ckf wrote:That is pretty fast. I just checked my SMF forum and got Page created in 0.145 seconds with 21 queries
Well there's a lot of variables in that. This is modified version and I'm doing some extra queries on each page. On a unmodified stock install the one developer was able to get it down to around .02 . the other thing to consider is what features are enabled... A stock install of of phpbb2 is 15X the amount yet has many less features.
cArNaGe wrote:I was having issues with phpbb and bots so I switched.
A stock phpbb2 install was notorious for that because the image captcha was something 99% breakable but I haven't had a spam bot on this forum since more than a year before switching to phpbb3. The last year I had phpbb2 I had a mod installed that asked a question. As far as phpbb3 goes there various tools available for blocking them. The front line of course is the improved image captcha which to date has not been broken, the captcha is adjustable and you could if you wanted turn it up to unreadable.
Some other features to stop them include:
- Minimum time for registration, e.g you can set the form to X amount of time before they can submit it.
- Tokens on the forms, they cannot bypass the standard procedure and directly submit the form without loading it first.
- Custom fields you can require to be filled in.
- Checks the IP against Blacklists on posting and Registration, you can also check the email that it has valid MX record.
- You can set a new registrants post to get bumped to a que for X amo8nt of posts.
- Othe than posting a message anything where a website link can placed can be hidden from bots so simply registering to get in the meberlist is not an option.
There's other things as well but the main tool is the captcha which I have no doubt will be broken at some point in time but the developers already have possible solutions when that happens. Image captcha is pretty much dead anyway. Human spammers are the next big thing and it's pretty big industry. There isn't really anything you can do to prevent them from registering. There is lot more coming in the future to address them as well.
One thing I'll note is there is three main things the developers are focusing on, security and performance. The security of phpBB has been outstanding, there has been no major exploits since it was launched more than a year ago.