spambots getting out of control again
issueid=698 12-17-2011 11:03 AM
gut gut is offline
Ancient Member
Number of reported issues by gut: 5
spambots getting out of control again
spambots getting out of control again

I keep banning these 'freshmobile' spammers, as are Silfir
and Grey I imagine, but they just keep coming. Added to the
mess is the fact that only Grey can actually delete them.

Is there a way to up the security a bit? None of the spammers
I have seen have even near-legitimate answers to the 'What is
your favorite race and class' question. Is there maybe a way
to do a check on that before confirming an account?
Issue Details
Issue Number 698
Project Website Development
Category Forums
Status Unconfirmed
Priority 6
Affected Version Unknown
Fixed Version (none)
Users able to reproduce bug 2
Users unable to reproduce bug 0
Assigned Users (none)
Tags (none)

12-17-2011 08:24 PM
Ancient Member
A good method I've seen other sites use is asking a question like this:

"Which of these is not a real class in ADOM or JADE? Wizard, Barbarian, Dinosaur, Mindcrafter"

The actual options would be randomized so one couldn't brute force the answer out.

12-17-2011 09:26 PM
gut gut is offline
Ancient Member
The question as it is would be fine, if it actually did a check.
Few spambots are even naming something that is on the
line of a fantasy race or class. Mostly they print something
like 'sdhfl' and they still get approved.

12-17-2011 11:57 PM
gut gut is offline
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12-19-2011 04:09 AM
Ancient Member
One of the bots I banned had "advertiser" as its favorite Race/Class. At least it's honest, I guess.

02-07-2012 05:34 AM
The Creator
Looking into this. It seems that the upgrade to a more recent vBulletin version does have its problems :-(

02-07-2012 05:46 AM
The Creator
I have changed to a question system. Please e-mail me at my business account if this makes things even worse.

02-27-2012 06:49 AM
gut gut is offline
Ancient Member
iIt did not make things worse, it improved them considerably.
Unfortunately, it still seems to not be making the check properly though.

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