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Semi-useful guide to fight spam-bots
« on: October 23, 2019, 12:10:58 AM »
This is an alternative to using the anti-spam plugins that come with some CMS like WordPress.

ALWAYS make a local copy of your .htaccess file before changing ANYTHING, otherwise you run the risk of your site not being accessible. Be careful.  ;)


Link to this wiki-guide: https://linuxreviews.org/HOWTO_stop_automated_spam-bots_using_.htaccess

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Re: Semi-useful guide to fight spam-bots
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2019, 07:03:59 PM »
Good stuff man! I also use https://www.stopforumspam.com/ with some decent success :)
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Re: Semi-useful guide to fight spam-bots
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2019, 04:15:59 AM »
That one you suggest is going to be very useful for the MyBB forum I'm building on a subdomain.

The CMS for the main website is older and no longer supported, so I may have to add some code manually, will look into it, fortunately I already have some clues: http://www.ulrich-block.de/spammer-webspell-und-stopforumspam-com/
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Re: Semi-useful guide to fight spam-bots
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2019, 01:00:09 PM »
You website literally takes me back into my HS Days.
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Re: Semi-useful guide to fight spam-bots
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2019, 05:40:28 PM »
Certainly this community was formed around nostalgia, the good ol' days of MP gaming... we also deliberately keep using things like TS, IRC, forums, instead of Discord, Twitch and the like.

What I did not expect, was to see half of the community in their actual HS days, because they mostly disregard the current gen of games they are supposed to be enjoying!  :o

So there we are, seniors and juniors on the same boat playing together haha  ;D cough cough, give me my pill son!

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Re: Semi-useful guide to fight spam-bots
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2019, 03:41:39 PM »
This is an alternative to using the anti-spam plugins that come with some CMS like WordPress.

ALWAYS make a local copy of your .htaccess file before changing ANYTHING, otherwise you run the risk of your site not being accessible. Be careful.  ;)


Link to this wiki-guide: https://linuxreviews.org/HOWTO_stop_automated_spam-bots_using_.htaccess


Oh wow! That's wonderful! When I used WordPress on here once before for the Minecraft Los Angeles site (now on GitHub Pages as a static site), I mostly have the free Google reCAPTCHA plugin by BestWebSoft to protect both my login form, registrations and in some cases comments (I never use WordPress comments as I mostly have Discuss for comments). It's very easy to use as you can select between version 2 (I'm not a robot checkbox) or version 3 (the silent one that bases you on a score) and all you have to add into it is your site's public and secret keys from your Google account. It's still one of the best plugins to have for any WordPress installation! ;)
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Re: Semi-useful guide to fight spam-bots
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2019, 04:17:58 PM »

Oh wow! That's wonderful! When I used WordPress on here once before for the Minecraft Los Angeles site (now on GitHub Pages as a static site), I mostly have the free Google reCAPTCHA plugin by BestWebSoft to protect both my login form, registrations and in some cases comments (I never use WordPress comments as I mostly have Discuss for comments). It's very easy to use as you can select between version 2 (I'm not a robot checkbox) or version 3 (the silent one that bases you on a score) and all you have to add into it is your site's public and secret keys from your Google account. It's still one of the best plugins to have for any WordPress installation! ;)

Nice! I finally found what works best for both of my ancient CMS-php based sites, domain and subdomain. They are not WordPress...probably I will have trouble when php 5 is not longer offered by any hosting providers, BUT...I can't upgrade as my custom themes are not compatible with newer versions. And I absolutely love these designs.

For the Webspell CMS, just disabling all guest comments did the trick. I still get the odd human spammer from India, however they are negligible and quite easy to remove. Some don't even bother to activate their account, making things easier. This main site does not offer many commenting choices anyway, even for registered users.

For the MyBB Forum, the registration question tematic-relevant is working wonders, combined with the stopforumspam plugin recommended by SEE-JAY  :), and banning suspicious bot spiders of hyperactive IP ranges.

The old CAPTCHA, in both cases is easily bypassed now by smarter bots, and I can't implement a newer version. Not that I want to install Google-related things like Analytics, Adwords, Google reCAPTCHA...while I can afford to do this (is a non commercial site...)

From what I heard of other webmasters, thare has been a recent upsurge of spam coming from China and India, so it IS getting worse and worse for us small admins just to keep things tidy.

I guess maybe one day, only a few big fish will be able to invest enough money to get rid of spammers..

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