Originally Posted by CrossTrekFan
I noticed that there are 55k users here (54 thousand and something of which are bots) and when you look at the active users list it shows a ton of bots online. Is there a plugin or something that can be done to strip those out?
Bots are the bane of my existence! A few days ago I actually removed the "Board Stats" block from the homepage. I felt like it was false advertising for new members since it says 50,000+ members, when I know the vast majority of those are bots.
I have tried cleaning some of them out (deleting inactive accounts, etc) but the problem is I don't want to accidentally delete a real user's account that just hasn't posted yet. Because of this, I set my threshold to delete VERY large, so it ends up not removing many accounts.
I have looked into it quite a bit through the SMF (forum software) website but I haven't found a solid solution besides just banning anyone from the major bot countries like Russia from signing up.