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Old 06-14-2007, 05:09 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by ktinkel View Post
Yep. And we have a plug-in that helps stop spam (combination of key words and posting threshold). That is, it doesn’t prevent a spammer from posting but throws suspect messages into moderation, so they never appear in public view. If the plugin makes an error (which it does on occasion), a staff member can simply approve it.

I just looked, and Akismet is available for vB. However, I think it may do more work (running off to compare each message against a remote database) without necessarily working any better. It would help if it too had a number-of-posts threshhold. (That assumes I really understand it from the descriptions!)
In the plugin as I have it in Phorum, there is a threshold of sorts: anonymous posts (if allowed of course) are always checked; for newly-signed up users the first so many posts are checked - default 5 I think. Is that what you mean? Probably a function of the plugin itself, not of Akismet per se.

What I really think we could use is Bad Behavio[u]r, but there is no sign that it works on any forums, and a search on vB or vBulletin at the Bad Behavior site got no returns. Too bad — that plus one of these other things would probably do a good job.
I haven't tried this myself but I think it's not as easy to implement as Akismet (who say by the way that their service works best if you don't combine it with other filters although combination is possible). There's a BB plugin for Phorum, too, I think, so it might be worth having a look at that.

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