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Problems Registering?
« on: December 20, 2012, 10:10:04 PM »
Recently I've had a few emails from people who have had difficulties registering on the forum.

We've had a bit of a problem with spammers and bots trying to register on the forum and I installed an anti-spammer script but unfortunately this seems to be rejecting genuine registrants too.

If you mail me directly with your preferred username I'll manually add you. (I will still be checking your email address against the anti-spam websites though)

Thanks

Paul
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Re: Problems Registering?
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2012, 07:17:06 PM »
I believe the issue behind this is that we are getting hit heavily by spam-bot registrations which is triggering a temporary ban on 'guest' accounts which seems to be the reason why some registrations are working and others arenít. There are currently 850 pages of error logs!!

Nothing I can do but manually register people for the moment.

If you have an issue registering please contact me with your desired forum nickname and I'll register you manually.

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Paul

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Re: Problems Registering?
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2012, 11:39:24 AM »
I have changed the anti-bot script now so we'll see how it goes with new registrations
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Re: Problems Registering?
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2012, 05:07:00 PM »
Its certainly keeping you busy mate.. ....

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Re: Problems Registering?
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2013, 07:56:47 PM »
Well even the new bot script and the forum update hasnít stemmed the tide of bot registrations

Ah well...
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Re: Problems Registering?
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2013, 08:01:07 PM »
Paul -- is it something any of us can help you with (clearing out spam registrations etc)??

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Re: Problems Registering?
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2013, 08:05:27 PM »
Nah, thanks but it's ok Dave. Gaz and I can cover it between us. It's just frustrating that the scripts and other measures aren't effective enough. Which is why all registrations have to be admin approved. A quick check on the IP address usually identifies them as a spammer/bot. :)
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Re: Problems Registering?
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2013, 08:09:54 PM »
No worries mate -- just that i have seen boards come and go, because the mod gets pissed off trying to keep up with stuff etc and the amount of personal time it cuts into lol. Thought best to offer to help relieve some pressure etc as im sure a lot of others on here would do as well.

Its appreciated all the work you do on here as well as Gary (and any others that help you out)

Just remember mate -- were all just a shout away if you need a hand with anything

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Re: Problems Registering?
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2013, 08:25:31 PM »
Thanks Dave, I've managed to keep it going for over 7 years now. 6 years of which were deleted by my hosting provider because it got hacked and if we can bounce back from that we're doing not bad at all  ;D

I appreciate the offer of help mate :)
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Re: Problems Registering?
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2013, 10:58:31 PM »
Why not stick in some of those realy easy questions like whats the third planet etc, would that not stop the bots?

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Re: Problems Registering?
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2013, 11:10:35 PM »
never mind the bots it would stump me :o

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Re: Problems Registering?
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2013, 12:30:51 PM »
The previous script was a captcha + 3 questions, one of which was 'name the missing planet from this sequence....' Some of the bots still get past it though.
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Re: Problems Registering?
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2013, 12:31:08 PM »
Added yet another script which checks the Stop Forum Spam website and should automatically filter out spammer registrations

We'll see......
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