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Re: Spam registrations

Post by nyamueric1 » Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:05 am

stevemaury wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:59 pm
What question were you asking about the image? "What color" is no good because the bots will just cycle through common colors.
a bot that can read the question and try to reply to it is rather creepy.

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Re: Spam registrations

Post by Mick » Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:10 am

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Re: Spam registrations

Post by LesD » Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:55 am

I too got hundreds of spam registrations per week and nothing helped. Turning up the level of the built-in captcha to the point that it was virtually impossible for a human to read, helped but not much.

I then tried John Connor's link to sortables_captcha worked like a dream. Killed spam registrations totally! Highly recommended.

Easy to set up once you understand the method.

If the list gets compromised you just change the list.

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Re: Spam registrations

Post by KevC » Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:58 am

LesD wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:55 am
Turning up the level of the built-in captcha to the point that it was virtually impossible for a human to read, helped but not much.
They were beaten years ago.

Q&A also works just fine if you ask the right kind of question.
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Re: Spam registrations

Post by LesD » Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:52 am

I wonder why the existing default has not been replaced if it is of no use?

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Post by KevC » Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:16 am

I think there's been a long discussion about that on the development site. It serves 'some' purpose to people installing a new site rather than no purpose at all and requires no setup knowledge. If Q&A was the default then there are language implications and if you ask people to think up a question on the spot during installation they're likely to ask what is 2+2 or what colour is the sky and they're just as easy to beat. But I vaguely remember reading that the old captchas were being taken out for 3.3 but I might be wrong.
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Re: Spam registrations

Post by LesD » Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:23 am

Thanks. Indeed, it took me a couple of goes till I got the hang of what I was supposed to do with Sortables Captcha

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Re: Spam registrations

Post by Mick » Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:43 am

LesD wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:52 am
I wonder why the existing default has not been replaced if it is of no use?
viewtopic.php?f=436&t=2450886
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Re: Spam registrations

Post by Hartenheer » Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:55 am

Is it bots that spam?
If they are people from certain countries you can give it a try.

viewtopic.php?f=456&t=2513016
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Re: Spam registrations

Post by LesD » Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:06 am

Following up on things mentioned above I now see that Q&A and reCeptcha are installed by default.

I must have ignored them as they are greyed-out in the list (as they have not yet been set up). I think the greying-out is not a good idea. If they are usable then they should be listed as normal.

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Re: Spam registrations

Post by stevemaury » Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:42 pm

Hartenheer wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:55 am
Is it bots that spam?
If they are people from certain countries you can give it a try.

viewtopic.php?f=456&t=2513016
That post assumes that certain IPs can be correlated with certain countries, and/or that everyone uses a host that is in the same country they are, and/or that everyone in a particular country is a spammer, and/or that no one in another country is a spammer. None is correct.
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Re: Spam registrations

Post by John connor » Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:53 am

Hartenheer wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:55 am
Is it bots that spam?
If they are people from certain countries you can give it a try.

viewtopic.php?f=456&t=2513016
That isn't going to work. Spam bots use a plethora of IPs ranging from cloud/host IPs to infected routers at people's homes. Blocking certain countries may help to an extent however.

I'd just check out CIDRAM which does the same thing but a lot more. It uses the Stop Forum Spam database, AbuseIPDB, blocks many, MANY unsavory IPs, etc. But you have to read all of its documentation. It really isn't that hard to get installed. If one has a WordPress site there is a CIDRAM plugin.

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Re: Spam registrations

Post by John connor » Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:53 am

Mick wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:43 am
LesD wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:52 am
I wonder why the existing default has not been replaced if it is of no use?
viewtopic.php?f=436&t=2450886
Voted up.

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Re: Spam registrations

Post by LesD » Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:40 am

John connor wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:53 am
Voted up.
Done the same.

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Re: Spam registrations

Post by potku » Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:05 am

Potku.net being a Finnish site, spam registrations have never been a catastrophic problem for us. However, they have increased in the recent years.

We have been using Q&A for ages. Our previous question was about James Bond. I remember playing around with registration just to see how it works when my Opera browser suggested the correct answer! I still don't understand how that happened. The correct answer was not in the cache or anything like that. But it made me wonder.

In our current question we ask about a country. Is it that the bots just circle all countries until they get it right? But there's a limit of 20 tries. Or are these registrations by actual humans?

Besides Q&A, registration must be verified by e-mail.

Is there something we could do better? We would appreciate all input. :)

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