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Gremlinn
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Re: [RC] No more spambots

Post by Gremlinn »

Also in combination with my Anti Bot Registration mod, you should stop just about every bot. I've got this mod on my plate to install. Great observation jalaln, I had never noticed the timezone.
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Re: [RC] No more spambots

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Would this matter if i have my default timezone different from -12. when i go to register its selected on -7, would this matter to the bot?
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Re: [RC] No more spambots

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sevenalive wrote:Would this matter if i have my default timezone different from -12. when i go to register its selected on -7, would this matter to the bot?
It's O.K. :) Bots will select GMT-12 regardless the default timezone.
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Re: [RC] No more spambots

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I know this is the 3.0 mod area, but I'm still running 2. whatever, and I want to say this is a great, simply, and very effective mod. If it works as good on 3.0 as 2.0 {sounds like it does} it should have been built in to the forum itself by having a blank space as the first option, then -12, -11 and so on, and if the blank space was chosen, then the registerer {I know, not a real word} would get an error message.

I was getting at least 10 a day till I did this, then 1 in 6 months, a real person I bet. While installing another mod I messed up my the user_register page and reloaded it with what I thought was the right one. I was wrong, 10 spammers in day.

I know this was the long way around to say great mod, but I want to give credit where credit is due. Thanks.
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Re: [RC] No more spambots

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mojavemark wrote:it should have been built in to the forum itself by having a blank space as the first option, then -12, -11 and so on, and if the blank space was chosen, then the registerer {I know, not a real word} would get an error message.
Exactly... However, I don't think it will be done like that in phpBB's upcoming releases. You could add it yourself though.
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Re: [RC] No more spambots

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As soon as I have time I'm gonna figure out the code I have to add to make the default setting read "pick time zone-required" instead of -12:00. If they dont then have a error message come up that says missing info, I think you all know what I'm getting at. If some one else has allready done this, it would not offend me if you were to post it up here. :)
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Re: [RC] No more spambots

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Hi, this worked for a while but now we're getting massive registrations by bots who seem to have figured out how to bypass this. We've re-enabled captcha and will need to implement a stronger solution.
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Re: [RC] No more spambots

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I think I have said this before: This mod in combination with my Anti-Bot mod should stop pretty much everything.
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Re: [RC] No more spambots

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I installed Anti-Bot Registration and the issue seems of bot regs seems to have solved itself. Very cool mod, only few minutes to install :).

Works great!

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Re: [RC] No more spambots

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my latest spam bot who has psoted 5 times is from time zone UTC + 8 - chinese standard time !

i have visual confirmation enabled and theys till get through , off topic but does anyone know of a mode like back in phpbb2 where you ask a question and specify correct answers to enable registration ?? i had it installed and never had a bot again untill phpbb3 im not getting heaps spammed but every now and then 1 signs up posts the same shit in all different topics. (often advertising something that no one really wants)
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Re: [RC] No more spambots

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Have you seen my Anti-Bot Registration? Since I have created this, I have not had any bot issues on any of the four sites I have up. The idea is to change the underlying hard coded values so that a bot will not know what they are. Changing time zones is good for many bots. But not all bots will ignore the timezone field.
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Re: [RC] No more spambots

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It worked without fail on my 2 board but it's not working on my 3 board?

I also got the Russian "deatriake" day before yesterday, not to mention the almost 2 dozen "world travelers" since.

Any suggestions?

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		$data = array(
			'username'			=> utf8_normalize_nfc(request_var('username', '', true)),
			'new_password'		=> request_var('new_password', '', true),
			'password_confirm'	=> request_var('password_confirm', '', true),
			'email'				=> strtolower(request_var('email', '')),
			'email_confirm'		=> strtolower(request_var('email_confirm', '')),
			'confirm_code'		=> request_var('confirm_code', ''),
			'lang'				=> basename(request_var('lang', $user->lang_name)),
			'tz'				=> request_var('tz', (float) $timezone),
	   
			// Custom
			'location'			=> utf8_normalize_nfc(request_var('location', '', true)),
			'occupation'		=> utf8_normalize_nfc(request_var('occupation', '', true)),
		);
		
        if ($data['tz'] == -12.00)
        {
            die('Die, bot! Die.');
        }
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Re: [RC] No more spambots

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cmcemd wrote:It worked without fail on my 2 board but it's not working on my 3 board?

I also got the Russian "deatriake" day before yesterday, not to mention the almost 2 dozen "world travelers" since.

Any suggestions?

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		$data = array(
			'username'			=> utf8_normalize_nfc(request_var('username', '', true)),
			'new_password'		=> request_var('new_password', '', true),
			'password_confirm'	=> request_var('password_confirm', '', true),
			'email'				=> strtolower(request_var('email', '')),
			'email_confirm'		=> strtolower(request_var('email_confirm', '')),
			'confirm_code'		=> request_var('confirm_code', ''),
			'lang'				=> basename(request_var('lang', $user->lang_name)),
			'tz'				=> request_var('tz', (float) $timezone),
	   
			// Custom
			'location'			=> utf8_normalize_nfc(request_var('location', '', true)),
			'occupation'		=> utf8_normalize_nfc(request_var('occupation', '', true)),
		);
		
        if ($data['tz'] == -12.00)
        {
            die('Die, bot! Die.');
        }
It's one of two things since the MOD worked on your two other boards:

Either you have a bug in your file (please post the COMPLETE file).

---OR---

Your board is being hit by bots that seem to have figured out how to bypass -12; try using Gremlinn's Anti-Bot Registration MOD in conjunction with this one.
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Re: [RC] No more spambots

Post by stokerpiller »

This is a good idea, it works fine as descriped.
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Re: [RC] No more spambots

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Sorry guys... tried to delete this post but couldn't figure out how to do it.
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