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Applicant spam filtering -- by keyword match?

Hi I'm getting Spam applicants. I have registration method set to Approve, and confirmation email is enabled. So they're not creating accounts. The noise is just drowning out the real applicants.

I see there is a cleanser plugin for cleaning up the database.

Is there a way to set up a filter on Applicants, based on matching criteria on the registration fields, which would reject them at the very outset -- not even create the application?

All of my spam applicants are supplying the same "reason" for why they want to apply, so a pattern match on the reason would detect them.

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    agcyphersagcyphers Nooooop.

    Don't know that I can help you with the filtering, but I'm using the Registration Question plugin in 2.1.8 to create my own sort of Captcha (something like "What is Red + Yellow?" with the answer being "Orange"). Seems to work well so far.

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    hgtonighthgtonight ∞ · New MVP

    First things first, you should really upgrade to 2.1.

    I believe there is/was a plugin called RegistrationRestriction that lets you restrict registrations based on a phrase. I can't seem to find it right now.

    I personally find Akismet and StopForumSpam are great at detecting spam and leaving the ham.

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    I'm on Vanilla 2.1, sorry I picked the wrong category.

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    @hgtonight‌ Here this is the one: RegistrationRestrictLogger.

    Thanks for your help.

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