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john

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OK. Fault with site admin.

1. Have set all registration to manual approval for now. Already using anti spam mods, will have to tweak the settings to stay ahead of the spammers. It is the way it goes.

2. Secure vs unsecure. Should be running the site secure, yes. Need to sort it out, yes. However the site is running as it was, nothing has changed to make it worse or less secure than it was a couple of years ago - just certain browsers will warn you. Would recommend NOT sharing Swiss bank account details via the forum but I'd suggest that anyhow, even if we were running https. There is no direct relationship between not running on https and the site getting forum spam.
 

rwm1962

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Nice one.

The security thing can affect google ranking in searches with Google favouring https.

It's a constant battle.
 

dyna-ti

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I think to beat the spammers you can have new membership approved by mod before being allowed to post. Certainly a couple of other forums im on have this option.

It's going to be pretty obvious a spammer is a spammer and a new member a new member :? so shouldn't be difficult to differentiate
 

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dyna-ti":2dzzsuhl said:
I think to beat the spammers you can have new membership approved by mod before being allowed to post. Certainly a couple of other forums im on have this option.

It's going to be pretty obvious a spammer is a spammer and a new member a new member :? so shouldn't be difficult to differentiate


That is what is happening now, see post above :xmas-big-grin:

Though you cant really totally stop someone joining who will later spam away, should cut out some bots though :xmas-cool:
 

rwm1962

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Manual approvals need to be done quickly otherwise you risk folk going elsewhere - not ideal for forums. Do the mods have tools to check emails & IP's against spammer blacklists? Are they already checked against something like Project Honey Pot on registration?
 

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hey guys,

we're still getting a chunk of spam, despite the manual approval thing, i think this is because these spam bots are previously registered accounts before the change, it's the only thing i can think of as to why we are still getting some, but then i'm no computer expert.

please keep reporting it when you see it and i'll bin it as soon as i can

thanks :)
 

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Anyone else getting pop-up ads over the last few days?

Nothing particularly dodgy - mobility scooters and Superchips (didn’t realise they were still a thing). I’d like to think I’m too old for the latter, and not old enough for the former. :D
 

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yeah i just had one pop up when clicking to the next page on a thread, very odd, never seen that before
 
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