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post Dec 1 2006, 11:34 AM
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Hey Crew

First off, let me give you my apologies for the past couple weeks. I'm in the process of moving 2000 miles and starting a new job, so I haven't been as active. Last I talked to Mike, he was overseas for work.

I know the guest validation thing has been a huge pain in the butt. This was originally implemented so that we could have less spam, but we didn't anticipate that every single one of us would get busy at the same time. Usually at least one of us is very active. To help remedy this, I have turned off admin verification for all new accounts. Instead, and I suppose I should've done this from the beginning, I have set up one of those random image displays for registering. This will make it so we don't have to approve every single account that comes in.

On the other side of this, I do feel like we should have more mods to fight whatever spam we do get. Once the spam starts coming in again, I'm gonna start looking for people to help out. If you're willing to help, please let me know when the time comes. Ideally, I'd like someone that's been here for a while and knows the way things function. I'll give more details when the time comes.

Ok well, have a good weekend crew. Any questions, as usual, feel free to pm me.

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post Dec 2 2006, 01:39 PM
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I have reported a bunch of new spam posts today.. and there are a TON of them.
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post Dec 2 2006, 01:53 PM
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QUOTE(dougeeebear @ Dec 2 2006, 10:39 PM)
I have reported a few of new spam posts today.. but there are a TON of them.

The same for me.

I have had to shut down two phpBB2 fora (I know OESF uses something different) in the last weeks because even admin enabled account activation was harmful. Not because of the work to do but the forum sent out information mails to the faked registration address. And that added my domain to some blacklists of e-mail forwarders.

What I learned is that even visual feedback or confirmation e-mails (two level user registration) is not really a solution.

The only thing I can imagine at the moment is a randomly generated calculation described in words ("please take the double of the difference of seventeen and four") and not a formula where you have to type in the answer (not select between 5 proposed answers - that is easy to crack with a random choice and repeatedly trying). Maybe we can use a technique of spammers here for a positive goal: add random misprints ("plase takei the dauble of ...").

Or, have the user to do someting, i.e. get Kerninghan&Ritchie 1977 edition and look up and type in the third word on page 55.

-- hns
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