[sword-devel] Forum spam

Manfred Bergmann manfred.bergmann at me.com
Mon Sep 26 10:56:22 MST 2011


There is a lot of spam in the forum as well.
I have to constantly remove spam posts and delete user accounts, almost every day.
It got a little better at first when users were forced to register with unequal fore- and surname.
I'm not exactly sure how to prevent users from registering as it seems they are real humans.
The email addresses could be validated as below but mostly they seem valid and I'm not sure this would help very much.
Any ideas?


Am 26.09.2011 um 16:45 schrieb DM Smith:

> Lately we've had a bunch of bogus accounts created. In response, I have added the following:
> 1) Every account requires email verification before the user is allowed to edit a page.
> 2) The supplied email address checked:
>  a) it is compared to known abusive patterns
>  b) checked that it is valid email according to RFC 3696
>  c) the domain is checked that it has a DNS entry.
> Also, I have deleted accounts that I have deemed as bogus. And I have blocked accounts whose names I don't think is appropriate. At times I block and then delete, giving me a record of why the account was deleted.
> I'm also deleting any accounts older than a month that are not do not have a validated email. I don't know if the hotmail.com, live.com, msn.com, ... problem has been resolved, so I am leaving those for now.
> I'm planning to delete never used accounts that are at least a few months old. I'll probably do this several times a year.
> Please let me know if this poses/causes any problems.
> Thanks.
> In Him,
>    DM
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