- Oct 6, 2005
That's encouraging. The only protection we have in vBulletin here is Spam-O-Matic, and it doesn't work unless the spammer's registration information is already in the anti-spam database. Even after I manually enter spammer credentials into akismet, some of these spammers are still able to create new registrations -- using the same credentials -- weeks later.… You can get this same level of spam prevention with vB 4.x but it requires several addons to get there. XF has all of this out of the box.
There is other evidence that spammers can now spoof their IP address. This would also prevent Spam-O-Matic from recognizing them.
I'm able to find most of these registrations because vBulletin allows me to search profile-page field-contents (except for signature lines -- a major goof, by the developers). Otherwise, the thousands of spam registrations by fake members (each year) would require manually examining the profile page of every new member (something I used to do, when I had motivation to volunteer 15-20 hours a week doing moderator stuff).