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#1 2011-06-20 21:01:51

Els
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Where does all that spam come from?

Why on earth are these spam posts increasing so much all of a sudden? Are we becoming popular?


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#2 2011-06-20 21:30:35

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Re: Where does all that spam come from?

I think the forum became a popular spam target because it lately showed up on many lists of sites which still offer rel=follow links. Search for ‘links follow forum’ and you might find some of those lists.

One quote is: “Forum link building has been gaining popularity, so don’t hesitate to take advantage of a great link building resource.”


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#3 2011-06-20 21:49:03

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Re: Where does all that spam come from?

merz1 wrote:

because it lately showed up on many lists of sites which still offer rel=follow links.

But we don’t…


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#4 2011-06-20 21:49:58

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Re: Where does all that spam come from?

Once your forum gets on a spam list, it never stops. I had a PunBB forum over at PHPXref.net, took it down months ago, I still get an incredible amount of traffic on it, dumb scripts I guess.

One suggestion I made a while back is to remove the Powered By PunBB footer and Copyright line, this will prevent the forum getting on any other further lists.


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#5 2011-06-20 21:58:38

gomedia
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Re: Where does all that spam come from?

xpattern? Maybe they think it’s xxx-pattern!

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#6 2011-06-20 22:01:47

Els
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Re: Where does all that spam come from?

hcgtv wrote:

One suggestion I made a while back is to remove the Powered By PunBB footer and Copyright line, this will prevent the forum getting on any other further lists.

Will it really? Isn’t just the word ‘forum’ in the URL and page title enough to find us?


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#7 2011-06-20 22:30:45

hcgtv
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Re: Where does all that spam come from?

Els wrote:

Will it really? Isn’t just the word ‘forum’ in the URL and page title enough to find us?

That’s true to some extent, I have an article on my site called user-forums, I get hits like user-​forums/​viewforum.​php?​id=17, every so often.

The issue with PunBB is that it became a easy target years ago, once your forum is identified to be running PunBB the spamming ensues. Which is why I suggest removing the powered by line, as do the folks at FluxBB.


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#8 2011-06-21 05:58:58

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Re: Where does all that spam come from?

Els wrote:

But we don’t…

Don’t we?

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#9 2011-06-21 06:07:49

colak
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Re: Where does all that spam come from?

I’ve been banning the spammers so as to hopefully make some sense of the wave from their IPs.

the latest punbb release offers an amazing anti-spam plugin which reduced spam in the neme forum by 95%.


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#10 2011-06-21 07:02:27

Els
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Re: Where does all that spam come from?

wet wrote:

Don’t we?

I meant the forum doesn’t use rel="follow", but perhaps the lack of it isn’t good enough and it should be rel="nofollow"?


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