We're no fan of spam at Ning. We know it can be an annoyance, especially for Ning Creators who choose not to moderate membership. While we can't solve for every type of spam attack, we have put in place a number of spam tools in the last two years that can make a difference. If you haven't turned all of those on yet, we encourage you to take a minute to make sure you're Preventing Spam in the best ways you can.
Today, we're releasing another spam tool that allows Ning Plus and Pro to perform both email domain and IP banning.
IP banning is a request we've had over time from people here on Creators, so we are sure that a few folks who've wanted to see this will be happy that it's now available. The feature is fairly straightforward, and it's entirely optional. You'll see a new column in Member Management for IP addresses, and you'll see the option to block in the Sign-up/Sign-in area.
Block IP addresses at sign-up
You can prevent anyone coming from a specific IP address from signing up for your site. Just enter the IP address you want to block, and no one will be able to sign up from that IP address.
Block email domains at sign-up
Similarly, you can choose email domains that you want to block from signing up for your community. If you see spam coming from an email domain like firstname.lastname@example.org, you can block all sign-ups that come from the @sharklasers.com domain.
Of course, these are powerful tools, so we recommend using them carefully and thoughtfully. If you ban an IP that hundreds of thousands of people potentially use, you cut off access to thousands of potential members.
One other thing to note about this feature is that you may see that an IP record is "unavailable" in your listings. In most cases, this will be because the member joined before we were able to capture their IP address (i.e., before this tool was turned on a few weeks ago).
Want to know where an IP is geographically located? Look it up on InfoSniper
You can read all about how to Block an Email Domain or IP Address from Signing Up in the Help Center.
after two years my requirement accepted by ning,thanks alot
Amazing engine, it helps to keep safe ours social networks :) Thanks!!
Eric. Look at this Idea?
In Members Management , Select an Action, give an additional choice to Report a Special Ning Data Base as Spammer.
And every time a new comer to Ning register in any Network, if he appears in that Data Base, signal the owner of the Network at the Level of Members Management. At least the NC will receive a warning
Or, when you Suspend for Spam, give a choice of reporting that email to Ning Global Spammers Data Base.
Think about it, or improve on my idea.
By the way, I am suspending this Spammer
U are rite there should be GLOBAL NING SPAMMER DATABASE. when we Report them as SPAM then its should be completely restricted to .NING domains signups. or Ning Server IP.
Every server have Restricted IP pool and i think we can also add Emails etc. its Nice idea.
Making Spammer Pool and apply restirctoin on them is Great IDEA
Take it one step further...if any member is reported as being a spammer - the one report of one Ning Creator, will alert the Ning platform and they will not be allowed to join any other Ning network again - by being blocked by Ning automatically. If there is a grievance, then allow us to state the reasons why - while also checking 'within the network and the site that reported it' by making sure the reason is correct (there are many who own sites who lie...I will not mention the Ning site that lied about me -...but don't let a supposed "Christian" site fool you... ), and as long as it is proven that they are spammers - then they will not be able to join another Ning website again.
We don't have plans to make a global blacklist or deal with arguments about who is a legitimate actor and who isn't. It is really up to each individual Network Creator to decide if someone joining should be allowed to join or not. What we can focus on, however, is spam that is generated by spambots. I know it may seem simple to just decide that a specific IP is bad and block it across the platform, but that is a dangerous approach that will pretty much always ban legitimate accounts.
I understand Eric, thank you.
Something like this would be phenomenal, can you imagine if I see a membership with pending approval and on one side of the email I see a sign saying "this member has been banned from 5 other networks". This would kill 99% of spam because every time i check the spammer I removed I find that they have been banned from other networks.
Here, Here!!! It would be kewel! That is why I like Cloudflare - it tells me who has spammed other networks and how many. I mean "website spammer" with their level of threat. With this, you have no issues in banning them from even trying to join your site. It tells you all right there. These are people who look at your site and for some reason were not able to join. Look below - they even have an "exploit attacker" listed!
OMG!!!! WHEN I HOVERED MY MOUSE TO SEE WHAT THE "EXPLOIT ATTACKER" DID - HE IS KNOWN TO HACK OTHER WEBSITES!!!!!
This is great thank you :)
This is probably a silly question I know, but can you ban an IP from being able to even view/visit the site, or is it just signing up?