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 Post subject: Spambots
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:53 pm 
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So yeah, some of you probably noticed there was an influx of spambots a little while ago. It seems to be the season for it. :roll: We've tweaked the signup process to filter out most of them without making it hard for legitimate users to register.

New users will have to have their first post approved - this helps stop the spam from actually appearing - and I try to check the forums at least once a day. Any other admin/moderator should be able to approve posts as well. Once your first post is approved, you should be able to post freely from then on.

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 Post subject: Re: Spambots
PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 6:32 am 
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PSA: You people are awful at actually identifying spambots. I just had to wipe about a dozen that made it through approval.

Check profiles. If they've filled out occupation/interest/etc. in all lowercase, probably a spambot. Also check the signature for hidden links, especially if they've recoloured the text.

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 Post subject: Re: Spambots
PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 11:56 am 
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Sometimes, if I squinted hard enough, it would feel like this place was active again.

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 Post subject: Re: Spambots
PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 11:31 am 
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As a sidenote I also switched up the user registration questions, which might buy a few days of peace and quiet until they figure it out.

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 Post subject: Re: Spambots
PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 3:54 pm 
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Just tried updating phpbb to see if it'll help.

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