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Author: Subject: One very easy way to reduce spam
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[*] posted on 22-8-2017 at 02:01
One very easy way to reduce spam

In the XMB installation folder:

Edit the /files/config.php file:

Change: $show_full_info = TRUE; to: $show_full_info = FALSE;

That will prevent the name and version of the forum software from being as frequent in the HTML source. Bots search for text like "Powered by XMB 1.9", which shows up in the TITLE of every single page. They then run an XMB-specific script, which will attempt to navigate to the signup page and create an account. Changing this setting won't affect things immediately, because a lot of bots have accounts already. But it will probably reduce bot prevalence to about half within a month.

If you want to reduce them by like 98%, I can write some custom PHP code for the signup page, but I'd need some way to debug it in a live environment.

The first step in the process of learning something is admitting that you don't know it already.

I'm givin' the spam shields max power at full warp, but they just dinna have the power! We're gonna have to evacuate to new forum software!
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