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One thing that completely blindsided me when I switched the site to Drupal was the spam problem. I never needed an anti-spam system when I used CPG-Nuke. It was rare enough that I could handle it manually.

Within a week of the site revamp, I was seeing about 50 fake user registrations per day. I installed the Mollom module for Drupal, and it's been a lifesaver. Yesterday it blocked over 700 spam attempts.

To put that into perspective:

  • On a typical day, BodyInflation.org will get 2-4 new users.
  • Over 99% of attempted user registrations are fakes.
  • Without filtering, it would take less than 10 days for fake users to outnumber the real users accumulated over 8 years.

The problem got markedly worse about six months ago. I don't know what's causing it. I just hope there's a special place in hell reserved for spammers.

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Inflate123
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Wow. I had not heard of this

Wow. I had not heard of this downside with Drupal, which has gotten great endorsements from my other web friends. I wonder if they are working to either tighten up the security on the installation package or at least create an easy plug-in to handle this issue for webmasters. Do you have it under control now?

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LutherVKane
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Dang it, that last post was

Dang it, that last post was supposed to be a reply to this one. Anyway, I've posted a graph of the spam volume over time here.

LutherVKane
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The Mollom module has pretty

The Mollom module has pretty much solved the issue. There are a number of other anti-spam modules for Drupal, but I haven't needed to use any of them so far.

I don't know how common this problem is. During the years I was building the new site in Drupal, I didn't run across many mentions of spam being a crippling issue. It may just be a combination of Drupal being a popular CMS and BodyInflation.org being an old enough domain that it's on every spammer's hit list.