Preventing spam (Ref: broken captchas)

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Preventing spam (Ref: broken captchas)

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Out of curiosity

Can the built in captchas that has been broken by the bots etc be removed in an update to help new and old forum sites combat spam. ?????

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TPCR wrote:Out of curiosity

Can the built in captchas that has been broken by the bots etc be removed in an update to help new and old forum sites combat spam. ?????
I agree, they should have been removed a long time ago to keep people from using them thinking they worked.


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Re: Preventing spam (Ref: broken captchas)

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Lumpy Burgertushie wrote:
TPCR wrote:Out of curiosity

Can the built in captchas that has been broken by the bots etc be removed in an update to help new and old forum sites combat spam. ?????
I agree, they should have been removed a long time ago to keep people from using them thinking they worked.


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The most effective method/s I have found so far is to install a key captcha that users have to move a few pieces of an image to complete the image, and a MOD called Advanced Block MOD, which has auto blocked over 1144 to date since installed on 18 May 2013 04:59

Below is the screenshots from just the Stop Forum Spam section

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Best part it is automatic and saves a lot of time manually deleting the spam entries in the inactive users section.

Results in my ACP for verifcation purposes

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If there are more effective way/s then I am all ears :)

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Re: Preventing spam (Ref: broken captchas)

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Have you tried the built in Q&A with a GOOD none searchable Q&A?
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Re: Preventing spam (Ref: broken captchas)

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Mick wrote:Have you tried the built in Q&A with a GOOD none searchable Q&A?

Hi Mick

It was'nt questioning the working non bot broken captchas but as a reference to removing the bot broken captchas to clean up the code etc

(if they are no longer effective then remove them and clean the code up)

best practice and all :)

Clean code = faster load times etc etc etc

And was for reference stating what is most effective for me atm

As a test if I am pointed to the exact codes to remove then I will remove them and report back

Or should I ask in the mod section for a mod to be configured to remove the broken captchas etc

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Re: Preventing spam (Ref: broken captchas)

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TPCR wrote:Clean code = faster load times etc etc etc
If you aren't using any of the 'redundant' CAPTCHA's or, even if you are, load times won't be affected.
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Re: Preventing spam (Ref: broken captchas)

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Mick wrote:
TPCR wrote:Clean code = faster load times etc etc etc
If you aren't using any of the 'redundant' CAPTCHA's or, even if you are, loads times won't be affected.
That is handy to know cheers Mick :)

however would it not be better to remove the broken redundunt captcha's to prevent them being used and spammers gaining access

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Re: Preventing spam (Ref: broken captchas)

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This isn't the board to discuss development issues or make development requests, that would be: Area51 phpBB Development

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