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Suggestions for dealing with poll spam? (2 posts)

  1. jshare
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I started a poll a few days ago. I typically get around 10 votes a day, so when the vote count hit 100 within 2 days, I knew something was up.

    I checked the poll logs and sure enough, I could see 5-vote bursts from the same IP address at the same time, like this:

    Guest / February 8, 2012 @ 7:10 pm
    Guest / February 8, 2012 @ 7:10 pm
    Guest / February 8, 2012 @ 7:10 pm
    Guest / February 8, 2012 @ 7:10 pm
    Guest / February 8, 2012 @ 7:10 pm

    Later the IP would be slightly different, such as

    I'm pretty sure this is where the spammer got his idea:


    Possible solutions:

    1) Blocking the IP - this is not a good idea because in my example alone, over 10 different IPs have been used, and they're probably fake anyway.

    2) Blocking bots - the Bad Behavior plugin does a very good job of this, and I only recently disabled it as an experiment to see how much legitimate traffic was being blocked. That also likely explains how I've been running wp-polls for over 2 years, and this is the first time I've had a spam problem.

    3) Fixing the problem that allows this kind of spam - this might be a design issue, not an easy thing to fix. Lester?

    4) Changing to a different poll plugin - do any of the others have a way around this or do they all suffer from such spam?

    5) Managing the problem - if I could do bulk vote deletes, I would just do that before closing the poll so as to have clean final results.




  2. jshare
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Followup question: I just noticed that with this poll - which allows a voter to choose more than one answer - there is now a higher number of voters (348) than votes (310).

    How is that possible?

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