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    Default THE OFFICIAL SPAM BOT THREAD

    Let's use one thread please, and i want it in the public. If you guys want to merge the other threads feel free, but we already know what's gonig on.

    Ok, so heres a few ideas. First, yes spam bot is aggravating, but wtf, just delete it and stop whining about it like it's some major inconvenience to you. A lot of you staff complain there's not enough to do & when there is something to do we also hear complaints. Spam is a part of the internet, there's nothing we can to STOP it, we can only take measures to PREVENT it.
    So here's some measures we can take.

    First is at registration. I made a new question, it was easily bypassed, no big deal. the recaptcha is also getting bypassed. Perhaps we can look into a different recaptcha. can anyone find out if we can switch the recaptchas, either by mod or use a different recaptcha key. perhaps a different question cuold be devised in the meantime, Im open to suggestions, I wanted something a human would have to figure out, instead of something easily googleable (ie math)

    Next, once the registration is complete, we need to have another 'firewall' in place. we installed a mod, so if the reg is filled out in under 25 sec, which is impossible, then the application is rejected. apparantly this mod let a bot in already, but let's check the configuration and ensure its installed and configured correctly.
    The verification email arrives next. Lets see if we can wait an hour or so before sending the verification email, maybe this will deter some spambots. If we are able to delay the sending of the email, we need to rephrase the VB phrases regarding the verification email and inform people it will take an hour (or x time) to receive the verification email.

    next step if necessary is to stop posting for a time. Either new members will not be allowed to post until the next day, or after an hour, or after so many points or whatever. Let's see if a mods available that limits the posting of new members.

    as a last measure of defense we can adjust the forum permissions to only allow users with (for example) 10 posts to post in any forum, and only allow the spam forum to have a min post requirement of 0.

    OR restrict members from posting entirely except for the spam forum. create a new group and add a promotion at 10 posts unto a postable usergroup, which would just be a hidden group that only allows posting.

    these are just a few examples of measures we can take to resolve this issue. We have had spam bots in the past, and we have eliminated them. We have to narrow down the vector that they are using and the only way is to keep trying different things.

    By enabling a multi step antispam approach we can prevent alot of this shit from getting through. Our human input remains a constant step in each process, things wont fix themselves automatically. Suggestions are always appreciated, keep in mind the tolerance for fucking with this thread is zero, so if you're posting in this thread please dont bullshit around.

    http://www.google.com/search?q=vbell...ent+forum+spam

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    maybe force a post in introductions as ur first thread?
    also how about as the question add something that is like "spell derp"

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    I agree just ignore it. It is a spam bot not a explosive or somthing that will kill you. My email is always spammed with some new chat sites so all i do is spam it and it goes away. I think we should have a probation section so we could put all bots and spammers in it and when in it they stay in it for a day unable to post or talk.

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    did u read anything he said? he said to do the complete oppisite and NOT ignore it

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    Quote Originally Posted by demon450 View Post
    did u read anything he said? he said to do the complete oppisite and NOT ignore it
    I read the whole thing. I just say ignore it and find a solution.

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    the point of 'forcing' a post into a particular forum is to force the spam bot into there if they make it that far. by forcing them into a moderated section of the forum, it counters the entire idea. the spam bot, if successful in posting, only posts in the spam section, and it's spam anyway, it's unmoderated, and it's largely ignored by the majority of CL.

    we need to have a more complicated question, one thats not able to be processed by a machine. We just need to think and phrase one that envokes some emotion or something that a machine just cant do.l

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    its tol bad machines can do everything we can do and more, except emotions which is different for all of us

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    We should get a plug in that monitors the information that the bot enters and find similarities in the registering information and block it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLUTCH ERIK View Post
    I read the whole thing. I just say ignore it and find a solution.
    I said zero tolerance. 1 year ban please demon lolol

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    sure, j foresaw this yesterday lol

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