Topic: Cleaning Up Spam

Hi!

I've been using CuteNews since 2008 and I modified it to ask a custom question to stop spammers. It has work for 4 years, but unfortunately a spammer modified their software to answer the question fields and I've been spammed on my site.

I remodified the code to change the answers so I hope this will stop the spamming for a while longer, but the question I have is, is there an easier way to clean up the spam?

I'm running UTF-8 CuteNews and in order to clean up the spam, I am placing a checkbox to each spam comment, one by one, so that I don't delete legitimate comments. I can't use the delete all button because it will delete the legit comments too.

My question is, is there a hack, or a utility that I can use to sort out the mess in the comments.txt file and clean out the spam efficiently?

Take care!
Alan

Re: Cleaning Up Spam

I recommend the Hidden Fields hack by Funimations here:
http://cutephp.com/forum/index.php?showtop...mp;#entry141697
Since I added this not a single spambot has got through.

You could install the comments manager to sort through your comments and delete the ones you do not want:
http://cutephp.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=31873

I also use the comments approve addon to check all comments before they are added:
http://cutephp.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=33768

All work with 1.4.7.
Don't know about UTF-8 but it should be possible to add them to the code.

Re: Cleaning Up Spam

I recommend the Hidden Fields hack by Funimations here:
http://cutephp.com/forum/index.php?showtop...mp;#entry141697
Since I added this not a single spambot has got through.

You could install the comments manager to sort through your comments and delete the ones you do not want:
http://cutephp.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=31873

I also use the comments approve addon to check all comments before they are added:
http://cutephp.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=33768

All work with 1.4.7.
Don't know about UTF-8 but it should be possible to add them to the code.

The cute manager looked promising! Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to work. It shows the same comment 3,000 times and there's a lot of php errors. I suspect it's not compatible with the code in utf-8. Anyhow, I'll keep searching for ideas. The hidden fields trick sounds promising. Thanks for sharing!

Re: Cleaning Up Spam

The cute manager looked promising! Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to work. It shows the same comment 3,000 times and there's a lot of php errors. I suspect it's not compatible with the code in utf-8. Anyhow, I'll keep searching for ideas. The hidden fields trick sounds promising. Thanks for sharing!

Scroll down to the PHP5 version and try that. It fixed the problem for me.
http://cutephp.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=31873