what i would like to have is a moderator-intercept for all new members.
--first xx number of posts must be approved by a moderator before they show up to the general membership
--no member can post at all until a moderator "validates" them. optionally such validation would require them to type up why they are joining es.
either one would let us screen out spammers before they get to post anything. i'd rather have the latter than the former.
it might also be nice to ahve some sort of a post filter that refuses to accept any post submitted with certain keywords or phrases, and notifies moderators that such a post was submitted along with the contents of the attempted post, and a ban ip&username&email button that would do all three at once. that way we could prevent a lot of spam from even being posted at all, with little mderator intervention and time wasted, other than to ban the attempted spammer if it was indeed spam.
it looks like the link ypedal posted above for spam hammer
http://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopi ... &t=2127067
would do a fair bit of what i want, evne if not exactly the way i would do it.
i'd also love to see some plugin for phpbb or firefox that when clicked on can automatically gather from the moderator panel the membername and ip of suspect posts, and check the spammer databases for them, reporting the results to the moderator as a list, so we wouldn't ahve to do them all one at a time.
right now i periodically go thru the first two pages of new members in the members list page, and check the ones that have spammer signs against this link:
which itself compares to a number of databases. then i use the results to decide if they are or are not a spammer. if they are, i ban them before tehy get the chance to send the account info off ot their spambots, and post stuff i'd just ahve to delete anyway. if they don't show up as a known spammer yet, i put a link to their profile in my es spam suspects folder and periodically check them all again.
some spammers wait for *months* before they use an account to spam us, and a couple have waited over a year. some of them even post what appear to be normal stuff, but later come back and replace it with spam or insert links or a signature link to their spam.
most of the ones that post normal stuff have copypasted it from somewhere else on the web, so i can do a search on google for a phrase match, and find that whenever google is actually operating correctly and they're not experimenting with it again. then i can ban the spammers and nuke their stuff, sometimes before they even get to turn it into spam links.