Stopping Forum Spam Before It Ends Your Forum Career

Shawn Gossman

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Dec 16, 2005
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Stopping Forum Spam Before It Ends Your Forum Career

Stopping forum spam is a big deal to you as a forum administrator, right? We all hate spam and the way things are going, we aren’t going to be getting rid of it anytime soon. So what can we do in terms of stopping forum spam before it makes you lose your mind and never want to manage another forum again? In this article, I will go over some various tactics that I have found to be promising as well as tactics that others have found to be effective, too.

Stopping Forum Spam with Security Questions

Most forum software allows you to setup security questions and if it’s not a default feature, chances are, you can find a free modification or add-on to make it work on your community. But stopping forum spam with security questions isn’t going to be that effective if you are using math or simple questions that are easy to figure out. Now you might be worried that harder questions are going to stop potential non-spam users from joining as well. I have a solution for that – keep your questions relevant to your niche.

Relevant security questions are going to favor your forum spam stopping strategies because they will be harder to answer by the average Joe spammer but easier to answer by those interested in your forum niche. Besides, you want active and intelligent members on your forum right? If so, potential members that can’t look up the answer on Google might have not been the best members for your forum to begin with so why even worry about them?

Make your questions harder than easier! Stopping forum spam will only happen when you truly dedicate yourself to stopping forum spam. You need to make harder security questions directly related to your forum’s subject. For example, if you run a horror movie forum, try a question like “What was the English translated name of the first horror movie ever made?” and the answer would be “The House of the Devil”. The original name “Le Manoir du Diable” would not be the correct answer because you have asked for the English translation. A spammer isn’t going to waste time answering that question unless they are just dedicated to spamming your forum. Most spammers are bot scripts and bot scripts are not going to Google for the answer, they simply move on to the next target.

Stopping Forum Spam with Other Anti-Spam Tactics

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