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Karl
06-02-2009, 06:30 PM
As you have probably noticed Spam bots are posting like crazy on our forums :(.

I the sort term i have made the captcha (that stupid image that has impossible to read characters in it) harder and require email verification. Hopefully this will slow them down. If not I will resort to new users cannot post until approved by a moderator... I dont want to do this but I will if we have to.

I will be looking into spam solutions such as using Postini (http://www.google.com/postini/email.html)or something else.

jeppew
06-02-2009, 06:37 PM
wait...

no more great deals on viagra?

Vi*
06-02-2009, 06:40 PM
I recently heard about a group of spambots that outsourced their captcha-reading to real humans by creating a porn site with captcha-required entrance. They would just copy over the captchas, get the answer from horny men, and then use them on the original. I think this is so brilliant that I don't mind spambots nowadays.

protest boy
06-02-2009, 06:42 PM
Did you read my suggestion in one of the Viagra threads before it was deleted?

If you add a simple question that the user has to answer upon registration, it will stop automated bot registration cold. Many bots can get through e-mail verification.

Add a simple question like: "Fill in the blank: This game is called ______"

Unless someone customizes a bot just for this forum (highly unlikely) it will take care of the problem.

I know phpBB has a modification for this, not sure about vbulletin.

Karl
06-02-2009, 07:30 PM
vbulletin doesnt allow both captcha and question... you get one or the other.

Karl
06-02-2009, 07:32 PM
anyways...

captcha has been switched to recaptcha (http://recaptcha.net/).

email verification is now on.

Your first 5 posts are scanned for spam by http://antispam.typepad.com/

hopefully this will do the trick.

nesnl
06-02-2009, 07:46 PM
I recently heard about a group of spambots that outsourced their captcha-reading to real humans by creating a porn site with captcha-required entrance. They would just copy over the captchas, get the answer from horny men, and then use them on the original. I think this is so brilliant that I don't mind spambots nowadays.

Why do you assume it's men and not women?

Karl
06-02-2009, 08:21 PM
do to their annoying and obnoxious nature i have also disabled signatures.

Triped
06-02-2009, 08:24 PM
do to their annoying and obnoxious nature i have also disabled signatures.

Thanks, Karl.

DiogenesDog
06-02-2009, 10:11 PM
I don't care about the bots, but I love that that guy with the freaking yellow/orange text can no longer have his horrible sig. :D

PBS
06-03-2009, 03:35 PM
Easiest thing to do is add a custom question during registration and forget and captcha, email confirm and scan first five.

Question stops the bots, and the email confirm/scanning first five posts keeps the human spammers to a minimum.

TAYLOOP
06-04-2009, 06:18 PM
make some mods