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Post by Marshalrusty » Mon Aug 14, 2006 7:13 pm

This is a split from the first version of "Preventing SPAM - Bots and Humans". Please see the new version of the topic here: http://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopi ... 1&t=427852
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Post by Albert Wiersch » Fri Aug 18, 2006 5:21 pm

The visual confirmation wasn't doing much for me either.

I did find a great simple mod that simply asks the user to enter a "VIP code" that is located on the support page. It's a little work for the user, but has stopped all spam users so far. I've disabled the visual confirmation too.

If you have a web site, you could easily put a "VIP code" anywhere and tell the user where to find it to be able to register.

I got permission to post the mod and would be happy to share it.

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Post by Albert Wiersch » Fri Aug 18, 2006 6:19 pm

Ramon Fincken wrote: great, simple, effective

if you have a link for us let us know !


You can download it here:
http://www.htmlvalidator.com/myvipcode.zip

I didn't write it but got permission to distribute it. Enjoy and let me know what you think!

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Post by Ramon Fincken » Fri Aug 18, 2006 6:24 pm

nicely done!

a $board_config integration would be in place but this is cool
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Post by timmus » Fri Aug 18, 2006 7:11 pm

MyVipCode rocks! Any mod this tiny and effective gets a thumbs-up. This will be a major PITA for spammers to circumvent, especially if the code is changed regularly, and something this tiny I trust with not fouling up other mods.

I've put the access code in with our Forum Rules and ask the users to view the rules and get it there. I have also shut off Visual Confirmation, just to see what happens.

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Post by Ramon Fincken » Fri Aug 18, 2006 10:25 pm

Albert Wiersch,

I'd advise the mod author to get this one into validation in the official MODDB ..
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Post by Albert Wiersch » Fri Aug 18, 2006 10:27 pm

Ramon Fincken wrote: Albert Wiersch,

I'd advise the mod author to get this one into validation in the official MODDB ..


I've already submitted it for him and am waiting for it to appear... I think a lot of people will like this one! :-)

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Post by Marshalrusty » Fri Aug 18, 2006 10:30 pm

Albert Wiersch wrote: I've already submitted it for him and am waiting for it to appear... I think a lot of people will like this one! :-)

If you submitted it as it is in that download, I daresay it will be denied.

1) Author line is incorrectly formatted
2) Missing the security disclosure
3) Missing included file line
4) Version should be 1.2.1 not 1.1.1
5) Language is hardcoded (instead of defined in language files)
I also don't believe that you can submit a MOD for someone else.

Here is a more compliant copy: http://www.marshalrusty.com/phpBB/vip.mod
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Post by slackiller » Sat Aug 19, 2006 2:55 am

nice thread. :)

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Post by sjj1805 » Mon Aug 21, 2006 3:01 am

This thread ought to be a sticky.
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Post by Albert Wiersch » Mon Aug 21, 2006 2:28 pm

sjj1805 wrote: This thread ought to be a sticky.


Yes, this is a great thread. Spamming is a big problem.

Marshalrusty, thanks for making the mod more compliant, although the changes significantly increase the size of the mod. I will just leave it the way it is as it's not really mine to change anyway. If it gets approved, then great, if not, I'll still keep available the link I posted to the original mod (very small and simple but very effective) so people can get it. Here it is again:
http://www.htmlvalidator.com/myvipcode.zip

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Post by yes9310 » Mon Aug 21, 2006 4:55 pm

Knock on wood, I tried this an haven't had any new spam registrations in 3 days! After upgrading to the latest version 2.0.21 with visual confirmation it seemed like I was geting just as many, if not more spam registrations around 5-10 per day. It seemed like a great idea but somehow they must have figured out how to get past that visual confirmation with the OCR software or something else. This VIP thing seems great! That is, until they figure out how to bypass it like they seemed to do with every other deterrent so far. :D

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I would like to stop people from registering

Post by Tammy » Mon Aug 21, 2006 7:36 pm

My forum is closed at the moment. I have a sticky up with some info and links on it. So I want to keep this available to view. Meaning I don't want to disable the board.

I would just like to disallow new people from registering. Is there a way to do that or a mod I can install that would allow me to do that?
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Post by Wo1f » Mon Aug 21, 2006 7:55 pm

Hi Tammy,

There is a MOD that does exactly what you're looking for, located here:
  • [2.0.19] Registration Stopper
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Hope this helps,
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Post by croquet » Tue Aug 22, 2006 3:49 am

How easily can I install this MOD on cPanel X?

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