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Video Tip: Preventing Spam

Dealing with spam can be an annoying problem for community moderators. It's bad enough that our inboxes get clogged up with it daily.

Invision Community comes with several tools designed to mitigate spam, and make it hard for spammers to get a foothold in your community.

This short video takes you through several key areas:

  • The Invision Community spam defense system
  • CAPTCHAs
  • Question and Answer challenges
  • Group Promotion
  • Flagging a member as a spammer

Do you have any tips on dealing with spam or spammers? We'd love to hear them. Let us know in the comments.

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On 10/4/2018 at 12:00 PM, Joel R said:

While you're swooning to Matt's voice, you can also check out Spam Prevention Suite by @Fosters.  I use it to block certain spam languages for the pesky spam that gets through the IPS stuff.  

What he said.

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These are all good features but it's like somehow after target-hardening the home, the front door got left open with the contact form. The spam that gets through is so often obviously spam with blatant keywords, it hurts.

Why not run the Contact Us facility via Links (in Post Settings), Spam Filters and the Automatic Content Moderation feature for more power? You could then say hold a message for moderation approval if it contains x amount of links, flagged keywords etc.

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Custom profile field with required subject answers. Reviewed by admin, then account validated (or not).

Contact Us form for logged in users only.

Unfortunate, but it works.

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16 hours ago, The Old Man said:

These are all good features but it's like somehow after target-hardening the home, the front door got left open with the contact form. The spam that gets through is so often obviously spam with blatant keywords, it hurts.

Why not run the Contact Us facility via Links (in Post Settings), Spam Filters and the Automatic Content Moderation feature for more power? You could then say hold a message for moderation approval if it contains x amount of links, flagged keywords etc.

The contact form typically sends an email to one or more email addresses, and has no facility (presently) to be "held for approval". It is also important to ensure that legitimate users who may be getting flagged as a potential spammer still have some way to contact the administrator.

We do understand the concerns and are researching potential solutions, but it's not quite as simple as it may seem.

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Thanks, I understand your point, but I'm thinking if the admin gets the 'held for approval' message they will be aware of the message all the same.

Thanks for looking into this though, I know it's a unpleasant nuisance for us well-seasoned admin & site owners, but obviously more so where we have our own clients too, where we run the site on their behalf but they also get the emails (local councils, celebrities etc).

:smile:

 

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What I received today first time via my "invisible reCAPTCHA" enabled contact form.
 

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XEvilBestEdupt ( k2promoter2018@yandex.com ) said:

Yep, f*kin sp*am. Yes, yes, yes, AGAIN. And - yes, IT F*KIN WORKS BECAUSE YOU READ IT! 🙂
Because XEvil 4.0 WAS RELEASED! It's bypass ANY captcha included ReCaptcha-2 and ReCaptcha-3.
Neeed more info (just to...maybe kill this Evil? ;))

Just Google or YouTube for it.
You'll be impressed.

Peace! 🙂

Sick world ;-).

Normally I receive one SPAM E-Mail per day on this way.

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