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by magenta
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: [3.2.x] Support Forum
Topic: Known issues in 3.2.4
Replies: 42
Views: 8890

Re: Known issues in 3.2.4

Hi, it looks like this issue has been known for well over a month, so imagine my surprise that when I upgraded my forum tonight I was bitten by this bug. And I'm not even using any extensions. Given the criticality of this issue, it seems like maybe either a hotfix release should have been pushed or...
by magenta
Sun Feb 19, 2006 5:04 pm
Forum: [2.0.x] MOD Database Cleanup
Topic: [2.0.13] disable spambots
Replies: 133
Views: 123314

There might be some sort of moderation queue for guests, but personally I think any solution which requires manual review of a lot of comments is broken, since whether or not you get a lot of spam, it generates a LOT of work for people.
by magenta
Mon Feb 06, 2006 4:49 pm
Forum: [2.0.x] MOD Database Cleanup
Topic: [2.0.13] disable spambots
Replies: 133
Views: 123314

There's another quick hack I posted somewhere else which disables incomplete registrations from appearing, but it's not too useful unless you also enable admin activation of accounts since the spammers are able to complete registrations pretty accurately now even with the CAPTCHA enabled.
by magenta
Wed Feb 01, 2006 7:27 am
Forum: [2.0.x] MOD Database Cleanup
Topic: [2.0.13] disable spambots
Replies: 133
Views: 123314

I think it's an extremely shortsighted temporary solution, which would yield way too many false positives.
by magenta
Wed Feb 01, 2006 5:04 am
Forum: [2.0.x] MOD Database Cleanup
Topic: [2.0.13] disable spambots
Replies: 133
Views: 123314

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captcha Also, the method you describe is extremely trivial to defeat, seeing as how the number they need to enter is already in the form. They don't even need to scrape the page. The disable_spambots mod already does more to defeat spambots; the reason it fails is becaus...
by magenta
Tue Jan 31, 2006 5:01 pm
Forum: [2.0.x] MOD Database Cleanup
Topic: [2.0.13] disable spambots
Replies: 133
Views: 123314

No idea. Make sure you put the code in the right place, since if it's not in the right place it might apply to posts but not to edits or something. You may want to try reverting to the unmodified code and trying again, or better yet, just disable anonymous posting (via forum permissions) since like ...
by magenta
Wed Jan 25, 2006 10:32 pm
Forum: [2.0.x] MOD Database Cleanup
Topic: [2.0.13] disable spambots
Replies: 133
Views: 123314

That still doesn't help with manually-posted spam, which is probably 99% of what I'm seeing these days. And anyway it's really easy to add a JavaScript interpreter to a spambot (it's not that complex a language and there's plenty of free JS interpreters out there). The only measures you can take aga...
by magenta
Sun Jan 22, 2006 6:10 am
Forum: [2.0.x] MOD Database Cleanup
Topic: [2.0.13] disable spambots
Replies: 133
Views: 123314

Yes, what "we have to do" was something like what my mod did, and my mod worked really well for a long time, but it is no longer effective, because of there being way too many ways for spammers to get around it. Anything a human can do a bot can be programmed to do, or alternatively a spammer can pa...
by magenta
Fri Jan 20, 2006 5:03 pm
Forum: [2.0.x] MOD Database Cleanup
Topic: [2.0.13] disable spambots
Replies: 133
Views: 123314

That brings it outside the scope of this hack. If you think this hack is antiquated then don't use it. Simple as that. Anyway, captchas are extremely easily defeated , and only get in the way of a LOT of legitimate users. Remember, anything a legitimate human can do, a spammer can figure out how to ...
by magenta
Fri Jan 20, 2006 7:27 am
Forum: [2.0.x] MOD Database Cleanup
Topic: [2.0.13] disable spambots
Replies: 133
Views: 123314

Actually, it's not bots which simulate an actual user - as far as I can tell, THEY ARE ACTUAL USERS. In third-world countries where labor is cheap, spammers are actually paying people to register on forums and post messages. Everything I can tell from spammers on my forum and a few others indicates ...
by magenta
Sat Dec 31, 2005 3:54 am
Forum: [2.0.x] MOD Database Cleanup
Topic: [2.0.13] disable spambots
Replies: 133
Views: 123314

I chose 5 seconds because it's short enough that any reasonable reply written by a human will go through while any bot-based submission would probably fail unless it queues stuff up (and although it's fairly easy to do in principle, I've seen that comment spammers are by and large utter morons).
by magenta
Wed Dec 14, 2005 4:39 pm
Forum: [2.0.x] MOD Database Cleanup
Topic: [2.0.13] disable spambots
Replies: 133
Views: 123314

Basically any mod would be modified the same as Quick Reply Hack (as discussed earlier in the thread), assuming it uses posting.php to actually post the comment. It's just a matter of inserting the hidden key values into the form.
by magenta
Wed Oct 05, 2005 6:31 pm
Forum: [2.0.x] MOD Database Cleanup
Topic: [2.0.13] disable spambots
Replies: 133
Views: 123314

See earlier in this thread, from May 5.
by magenta
Wed Aug 17, 2005 3:17 pm
Forum: [2.0.x] MOD Database Cleanup
Topic: [2.0.13] disable spambots
Replies: 133
Views: 123314

Works fine for me...
by magenta
Sun Aug 14, 2005 7:26 am
Forum: [2.0.x] MOD Database Cleanup
Topic: [2.0.13] disable spambots
Replies: 133
Views: 123314

It could, and I considered it. I decided to err on the side of assertiveness in terms of spam-proofing, because even AOL doesn't seem to do that anymore. Likewise I didn't care that a lot of people are running anonymizing proxies which change the user-agent randomly. If it causes a problem it's easy...

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