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xboxrulz1405241485

Hey guys,The level of spam is getting really out of hand. Is the CAPTCHA failing? I think we should implement reCAPTCHA in our forums since apparently those work a lot better and maybe add a simple math quiz so that we can make sure that it's a human and not a bot registering.Like, the problem is that we got a lot more spammers than usual. I have suspended like 8 people for the past week or so.xboxrulz


BuffaloHelp

I'm beginning to think they are group of people using popular forums to advertise their products. In that case, they must be paid by per post or whatever. I've been noticing some IPs with over 20 registration. This can't be bot. Otherwise, it could be that bot registers multiple accounts and stays asleep. After x days it uses pre-registered accounts and spams.Anyone with some idea what's going on? Xisto and Xisto are under spam attack.


pyost

If they are not bots, there isn't much we can do about it... Maybe installing a modification that wouldn't allow a user to post links unless he has at least 2-3 posts?If these are bots, however, I think the issue could easily be resolved by implementing a custom validation field into the registration form. I've had a lot of problems with automated spam bots on my forum (IPB 2.0.0) more than a year ago, and since I've done this, there hasn't been a single spam post.I added another field to the registration page that says "Copy the following code into the box below: xxxxxxxx", and I also added one invisible field containing the required value - this was done by editing the IPB template. The other part was to find the registration code (source/register.php, perhaps?), and practically copy the code that deals with CAPTCHA validation, while editing variable and field names to match the new validation method.So this might do the trick...


BuffaloHelp

Trap17 went forum upgrade today. I was told that the registration for the new forum is better yet. So I'll see if the spam continues and then really push OpaQue to do something about it.It's like I'm spending 90% of my login time battling spam posts. And I know you guys are, too!


xboxrulz1405241485

Well, apparently they installed reCAPTCHA (which I suggested above) at Xisto. Hopefully that will hold up. Else, we need to have two validations in order to make it pass (which I also suggested above).I think pyost's solution would work too.xboxrulz


xboxrulz1405241485

Do you guys have a resolution yet? The spam issue is getting worse by the day.xboxrulz


yordan

It's like I'm spending 90% of my login time battling spam posts. And I know you guys are, too!

Right. Even 99% last days.

xboxrulz1405241485

It's a little aggravating for me to spending time deleting spam on my birthday >.>"xboxrulz


BuffaloHelp

reCAPTCHA is working well for Xisto. But we've also lost average daily new signups. I guess the new CAPTCHA is making it harder even for legitimate members from signing up.Until OpaQue upgrades the forum to 2.3.6, I'm afraid what we have is the best defense. I'm sorry guys. I can't turn off the board and I cannot hurry OpaQue to upgrade Xisto. It's going to be upgraded when OpaQue upgrades it.


xboxrulz1405241485

I think the spammers bumped up the average daily new signups. So, I don't think it's the legitimate users having trouble with it. It's just the mere fact that there's so many spammers that it can affect the daily average signups.xboxrulz


BuffaloHelp

I was referring to Xisto's daily signups. The new reCAPTCHA requires two word verification. And these words are not the easiest words to read. And unless a person is paying close attention, typing it wrongly would send a person to retype in CAPTCHA words. Frustrating.I am still holding onto the idea that a group of people are going to popular forums and signing up multiple accounts. They then pass on the usernames and passwords to spam bots to do their things. Either that, someone wrote a mighty good script to read captcha just to post bunch of spam posts.


xboxrulz1405241485

hmmm... interesting, I was pretty sure most reCAPTCHAs are easy to solve. If the person can't read it, they can request for a new image.I employ reCAPTCHA on my website that cause spam to zero.My friends (who are not computer geeks like us) who post comments without registration still need to go through reCAPTCHA in order to post the comment without registration and I got no complaints, so I don't know.xboxrulz



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