Forum spam is a problem common to all popular forum software. Forum spam is caused by automated software (referred to as “spambots”) that visits forums with the sole purpose of registering many user accounts and/or commenting massive amounts of messages. These messages often contain links to commercial websites, phishing websites or even malware.
There are two ways in which spammers will try to promote their website through your Luna forum:
In almost all cases the spamming process is completely automated. Most counter-measures therefore add functions to Luna that make it easier to distinguish human visitors from spambots. Below we will describe a number of counter-measures that you can take to prevent spam in your forum.
There are a number of options within Luna that can significantly reduce the amount of spam on your forum.
The most obvious measure is to require visitors to register a user account before they are able to comment messages. This is the default in Luna.
Many spambots are able to fill out forms, making it fairly easy to create new accounts. However these bots will often fill in an invalid e-mailaddress during registration. By requiring confirmation of the e-mailaddress before activating the user, the spambot will be unable to comment messages. To enable verification, log in as administrator and:
You can easly remove unverified accounts through the prune options under 'Maintenance'.
Another option we strongly recommend you to customize are the questions Luna will ask when registrating a new user. By default, Luna provides a limit set of questions that will be asked at random while creating a new account, but it is always safer to also include your own questions.