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Re: User / messaging exploit? Causing spam

Arx Poetica


Word. Patch it!

I’ve been having sign up spams (arguably a different issue) on my BP install, and just shut all signups down until I could figure out what to do about it.

Scouring the WordPress MU forums has made me realize three things:

1. Spamming is a huge problem for WordPress MU users

2. I’m betting that BuddyPress will/might have even larger problems due to the very nature of the beast (it’s all about users, right? Which is where the bots/spammers gravitate)

3. There are no sure-fire methods for preventing spammers

…well, there’s a fourth, too…

4. Many of the old hats on the WordPress MU forums are getting tired of explaining how to defend against so-called “splog” signup bots and spammers.

Just some observations, as BP just received its first official spammer. (Yes, I got the email too, and saw the small twitter firestorm this morning over it.)

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