Preventing SPAM

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Preventing SPAM

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Some comments from the Ventoy forum to think about...
Spam rate is increasing -- and with it the SEO benefits spammers collect by this evil -- and the problem is bound to get worse if nothing is done, until forums collapse under their weight.
I saw it happening many times in other places; this reflects badly on Ventoy as users come to the forums to find specific help.
An easy measure that has worked well elsewhere, is preventing automatic first posts -- i.e., after registration, all users first post has to be approved by the team before it goes public.
Also, users posting spam should be immediately banned.
Other anti-spam measures can be adopted, scores of examples around the web. (E.g., see [External Link Removed for Guests])
They can be very sneaky, and will come back days or weeks later and edit the post to insert the spam. So we have also limited the edit window, until the user becomes more well known (reputation, other criteria).
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Re: Preventing SPAM

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Maybe you dislike the idea to prevent Spam ,but i think its usefull : switching user "free" after donating some bucks. the other are readonly.
The Forum will become spamfree , not bot or spammer will or can pay some bucks.But the serious users become a better Forum.
To be a PhPBB forum Admin is not fun so dont be shy.
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Re: Preventing SPAM

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Just a bit of a 'heads up' guys...
There have been some phishing posts with links to catch the unwary - they have been deleted, but more can be expected.
So basically don't click links in posts from unknown contributors, especially if the post does not include code or pictures, and particularly if the post is not translated, and absolutely definitely if it appears to be russian... so only click on links you are confident about.

Posts from russian Annex users are very welcome, but they should distance themselves from any suspicious non-translated SPAM and Malware phishing by taking the effort to provide an english translation of the content, and especially to offer clear explanation for any included links.
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