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Solved Guest spam

Post by BRYDENGTA on November 20th 2014, 9:43 am

Hi last night my forum got spammed by guest posting links to porn/dating sites and I am not sure how they were doing it.


I banned their ip addresses but more kept coming but has stopped now luckily

Why can guest post on the forum? I thought I had made it so they could not but I dont know now.

Any help would be greatly appreciated


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Solved Re: Guest spam

Post by Guest on November 20th 2014, 9:47 am

@BRYDENGTA wrote:Hi last night my forum got spammed by guest posting links to porn/dating sites and I am not sure how they were doing it.


I banned their ip addresses but more kept coming but has stopped now luckily

Why can guest post on the forum? I thought I had made it so they could not but I dont know now.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Hi! Probably they used the contact form. Go here in your ACP:

GENERAL tab -> Messages & e-mails -> E-mails and Contact form. Now on the right side, in the "Contact Form" field, select: Activate: NO and hit save.

And you might wanna review your forum permissions as well (GENERAL tab -> Forum -> Categories & Forums).

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Solved Re: Guest spam

Post by BRYDENGTA on November 20th 2014, 9:51 am

SamanthaS wrote:
@BRYDENGTA wrote:Hi last night my forum got spammed by guest posting links to porn/dating sites and I am not sure how they were doing it.


I banned their ip addresses but more kept coming but has stopped now luckily

Why can guest post on the forum? I thought I had made it so they could not but I dont know now.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Hi! Probably they used the contact form. Go here in your ACP:

GENERAL tab -> Messages & e-mails -> E-mails and Contact form. Now on the right side, in the "Contact Form" field, select: Activate: NO and hit save.

And you might wanna have a look at your forum permissions as well (GENERAL tab -> Forum -> Categories & Forums).


Thank you I have done this, I hope it works.

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Solved Re: Guest spam

Post by SLGray on November 20th 2014, 11:43 am

Do you mean posts on your forum? Do you allows members to delete their accounts? If you do, then members can post these things and then delete their accounts which will make the authors of the spam guest.


When your topic has been solved, ensure you mark the topic solved.
Never post your email in public.


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Solved Re: Guest spam

Post by BRYDENGTA on November 20th 2014, 11:51 am

I will have a look and give that a try, thank you

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Solved Re: Guest spam

Post by BRYDENGTA on November 20th 2014, 11:58 am

@SLGray wrote:Do you mean posts on your forum? Do you allows members to delete their accounts? If you do, then members can post these things and then delete their accounts which will make the authors of the spam guest.

Yes on the forum. I do not know, where do I look to see if they can?

Thank you for your help

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Solved Re: Guest spam

Post by SLGray on November 20th 2014, 12:02 pm

AP > Users & Groups > Users > Users Options
Allow members to unsubscribe:


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Solved Re: Guest spam

Post by BRYDENGTA on November 20th 2014, 12:04 pm

I have it selected as no at the moment

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Solved Re: Guest spam

Post by BRYDENGTA on November 20th 2014, 12:14 pm

I think I may have sorted it through forum permissions

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Solved Re: Guest spam

Post by Guest on November 20th 2014, 12:17 pm

Smile You found it? Great!

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Solved Re: Guest spam

Post by BRYDENGTA on November 20th 2014, 12:19 pm

Thank you to both of you for your help it is greatly appreciated

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Solved Re: Guest spam

Post by Ramdaman on November 20th 2014, 1:56 pm

Yes, I was going to direct you to the forum permissions. Glad you found it.

Topic solved and archived.

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