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Profile SPAM & profile fields [message #166935] Wed, 04 April 2012 13:22 Go to next message
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Hi,

I'm getting really really annoyed at profile spammers (they just register, set a homepage/URL and that's it, just to get some back-links). Is there any tricks on discouraging this?
Also, the registration is page is too bloated. Can I bring it back to the core/mandatory fields? Or at least I really really want to remove the homepage field.

Suggestions?

Thanks!
Re: Profile SPAM & profile fields [message #166936 is a reply to message #166935] Wed, 04 April 2012 13:29 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Yes, also noticed it!
The next release, if I get to it, should fix this problem.
Re: Profile SPAM & profile fields [message #166937 is a reply to message #166936] Wed, 04 April 2012 13:40 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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naudefj,

Any ETA on this one?
Any workaround till that happens?
Re: Profile SPAM & profile fields [message #166954 is a reply to message #166937] Mon, 09 April 2012 03:42 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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1. When I get time or someone else starts helping out.

2. You can delete them. Most will be auto deleted after a while as they seldom confirm their e-mail addresses.
Re: Profile SPAM & profile fields [message #166955 is a reply to message #166954] Mon, 09 April 2012 03:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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naudefj wrote on Mon, 09 April 2012 03:42

2. You can delete them. Most will be auto deleted after a while as they seldom confirm their e-mail addresses.



Interesting, is there any way to tune how often the auto-delete runs? Ideally I'd like something like half an hour or so. I don't want to end up manually deleting them (which is what I'm doing now).
Re: Profile SPAM & profile fields [message #166956 is a reply to message #166955] Mon, 09 April 2012 06:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Unconfirmed User Expiry:
The number of days unconfirmed forum members are held in the database. They will be removed from the database after this period of time.
Re: Profile SPAM & profile fields [message #166957 is a reply to message #166956] Mon, 09 April 2012 07:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thanks.. Any way to get that down to hours?
Re: Profile SPAM & profile fields [message #166969 is a reply to message #166957] Tue, 10 April 2012 09:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Enter it as a fraction?
Re: Profile SPAM & profile fields [message #166972 is a reply to message #166969] Tue, 10 April 2012 12:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Cheers, will try that.
Re: Profile SPAM & profile fields [message #166975 is a reply to message #166972] Wed, 11 April 2012 07:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Here is a SQL script to remove users with a URL in the profile, but without any posts:

DELETE FROM fud_users WHERE posted_msg_count = 0 AND LOWER(home_page) LIKE 'http%';

Re: Profile SPAM & profile fields [message #166976 is a reply to message #166935] Wed, 11 April 2012 07:48 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thanks a lot for that, it works.
There's a slight modification I needed to do as the table name is fud30_users in my case.
For anyone else interested, you can automate this via crontab, just add a new job like this:
*/30 * * * * mysql -uDATABASEUSER -pPASSWORD DATABASENAME -e "DELETE FROM fud30_users WHERE posted_msg_count = 0 AND LOWER(home_page) LIKE 'http%';"


The above command will run every 30 minutes, deleting users with a homepage set and no messages; most likely profile spammers.
This may prove useful in the future as many profile spammers are actually human beings so captchas won't work.



Re: Profile SPAM & profile fields [message #167055 is a reply to message #166976] Thu, 19 April 2012 07:42 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Here is a patch that will prevent users from specifying a home page if they cannot post links: http://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/fudforum/changeset/5446

Also see "Messages Before Allowing Links" in the ACP Settings Manager.
Re: Profile SPAM & profile fields [message #167056 is a reply to message #167055] Thu, 19 April 2012 09:12 Go to previous message
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Thanks, I'll try that when I get some time. In the meantime that cronjob works like a charm!
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