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Old 07-11-2012, 06:45 AM
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Do the security procedures for a user account need to be changed? There are just too many spambot user names getting through and I'm sick of having to delete so many.
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Old 07-11-2012, 06:01 PM
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Do the security procedures for a user account need to be changed? There are just too many spambot user names getting through and I'm sick of having to delete so many.
I'm going to do some research on this. What I don't get is how they are getting past the Captcha that is required when creating a new account. A Captcha is also required anytime you post a link to an external site... This leads me to believe that these aren't spam BOTS but actual individuals logging in to do these spam pages.
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Old 07-11-2012, 07:59 PM
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Usually a bot comes in, makes a page, and then that's it, but I've noticed a few that keep adding to the same page, even after the page has been cleared and a nuke tag applied. I would think if it were a person, they'd undo the change first.
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Old 07-12-2012, 01:17 AM
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There are companies that provide captcha solving services specifically for spammers. They charge something like a 75 cents per 1000 they solve, and work they just have a load of people in China solving them all day. Here is an article about them.
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:55 AM
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We may have to start doing it like big forums or bank pages. They register with an email address. The activation code is sent to the email address and they have to answer a bunch of questions and THEN put in the activation code. That and a CAPTCHA is a pain in the butt, but then it might remove the bots even more. Thoughts?

I know this means a TON of more work for anyone coming up with it and I barely have the time to answer people's queries (mostly I do not). Thoughts.
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:31 AM
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Looks like we are going to have to go that way MPM it seems that we get enough traffic to warent stricter membership procedures. Alas how things have changed around here.
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Old 07-12-2012, 04:52 PM
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I may have found a solution. I'm looking into User Rights and there is a way to limit who can create a page. The idea is to prevent new, unconfirmed users from creating a new page while allowing them to still edit existing pages. I would say that 99% of the spam is people creating a new page with a bunch of BS... Thoughts?
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:15 PM
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Although I haven't been on IMFDB much lately, I have noticed this problem, and I like Zach's suggestion. That being said, it doesn't preclude the possibility of spambots/users replacing page content (and I'm pretty sure I've seen this happen before).
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:02 PM
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Although I haven't been on IMFDB much lately, I have noticed this problem, and I like Zach's suggestion. That being said, it doesn't preclude the possibility of spambots/users replacing page content (and I'm pretty sure I've seen this happen before).
I agree this isn't a cure all... But I think at the very least it is a step int he right directions and it has the change to limit the spam dramatically...
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:04 PM
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Even if they just replace existing content, that's easier to fix. Any of us can do that.
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