Techie-Micheal wrote: Hostility begets hostility. You weren't exactly very nice to us when we answered your question.
Hmm, I wasn't aware of my being hostile... If saying that phpBB encourages this kind of abuse was hostile, I explained why it does that in the same sentence... Note the use of smilies in the rest of my post, to prevent hostile interpretation of what I say...
Techie-Micheal wrote: 1. Use the visual confirmation, which 2.2 makes use of by the way.
2. 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. And in fact, 2.2 makes use of this as well.
Well I hope I can turn off VC in 2.2. I do like the second option, though, not only because a crawler won't be able to use it, but also because it makes registering that much less daunting.
Mike Panic wrote: ive disallowed *.hotmail email addy's from registering, but its still allowing them for some odd reason... so frikkin annoying
Maybe you need to disallow "*hotmail.com"?
Judging from the number of people and mentioned domains (sounding familiar), I think this is a rather recent trend that many phpBB users will be suffering from, unless they have this VC added. I hope the hidden variable trick works, though if everybody starts using that, it will only be a temporary solution.