Specifically the post I had seen explained how to change part of the code on the "I Agree and am over the age of thirteen" link when you register for a board. The goal was that a bot searching for this link would not see it, whereas there would be no effect on human users. If no one knows how to do this, I suppose I can just tinker around and find out, I just didn't want to do something stupid if I can get a walkthrough. Thanks.
ok, you probably saw a post by me, I am the one that promotes this little tweak by espicom. this will help, but the spam bots have already found a way to work around it on some boards.
to keep the spammers out:
1. stay updated
2. DO NOT allow guest posting anywhere
3. turn on visual confirmation in the admin panel
4.set user activation to " user" or " admin"
It is a simple fix, but I will not post it as a regular MOD, because customization is the key here. The RegBots work by going directly to the submission of the form information, bypassing the various agreement screens by simply setting "agreed=true". Fortunately, web form variables are CasE-sEnsiTivE, so simply changing the all-lower-case name "agreed" to mixed-case will still allow manual registrations to work, but will simply present a bot's request with the COPPA form, and not make any entries into your users table.
The affected files are:
With a text editor, search for "agreed", and replace it with your own choice of mixed case, or even something like "IAmInAgreement". As long as all references to this variable are identical, registration and profile changes work as before... except for those trying to bypass the system.