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> Reminder for all the new users - post in the New Members area to confirm your account!
Varti
post Jan 3 2018, 06:13 AM
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Just a quick reminder for any user wanting to register here: once you have applied for the registration, please reply to the post in the New Members Request Validation Here thread at the top of the page - https://www.oesf.org/forum/index.php?showtopic=34458 - this is only visible to non-validated members.

You are free to write anything, so that we make sure that you are really an user and not a spambot. Once you'll post there, we'll validate you account and you'll be able to post in the rest of the forum.

If you don't reply there, your registration request will be automatically deleted after two weeks. I'm sorry for this nuisance, but we usually receive 10-20 registration requests from spambots daily, so without this procedure it would be difficult for us to understand which request is a genuine one.

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post Jan 5 2018, 03:20 AM
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QUOTE(BSTM @ Jan 5 2018, 08:14 AM) *
QUOTE(Varti @ Jan 3 2018, 02:13 PM) *
Just a quick reminder for any user wanting to register here: once you have applied for the registration, please reply to the post in the New Members Request Validation Here thread at the top of the page. You are free to write anything, so that we make sure that you are really an user and not a spambot. Once you'll post there, we'll validate you account and you'll be able to post in the rest of the forum.

If you don't reply there, your registration request will be automatically deleted after two weeks. I'm sorry for this nuisance, but we usually receive 10-20 registration requests from spambots daily, so without this procedure it would be difficult for us to understand which request is a genuine one.

Varti


For the life of me I could not see, and cannot see, a "New Members Request Validation Here" thread. You might want to make it cleaer where it is and/or put a link to it. Or even better just have normal email regaistration that most forums have.

The New Members subforum is only visible to validating members, since we use it only for validation purposes. Once a member's registration is confirmed, it is not visible to him anymore. We might make it visible to everyone, though there'll never be any useful post there since we delete all the posts there.

A confirmation mail containing a link was always sent to every new user. Yesterday I have decided to remove it, since it was useless as an anti-spam measure: many of the spam bots recognise this mail and open the link in it automatically. This mail also made the validation procedure unnecessarily long: a new user might have to check two emails in total before he's finally registered, one with the link and another one I send manually if I see no post in the New Members thread.

I now wonder how other forums manage to block the spambots to request a new account, they probably use a much stronger captcha system than the one we use here. I'll evaluate to use a more traditional email verification once we'll have this forum's engine updated.

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speculatrix
post Feb 19 2018, 10:24 AM
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if anybody thinks we're going over the top with validation, there are 353 accounts currently being held in validation; these automatically expire and get removed after a while, with a constant stream of new ones arriving all the time!

Update 20180531: there are 9 pages worth of sign-ups which are pending validation and of course haven't gone through the validation process.
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post Jun 17 2018, 02:06 AM
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QUOTE(Jess R @ Jun 17 2018, 07:33 AM) *
You might want to unpin this thread now the method has been removed, I've just seen it after registering and wondered if I missed something.. thanks for the approve!


the method is still there and the link still works, but you won't be able to see it.
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