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Dandello
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Re: New forum admin, no YaBB experience. Advice please
Reply #3 - Aug 3rd, 2012 at 2:23pm
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2.1 has no real anti-spam measures that I can see.

As general advice - Put the board in maintenance mode while you use the tools you have to clean out the spam posts and spam memberships. (As admin even under maintenance mode you can make sure nothing's broken.)

Going from 2.1 to 2.4/2.5 is a multi-step process. First read: http://www.yabbforum.com/codex/YaBB.pl?num=1190674872 and http://www.yabbforum.com/codex/YaBB.pl?num=1232988144

Then create a new install of 2.4 or 2.5 and go to BoardMod (http://www.boardmod.org/yabb2/YaBB.pl?catselect=mods_y2 and http://www.carsten-dalgaard.dk/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl and add StopForumSpam and either Derek Barnstorm's anti-spam quiz or Carsten's SpamFruits to your new forum. (Instructions are here: http://www.yabbforum.com/codex/YaBB.pl?board=boardmod )

I also recommend Carsten's Ex-member mod at http://www.carsten-dalgaard.dk/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1310129824

(Make sure you've backed up your ./Members, ./Messages, and ./Boards data to a safe place (off your main server) before moving on to each step. Yes, you'll end up with multiple copies but this is valuable stuff you don't want to lose in case something bad happens.

It sounds complicated - but there are good instructions with each QuickStart guide and there are people here who can help if you run into a snag.

Good luck.
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Reply #2 - Aug 3rd, 2012 at 1:43pm
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Thanks for the reply, Bill. Is there any benefit to be had keeping at 2.1? I see we're several updates behind, here.

Is there a chance it was because there's some incompatibility?
Sadly, the site owner has passed, and he's the one that kept on top of all these things. Sad, yes, but it was several years ago, and this forum has been in NEGLECT. I'd like to change that.
  
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Re: New forum admin, no YaBB experience. Advice please
Reply #1 - Aug 3rd, 2012 at 1:09pm
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Nanda wrote on Aug 3rd, 2012 at 12:31pm:
We're having a HUGE issue with spam. It's all but shut down this forums, and I've offered to clean it up. Problem is, I want to do this without destroying the board.

We're using 2.1, and would love any advice anyone can give me on how to get this to stop.

Great news: You can click this post for instructions on how to stop spam coldSmiley

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Aug 3rd, 2012 at 12:31pm
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We're having a HUGE issue with spam. It's all but shut down this forums, and I've offered to clean it up. Problem is, I want to do this without destroying the board.

We're using 2.1, and would love any advice anyone can give me on how to get this to stop.
  
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