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Re: Why does Y2.5.2 ask for job, city, postal code on registration?
Reply #7 - Feb 8th, 2013 at 5:52pm
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Homer J. S. wrote on Feb 8th, 2013 at 5:47pm:
I don't know if they're able to "read" the captcha.

A captcha is now easily defeated by auto-bots, so it's become useless.

However, the good news is that YaBB's newest version evidently has as an option to edit the captcha so only hu-bots (humans) can figure it out.

I've been using this anti-spam bot measure for some time now, and can happily report that it stops spam-bots cold.

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Re: Why does Y2.5.2 ask for job, city, postal code on registration?
Reply #6 - Feb 8th, 2013 at 5:47pm
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The question is... how smart are bots nowadays? On my Y1 no bot ever managed to register the last 8,5 years. They can't even manage to fill something for the personal question and answer as they don't understand that they have to repeat the answer. I don't know if they're able to "read" the captcha.

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Reply #5 - Feb 8th, 2013 at 5:02pm
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With a Honeypot it's not considered good practice to have the 'display:none' in the source code - a bot might be able to pick it up - hence the selector name 'green'.
  
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Reply #4 - Feb 8th, 2013 at 4:55pm
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Ok, did so. But why it that feature coupled to the template's css file? I think it's not very good if someone (like me) uses a somewhat older template and therefor people might be prevented from registering because they see the questions and of course fill them, just to be told that they are not allowed to register  Wink
  

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Re: Why does Y2.5.2 ask for job, city, postal code on registration?
Reply #3 - Feb 8th, 2013 at 3:55pm
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Also open up the honeypot file in Languages/English and remove any extra blank lines hiding in the bottom.

In 2.5.4 that file will be fully admin editable from the admin center.
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Re: Why does Y2.5.2 ask for job, city, postal code on registration?
Reply #2 - Feb 8th, 2013 at 2:50pm
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Interesting feature! Smiley works now.
  

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Re: Why does Y2.5.2 ask for job, city, postal code on registration?
Reply #1 - Feb 8th, 2013 at 2:45pm
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Hi,

Add this to your style sheet:

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.green {
display:none;
} 


The idea is that a bot will see the form fields but humans won't. So if those fields are filled out registration will be denied because only a bot will fill them out.

It was added in 2.5.2, but you're using a 2.5 template.
  
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Why does Y2.5.2 ask for job, city, postal code on registration?
Feb 8th, 2013 at 2:32pm
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I just recognized that YaBB 2.5.2 asks some odd questions on registration and I can't find any settings to control that... for example:

- Your zip code?
- Your job?
- Your city?
- Who sent you?

Sometimes there even is only a form field without any question... what the heck?

(No mods installed)

Edit:
It seems to be the spam bot honeypot feature. But I don't understand how it works and why it ask that questions?
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