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    I know people hate captcha, but the whole "what skotos game is based on whatever" type Q&A is not working for keeping spammers from making new accounts that can post spam. Spam has actually gotten WORSE since the update to VB 5.2.3 - and I think it might be time for the admins to implement a capcha system that works far better than a question/answer (which is easily enough bypassed it would seam. It is doing nothing to deture these spam posts.)

    https://www.vbulletin.com/docs/html/...ecaptchaverify

    VBulletin's forums have captcha keys for free that should work well. Just a suggestion!
    Royal Chief of Medicine
    Courtier of Her Majesty's Royal Court


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    Yes. 12345

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Dolph View Post
      I know people hate captcha, but the whole "what skotos game is based on whatever" type Q&A is not working for keeping spammers from making new accounts that can post spam. Spam has actually gotten WORSE since the update to VB 5.2.3 - and I think it might be time for the admins to implement a capcha system that works far better than a question/answer (which is easily enough bypassed it would seam. It is doing nothing to deture these spam posts.)

      https://www.vbulletin.com/docs/html/...ecaptchaverify

      VBulletin's forums have captcha keys for free that should work well. Just a suggestion!
      Captcha actually works considerably less well than a unique Q&A. I've tried both on a few different sites.

      I do agree that spam has gotten worse than the vB5 upgrade, and I'm hoping to figure out some better solutions for that, but unfortunately Captcha isn't it.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ShannonA View Post

        Captcha actually works considerably less well than a unique Q&A. I've tried both on a few different sites.

        I do agree that spam has gotten worse than the vB5 upgrade, and I'm hoping to figure out some better solutions for that, but unfortunately Captcha isn't it.
        Yep - I did a little research, and you're right - People are finding Captcha a bit more easy to crack than Q&A. I suppose that's out. I'll keep an eye out and see if anyone reports a better solution on other VB5 + forums
        Royal Chief of Medicine
        Courtier of Her Majesty's Royal Court

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        • #5
          Is there any benefit to restricting a tough captcha that only humans can pass to, say...users with fewer than N posts, so that the majority who have already proven their humanity can sail smoothly?

          Most of the spammers I see are one-posters that just rereg

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          • #6
            I noticed a distinct increase in forum spam since some of Skotos' games started faring better on sites such as Top Mud Sites. At least, in Marrach's case, I noticed the same month we started showing up in the top ten (about a year ago) was the same time the spam bots got really bad.

            Tonight I deleted 35 spam postings (3+ forum pages) that were made in the CM forums since this morning when I went to bed. On average I delete about 6 to 8 a day, though this is the second time this month we got over 30 in a single day. Whatever software VBulletin is using doesn't seem to be working too well.

            I wonder if it might be possible to implement a "first post check", wherein a moderator has to approve the first post made by a new account before further posts can be made. Top Mud Sites uses a similar feature although it's not automated (new forum accounts have to email a moderator to be activated which could potentially be as much a hassle for moderators as simply deleting the spam).
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