MOD Title: Textual Confirmation
MOD Description: Textual Confirmation (TC) asks newly registering user a question. If the answer is wrong, TC rejects the registration. Also, TC notifies the forum admin and the community spam database. The administrator can edit the questions and answers in the Administration Panel.
MOD Version: 1.0.0.beta3, actually a release candidate
MOD Homepage: http://bbantispam.com/tc/
MOD Download: http://bbantispam.com/tc/TextualConfirmation.zip
Demo Board: http://bbantispam.com/forum/profile.php ... greed=true
Useful links and screenshots are on the homepage. Here are few comments.
I was irritated by Advanced Visual Confirmation, which gave more harm than benefit. Spammers decrypt its images much better than normal users My users bothered me with it. When I tried to register an user, and tried 5 times to enter the code correctly, I became furious and decided to do something. This something is the MOD Textual Confirmation.
I'm aware about Anti Bot Question Hack, but I dislike it. For me, its "medium" installation level is too hard for me, and it's easier to write a new MOD with the installation level "easy" and with EasyMOD compatibility.
I've tested Textual Confirmation for the week on my 3 forums, with Visual Confirmation switched off. Results are:
* no new registrations on English forums,
* a bit more registrations on a Russian forum.
You are probably surprised by the second result. It's so because my SEO-optimized forum is in the tops, and therefore each and every spammer has it in index.
More, now its obvious to me that the best spam bots work in cooperation with humans. If a bot can't pass, a human assits him.
That's why I don't believe in Visual Confirmation (cracked once, spammer can post to each board) and believe in Textual Confirmation (spammer have to hire human labour to answer forum-specific questions).
In my opinion, the best Text Confirmation question is something like:
What's the forum pass code (see <a href="faq.php">FAQ</a>)?