Recently I've seen reports of spamming increase on SMF powered forums. Some people are blaming SMF 2.0 for this but honestly, that's not the reason! The latest release has nothing to do with this, in fact spammers are targeting other forum software, such as phpBB (another well known and popular open source forum software). What can you do about it? That's the question, how can you stop these spammers? Well, I have a solution which has kept spammers away from all my SMF powered forums. This is basically an article that well outline what you can do to stop spammers from spamming your forum! If you don't know me, allow me to introduce myself. I am a forum enthusiast, with over three experience in SMF. I've spent countless hours (that add up to days) helping people with SMF, whether it was at the SMF support forums or personal support through PM and Email. Anyways, let's get to do the point! Kick some spam-butt Step 1: Use the built in Anti-Spam feature that SMF 2.0 contains! It is located under configuration in the admin panel. Just hover over security and moderation and anti spam will pop up. Click that and you will be set to use SMF's powerful anti-spam feature. I do not recommend you make CAPTCHA more powerful because honestly, some forums might lose real members this way, due to impatient we human beings have. Instead I recommend you use SMF's verification questions option. Basically come up with 1 or 2 simple questions that only a real human being would know. An example or two are: Who is the current President of the United States? Barack Answer: Obama What is the color of greengrass? Answer: green After you have done this, make sure you log off and check for yourself to make sure it is working! You can do this by trying to create an account and making sure that your questions appear and the answer are accepted. Step 2: Use some of the ant-spam modifications already developed for SMF by third party developers. Here is a link to the page with a listing of all of them: http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?action=search;type=19 Some of the modifications listed are not compatible with SMF 2.0 but I will tell you some good ones that are! http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=1547 (Stop Spammer): This modification is amazing! It works, WORKS. I use it everywhere and this is all I need. When properly configured (easy to configure), it busts spammers by catching them and not allowing them to get approved. You'll get a list of the spammers waiting to be approved and you can reject them They do this by matching the IP, Email, username (you can choose which to match) with a public directory of known spam bots. This modification is amazing and I believe everyone should have it installed! http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=2839 (KeyCAPTCHA): A new type of CAPTCHA that I've heard good things about. It's users say that spam dropped 100% completely after this modification was installed. Why not give it a try These two modifications will get you a long way. Step 3: Not really needed by this may stop some spammers on their tracks. Change the registration settings from immediate registration to Email activation! Some spammers obviously come up with fake BS Email address and this will stop them. Anyways, these here are the three key steps that can make your forum SPAM FREE. If you have any questions please post a reply to this thread. If you need any help, don't hesitate to ask by replying.