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How to stop spam/bots
(2013-11-26, 11:23 PM)laie_techie Wrote: The Checkbox Validation doesn't seem like it would help much. There are only 10 possible answers, so randomly choosing one would let 10% of attempts through.

this is not a really elegant option even though its a nice fail check.. but.. realistically that would annoy the hell out of users, sure would annoy me...
The "Registration Security Question" mod has two versions.
You are using the wrong version - search for the version that has a "patch".
It will stop bots from even registering.
What i noticed about the spammers is, when your site got the page ranking, more spammers will come to your site.
You can also add this to your htaccess and it will help somewhat:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
  RewriteEngine on
  RewriteBase /
  RewriteCond %{HTTP:Accept} ^$ [OR]
  RewriteCond %{HTTP:Accept-Language} ^$ [OR]
  RewriteCond %{HTTP:Accept-Encoding} ^$ [OR]
  RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^$ [OR]
  RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^$
  RewriteCond %{REQUEST_METHOD} ^(POST)
  RewriteRule .* - [R=400]
what this code is for?
Oxygen, you may want to remove the line which filters based on REFERER - some legitimate users disable this header to improve their privacy - not to mention the REFERER will be blank if someone types in your forum's URL instead of clicking on a link.

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