[etoys-dev] Re: forum spam

Yoshiki Ohshima yoshiki at vpri.org
Mon Jul 20 12:54:22 EDT 2009

At Mon, 20 Jul 2009 10:46:22 -0400,
teefal wrote:
> An update on the forum spam issue ...
> Humans are registering for the spam accounts, which makes it a tough problem. I have two options that I know of:
> 1) make it so only mailing list subscribers can post to the forum and have it sent to the mailing list
> This is a sad option, since most of our talent is in the mailing list now, and most of our new people will be on the
> forums. This will require mailing list people to also read the forums to catch new non-list posts.
> 2) upgrade to PHPBB3 and lose the mailing list / forum sync
> PHPBB3 has new features to combat human spammers. Mail2Forum only works with PHPBB2. They're working on PHPBB3, but
> until then we'd have a split between forums & mailing list (neither sees the other).
> 3) keep things as they are until Mail2Forum supports PHPBB3
> This means the occasional spam message until then.
> 4) find some other solution
> Any thoughts would be helpful.

  I'm not familiar with PHPBB, but as Ted suggested on the other day,
is it feasible to put all new subscribers to the moderated status by
default, and only later change it when the first a few posts are

  Right now, we have more spams so rather stopping the sync for now
might be good.

-- Yoshiki

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