 3 different groups, th...

Started Jan 18th, 2012 at 4:15am by BigDon
1 1,701 Last Post Jan 18th, 2012 at 7:22am
By: Bill Myers
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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
1 926 Last Post Mar 22nd, 2012 at 5:53pm
By: Bill Myers
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Hello spammers. And good-bye once again!
JonB has already swatted away all of the most recent spam. áSmiley
In support of that, I've swatted away the spam reference I had quoted below.
It's pretty much made my ...

Oh yeah, here we go again multipl...
JonB, since

Started Apr 6th, 2012 at 10:02am by Bill Myers
0 1,143 Last Post Apr 6th, 2012 at 10:02am
By: Bill Myers
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That would have to be a "Corey" Decision -
This community support forum for YaBB should rarely have spam posts, if everAngry
So unless I'm missing someone, we have Corey, and we have JonB. You two can't be on 24/7, so for goodness sakes,...

Started Mar 31st, 2012 at 9:05am by Bill Myers
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By: Bill Myers
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Re: Superb over the ugg boots outlet
A spammer was given a membership? What's up with that? áRoll Eyes
Please delete my post when you delete the spammer's post (plus the other spammer posts that were made).

Started Feb 20th, 2012 at 4:55am by Bill Myers
10 6,169 Last Post Feb 21st, 2012 at 6:27pm
By: Bill Myers
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IP Banning
Question: How many IP addresses can I list without causing problems in the forum?
Thanks to implentating ggn's easy to edit modifications that are outlined in this post, I've evidently been able to sto...

Started Jan 13th, 2012 at 10:29pm by Bill Myers
0 1,152 Last Post Jan 13th, 2012 at 10:29pm
By: Bill Myers
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Spam posts - Re: Dreamscape Warriors
satsuke1 wrote on Dec 6th, 2011 at 4:28am:
Thanks for sharing. A new learning for me. Thank you.

Of all YaBB forums, spammers are able to post here? I'm surprised.

: Check out this explanation in Wikipedia.
To the YaBB moderators, please feel free to delete th...

Started Dec 6th, 2011 at 5:58am by Bill Myers
2 1,109 Last Post Dec 7th, 2011 at 12:08am
By: Bill Myers
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Project HoneyPot
I keep seeing this site while checking IP addresses.
I finally signed on with it and am testing it out.
Does anyone else use this service or have info about it?
Project Honeypot

Started Mar 23rd, 2012 at 12:25pm by BloodyRue
2 1,250 Last Post Mar 23rd, 2012 at 8:54pm
By: BloodyRue
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I am not prejudice but...
How would I go about banning all of China?
I see nothing but spammers from that country.
Is there an enviroment or ip setting that takes out the entire country?

Started Mar 1st, 2012 at 3:27pm by BloodyRue
2 1,287 Last Post Mar 19th, 2012 at 10:27am
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Ok, what were they trying to do here?
Got a spammer doing this:
What  in the world are they doing there? I Ip denied their entire block.

Started Dec 9th, 2011 at 2:56pm by BloodyRue
7 73 Last Post Dec 10th, 2011 at 4:13pm
By: Dandello
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So many FAKE registers!
I was thinking but I can't do it (not think make the changes).
Why can't someone make the registeration captcha that it's not just one captcha but a number of them, you choose how many you want ...

Started Nov 19th, 2011 at 3:16pm by campage1
10 81 Last Post Dec 7th, 2011 at 5:50am
By: JonB
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PMs from Ex-Members
Members on our forum are getting spammed with private messages from ex-members.  As an admin I received three yesterday.  How are ex-members able to do this and how do I remedy the problem?

Started Nov 17th, 2011 at 2:09pm by corvettec3
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By: xnoddyx
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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 1,054 Last Post Oct 13th, 2012 at 4:07pm
By: JonB
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testing new anti-spam mod It's really 2.5AE with an new anti-spam mod.
So some testing is in order. So if people will simply register to make sure nothing else is broken...

Started Aug 10th, 2012 at 7:26pm by Dandello
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By: Dandello
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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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44 448 Last Post May 19th, 2012 at 5:29pm
By: Bill Myers
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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 9,446 Last Post Dec 22nd, 2011 at 2:16pm
By: JonB
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Not sure if I am in the right topic here but i just had the Stop Forum Span MOD installed and also upgraded to 2.5.2.
in the admin section of the board, Under the forum stats category, I clicked...

Started Jan 13th, 2013 at 4:14pm by dave1111
4 1,367 Last Post Jan 13th, 2013 at 5:07pm
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