PinkiePie97

Ways to Prevent Spam Bots From Joining

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For a while now, I've felt like spam had a bit more of a presence here than other forums I've been to (though that could just be because there's not as much active staff here as those sites, no offense to the staff on this site, I'm sure you're doing your best), but yesterday was ridiculous. There were several spam bots posting hundreds (Thousands? I know at least one made over 1,000 posts, but I'm not sure how much others had.) of threads. I've never seen it anywhere near that bad (and I'm not just referring to this site). I do have a couple ideas on how to prevent them from joining. One is setting it so new users are on a moderation queue until a moderator approves one of their posts. Another is to add a captcha or something similar to the registration process (assuming there isn't one already). That might not completely stop spammers from joining, though I'd hope it would at least reduce it.

 

I'm don't know how viable either of these options are, but I thought I'd bring it up.

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I wanted to close registrations for the time being to let these bots scram away but I kinda like defaulting everyone to mod approval, although it won't be nice to actual bronies.

Also we already have a captcha on the registration form.

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I think that visitors coming on this site and seeing that the three newest posts are all a garble of chinese characters and university names does more to scare them off than having to get moderator approval would. It's like pulling into a grocery store parking lot with weeds growing up through cracks in the pavement and seeing two dogs fighting over a suspiciously stained piece of cloth near the entrance. Bad first impression. We've got to crack down on this nonsense.

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@Friendship is Horses I agree we do need a way to really crack down on this nonsense

a simple mod approval isn't to fix much

it seems like these spambots will comeback no matter what is done

they'll find a way to get around what ever security is used

but how do we permanently get rid of them?

it's getting worse before it gets better

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