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Offline Indecisive

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« on: 10:04:39 AM / 16-Oct-06 »
okay, the spambot thing is getting insane and I've only got one idea that MAY work.  

Basically, everybody right now is on the "member" user group that has the regular permissions(hereafter reffered to member1).

However, I'm thinking of making a second "member" user group (hereafter reffered to member2).  

Basically, everybody is on member1 right now and everybody who registers is on member1 automatically.  However, I can set it so that once you reach a certain post count, you'll change user groups...  In this case, to member2.  

My idea is this.  Restrict the "member1" accounts to only being able to post replies(as you guys can see, none of the bots post replies, only make new topics).  And then when people's post counts go up to say...2 or 3...then they can post topics.  

The problem with this, is that when I set up member1 to upgrade people to member2, EVERYBODY will be in member1 until they make a post after I set up the upgrade system no matter if you've got 1 post, or 40000 posts.  

Of course I'll make a thread for you guys to just make your first reply post to if that needs to be done, and I'll post up a sticky for the noobs when they first register and what not.  

Just seeing if you guys want to try this.  I mean, it might be in complete vain cause the bots might "figure" it out.  Thoughts?

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« Reply #1 on: 11:15:00 AM / 16-Oct-06 »
So until the first reply, they're not able to make a thread?

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« Reply #2 on: 11:23:51 AM / 16-Oct-06 »
that's the idea behind it.  Don't know how well it'll work, and everybody will need to post up a reply in something to swtich member groups so they can post new topics.
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« Reply #3 on: 01:00:51 PM / 16-Oct-06 »
And the topic should of course be an intro to ones self, if it will reduce and possibly eliminate these dang bots.  Then I am all for it.


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« Reply #4 on: 01:10:03 PM / 16-Oct-06 »
I say lets do it!

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« Reply #5 on: 02:29:03 PM / 16-Oct-06 »
seems like a good idea
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« Reply #6 on: 04:12:03 PM / 16-Oct-06 »
sounds good. but would this work?...and im not at all sure how this works so bear with me....

When you sign up for sites and such, there is typically a section that has you copy the "handwritten" letters and numbers, so as to avoid automatic programs from signing up. Would that sort of verification work, or am i completely on the wrong page?


a good example is on the myspace page.

http://signup.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseac...08-77c95403c1b4

near the bottom you'll see what i mean..

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« Reply #7 on: 04:15:51 PM / 16-Oct-06 »
Thats an idea Jsvob, and there's also the idea of having 'new' members get screened by a moderator.





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« Reply #8 on: 04:56:09 PM / 16-Oct-06 »
Problem with new members being screened, is that you still don't know whether they're real users or spambots... Or at least I wouldn't think so, and the text verification doesn't really work in my memory, because on my forums, we get a new spambot every day even though we have that verification (then again, they're free forums, so it's possible that verification is just jank). I'd say, why not try the user group thing. If they're really just bots, it may be a good enough deterrent. Set it to three posts for new users or something, and it should work just fine.

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« Reply #9 on: 05:01:13 PM / 16-Oct-06 »
Plus i remember something about the letter recognition thing not working with club s12s provider.
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« Reply #10 on: 05:25:50 PM / 16-Oct-06 »
we can't use that verification method because we need a special type of library, and our host doesn't provide it.
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« Reply #11 on: 07:08:30 PM / 16-Oct-06 »
I say try it and see what happens  

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« Reply #12 on: 09:12:53 PM / 16-Oct-06 »
ok, good enough for me.  We'll do it and see how well it works
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« Reply #13 on: 11:46:52 PM / 17-Oct-06 »
word.  a few other forums operate like that.  that and they can only reply in the newbie forums at first to keep the flood down, etc.
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« Reply #14 on: 04:59:03 PM / 08-Nov-06 »
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okay, the spambot thing is getting insane and I've only got one idea that MAY work.  

Basically, everybody right now is on the "member" user group that has the regular permissions(hereafter reffered to member1).

However, I'm thinking of making a second "member" user group (hereafter reffered to member2).  

Basically, everybody is on member1 right now and everybody who registers is on member1 automatically.  However, I can set it so that once you reach a certain post count, you'll change user groups...  In this case, to member2.  

My idea is this.  Restrict the "member1" accounts to only being able to post replies(as you guys can see, none of the bots post replies, only make new topics).  And then when people's post counts go up to say...2 or 3...then they can post topics.  

The problem with this, is that when I set up member1 to upgrade people to member2, EVERYBODY will be in member1 until they make a post after I set up the upgrade system no matter if you've got 1 post, or 40000 posts.  

Of course I'll make a thread for you guys to just make your first reply post to if that needs to be done, and I'll post up a sticky for the noobs when they first register and what not.  

Just seeing if you guys want to try this.  I mean, it might be in complete vain cause the bots might "figure" it out.  Thoughts?


hope this works

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« Reply #15 on: 05:48:30 PM / 08-Nov-06 »
it's been working so far.
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« Reply #16 on: 02:57:18 PM / 12-Nov-06 »
thats a good idea..weirded me out when i couldnt post tho.  i thought i was banned or something for not enough recent activity
 
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« Reply #17 on: 02:32:45 PM / 15-Nov-06 »
is it okay if I put up an animated avatar on my profile?

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« Reply #18 on: 08:37:59 PM / 16-Dec-06 »
Yeah i dont like spam bots... this site is kinda confusing to me though i don't know why but it is..... i just wanted to post hi in the noob section.....

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« Reply #19 on: 08:17:58 AM / 12-Feb-07 »
not my top choice but it works


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