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Spambots

Postby monoRAIL » Mon Nov 19, 2012 5:30 am

Looks like the spambots have figured out the registration questions! We had over 200 posts and around 1000 new users sign up in the last 3 days. I've deleted all new accounts over the last 3 days and removed the spam posts.

Registration on the forum now requires my personal approval before posting is allowed.

If you're a spambot owner - take a close look at this forum. There is no spam because I monitor the forum carefully and delete any advertising posts. So don't waste your time here.

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Re: Spambots

Postby monoRAIL » Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:40 pm

I've temporarily disabled forum registration while I implement tougher spambot registration prevention measures. Should be available again later today.

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Re: Spambots

Postby monoRAIL » Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:10 am

Registration is open again, now with tougher anti-spambot questions.

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Re: Spambots

Postby monoRAIL » Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:00 am

I'm still getting hundreds of registration attempts a day from spambots. If you're trying to register and I haven't approved your account yet feel free to email me and I'll approve you right away.

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Re: Spambots

Postby kdmiller3 » Thu Nov 22, 2012 2:41 am

Man, these guys are determined. I hope they give up soon so you don't have to keep dealing with them.

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Re: Spambots

Postby monoRAIL » Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:59 am

There's too many of them for me to manually approve, so I'm switching to queued posts for new users. That means your first 3 posts won't show up until approved by a moderator, after that you're a full user and can post freely.

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Re: Spambots

Postby mthw » Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:30 pm

Well, the register then email monorail to prove you;re real worked at least :-)

I have a suggestion. Why not make the forum invite only so that you send out a link that allows registration. Then just state in order to join they need to send you an email with a specific subject line and a message (which you can then filter by in your email app of choice). That way, no one can get in without your permission, and no spam.

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Re: Spambots

Postby monoRAIL » Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:01 pm

I'll look into that. The trouble is these spammers are helped by humans in the registration phase (to answer the difficult anti-bot question) so I'm sure they could send a convincing email.

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Re: Spambots

Postby mthw » Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:21 am

I guess they could, but it's whether it then becomes just too much hassle for them. Worth a try I reckon, plus even if they get through it will be the odd one or two, not lots, right.

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Re: Spambots

Postby monoRAIL » Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:14 pm

Switching over to that system now. Upon registering users will get a message explaining that they'll need to email me to activate their account. Hopefully spambots won't understand it and their human helpers won't want to take the time.

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