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    A problem with a new php website that we're building...

    My colleague and I are building a new phpbb2 website to be a car racing forum/marketplace for high end racing cars. We purchased a bb2 template because we liked the look and already knew about bb3.

    We can't seem to stop bots from signing up as members and posting up advertisements. We installed an anti-bot software program which doesn't do anything, and running out of options.

    We don't know to continue on or try to make another bb3 template look as the styling does with our old bb2. Or if there is a good anti bot program out there this would help out tremendously.

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    Doesn't it have a built in Captcha? If so, turn it on or switch your forum over to a pre-approval member system where you have to put members on the membership rolls yourself or have membership set to approval by an admin / moderator set up.
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    we didn't do a membership set to approval by an admin / moderator which we should try out this week, we did put up 2 questions and 2 images as the bots can't understand questions nor look at images but I have no idea how they have gone around this, both those measures don't seem to work surprisingly?

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    There are actually bots now that connect with live people (typically a sweat-shop in some 3rd world nation) to have them read the captcha image and enter the code, so it's not necessarily only bots.

    Have you looked at Akismet's API? It uses several heuristics to detect/screen spam posts.
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    I have not looked at Akismet's API but we're looking at it now. we also didn't have an email verification process which will change.

    but I have a few questions here; is bb3 much more secure from bots than bb2 is? what is the best anti-bot software program out there for bb2 and bb3? since we are 3 quarters of the way done with our bb2 website, would it be beneficial to drop the bb2 and convert over to the bb3 platform? if so, for what reasons?

    how easy or difficult is it to incorporate my styling features over to bb3? I assume that bb3 would be a better choice for in the long run for new added components coming out? but will there be any new components for bb2 coming down line for people such as myself in this situation with a bb2 website?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddyb View Post
    I have not looked at Akismet's API but we're looking at it now. we also didn't have an email verification process which will change.

    but I have a few questions here; is bb3 much more secure from bots than bb2 is? what is the best anti-bot software program out there for bb2 and bb3? since we are 3 quarters of the way done with our bb2 website, would it be beneficial to drop the bb2 and convert over to the bb3 platform? if so, for what reasons?

    how easy or difficult is it to incorporate my styling features over to bb3? I assume that bb3 would be a better choice for in the long run for new added components coming out? but will there be any new components for bb2 coming down line for people such as myself in this situation with a bb2 website?
    All good questions, but since I don't work with BB-any-number, you might want to check their web forums for way better answers than I could make up.
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