Posted 24 July 2012 - 04:07 AM
I'm guessing you no longer use the "Paid IPS Anti-Spam Service" feature here with a serial key? This is why I stopped using IPB forum software before after my subscription to it ran out, then soon found spammers getting in way too easy (and daily) without carrying on paying for it. Which I wasn't going to do seeing as it's basically just "Stop Forum Spam", and that's a free service anyone can use.
Becoming harder and harder now to run a community unless you have some kind of HUMAN anti-spam registration feature working in the background. Q/A and Image Captcha does nothing in stopping them getting in. Saw here yesterday on last count in new topics. You had something silly like 70 new spam threads posted until you remove them later.
It looks well, when you have a FREE forum software like UseBB I'm using coming with (advanced) "Stop Forum Spam" features in there by default, yet expensive paid forum solutions don't have it there (crazy). But know it's needed very much today to help deal with human spammers, instead putting other useless new features in.
There did used to be a StopForumSpam plug-in for using with IPB, but they removed it soon after their own Paid Anti-Spam Service came out. Not sure if there's still one around for using with IPB forums now (this new version), if not you're going to struggle here with human spammers on a regular bases. They'll still join and take things up to that post count limit you've set, but most likely using more new accounts to spam extra topics. And spotted yesterday, you had one Human spammer that created at least 2 accounts "gregote and gregotes".
But it's not just IPB to be fair, recently many XenForo forums have started getting targetted with Human Spam registrations. They've caught onto that forum software now it's become a few years old. I said they would before when users of it kept bragging they didn't get spam like vBulletin sites. That it was too new at the time!