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Sorry for problems with spam & forum autoregistration

PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 6:16 am
by George
Sorry about the brief wave of spam, which I promptly erased. I'm quite disappointed with this phpbb forum software -- I get hit by an infinite volume of spam registrations/posts (like 1,000 weekly!).

That's why I turned off autoregistration and posted several prominent warnings to contact me for registration. Alas, nobody ever reads those warnings, judging by the many complaints of sliders who unsuccessfully attempt to autoregister anyway.

The upshot is that these registration difficulties make our community much smaller than it otherwise could be, unfortunately. Also, there will still occasionally be brief bursts of spam (which I'll try to erase ASAP) during forum upgrade and maintenance periods like last night.

Thanks for your patience. If you have any suggestions to make this forum 100% spam-free while still being easy to register for, send 'em my way.

By the way, I'd like to take this time to welcome our newest forum members, lostcab, tedhammond, and JamieG.

Sliding season is finally approaching, hooray!


PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 4:58 pm
by Teej
Doesn't your version of PHPBB allow the use of image verification?

I haven't seen much spam on boards where that's in place.

PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 5:11 am
by George
Yep, it requires a "CAPTCHA" image verification, and requires the administrator to approve any registration attempts before they go live. But spambots are magically bypassing all those features, so I completely turn off registration.

PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 1:12 pm
by Teej
Maybe try a newer version of phpbb?

I've worked with phpbb in the past and never had a problem w/ the spambots...