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Re: How to prevent spam and repeated posts

haozwang<Nabble>
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Hi, you have the URL for your site? The solution you can have is to have a section where new members post before approval to become full fledged members to filter out spammers
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Re: How to prevent spam and repeated posts

GregChapman
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haozwang<Nabble> wrote
Hi, you have the URL for your site? The solution you can have is to have a section where new members post before approval to become full fledged members to filter out spammers
To expand a little on haozwang's answer and give more detail for others who find this topic...

Create a sub-forum with a name such as "introduce Yourself" and in this area's description explain that all new users must post here before they get permission to post elsewhere. Point out that this is a manual process so may take time for a response. Pin this area and place it near the top of list of sub-forums. Also refer to the area in the description of the main forum page.

At the top level of your forum remove the "Create_topic" and "Reply" permissions from both "Anyone" and "Registered" and add the "Members" group. Now go to the "Introduce Yourself" area and remove those two permissions from the "Members" group and add them to the "Registered" group.

You will now need to add all those posting acceptable messages in the "Introduce Yourself" area to the "Members" group. It's worth subscribing to the "Introduce Yourself" area so you get instant alerts that let you know when spammers have posted so you can delete their posts and ban them and so you can add those who you want to accept to the "Members" group as quickly as possible. It's also worth sending a welcome email to those you accept to let them know they can now post in the forum.
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Re: How to prevent spam and repeated posts

NewMexiKen
Maybe I am not understanding what is going on, but it seems that anyone who registers can immediately send out Nabble e-mail. Maybe, as Administrator, I am the only one receiving them-- if so, no worry. However they may be going to other registrants or subscribers to the Forum. These are not registrants with "Member" privileges so they cannot post. Yet they seem to be able to send Nabble e-mail. Correct?
Ken Schneider
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Re: How to prevent spam and repeated posts

GregChapman
Yes it is true that any registered user may send an email to any  other registered user of that Nabble forum, by visiting that user's Profile screen, but I don't think this is relevant here as the OP was talking about posts to his forum, not private messages.

Because Nabble has no internal PM system email is the only way for a Nabble user to contact another privately is by email.

If you are receiving junk emails to your administrator address and they appear to be generated by a user then the most likely cause is that that user's has your address in his address book and it has been hacked and the spam is not directly related to Nabble's system.

I say that on the basis that I have seen no other reports of mass abuse of  Nabble's email system, so you appear to be suffering an isolated case.
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Re: How to prevent spam and repeated posts

NewMexiKen
Thanks, Greg.

The e-mail DID come from the Nabble e-mail system. Perhaps as Administrator I was the only one to receive it and hopefully the registered user was not able to broadcast any spam e-mails to other registrants/subscribers. I did not receive any complaints and of course I banned the sender.
Ken Schneider
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