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Reply #23 - Nov 21st, 2011 at 2:04am
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Derek, I was looking at that feature and I have it turned off at the moment as I wasn't totally sure what was required in the API key field.  I need to look at examples on their site.
  
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Reply #22 - Nov 21st, 2011 at 1:59am
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No probs! You'll have to report back how it goes, if that's okay...

Obviously the SFS Mod will only stop spam which is in their database, so there are going to be times when it still gets through. For example, this IP address which you mentioned earlier on, was only just submitted to their database today:

corvettec3 wrote on Nov 20th, 2011 at 7:48pm:
Registration UserID:      glongedob
Chosen screen name:      ugg bailey button uk
Not validated email address:      famil.ymili.se.e.s.ee.e@gmail.com
Chosen language:      English
Coming from IP address:      117.26.75.252
Given reason for registering:      Me need talk...for information

But if you use the submit spam feature, then they won't be able to do it again, and will probably give you a nice feeling of self satisfaction to report them, and stop them from spamming others. Smiley
  
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Reply #21 - Nov 21st, 2011 at 1:44am
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The Anti-Spam Question mod looks awesome and I will add it tomorrow.  Thanks again!
  
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Reply #20 - Nov 21st, 2011 at 1:11am
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No problem. I'll be interested to know how you get along with it.

Now that you've got the hang of installing Mods though, I would recommend using it in conjunction with one of the other anti-spam mods - either the Anti-Spam Question or SpamFruits. They should do a pretty good job at stopping bots by themselves, and if anything/one does get past, then you've got the StopForumSpam checks to fall back on.
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Reply #19 - Nov 21st, 2011 at 12:46am
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I have the StopForumSpam mod installed thanks to Derek so we will see what the results look like in the morning Smiley  Thanks Derek and Ron
  
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Reply #18 - Nov 20th, 2011 at 9:37pm
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Download the latest version - 2.5.6

I guess it can be a little confusing for a start, but once you get the hang of it, you'll realize how easy it is.

You can also install Mods manually - if you open the .mod file in a text editor, it should be self explanatory.
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Reply #17 - Nov 20th, 2011 at 9:33pm
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Derek, what version of BoardMods works with Yabb 2.5 AE?

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Reply #16 - Nov 20th, 2011 at 8:49pm
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OK Derek, I guess it is time for me to figure out how to install these board mods.  Thanks very much.
  
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Reply #15 - Nov 20th, 2011 at 7:56pm
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corvettec3 wrote on Nov 20th, 2011 at 7:48pm:
Registration UserID:      glongedob
Chosen screen name:      ugg bailey button uk
Not validated email address:      famil.ymili.se.e.s.ee.e@gmail.com
Chosen language:      English
Coming from IP address:      117.26.75.252
Given reason for registering:      Me need talk...for information

That IP and email address are listed in the StopForumSpam database, so the StopForumSpam Mod would have stopped them from getting past the registration page...
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Reply #14 - Nov 20th, 2011 at 7:48pm
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Hi Jon

The names coming up as ex-members in the PMs were never ever members.  For the most part we would not even permit members to use names like that.

Guest access was not disabled when the messages were coming in.  I did turn on Guest Access again becuase of the search engines that I mentioned previously.

I see that in the last 2 hours we have had 9 membership requests...all coming from gmail.  Here is an example:

Registration UserID:      glongedob
Chosen screen name:      ugg bailey button uk
Not validated email address:      famil.ymili.se.e.s.ee.e@gmail.com
Chosen language:      English
Coming from IP address:      117.26.75.252
Given reason for registering:      Me need talk...for information

Thanks Jon

Our forum is running smoothly....just that this sort of crap is a pta  Smiley
  
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Reply #13 - Nov 20th, 2011 at 6:16pm
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OK - two fresh questions -

1. Were the displaynames used by the PM spammers actually found in the Admin Center > View Delete Members after they spammed the forums????  In other words - were these displaynames actaully deleted members, or were they 'bogus/made-up' names that were never actually registered???

2. Was 'Disable Guest Access' checked at the time.

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Reply #12 - Nov 19th, 2011 at 6:13pm
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OK -

Thanks for the info -

"I" have not done it, but I'm pretty sure there are ways to allow Spiders to crawl your forum, even if you have Guest Access off.

BUT - no one else who is not registered will be able to get to the content.

I'm trying to get it sorted.


Thanks again.

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Reply #11 - Nov 19th, 2011 at 5:56pm
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I just realized that with Guests disabled that search engines can no longer access the forum but I guess in essence they are probably treated as guests as well.
  
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Reply #10 - Nov 19th, 2011 at 5:30pm
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Jon....No PMs since I disabled Guest Access this morning.  I am getting a spam membership request about every 10 minutes.
  
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Reply #9 - Nov 19th, 2011 at 5:06pm
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@ corvettec3

Member 'join' requests, but no more PM's, right???

It looks like that code relies on Guest privileges elevation.  I'm getting an idea of how that might work.

(not saying I have a solution in mind either)


As for the join requests, one of those anti-spam mods might do the trick

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