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I read a article here claiming this link to be one of reason for spam.

I can remove the attribution but I really don't want to do that.

This CMS deserves attribution in my opinion.

So,please tell if this attribution will lead to spamming.

Thank You.
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Sadly, keeping the attribution as it is will display your site in search results when searching for the string "Powered by Question2Answer". That is one of things bots use to easily find Q2A sites.

Anyway, you don't have to remove it, just update it to something unique like "This site uses Q2A" and link "Q2A" to https://www.question2answer.org

The result is a few less bots and same support.
Sir, you are really big name here. So first of all Thank You for your answer.
Any suggestion about how can I stop spamming automatically.
Thanks. You could stay away from other Q2A-related phrases that bots might look for in search engines like "To see more, click for the full list of questions or popular tags." and rename those as well.

Aside from that, I've made a hopefully decent analysis a while back about it and went over different approaches with other users. Just take a look at the comments here: https://www.question2answer.org/qa/72074
I made these two Anti-Spam plugins for Q2A, maybe you should give it a try:

- Block some domains, check StopForumSpam API and check for disposable email address: https://gist.github.com/QROkes/38845477e4f4674cb5a78d48939214a0

- And this check posted content in Akismet, you need an Akismet-Key and also it only check posted content from users with less than "xx" points, you need to enter this two values in your code in order to get it to work: https://gist.github.com/QROkes/bcf30838339aa2e8f188f290092ba21d

At least for me, it really solved the SPAM problem.