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Since Invision decided to allow "posts by guests" and setting it on by default, our forum has been ruined by about 365000 guest posts from Russian spam bots.
 

This is crazy, first our server got flooded through the CACHE bug, and took down all our other sites by exhausted our hard disks (we have 2TB disks).

 

The update subscription to fix your exploits is a cash earning module and doesn't take into consideration helping the clients. We had a very popular forum which was ruined by your new features and security exploits.

 

Now we are trying to clean up the forum by simply removing all the GUEST posts! Sorry, this function does not exist.

 

How can I batch / bulk delete all comments posted by GUESTS????? and why isn't this feature in the forum by default. What kind of a forum in this day in age where 95% of internet traffic is spam bots, allows people to post without making accounts? the CAPCHA is a joke, it can be bypassed easily.

 

Please advise how to remove all the guests and delete all of their posts. We're not interested in having our forum selling russian knock offs of viagra..
If this feature isn't added fixed or whatever it takes, this will be the downfall of this software. 
 

 

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This is strange, because here to publish it is necessary for the user to complete the registration to send the post. Do you have any active settings that are allowing this.
 

I only see this method to clear the content:
ACP > Members > Content Moderation > Spam prevention > Delete Guest Content

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As mentioned above, post before register will not allow people to complete a topic, so I suspect something else is happening here. 

We would need to look further into this for you, however the access details on file appear to be incorrect or missing. Could you please update these details by visiting your client area, selecting the relevant purchase, then clicking "Review/Update Access Information" under the "Stored Access Information" section. 

We look forward to further assisting you. 

 

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Before you do provide these. We can see there the permission has been switched off there. These dont look to be post before register, unless those users have managed to complete their registration. If they have, then this could have been done regardless of that setting. If they havent, then they actually posted as guests there, and the guest permission for those forums has been removed. Guest posts for Post before register simply dont show at all unless they register

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On 9/10/2022 at 12:25 PM, Elliot Marx said:

I posted about the exact same problem. hCaptcha is useless for filtering these out...

No captcha will ever be 100%. While it may appear that everything is getting through, this will certainly not be the case (feel free to switch it off, and you will see the comparison pretty quickly).

We certainly wish we could come up with a solution which would stop all spam on a permanent basis. Unfortunately, these days, many of these spam bots are sophisticated and just circumvent any measures put in place. And this is when they are bots at all, as often they are actually people posting. The reality is, the only way to stop guest spam posting completely, is to remove guests from posting completely.

I wish I had better news for you on that. I've found them to be annoying myself at times.  

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On 9/12/2022 at 2:51 PM, Marc Stridgen said:

No captcha will ever be 100%. While it may appear that everything is getting through, this will certainly not be the case (feel free to switch it off, and you will see the comparison pretty quickly).

We certainly wish we could come up with a solution which would stop all spam on a permanent basis. Unfortunately, these days, many of these spam bots are sophisticated and just circumvent any measures put in place. And this is when they are bots at all, as often they are actually people posting. The reality is, the only way to stop guest spam posting completely, is to remove guests from posting completely.

I wish I had better news for you on that. I've found them to be annoying myself at times.  

Hello Marc,

Perhaps you have some idea here?

 

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