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Why does it tell me I cannot select Q&A because I 'don't meet requirements'?
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Good to use Captcha, it is Spam preventing and also interesting to solve.
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That doesn't answer my question, but anyway, when I use Captcha, I get many, many spam registrations. They register with scrambled usernames that, when unscrambled, are insults directed at my forum.
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It's likely you have more than one language installed and haven't filled out a question for all of the ones being used.

How to configure Q&A
  1. ACP> Spambot countermeasures> Installed plugins> click the dropdown box and select Q&A (it will be greyed out)
  2. Click the configure button then click add.
  3. Add your question and answer (you need a Q&A for each language you have installed) click submit.
  4. Click “back to previous page” then click “back”
  5. Select Q&A from the dropdown box (again)
  6. Click submit at the bottom of the page.
  7. Done.
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I tried going through the process twice, but still get the error message that the plugin cannot be selected as its requirements have not been met. :?: I only find one language installed.
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And can you post a screenshot of exactly what you're seeing please.
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Thank you. I've upgraded to the latest version 3.0.12, so now we wait. :lol: I've left it on captcha phrase, and if I need to try the q&a, I will. I'll probably know soon if this has fixed the problem or not.
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The problem does persist with getting spam registrations using captcha. I tried once again now that I have the newest version to change to the Q&A, but continue get the error message:
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I have to leave my register button "off" in order not to get numerous daily spam registrations, which means I also cannot get authentic ones.
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Take a screenshot of what you're filling in on the Q&A page.
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I don't think this is a bot in every instance. If so, they have become very specifically sophisticated. There is someone who harasses all forums with a certain subject content, and does annoying things like these spam registrations. I really don't see how a bot could make up scrambled names that, when unscrambled, target forum content.

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both of your questions are very easy for the spam bots to google the answers to.

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Have you also got British English installed? And if so, have you filled in the question in that language as well?
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A bot that googles answers?

British English? :shock:
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Poor Butterfly wrote:A bot that googles answers?
There seems to be plenty of evidence that any questions that are 'common knowledge' are easily beaten.
Poor Butterfly wrote:British English? :shock:
Your screenshot shows you have set a question in US English.

The default language on boards is British English.
Where that little drop list is next to the language, do you have any other language options?
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