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Old 10-19-2006   #1
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what is up with the memberlist?

anyway, i just noticed about 1/3 of the profile webpages link to prescription drug sites, porn and malicious content.

i manage another board like this and it was one of the first things I noticed. scary.

what can be done to combat this issue? does the phpBB team cover how to deal with these malicious user types?

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Old 10-19-2006   #2
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Thats one way to get your members up. Looks like Andy need to update his filters a lttle bit. Just nuke everyone with 1 or less post.

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Old 10-19-2006   #3
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PHPBB is a relatively easy bb to spam. I use phpbb on my site for posting new material and I have this problem myself. Given how small my site is compared to the Buzz it is easy for me to manage it. I can't imagine how ot effectively manage this problem on the scale of MountainBuzz. However I am pretty sure Andy is looking into finding root cause solutions for this problem.

And by the way... this is not a new problem with the Buzz... it has been an issue since the very beginning.
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Old 10-19-2006   #4
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Yeah, I have some other small forums I manage that are on phpbb and they all get tons of SPAM. We will be upgrading to vBulletin in the near future and I have some tricks on that software that I use to get rid of 75% of the SPAMers.

Things look pretty clean up untill about member 5,000 (nice job Frenchy) but since then it looks like possibly 30% - 40% of all new registrations are SPAMers.

I think a clean database and memberlist is also really important, so that means I (and any volunteers that want to help) will get the fun task of going through all 7,000+ profiles and making sure no spammers are left in the memberlist. It might take a long time but it's always good to know we have a tight community.

Thanks for bringing this up. If you have any other comments or suggestions, please throw them out there...
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Old 10-19-2006   #5
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lets divy em up and i will do my share
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Old 10-19-2006   #6
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Hey Andy R,

Have you ever tried Infopop? Just curious as to your thoughts between Infopop and Vbulletin, if you have any
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Old 10-19-2006   #7
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I have worked with Infopop a little. I have been working with forums for 5 years and just think that vBulletin whips up on the others. It has a great API to develop add on features and plug them in via XML files.

vB is one of the best object oriented PHP applications around. If I was going to build a PHP based application I would even consider using vB as the authentications system for that application even if I did not want to use the forum part (their main feature).

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