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Robot posts in guest allowed forum

Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2005 8:36 am
by Hynee
We've disabled guest posting, because the content is unacceptable. All I want to know is if people have seen this form of post before, is it a current issue that is flaring, or is it something that comes around every now and again.

The form is (nothing explicit here!):

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Poster: Patricia b
Guest

Post subject: I took off my skirt, blouse, b

[crude sentence] [computer jargon].

eg,
[crude sentence] Mailbox_date_trimmer. [crude sentence] Mmsensitivity. [crude sentence] 1st Cd To Mp3 Maker. [crude sentence] At T Global Dialer. [crude sentence] 1st Mail Sender.
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We like to allow guest to post in some forums, but this robot has made it impossible. It seems like it uses Markoff Chains (I think they're called that), but I don't know.

Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2005 8:40 am
by Anon
Ban the IP(s)?

Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2005 9:06 am
by Hynee
Anon wrote: Ban the IP(s)?


D'oh, one of the other admins got to it and deleted it, I'm not sure if he got the IP. I guess that's the obvious solution, except we've had some in the past that came from multiple IP addresses.

Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2005 10:14 am
by Dagon
There is a visual confirmation mod for guest posting. I think it makes a guest type in a code every time they want to post. That prevents robotic spam scripts from making posts like that and still allows you to have guest access. :)

Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2005 5:45 pm
by Hynee
Dagon wrote: There is a visual confirmation mod for guest posting. I think it makes a guest type in a code every time they want to post.


I Found it.

Many thanks, I'll test it and see how it goes.

Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2005 3:34 pm
by Matthew Doucette
How has that visual confirmation mod worked for you?

I have the same problem:
http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=276957

BTW, phpBB already has a visual confirmation system, so can it be set for guest posting by changing any settings without installing a mod?

Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 12:36 am
by Hynee
Yep, I've got the "Guest Confirmation" mod installed now, and it works, and we'll probably open up more forums to guest posting, and hope it is effective.

Just to reiterate, the Visual Confirmation for Guests mod is at:

http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=266787

Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 2:51 am
by nurhendra
Matthew Doucette wrote: BTW, phpBB already has a visual confirmation system, so can it be set for guest posting by changing any settings without installing a mod?


That Guest Confirmation mod is actually reusing phpBB visual confirmation module. So the mod itself didn't have the full blown visual confirmation, just pointing to the right direction within phpBB. Because of that, you need to have visual confirmation ready before able to use the guest mod.