I do have an idea. What about asking them to do math
2 + 2 =
and make them fill in the answer.
Another idea would be to get a thing that checks the profile. If the person sets, and saves, (so we don't flag someone who, for whatever reason, started their biography with "Man") to immediately ban the account and put the user in a spam database. Also, if the location and occupation are the same thing in the profile field, then ban the user as that's another sign that they're a spammer.
However, the math verification will pretty much foil the bots.
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Originally Posted by GregBrannon
Useless post after useless post is usually a sign of trolling, not spamming. At least, spammers usually don't get far if they post. Someone will flag them and they're gone.
What they're doing, is creating spammy profiles. Most of them don't even seem to have spammy links, but are like
Loads lately have been adding spammy links as a signature, which stays in the profile. Their biggest attack here isn't really spamming the threads, but creating spammy profiles.
Another trick is to put
or something like that.
I've got a ton of them caught:
amiesqdarky278 ? famiesqdarky278 (can't recall which one it was)