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400 new spammers signed up in one day

  • Wow, why is this happening? Do any of you have the same problem? Phpbb has a feature where you have to approve a member’s registration before they become members. Does Bbpress have something similar?

    Also, my akismet is not activated. I am using WordPress MU, the Buddypress Magazine theme. They are somewhat integrated. However, when a user signs up via the bbpress forums and not on the main page of the website which is WPMU, that user will not show up in dashboard of the WPMU, only the bbpress listing of users.

    If I activate Akismet, will I kill my site?

    -j

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  • kevinjohngallagher
    Member

    @kevinjohngallagher

    Akismet is not great on forums, it catches alot of legitamite posts and marks them as spam. That said, it also catches a good percentage of the spam too.

    On one of my forums, 100+ spammer registrations a day is about the norm. One of WordPress and bbPress’s plus sides is it’s easy to register, so there’s alot of automated bots out there.

    Not having Akismet activated with the amount of registrations / traffic you’re recieving is probably a bad idea.

    Phpbb has a feature where you have to approve a member’s registration before they become members

    Thats not built into the core, infact very few moderation abilities are; but I’m sure there’s plugins to enact such functionality. Zaerl had something like that I belive.

    I am using WordPress MU, the Buddypress Magazine theme

    bbpress is not built to, and does not play well with WPMU.

    If you’re using WPMU, I strongly strongly advice BuddyPress instead of bbPress.

    They are somewhat integrated

    We probably need somewhat more information ;-)

    To switch over to Buddypress would be hard wouldn’t it, or does bbpress have an import/export into for all my members and posts into it?

    Akismet is not great on forums

    It can be. Unfortunately the plugins for most forums tend to make questionable API calls, bbPress included, and Akismet is only as good as the data it’s given.

    it catches alot of legitamite posts and marks them as spam. That said, it also catches a good percentage of the spam too.

    Please send examples to Akismet support – false positive problems are usually easy to fix.

    @ Tellyworth, well I really want to activate the Akismet plugin. Do I need to be sure that I can first for compatibility reasons? Or should it be okay?

    I don’t know of any problems – your best bet is to try it and test.


    kevinjohngallagher
    Member

    @kevinjohngallagher

    Hi TellyWorth,

    Thanks for popping up.

    Please send examples to Akismet support – false positive problems are usually easy to fix.

    Mate, that’d be really awesome. Basically every 2-3 days on this forum half my posts are marked as Spam. You’ll notice that if ChrisHajer isn’t on the forums for a day or so that they appear quiet, and when he does come on there’s a host of “rescued from Akismet” posts.

    I think you’d get some great examples here by going through bbPress.org :)


    Gautam Gupta
    Moderator

    @gautamgupta


    chrishajer
    Participant

    @chrishajer

    I will start using the tag “rescued” when I release one from the Akismet queue.

    http://bbpress.org/forums/tags/rescued

    Ok, well, If I activate Akismet and it causes a fatal error which destroys my whole site, that would be horrendous.

    So, as you know, I now have 400 and counting spammers. How do I block all of them at once? Instead of going through each profile individually?


    chrishajer
    Participant

    @chrishajer

    Worst case, it kills your site, so you go and delete the plugin with FTP or a shell. No harm done.

    To moderate all the users, you’re going to have to access the users in the database directly.

    Thank you, chrishajer.

    Ok, so I activated Akismet and put in some other security measures. N

    @ chrishajer, how do I rescue posts from akismet? Several legit posts have been caught, but there is no option on the dashboard to rescue them.

    Thank yu


    chrishajer
    Participant

    @chrishajer

    You should have an option to mark posts as “not spam” in the bbPress admin

    http://example.com/forums/bb-admin/posts.php?post_text=&forum_id=0&tag=&post_author=&post_status=2&poster_ip=

    Go to the admin > posts > then there is a select box where you pull down and select “spam”, then click [filter] and you should have a list of all posts caught by Akismet where you can mark legitimate posts as “no spam”. Do you not have that?

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