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INPUT NEEDED - Spam

Cloudy's Photo Cloudy 19 Nov 2012

Hello!

As you've noticed we've been getting spam lately. One way to fix that would be to enable a captcha upon forum registration. Does anyone have a problem with that?
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billysback's Photo billysback 19 Nov 2012

Nope; to be honest it won't effect everyone who will be able to post here as they will all already have an account, this is silly.

EDIT: btw I meant "Nope" as in "Nope I don't have a problem with that", just to clear things up
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Tiin57's Photo Tiin57 19 Nov 2012

Excellent idea; I concur with billysback and agree with the proposal.
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Bubba's Photo Bubba 19 Nov 2012

I think this is a great idea. Spam can and does end up ruining otherwise great forums, and it also leads to new users thinking that we are unreliable.

In fact I would also suggest adding a captcha for the first few posts a user makes if that is possible.
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KaoS's Photo KaoS 19 Nov 2012

this is a great idea. we need to sort out the spamming problem. is there no way to record the IP of someone who posts? if I ever ran a forum server I definitely would record all IPs... DDOS :)/>
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Cloudy's Photo Cloudy 19 Nov 2012

 billysback, on 19 November 2012 - 04:52 AM, said:

Nope; to be honest it won't effect everyone who will be able to post here as they will all already have an account, this is silly.

I know this. My point is, I'm asking your opinion as to whether it would bother you if you were signing up for this forum.
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KaoS's Photo KaoS 19 Nov 2012

nah, it is one quick test that actually shows that the forums are making an effort to keep spammers out. wouldn't bug me at all
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lieudusty's Photo lieudusty 19 Nov 2012

I'm fine with a captcha
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BigSHinyToys's Photo BigSHinyToys 19 Nov 2012

seams a completely reasonable requirement for sign up. It's not like you are asking for mobile numbers. I have never had a problem with human intelligence recognition programs when singing up on other boards.
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Lyqyd's Photo Lyqyd 19 Nov 2012

Yeah, go ahead. Captchas never bother me when I'm signing up for stuff.
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Leo Verto's Photo Leo Verto 19 Nov 2012

 Challenge.Accepted, on 19 November 2012 - 04:55 AM, said:

In fact I would also suggest adding a captcha for the first few posts a user makes if that is possible.
I think that might scare away new users.

I think a captcha is definitely a good idea, a lot of other forums have it too and as long as the captcha isn't too hard, it should be fine.
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kazagistar's Photo kazagistar 19 Nov 2012

Are there really people who don't sign up if there is a captcha involved? I think the biggest inconvenience is email verification, but that still won't stop me from signing up for a forum.
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Cloudy's Photo Cloudy 19 Nov 2012

Captcha enabled. Lets see if it works!
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Cloudy's Photo Cloudy 19 Nov 2012

I THINK it could have actually been broken - I don't remember there being one either (although I was only the 6th user ever to sign up). Regardless, it is enabled - and I haven't seen any spam since!
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Sammich Lord's Photo Sammich Lord 19 Nov 2012

 MechaTallon, on 19 November 2012 - 11:34 AM, said:

I haven't seen spam on the forums since... hmm... October? xD but on the contrary I'm surprised the forum board lasted so long without being heavily spammed... and it didn't even have a capcha.
Another thing you could try doing is allow Email based verification of your account. This would prevent some people from creating a billion accounts under fake names.
I thought you already had to do email varification? Atleast there is no more "UGGS FOR CHEAP" or Russian porn link threads anymore.
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PixelToast's Photo PixelToast 19 Nov 2012

 MechaTallon, on 19 November 2012 - 12:18 PM, said:

o_o there was?
never seen them
thats because the admin act fast to reports :)/>

i dont mind if you add captia, they aren't that annoying
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ETHANATOR360's Photo ETHANATOR360 19 Nov 2012

yes use captha theres no reason not to
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D3matt's Photo D3matt 19 Nov 2012

 KaoS, on 19 November 2012 - 04:55 AM, said:

this is a great idea. we need to sort out the spamming problem. is there no way to record the IP of someone who posts? if I ever ran a forum server I definitely would record all IPs... DDOS :(/>
Recording IPs is pointless. Spam bots very rarely post from the same IP, from my experience. And the IP very rarely belongs to the hacker, usually an innocent victim. And DDOS is not a tool for enforcing the law.
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ComputerCraftFan11's Photo ComputerCraftFan11 19 Nov 2012

The captcha isnt working, people are still spamming
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djblocksaway's Photo djblocksaway 19 Nov 2012

yea i think its worth enabling a captcha it cant hurt anyone, and will stop account spammers ^.^
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