Countermeasure to stop forum spam bots

  • jonas.gunnarsson 52434

    Ten Centuries

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    There is a lot of spam from time to time. Is it possible to add better defense when register new accounts?

  • Jeff Moden

    SSC Guru

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    jonas.gunnarsson 52434 wrote:

    There is a lot of spam from time to time. Is it possible to add better defense when register new accounts?

    I agree... but we've (us frequent users/posters) been asking the same question for more than a decade.  I wouldn't expect much action in the area of prevention from new accounts.  If you think about it, those new accounts, even though of a one-time-use by spammers, used to be a part of the "membership" counts they advertised.

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  • jonas.gunnarsson 52434

    Ten Centuries

    Points: 1169

    Is there possible to upgrade reCAPTCHA  to version v3? I guess the WordPress is last version. Do the forum use a spam mod?

    If low score maybe no post for a short time?

    May be limit to only one post, until reply on post or marked as spam.

  • as1981

    SSCrazy

    Points: 2575

    As an addition to Jonas' idea perhaps the reply needs to come from an account that has existed for a certain length of time and/or has a certain number of posts. That would stop them creating two spam accounts and using each to validate the other one?

    I appreciate this may not be practical or possible to implement.

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