Add Stopforumspam Integration


(Eric Wright) #1

Noticed a few posts regarding spam from a while back and recently as well. I’ve hosted several websites in the past and used to great effect https://www.stopforumspam.com/.

In case you are unfamiliar, stopforumspam is one of the several services that routinely reports and keep updated databse of spam/hack accounts, usernames, email addresses, and ip addresses. Diaspora does have a captcha function, which is nice. I wonder if it’d be a good idea to implement an anti-spam function for both signup and post (not sure how the post option would go as far as coding, seems like a big project…maybe not now but later).

Essentially it works like this:

  • User signs up for an account
  • Plugin/System checks user’s information against stopforumspam database
  • If anything is a match then two things happen:
    • They are blocked from signup
    • Their new information is reported to stopforum spam (same ip, different username, etc.)
  • If nothing matches, then they’re allowed through to create a new account.
  • If an established account is determined to be a spam account, it can be reported to stopforumspam

Thoughts, suggestions?


(CSammy) #2

This means you’d block users from signing up because factors (some of which they don’t even have an authority over) are matching in some database, without a person’s intervention. I’m not sure this is a good way of dealing with this, especially since the spam problem has not yet actually been a problem really. I prefer to cross that bridge when we come to it.