Brilliant idea? Stopping wowgold spammers

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Brilliant idea? Stopping wowgold spammers

Post by stevemaury » Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:32 pm

This was probably thought of before, but I am so proud of it I had to share.

I see many human spammers trying to get wowgold. If you have a board that is only in a foreign language, add a custom profile field required at registration which asks a question in your language and requires an answer in your language, preferably something that only speakers of that language would be likely to know.

Presumably, the vast majority of these wowgold spammers speak a language other than yours, so they would have to translate and look up the answer. I am betting most won't bother.

Obviously, this will work better for, say, Urdu than for, say, Spanish.

EDIT - And obviously, this only works with Admin activation, because there is no way to require a particular answer in a text field.
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Re: Brilliant idea? Stopping wowgold spammers

Post by Jim_UK » Thu Aug 14, 2008 7:02 pm

A good idea Steve.
From what I have seen these Wow Gold spammers are human. If not then it would be the only bot to get through registration on my site in over 2 years. Assuming they are human then ok with your idea.
What I have done is to use the word sensor such that any text Wow Gold, wow gold, WowGold, wowgold is replaced by "Please report this post" to draw moderator or Admin attention to their rubbish posting.
I also do not allow urls in signatures until after 10 posts so they get nowhere on my site.

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Post by jwxie » Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:10 pm

Jim_UK wrote:A good idea Steve.
From what I have seen these Wow Gold spammers are human. If not then it would be the only bot to get through registration on my site in over 2 years. Assuming they are human then ok with your idea.
What I have done is to use the word sensor such that any text Wow Gold, wow gold, WowGold, wowgold is replaced by "Please report this post" to draw moderator or Admin attention to their rubbish posting.
I also do not allow urls in signatures until after 10 posts so they get nowhere on my site.

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something that is verbal in your language will be a brilliant idea@@
yeah, at the same time, some softwares do have a config at acp to control how long will the new registration be able to post his first thread
if this is also added to phpbb will be a great use
since spammer will never waste their time if they have to wait for 1 hr after the new registration to post a thread.

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Post by stevemaury » Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:17 pm

As an addition to the word censor idea, edit the registration page:
Attention wowgold spammers: Your links are blocked at this site, so don't bother.
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Post by MartectX » Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:41 pm

Is it so bad with those wowgolders? I haven't seen one on the boards I frequent.

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Post by Phil » Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:53 pm

I've gotten about 20 or so on my rather small board, although that may be because it's linked to in my signature.
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Post by Elias » Fri Aug 15, 2008 12:40 am

That would also affect how many users end up signing up that actually are interested in your forum's subject no?

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Post by Phil » Fri Aug 15, 2008 12:46 am

I'm not sure how it would effect them. I just delete the spammers.
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Post by stevemaury » Sat Aug 16, 2008 8:46 pm

EY wrote:That would also affect how many users end up signing up that actually are interested in your forum's subject no?

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Well, if they can't read the language the forum is in, they aren't going to sign up anyway, and if they can, the question will be easy.
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Re: Brilliant idea? Stopping wowgold spammers

Post by Jethan4u » Mon Aug 18, 2008 5:09 am

What is Wow Gold ?

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Post by Phil » Mon Aug 18, 2008 5:15 am

World of Warcraft gold ;)
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Re: Brilliant idea? Stopping wowgold spammers

Post by ron101 » Thu Aug 21, 2008 5:50 pm

How do i do that then? do i have to turn something on or what is there?

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Re: Brilliant idea? Stopping wowgold spammers

Post by EsrarliKapi » Sun Aug 24, 2008 9:00 am

I use almost the same but with some slight differences. In my forum, I don't want to use admin activation, I found it annoying as a user. I added a custom field myself. So I did this:

../ucp.php

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			// Replace "error" strings with their real, localised form
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			$checker_answers = array('testanswer', 'answerno2', 'another');
			if(!in_array(strtr(strtolower($data['checker']), array(' ' => '')), $checker_answers))
			{
				$error[] = $user->lang['CHECKER_ERROR'];
			}

			// Replace "error" strings with their real, localised form
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			'tz'				=> request_var('tz', (float) $timezone),
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			'tz'				=> request_var('tz', (float) $timezone),
			'checker'				=> request_var('checker', '', true),
../styles/prosilver/template/ucp_register.html

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		<dd><input type="password" tabindex="5" name="password_confirm" id="password_confirm" size="25" value="{PASSWORD_CONFIRM}" class="inputbox autowidth" title="{L_CONFIRM_PASSWORD}" /></dd>
	</dl>
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		<dd><input type="password" tabindex="5" name="password_confirm" id="password_confirm" size="25" value="{PASSWORD_CONFIRM}" class="inputbox autowidth" title="{L_CONFIRM_PASSWORD}" /></dd>
	</dl>
	<dl>
		<dt><label for="checker">{L_CHECKER}:</label><br /><span>{L_CHECKER_EXPLAIN}</span></dt>
		<dd><input type="text" tabindex="6" name="checker" id="checker" size="25" maxlength="100" value="" class="inputbox autowidth" title="{L_CHECKER}" /></dd>
	</dl>
../language/en/ucp.php

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	'CONFIRM_PASSWORD_EXPLAIN'	=> 'You only need to confirm your password if you changed it above.',
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	'CONFIRM_PASSWORD_EXPLAIN'	=> 'You only need to confirm your password if you changed it above.',
	'CHECKER'			=> 'What is my name?',
	'CHECKER_EXPLAIN'			=> 'Just to make sure you are human.',
	'CHECKER_ERROR'			=> 'Invalid check code, try again.',
Fill the $checker_answers array with the possible answers of the question.
The answer sent is automatically converted to lower case and space chars are removed, so make sure you set the answer like that too.
Change the 'CHECKER' language string as your question.


Doing well so far for me. Hope it helps somebody else. But make sure that the answers are guessable by your human users.
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Re: Brilliant idea? Stopping wowgold spammers

Post by igorw » Sun Aug 24, 2008 9:40 am

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Re: Brilliant idea? Stopping wowgold spammers

Post by MartectX » Sun Aug 24, 2008 9:46 am

@EsrarliKapi: Ah, this mod existed for phpBB2, known as "The Humanizer". You know, you should make a ModX out of it; if you don't have the time I'd even do it for you (giving you credit of course).

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