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How can you limit the number of words submitted when people apply to the forum?

LeftBrainLeftBrain ✭✭
edited November 2011 in Vanilla 2.0 - 2.2
I'm getting hit with a regular number of spammers who are attempting to register for the forum. While it's annoying to delete them every time, it isn't too bad.

But I wondered, is there some way I could reduce the number of characters they can submit when they fill in the box "Why do you want to join"? Right now spammers submit a half a page of text. If it could be limited to say 150 characters or so that would be plenty.

Best Answers

  • ToddTodd Chief Product Officer Vanilla Staff
    Accepted Answer
    If you change the column size of GDN_User.DiscoveryText then the length should be enforced automatically. You'd have to write a plugin to make the change last past utility/updates though.

    Here is how we prevent most spam registrations. This should work with any Vanilla 2.0.18 installation.

    1. We use captcha registration. This blocks the spam bots.
    2. We use the Stop Forum Spam Plugin. Anyone that gets through the captcha, but gets stopped by stop forum spam will be asked for the reason they want to join. This turns off a lot of spammers right away. Real people can be approved manually.
  • 422422 Developer MVP
    Accepted Answer
    Why not assign new members to a new user group called pending

    422 Real Estate Australia , now open Check it out


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