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Post by DavidIQ »

t-p wrote:
The nature of my board would permit prohibiting numeric characters from usernames, but this is not one of the choices provided in the relevant field in the ACP.

I would like to request such an option be added in future releases, or for advice in modifying the authentication scheme myself. Thank you.
I second the request.

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You need to go to MOD Requests forum and post there. What you're requesting doesn't do much, if anything at all, to fight spam.
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David, he isn't saying it will fight spam, but how he is using the forum software, he'd like that to be an option in the registration settings.

Bump up my post from a couple pages back.
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Agent F wrote:David, he isn't saying it will fight spam, but how he is using the forum software, he'd like that to be an option in the registration settings.
I know that. I was basically trying to say that it has nothing to do with this topic or Spam and so I was redirecting him to the appropriate location.
That sounds like a bug to me. Have you filed a bug report?
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DavidIQ wrote:
That sounds like a bug to me. Have you filed a bug report?
I actually don't think it is a bug. "Do not automatically parse URLs" is unchecked by default.
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Sorry if this has been asked before but I have 'user registration' set to 'by admin' but I also want to stop the emails going to the members apart from myself. I am the only site admin? Using by admin has greatly reduced the real people spammers from 12-15 pd to 2 or 3pd.

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alanbenjy wrote:Sorry if this has been asked before but I have 'user registration' set to 'by admin' but I also want to stop the emails going to the members apart from myself. I am the only site admin? Using by admin has greatly reduced the real people spammers from 12-15 pd to 2 or 3pd.

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Those emails should only go to users in the administrator group. If they're going to everyone else on the site then you've changed some code somewhere.
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i never got even a single spam. :lol: lol
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I have a small club site running 3.0.4. Registration is set to None. Shouldn't that prevent bot signups? Or even human signups? Over the past 4 days I have gottem more spam signups that we have members.
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No, 'NONE' means that anyone can join without email conformation. If you want to stop ALL registrations, select 'Disable'
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Post by .=QUACK=.Major.Pain »

This may have been mentioned before, but we were discussing this on another forum.

The custom profile antispam options suggested on the first post, there is a problem.
If you use "What is the middle number? Options 1,2,3,4,5
Open the second setup page on the last line, you select only 1 number which is the incorrect number.

We tested this on another site, and this allows 4 correct answers and 1 wrong answer.
There doesn't seem to be any options to do the reverse.

So from what we can see, with 5 options to choose from and 4 correct answers and 1 not, this allows a bot an 80% chance of getting the answer correct, and is not very effective.

Using a 2 option with 1 right and 1 wrong, is better odds at 50-50, but still not to effective.

Shouldn't there be the ability to have 1 out of 5 or 1 out of whatever correct answer and the rest all wrong?
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Good post .=QUACK=.Major.Pain!

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I think you may be doing something wrong somewhere. I have it so that the number I chose is the ONLY correct answer.
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Post by some blind fool »

quack,

that is a problem with using the 'dropdown box' profile field, which is pretty much useless for preventing spam, imo.
the same problem has also been discussed on this board. :)

however,
if you use the 'numbers' profile field, you can set it to have only one right answer - 3.
enter the question as something like "what is the middle number? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5", and set both the highest and lowest allowed answer to '3'.
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Bad little spam bots forgot to put in the antibot question on one of my forums :o its taken care of them on my other forums think that the antibot question is the best way to stop spambots.... worked well for me way back with 2.0.0. I think it should be part of 3.0.6 and not bother with the capatcha thing at all it really seems like a waste of time and effort for programers and us....
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Post by survivalbill »

how would you set it up for a question like:

what color is grass? green

how would you set that up?
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