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Old 10-05-2006, 10:52 PM
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Yes, yes, we've got spambots. At least ten phony registrations a day, and some of them are somehow defeating the email confirmation system and managing to post. The reason this is happening -- to such an extent, anyway -- is that ever since the move to vBulletin, the images used by our security test aren't working. I had to disable it entirely to let anyone but spambots get through. (I'm not just flattering myself, by the way -- we've had quite a few real registrations amid all these bots.)

Antony's been working on it, but this particular problem is new territory for him. It may take him a while longer. In the meantime, please don't answer the spam threads. I delete the threads as soon as I see them, but replying won't make me see them any faster.
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Old 10-07-2006, 08:54 AM
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A forum admin or two would help, you know. You'd need someone completely trustworthy and who is unlikely to grossly abuse their powers though. Someone like me, for instance.
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Old 10-07-2006, 05:51 PM
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PHJ... with power.

Sorry, nothing about that is sounding safe.
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Old 10-07-2006, 05:54 PM
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PHJ, a spambot, a locked room... and a pair of pliers. Hmmm...
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Old 10-07-2006, 07:53 PM
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PHJ... with power.

Sorry, nothing about that is sounding safe.
But wouldn't it be fun to watch though?
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Old 10-07-2006, 09:00 PM
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Would it be possible to create a moderation system? Some way so that if, say, three or four people mark an account as a bot within a day, it is deleted? Then, the privielige to "mark" would be given to some of the seniormost members, sush as site staff and major posters. without needing the full powers of the Great Zeke. Just a thought.
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