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Post why do we get so many bot accounts?
It feels like once a week there is some random bot on here spamming all the forums with the same posts.

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Post Re: why do we get so many bot accounts?
Bulwyf wrote:
It feels like once a week there is some random bot on here spamming all the forums with the same posts.


All forums get a lot of them; bots literally crawl the web looking for phpbb installations to exploit. We're currently using ReCaptcha to control spam--but sometimes one does get through. We're usually pretty quick to erase the spam from a bot--but as you're quite aware I'm a bit preoccupied this week with a newborn.

We may look at other methods of reducing the chance that a bot can get a successful login.

As a note; tonight's "infestation" doesn't actually look like a bot as the person posted a whopping 17 times. Given that we require 30 seconds between posts, almost all bot installations would have timed out after 1-2 posts and moved on. Sadly, this looks like an example of something becoming more common among spammers. Think: Chinese gold farming...except for spam.

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Post Re: why do we get so many bot accounts?
I have been noticing that they are also moving away from the "automated" way of doing it, and people are manually doing the account creations... and then there is a "wait period" where the bot can take over... and actually do the same.

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Post Re: why do we get so many bot accounts?
Added custom profile field that is mandatory for registering users. It asks the question "Are you human?" and will only accept 3 characters. This is in addition to the re-captcha we currently use.

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Varadin wrote:
Added custom profile field that is mandatory for registering users. It asks the question "Are you human?" and will only accept 3 characters. This is in addition to the re-captcha we currently use.


I know I am going to "jinx" myself - but I have only had to delete one manual spammer in the last week. (approx)

Nalthien, Narco, Vyr?

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Post Re: why do we get so many bot accounts?
Varadin wrote:
Varadin wrote:
Added custom profile field that is mandatory for registering users. It asks the question "Are you human?" and will only accept 3 characters. This is in addition to the re-captcha we currently use.


I know I am going to "jinx" myself - but I have only had to delete one manual spammer in the last week. (approx)

Nalthien, Narco, Vyr?


I've done one in the last week also.

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Post Re: why do we get so many bot accounts?
I did 4 this past week.. but none since the "r u human" add you did...

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Post Re: why do we get so many bot accounts?
Varadin wrote:
Varadin wrote:
Added custom profile field that is mandatory for registering users. It asks the question "Are you human?" and will only accept 3 characters. This is in addition to the re-captcha we currently use.


I know I am going to "jinx" myself - but I have only had to delete one manual spammer in the last week. (approx)

Nalthien, Narco, Vyr?


I did not have to delete any for a few weeks.

You guys are getting to them before I do.. thanks. :cheesy:

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Post Re: why do we get so many bot accounts?
Listen I'm only human, but i'm working on that

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