Blocking Spammers

My new Elgg social network ( was hit by spammers this morning. They erased my members and put 10 of their own in instead. Two of them were active when I went to the site, which was really spooky. My developer was able to erase them and restore my members. But she's asked me to consult with you folks to see if there are plugins or other means of combatting this menace. Would appreciate your help. 

My developer says her company's servers are being hit regularly by spammers, apparently from China. Looks like they think they can have a field day with social networks here. We're going to be adding a captcha to our site. But are there other resorts?

  •  @rm@nd@, I think Elgg Captcha   will give you more options to work with and you can use it with any extra captcha of your wish.... When it comes to modifying .htaccess to allow only certain IPs, the idea works well if you have a few numbers of IPs to allow of block. However, the more the numbers of IPs blocked by .htaccess the slower the site performance it becomes!

  • amanda: if you' want local enough (switzerland only + some) - there's lots of country ip lists (i'll send you any if you cannot find easily) available for htaccess to deny/allow by specific countries. load on your server (> shared!) will be not of any concerns. we've used our (only ~5000 lines;) htaccess ip blocks since forever and you already know how good out spam issue is at ~0% and (likely) the biggest elgg site handing out there. our concers are usually more like... performance when the kids start hammeirng the site @ (no school) weekends. your server won't be throttled any more than any other normal day-to-day operatons. believe us - we run a real ad-free site;) and.. btw - we do happily block out a whole country (2x in past 4 years!) if we cannot easily & quickly one user b/c of the priority @ protection of the nature & audience segment of our site.

  • OK, I'll modify htaccess. My site is totally ad-free as well. The joy of not being sold anything! :)

    I like your site Dhrup. It's a brilliant solution for kids.  

  • ohh! ThX & lolzrs
    the really brilliant part is when the (8-13yrs)
    kids post on the wire that the other one 'fb Suxxx" !
    we've had even moms send pm`s about @fbfk ♥ ♥ !;-X

  • @ DhrupDeScoop , I agree with your suggestion. However, I have a question, Are you sure that "(only ~5000 lines;) htaccess ip blocks since forever" does not slow down the site ?

  • What code needs to be placed in htaccess  to ban a country?

  • @JoDeJo Spam Login Filter let's you block countries. Try it.

    Rodolfo Hernandez

    Arvixe/Elgg Community Liaison

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