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Quinnthalas » 2011-08-07 14:25

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I have just finished implementation of a new tool to try and help fool the spam bots that have been attacking us.

New user registrations will now require the completion of a small picture puzzle, as will any guest posting we enable. hopefully this will cut down on the amount of spam we have been getting, but we shall see.

If anyone has any problems registering please drop by our Bioware guild site and let me know.
I used to think that it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn’t it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe. - Marcus Cole

Quinnthalas » 2011-08-07 14:28

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An example of the puzzle they will need to complete can be seen below.

https://www.keycaptcha.com/
I used to think that it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn’t it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe. - Marcus Cole

D.druid » 2011-08-15 13:55

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This I like a lot more than this futile deciphering of those pixel messed up letters and numbers.
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Quinnthalas » 2011-08-15 14:52

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D.druid wrote:This I like a lot more than this futile deciphering of those pixel messed up letters and numbers.



Yes its actually a lot easier for a human to decipher but almost impossible to bot your way around it. It seems to have worked too although there was a bit of a teething issue where people could not register at all for two days, since I got it working properly I have not seen a single spam bot on the site :)
I used to think that it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn’t it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe. - Marcus Cole

Grim » 2011-08-15 22:20

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yay!

can you clean the old bots out though, I'm sick of seeing that it's xxfjwshdfwqer's 24th birthday...

Quinnthalas » 2011-08-16 17:53

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Grim wrote:yay!

can you clean the old bots out though, I'm sick of seeing that it's xxfjwshdfwqer's 24th birthday...


There is no feature to mass delete users that have activate their accounts it has to be done one at a time.

There are 16 pages of 25 users to sift through, so while I would love to do that, untill I get a check box delete user mod installed and working no i wont be clearing out old registrations.
I used to think that it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn’t it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe. - Marcus Cole

Toxter » 2011-08-18 16:32

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Grim wrote:yay!

can you clean the old bots out though, I'm sick of seeing that it's xxfjwshdfwqer's 24th birthday...


Done and done.
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Quinnthalas » 2011-08-18 18:05

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Toxter wrote:
Grim wrote:yay!

can you clean the old bots out though, I'm sick of seeing that it's xxfjwshdfwqer's 24th birthday...


Done and done.


That is why you are my best and favourite web slave monkey creature Tox.
I used to think that it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn’t it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe. - Marcus Cole

Fosix » 2011-11-22 06:30

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D.druid wrote:This I like a lot more than this futile deciphering of those pixel messed up letters and numbers.


Pfff! I aced those tests!
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