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Postby morat » Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:21 pm

Is it possible to increase 5 to 50 in the Moderator Control Panel?

Forum spam is really bad lately.
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Re: Latest 5 posts awaiting approval

Postby antonglv » Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:43 pm

Sorry, I can not do it. It is hidden deep in php. I was looking at the source code and in Google, but I could not find the solution. If you ever see something suitable, let me know.
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Re: Latest 5 posts awaiting approval

Postby makondo » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:28 pm

I'm not sure but if Morat is talking about posts before users moved from Newely registered (where i is easier to delete spammers), you should be able to do this from Administration Control Panel/User registration settings (left sidebar) > New member post limit: ...

We have installed 2 mods from here and spam/bot registrations dropped from hundreds a day to ... 1-2 a week!! Yeah!!! Of course, you need the latest phpBB version, worth to update.
Don't remember now but our captcha requires human interaction, like moving a pic or something like that. The latest phpBB version (3.0.11) has an extended reported spam lP list, when deleting a spam post, it also adds the IP to spammers list. Neat.
Anyway, I'd say, update your soft if needs be, install a better captcha - something with human interaction, it sifts out at least bot registrations and enjoy peace and all that time you get back to waste as you wish!

morat,
an advise for now:
Sort users by posts - it will help you to see the 'fresh' ones.
Normally, people sign on to forums to ask a question not to just hang in there. Spammers do that, some also wait a while and then post, often to already running thread. That's why it worth to spend some time to clean up first, like deleted all users who signed up and have never posted, you should also see when they visited last. I simply delete old dormant accnts. If somebody complains (happened once), i apologize and move on. Sort out spammer worth it.
Then, if you have access to it, go to newly registered users, sort it by date and pin that tab. This is where you can see all the new ones signing in and you can delete them before they actually hit the forum. But i don't know if Anton will have to give the admin status for this one.
Also, install some ext. which shows link info on mouseover/Rclick or something like that, i use FirePreview: it pops a window on link mouseover (customizable which links, etc.) and you can click who's link in that window to see the IP address. For instance, everything coming from 27.bla.bla.bla is a spam, i used to delete those on a spot and they never got pass the registration.
There others, like CoolPreviews (i don't like, too much BS), Interclue (all right, but too heavy for my needs), might be others i'm not aware of.

Anyway, i don't want to give up all my tricks, PM me if interested but i suggest updating the forum, turning on it's anti-spam (which is working very well) and add a more complicated captcha.

Good Luck, guys!
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Re: Latest 5 posts awaiting approval

Postby morat » Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:08 pm

Thanks for replies.

We have a total of 493 members. There are 403 members with 0 posts. Only 15 of these 403 members were banned.

Is it possible for an administrator to delete members? As a moderator, I can only ban members. I would like to delete these 403 members or ban the 388 members with 0 posts that are not already banned. I guess the easiest way for me to do this is to use a script to extract the spammers from the memberlist.php pages then paste the usernames in the banning tab in the moderator control panel.

In the future, I will ban spammers more often instead of just disapproving their posts.

Code: Select all
/*Code*/
var els = content.document.getElementsByTagName("a");
var arr = [];
for (var i = 0; i < els.length; i++)
  if (els[i].href.search(/mode=viewprofile/) > -1)
    arr.push(els[i].textContent);
Components.classes["@mozilla.org/widget/clipboardhelper;1"].
  getService(Components.interfaces.nsIClipboardHelper).
  copyString(arr.join("\n")); // 25 usernames per page
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Re: Latest 5 posts awaiting approval

Postby antonglv » Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:12 pm

makondo wrote:We have installed 2 mods from here and spam/bot registrations dropped from hundreds a day to ... 1-2 a week!! Yeah!!! Of course, you need the latest phpBB version, worth to update.


I'll try to find some time for this.

morat wrote:Is it possible for an administrator to delete members?


Yes, it is possible. But if we delete these members, can't they register again with the same accounts?

morat wrote:As a moderator, I can only ban members.


I've added you to the Administrators group, so now you have permissions to delete forum users.
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Re: Latest 5 posts awaiting approval

Postby makondo » Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:50 am

antonglv wrote:... But if we delete these members, can't they register again with the same accounts?...


Of course they can. But from my experience, most fake accnts are robots registrations with usernames like fgjghtoih69ck5jk and email address similar to it. They don't bother repeating the same reg info, they simply create a dozen or so new accnts.

When you update the forum soft, there's a pretty good working build in anti-spam feature you can activate if it's not activated by default. AND! install a better captcha with human interaction. This will cut robots completely. The rest of jerks can be easily dealt with manually.

If you go to ACP (admin control panel), in the left column at the bottom is Block configuration section. Click the top link: Block settings. If you enable stuff there now, it might have too many false positives. In fact, we had it enabled once and ended up with people posting on AMO because they couldn't get to the forum! That's when we knew it's a problem and updated the soft, it works very well now. The main problem was with IP-RBL DNS Blacklists and it's still enabled for guest posting only (even though we disallow guest posting for a year or so due to spam).

Morat, look for IPs starting with 27, 46, 58, 59 - all spammers from China, robots.

Anyway, if i can help, let me know.
Good luck, guys!
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Re: Latest 5 posts awaiting approval

Postby morat » Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:06 am

morat wrote:Is it possible for an administrator to delete members?

antonglv wrote:Yes, it is possible. But if we delete these members, can't they register again with the same accounts?

I thought deleting those members would help, but I was wrong.

January 16:

I purged members with 0 posts.

January 17:

65 spam registrations
49 spam posts
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Re: Latest 5 posts awaiting approval

Postby makondo » Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:56 am

This happens rather often: right now, General discussion forum shows new posts for 3! days now and it's really annoying 'cause you think there new posts but there aren't any, the last post in that forum was placed on the 17th. Maybe you should disable posts approval and delete spam as it shows (BTW, in the latest phpBB version, there's an option to 'delete and report as spam' if a user posted even once, it's an extra option in the Delete field ... just another incentive for Anton Image ).
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Re: Latest 5 posts awaiting approval

Postby makondo » Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:31 pm

^ 4 days ....
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Re: Latest 5 posts awaiting approval

Postby morat » Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:37 pm

I'm still approving posts.

makondo wrote:Maybe you should disable posts approval and delete spam as it shows.

Much of the spam is pornographic, I rather not show that to our users.
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