Introducing SFS: the StopForumSpam plugin for e107
Over the past weeks and months, the community has reported an increasing amount of bots signups which consequently results in an increasing amount of SPAM on your e107 installations.
Over the past weeks and months, the community has reported an increasing amount of bots signups which consequently results in an increasing amount of SPAM on your e107 installations. We hear you. Not only you guys are spending too much of your time trying to fight these nasty fellows, so are we. The e107 team members have practically made it their day job to remove the continous flow of spam posts (okay I am exeggerating here, but SPAM is definitely frustrating, isn't it?).
e107 Inc. is now proud to introduce SFS, a plugin that cross-references every signup request with the database of stopforumspam.com. This database is a collection of usernames, e-mail addresses and IP-addresses of known spambots. After installing the plugin, every signup is quietly checked in the background against the stopforumspam.com database to make sure that it is not a spambot that tries to pollute your website but a legitimate user. In case a known spambot tries to sign up, the signup request will fail. This should decrease the amount of spambots who sign up on your website significantly (the plugin has already proven itself on this website over the past few hours alone). On behalf of e107 Inc., thank you stopforumspam.com for the excellent work that has been done in building this database over the years.
The SFS plugin can be downloaded here: https://github.com/e107inc/sfs
Please feel free to leave feedback and to commit some pull-requests.
In addition to the SFS plugin, we have added an additional spam check in the e107 signup process. This check is included in the 1.0.3 release and should contribute to reducing the amount of SPAM on your website. There is no guarantee for a SPAM-free website but both the added check and the SFS plugin should help with reducing malicious signups significantly.
We encourage you to try the SFS plugin and feel free to leave us some feedback, positive or negative.
Until next time