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Registration spam & Akismet

  • My bbpress forum is now averaging one registration spam per day – where a user registers, adds their pills or porn site details to the website field, then never visits again.

    Check your registrations guys ‘n’ gals, you may find you have a lot of unwanted members (*cough*) linked from your sites.

    I’m thinking it’s time registration requests went through Akismet – but for this to happen there would have to be a UI for spotting false positives.

    See also: Links to bozos and blocked users.

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  • ardentfrost


    Install my Member List plugin. It makes it VERY easy to delete users. I spend 30 seconds doing it every few days.

    If you couple it with the onlinelist by… who did that one, mbyte? Anyhow, if you install that one too, you can see if the user has ever visited your site from their profile menu so you don’t delete any REAL users.

    I know it’s not the best solution (the best being one that is automatic) but it’s a quick one.

    I use Ardentfrosts plugin even on sites that I don’t show the memberlist to the public for this very reason. It works great. It even works now with the integration and using WP users. While this is a short term solution for me, I really hope that registrations can be ‘anti spammed’ as well. It is annoying because all BOZO’s make it over in the WP side with integration….


    I’ve cranked out a trac ticket for this, though it’s not clear if the Akismet code is part of the core or not.

    Only one a day? I bet you get more now. I get one every 2 hours.

    I’d like to know how they find my site. I’m going through my logs to see how.

    There is a plugin to limit registration on your bbPress and I use the Custom Profile plugin myself for helping in spam registration. I just create a couple of ‘required fields’ followed by a couple ‘non required fields’ and then end with ‘another required field’ for registration. No bot has figured it out yet…..!


    Hey Trent that sounds like a clever solution.

    I’ve just written a workaround for my site by renaming a few of the form fields with str_replace on the /register.php page and then modifying the $_POST array on the mytemplate/register.php page to listen for these renamed fields.

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