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[*] posted on 10-4-2012 at 05:48 PM
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In a temporary measure to stop the influx of spam, I have prevented new members from signing up.

Meanwhile, I am going to be looking at alternative forum softwares that have better spam detection measures.

Any suggestions warmly welcomed.




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[*] posted on 10-4-2012 at 07:41 PM


One of the forums I'm on is a PhPBB forum, and I've never seen any spammers there... I dunno if its something thats built into the forum itself or something that someone added, but I know the particular forum I'm on has a place on the registration form to answer a question in order to register.

So like anyone that tried to register here would have to... I dunno, name all the Turks or something.

I know I've also seen forums with captcha images too






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[*] posted on 11-4-2012 at 08:03 PM


I could code something, but to be honest I just don't have the time or inclination to hack php at night when I have to do that during the dayjob...

So I want something that's kind of inbuilt...




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[*] posted on 11-4-2012 at 08:27 PM


Semi-related.

I found some inbuilt captcha stuff, so turned user registration back on (ask your friends!).

I also did some um... 'clean-up'.

You may.... MAY.... notice a slight difference in your post count. :uhoh:




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[*] posted on 12-4-2012 at 05:14 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Suzie  

I also did some um... 'clean-up'.

You may.... MAY.... notice a slight difference in your post count. :uhoh:


Ah, all those '0' post threads. I was tempted to delete them a little bit ago as well. >.>




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[*] posted on 12-4-2012 at 05:30 PM


Yes, they were very strange! Mysterious ghost threads revived from a distant forgotten past... taunting me with promises of thready-goodness that never came...



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[*] posted on 13-4-2012 at 02:51 AM


Tenka oddly seemed to have the most of them. XD

It's so random it has random fakes!




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[*] posted on 24-4-2012 at 12:14 PM


... Looks like we have a new wave inbound. :/
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[*] posted on 25-4-2012 at 05:32 AM


Case and point, I check on the board while in class, and nothing. About 3 hours later, I end up needing to delete 10 threads. >.>

Thankfully a lot of them were in the same forum and I could just check-box the ones I wanted gone, rather than deleting them all 1 by 1. XD




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[*] posted on 25-4-2012 at 01:48 PM


I'm always tempted to edit their posts so they sound like they're saying something terrible. Like, I'll use my mod powers to go in and delete all their barely comprehendible gibberish, replacing it with stuff like "I enjoy luring children into my windowless van," and "I really liked The Phantom Menace. Jar-Jar Binks is my favourite movie character ever!"

But instead I just delete them, and I'll keep on deleting them until they post something in Tenka. Then they will enter Matt country, and the toll for entry is humiliation (and 35 to pay for maintenance, gotta feed my toll booth robot somehow).

But seriously, they annoy me. Is there anything we can do to make them go away?




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[*] posted on 25-4-2012 at 08:05 PM


I suggest a swift kick to the soft parts. If bots had soft parts. If not, well...

Polite letters of refusal?




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[*] posted on 26-4-2012 at 04:56 PM


They are seriously annoying :(



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[*] posted on 26-4-2012 at 08:01 PM


I actually freaking love Phantom Menace. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

WONDERFUL SPAM, MARVELOUS SPAM.




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[*] posted on 28-4-2012 at 08:31 AM


WTB 1 button delete, or ability to select/checkbox threads from Today's Posts to delete the spam. XD

I keep losing count of the deleted threads. >.>




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[*] posted on 28-4-2012 at 09:43 PM


Okay folks, I found a mod that holds posts by new members for moderation / approval. when i get back from the usa I will install... so try and bear with it for another week or so :s



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[*] posted on 4-5-2012 at 07:18 AM


I just gotta say, damn bots are fast. I check 'Who's Online' and see nothing. Get up, grab something, sit back down and click 'Today's Posts.'

BAM, 3 threads have already been made in those few seconds. Sheesh! XD




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[*] posted on 4-5-2012 at 07:19 AM


Ninja spammers!





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[*] posted on 4-5-2012 at 07:24 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Jade  
Ninja spammers!


You speak of evil things that sadly.... Exist.




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[*] posted on 8-5-2012 at 04:51 PM


Is there a way to just... like ban the member? Cause it looks like they just created the account then started spamming with it.
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[*] posted on 8-5-2012 at 05:01 PM


That won't stop more of them from registering. We get bots every day, someone would have to sit and constantly ban every bot that joins. It would be easier to keep them from joining at all, but I don't think we can yet. All we could do is prevent them from actually posting.





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[*] posted on 8-5-2012 at 05:10 PM


LOOK AT THEM ALL



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[*] posted on 8-5-2012 at 09:39 PM


Is there any way we could input a captcha system or something like that? Or a security question or something?

Actually, thinking out loud (or in type) as I often do, that could take care of two problems. If we make a security question a mandatory part of the registration process, we'll both be knocking back the spammers and providing a safety net for people that forget their passwords.

But I have no idea how you'd code something like that. I only just now found out what code is, and I don't trust it.




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[*] posted on 8-5-2012 at 09:41 PM


I had a security question in the registration on my old ShinRa forum... I know Derek still has the code for it, but I can not remember if I was using the same version of XMB as the TB or not. I also can't remember how easy it was to install it.





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[*] posted on 8-5-2012 at 09:53 PM


Shinra v1: 1.9.1 Nexus
TB: 1.9.11

More than likely not too different a base code to work off of. In theory, it wouldn't be too hard to implement a question, just have another field in the registration template ask for like... "Who is the S.Admin of Turkboard"
And just add in a new SQL check in the actual page that registers new accounts to see if there is a Super Admin with the same name as the input name, and to boot them out if they get it wrong.




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[*] posted on 9-5-2012 at 08:11 AM


I am going to be looking at alternative forum softwares that have better spam detection measures.



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