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Split from spam topic [*Read The First Post*]

Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 7:13 pm
by Marshalrusty
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

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 5:21 pm
by Albert Wiersch
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.

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 6:19 pm
by Albert Wiersch
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!

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 6:24 pm
by Ramon Fincken
nicely done!

a $board_config integration would be in place but this is cool

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 7:11 pm
by timmus
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.

Tim

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 10:25 pm
by Ramon Fincken
Albert Wiersch,

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

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 10:27 pm
by Albert Wiersch
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! :-)

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 10:30 pm
by Marshalrusty
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
You'll need to fill in the username and email on top

Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 2:55 am
by slackiller
nice thread. :)

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 3:01 am
by sjj1805
This thread ought to be a sticky.

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 2:28 pm
by Albert Wiersch
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

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 4:55 pm
by yes9310
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

I would like to stop people from registering

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 7:36 pm
by Tammy
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?
Thanks

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 7:55 pm
by Wo1f
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,
Wolf

Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 3:49 am
by croquet
How easily can I install this MOD on cPanel X?