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VERY IMPORTANT: Changes to registration procedure
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VERY IMPORTANT: Changes to registration procedure
As many of you may have noticed, we are getting an ever increasing amount of spam registrations: Both of the normal type and also of the more subtle vendors registering and posting but not waiting to be made a vendor. To prevent this, we are trialing a new activation process, whereby people will not get an email to confirm activation, but will have to request activation in the new activation forum here: http://ukvapers.org/Forum-Activation-requests

This is like the contact us forum (i.e. you can only see your own posts and only you and admins can see your threads), and only unactivated members can post new threads in there.

So, the process is as follows:

1) Register
2) Post a request in Activation Requests with some details about yourself
3) Admin will review the request
4) Admin will activate or deny activation (for spammers!)

This will add a delay (up to 24 hours) on registrations, but hopefully the slight pain will be worth it for the spam we avoid

This is currently only a trial and if it works we'll keep it permanently
(This post was last modified: 10/10/13 08:48 AM by Phil A.)
10/10/13 07:28 AM
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RE: VERY IMPORTANT: Changes to registration procedure
Hope this foils the kitchen sellers!
10/10/13 07:32 AM
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(10/10/13 07:32 AM)amitron Wrote:  Hope this foils the kitchen sellers!

But where will we go for our poorly finished, poorly fitted, overpriced kitchen units now? Wink

Hopefully it might slow Shenzhen Sharon, that famous e-cigar smoker from Australia/Paris for a while though.

Hopefully the new process has a tick box that says "Yes, I understand that I can't flog my stuff until 100 posts, and that if I ask why I can't flog my stuff after 7 posts I will be sent to the naughty step for a week with nothing but a Skycig for company" HeHe!

Cheers,

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10/10/13 07:40 AM
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10/10/13 07:56 AM
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Wayhay. The end of the crap kitchen spam


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10/10/13 04:45 PM
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Nice Phil.....

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10/10/13 04:48 PM
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RE: VERY IMPORTANT: Changes to registration procedure
Most spammers can be thwarted by implementing a bespoke registration challenge. These spammers run bots that are programmed with an arsenal of counter-measures to any and all anti-spam systems employed by forums/blogs and so forth. They would be unable to get around something no other forum has, and it would be unlikely that the authors of the bots would attempt to program a counter-measure for a single board.

On one of my forums, I implemented a bespoke captcha solve for anyone trying to post who had <10 total posts.

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Got to be a step in the right direction ,

10/10/13 06:27 PM
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damn and I was getting used to reading lancashire kitchens threads each morning Waaah
10/10/13 06:29 PM
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RE: VERY IMPORTANT: Changes to registration procedure
(10/10/13 04:54 PM)Boltar Wrote:  Most spammers can be thwarted by implementing a bespoke registration challenge. These spammers run bots that are programmed with an arsenal of counter-measures to any and all anti-spam systems employed by forums/blogs and so forth. They would be unable to get around something no other forum has, and it would be unlikely that the authors of the bots would attempt to program a counter-measure for a single board.

On one of my forums, I implemented a bespoke captcha solve for anyone trying to post who had <10 total posts.

The kitchen spammers don't use bots - they use Indonesian "sweat shop" workers, which makes it very difficult (if not impossible) to stop them using captchas (as it's a human filling it in!).
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