Bjørn Lindeijer wrote: I know, it's the effort from the users I was worrying about. I don't like to have to copy a number if it isn't necessary. Until now, we have been fine for 2 years without this. I'm only adding this when the above kind of abuse increases too much.
Huge sites use this technique and it takes an extra 15 seconds (max) to sign up. What's the problem, exactly?
Bjørn Lindeijer wrote: The problem exactly is that phpBB encourages these kind of bots because it will show username and url even if the accounts are not activated. The problem with copying a random code is that I think it's an ugly and unnecessary counter measure. 15 of these fake users is enough to get me posting here, but not enough to get me to add that kind of thing to the forum.
Thanks CyberAlian for your suggestions, I'll at least think about the doing hidden variable thing and will be looking into adding memberlist to robots.txt file.
Bjørn Lindeijer wrote: The problem exactly is that phpBB encourages these kind of bots because
Hostility begets hostility. You weren't exactly very nice to us when we answered your question.Bjørn Lindeijer wrote: I don't understand the level of hostility here. I'm just voicing some concern, asking for a change that might reduce the problem, and interested in ways to prevent it without bothering new users.
I'm glad at least part of the problem is taken into account in 2.2. As far as I'm concerned now, I'll just wait and see how many fake users sign up next week and go on from there.
Techie-Micheal wrote: ... Edit the registration template so that registering users will not have the opportunity to input their homepage, ICQ, MSN, etc. until they are approved by the admin, and log in again. Rather simple to do actually.