So it’s been a few weeks now with the new thing in place to require manual activation of all accounts. It’s pretty crazy. There are about 20 new registrations a day and they all kinda look like spam to me but it’s really hard to tell. Since the new requirement, only maybe 5 people or so have emailed in for activation like I ask for.
So… what’s the status report (mostly talking to the moderators here)? Has the spam stopped? Are you still getting any? Is the new requirement too strict? Are we driving people away or has activity remained OK?
To be honest, if I sign up for a forum it’s usually because I want to make an immediate post. If I can’t right away, I will generally move on and completely forget the forum existed. Just my 2 cents there.
It’s an easy to install mod for phpBB3 that asks a member a question upon logging in. It stops most spambots from being able to login and fill your forum with spam. It’s not perfect but it’s worth a shot.
I know some things about PHPBB and i’ll list some ways to stop SPAM:
Have A Custom Profile Field,call it Real Name, check Display on registration screen: and check Required field: (because most scripts See name and put there username).
And also you can Some thing like Do you CSS-Tricks and make it Required so the bots don’t know want to put.