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Ryan Paddy



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oops, forgot to check back here. Will PM the code to him at the next chance.
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Ryan Paddy



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, I've finally gotten around to firing our spambot solution through to Squee. Hope it helps.
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Ryan Paddy



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hum. Actually, I've just realised that I already sent that advice to squee back in October but he's never read the message.

Now I've sent it twice, with different wording. Embarassed

Is there someone else technical I should send it to? It's really simple, just involves editing a couple of text files on the server and all the spambots stop registering.
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Luke
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2006 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BTW I will be off the internet for 2 weeks over Xmas. At the moment, I am deleting up to 5 spam posts a day from the main forum. That will mean approximately 80 spam posts will be up before I can delete them on my return, unless squee can do something by then. Any thoughts?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2006 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll be round a lot as i am off for those 2 weeks and am at home.

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Ryan Paddy



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2006 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Honestly, this code fix totally does away with new auto-spamming accounts. And most of them only spam once after registering anyway.

You'll never have to delete another auto-spam, it totally sorts the problem out.

But there's no-one available who can edit the forum scripts, is that right?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2006 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RP you need to talk to squee, who is very hard to get hold of at times. I no nothing about the electricky computee stuff.
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Ryan Paddy



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2006 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay. He hasn't checked his PMs since October and doesn't list an email address.

Can someone PM me an email address or phone number for squee?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2006 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I work with his other half, I'll poke her with a stick and get him to look.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2006 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Luke wrote:
RP you need to talk to squee, who is very hard to get hold of at times. I no nothing about the electricky computee stuff.


Yes... We can tell...

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Ryan Paddy



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. I don't come here a huge amount, but it looks like the spambots are really hurting.
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Stephanie



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Regarding the spammers:
I know that putting in a change to the visual recognition code might take a little bit of effort, but even without that, I strongly suspect that requiring people to register before posting would cut down on the numbers of 'Guest' spammers.

It's just a thought.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heya Peoples

I know we have had a rather BAD delay in fixing the spambot problems Sad
And im Truly sorry for it Sad

But this weekend Glock, Squee and myself are going to be having a meeting about it.

If you have any other things you wish us to discuss
Just post it here and ill write up a list of topics for discussion.

Very Happy

Again the delay is VERY BAD im sorry.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ryan, check ur email.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 1:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As a temporary fix what about an invite only type thing. Close standard joining protocols, and instead ask people to send an email with their request for a login name and password (which they can change after confirmation). Spambots wouldn't wate time with this.

If you dissallow posting by non members they can't spam as an annonymous reply either, although I don't think you can post without beign logged in can you.
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