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Duh, Please read my previous posts on this thread before responding. Your 21 years of age was part of my question a few posts earlier.

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pixelpadre wrote:Are you telling me that the programming is intentionally written to disallow someone from selecting the default values? Soley 100% for the purpose of avoiding spam
In this case yes.

Can we now get back on to the subject of discussing ways and means of coping with spam, please . . .
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Post by sumeetrajaggarwal »

one more thing i have noticed don't know if its correct but it worked for me. I made users to activate their accounts by enabling that option in User Registration section and wow no spams. Until a user activates his/her account by going to his mail he cannot post and that works for bots.

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Thanks for posting this. I used the Anti-Bot Question mod about a week ago and I haven't had a problem since. Though it's interesting to note the literally hundreds of bot-driven POST attempts in my HTTP logs, not one of them has been successful. The question is simple, what primary color makes blue and yellow. I can't imagine anyone not knowing the answer to that.

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I would not be too confident, its one thing to block some spammers, but others who are hell bent on spreading porn etc. will stop at nothing.

I have seen spammers use teams of low wage earners work in sweatshops solving CATCHAS so that more email accounts can be made.

I have put a lot of effort into the problem and I will not rest.

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wornways wrote:what primary color makes blue and yellow
Errrmmmm, that's me screwed :lol:
VeganFanatic wrote:I have seen spammers use teams of low wage earners work in sweatshops solving CATCHAS so that more email accounts can be made.
Where, maybe you should report them to the police?
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My site has been bombed by spam. 780 users added. My other half of my site that is not phpbb is where I want all of my users to sign up at. Users on my site are automatically added to my phpbb board. Is there a way to turn off the register links or redirect them to the register on the other part of my site? and turn off the login or redirect that to the login on my site. I am sure this must be possible. This hopefully would stop my problem as I dont have any spam bots hitting the other part of my site. Also is there an ez way to remove all of these users?

Thanks in advance,
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Post by onehundredandtwo »

You can disable registration through the ACP > User Registration Settings > None.

If you want a link to the other part of your site, you could modify your style by opening styles/yourstyle/template/overall_header.html and making the following changes:
FIND:

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<!-- IF not S_USER_LOGGED_IN and S_REGISTER_ENABLED --><li class="icon-register"><a href="{U_REGISTER}">{L_REGISTER}</a></li><!-- ENDIF -->
REPLACE WITH (and change http://www.example.com/register with your own registration URL):

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<li class="icon-register"><a href="http://www.example.com/register">{L_REGISTER}</a></li>
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jagacontest wrote:My site has been bombed by spam. 780 users added
Are these 'attacks' actually registering and just sit there as inactive?
Are they registering and leaving posts?
If neither of the above how are they registering?

Stop the spam bots in the first place by reading and carrying out some or all of this sticky from the top of this topic Preventing Spam in 3.0 [*Read First Post*]
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Mixstar wrote:
jagacontest wrote:My site has been bombed by spam. 780 users added
Are these 'attacks' actually registering and just sit there as inactive?
Are they registering and leaving posts?
If neither of the above how are they registering?

Stop the spam bots in the first place by reading and carrying out some or all of this sticky from the top of this topic Preventing Spam in 3.0 [*Read First Post*]
They are registering and leaving posts. I am not sure if all users are creating posts but I had hundreds of pages to prune. I figured out how to prune all of the posts from my site which was easy because the site is not live yet. None of the users were created in the other part of my site so I know they have come in thru phpbb. Is there an easy way to delete mass amounts of users.

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All of the spam users have one post each.
if there is no ez way of doing this thru ACP can I delete them from the DB. Is it just one table or does user creation touch a bunch of tables?

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Ignore my last request. I found the prune users sections and was able to get rid of them all. Also I have the register pointing to my main site registration page now.

Thanks for all the help!
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Admin, time for a sticky anoucement oon solutions for some spam contol ideas. Take the stuff from here as a starting point and revise as more ideas are tested.

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Prior to the update to 3.0.5 I would receive literally hundreds of spam memberships on my phpBB community each week. Since the VERY WELCOME update to v. 3.0.5 I have noticed a marked decrease in spam memberships, now down to about one or two a day.

Indeed, those few that have succeeded in getting through have employed usernames that were completely numeric -- none employing an alphabetic character have succeeded in accessing the board at all. 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.
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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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