it is very easy to search for phpbb boards, that is what they do., they run scripts that search for phpbb boards, then fill out the registration form. they dont' care about getting activated, just getting a www link .
that link above is a very good way to stop the bots. they seem to have found a way around the visual confirmation.
any email address that is anywhere online can be harvested by the same type of spammer scripts.
that is just the way it is online.
I'm baaaaaccckkkk. still doing work on donation basis. PM your needs.
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