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Re: Had to Take Our Register Button Away
Reply #1 - Jan 18th, 2012 at 7:22am
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BigDon wrote on Jan 18th, 2012 at 4:15am:
... I cleaned up the board and took the register button off of the board.

... I question as to how effective that will be against the humans that were getting onto the board and posting links to their porn sites and other such activity ...

I can happily confirm with you that not a single spammer has been able to register in our forum since I implemented the Captcha hack as it's described here. If you don't give it a try, you'll never know. It this doesn't work for you, then go back to having no register button. As things stand now, in a way you've let the spammers win. Don't let them win!

But even before I implemented those Captcha changes, not a single spammer was able to complete the registration process thanks to having changed the registration scheme in the Admin Center to pre-registration with admin administration approval. So they were never able to post.

I think you'll find that relatively few human spammers will attempt to register in your forum, and those who do this can be stopped cold if you don't approve them. Spotting spammers is pretty easy to do because they are almost always so obvious. But if you make a mistake by inadvertently letting a spammer through to post, simply delete the spam, and delete the spammer (and/or ban their IP address).

Good luck!  Wink

  

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Had to Take Our Register Button Away
Jan 18th, 2012 at 4:15am
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Well, it's great and sad at the same time. About 60 days ago I threw my hands up in the air because I just couldn't keep up with the hackers & spammers (we had 3 different groups, that we know of, some mechanical, some human, so I cleaned up the board and took the register button off of the board. Now if you want to register you have to know an existing member & they need to vouch for the person. I realize this is not great, but we were losing all of our members. This move stopped the bloodshed, and I am trying to get our members to become active users again. I have followed the thread hear about the 4 digit (2 front, 2 back) modification but I question as to how effective that will be against the humans that were getting onto the board and posting links to their porn sites and other such activity. I don't dare turn the 'register' button back on at this time for fear of totally losing the members that have gradually come back. I'll continue to follow the thread & watch for positive results on this subject.
  
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