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Spam Prevention

Sometimes reCaptcha isn't good enough. Vanilla's multi-layered spam defenses keep your community free of spam with minimal manual intervention.

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Spam free community forums.

Powerful tools to keep your community forum spam free.
Spam Filters

Spam Filters

The Akismet and StopForumSpam plugins check content and usernames against real-time spam blocklists. Suspected spam is put into a spam queue.

Community-Driven Detection

Community-driven detection

Users can identify spam by clicking on the spam Reaction. If a post gets enough clicks, the content gets sent to the spam queue.

rel=nofollow

rel=nofollow

Links in posts are set so that search engines don’t crawl them. This creates a disincentive to spammers looking to get their links into search engine indexes.

Flood Control

Flood Control

If a spam-bot does get through, flood control prevents it from filling the community with garbage.

Frustrate spammers with Ranks

Frustrate with Ranks

Ranks can be used to restrict a member’s abilities including adding links to posts and being able to edit a post after a certain time has passed. This helps combat human spammers.

Ban Spammers

Ban Spammers

When you find a spammer, you can ban them by username, email, email domain or IP address. You can also delete all posts by the spammer and clean up the mess they created.