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Old 03-25-2013, 07:54 PM   #11
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Just curious, but would charging a $1 fee to become a member cut down on the spammers? It would also help to confirm identity.

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And I hate the "capcha" thingys. I keep getting the ones that I can't read. The "letters" are bad enough but the pictures are always so fuzzy that I have to guess at what they say. I have to make several guesses.

There has to be a better (and simple) way to determine a human as opposed to a bot.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:27 PM   #12
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And I hate the "capcha" thingys. I keep getting the ones that I can't read. The "letters" are bad enough but the pictures are always so fuzzy that I have to guess at what they say. I have to make several guesses.

There has to be a better (and simple) way to determine a human as opposed to a bot.
Agree, the captcha security stuff is super annoying.

A fairly simple way (I think) would be to construct a challenge/response question that is not easy for a non-human/script/bot to answer, i.e. "Enter the non-lower case letters from 'd6Tyr#Km9@bP' "
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:42 PM   #13
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That sounds pretty simple. I hate jumping thru hoops simply to post a comment on something. I have discovered that I'm not as patient as I used to be. Old age?
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:21 AM   #14
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Re: Spam, spam, spam...

Approval of membership before posting might be worthwhile. After all, the spammers are only posting once under each name and we deny those anyway so it's not like it would be more work on the moderation end. My only fear is that we could possibly discourage someone from posting or joining. Nevertheless, www.tnttt.com is very actve and has a set up that requires individual membership approval. Maybe that's a way to go?
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:50 AM   #15
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Hmm...I just looked at the registration screen and there is a challenge question similar to 'Enter the first four and last three chars of '3ryo2uhdfjh38jb'

I wouldn't be surprised if they'd come up with a program to figure it out.

Maybe something more challenging...like
'What color is the middle item: AppleWrenchSchoolbusPolarbearSky"
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:59 AM   #16
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Approval of membership before posting might be worthwhile. After all, the spammers are only posting once under each name and we deny those anyway so it's not like it would be more work on the moderation end. My only fear is that we could possibly discourage someone from posting or joining. Nevertheless, http://www.tnttt.com is very actve and has a set up that requires individual membership approval. Maybe that's a way to go?
Slight correction...our spammers post (or attempt to post) multiple times. I just checked a random one and the account was created last month. And 'he' had several posts in the moderation queue.

Agree that individual account approval may be the way forward.
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I hate to say it but it is the software that allows them to get through. I had so many spammers on my site with the free PHPBB software I had to take it down! I could not afford Vbulletin
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I hate to say it but it is the software that allows them to get through. I had so many spammers on my site with the free PHPBB software I had to take it down! I could not afford Vbulletin
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Damn. Maybe Steve could get donations to offset the cost of vBulletin. I would hate to lose this place to spambot zombies.
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I had an idea that this site was popular, but, never figured it was that good! If only there was a better way to weed out all of the spammers.

Thanks goes out to all the mods that take care of us and keep the spam off.

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Maybe a "rule" that the user name has to include an actual word? Seems the spammers use gibberish names. Of course I have no clue as to what I am talking about either.
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