Spam Messages and registration of new users

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Spam Messages and registration of new users

#1 Post by admin » Thu Nov 03, 2022 11:06 pm

I just removed a large number of spam messages.
In order to reduce the registrations of fake accounts and spam, I recently changed the registration from the security questions to an image with numbers that users have to type in. This did not work well and the number of spam messages increased faster than I could remove them. I therefore want to try the following:

Reintroducing the security questions (which I changed)
Manual approval of the registrations by the admin.
As I can not know if a registration is real or not by the email address or name, I will require that the person send me an additional "application" email.

I hope that this will work better.
Oliver
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Re: Spam Messages and registration of new users

#2 Post by Dubious » Fri Nov 04, 2022 3:30 am

admin wrote:
Thu Nov 03, 2022 11:06 pm
I just removed a large number of spam messages.
In order to reduce the registrations of fake accounts and spam, I recently changed the registration from the security questions to an image with numbers that users have to type in. This did not work well and the number of spam messages increased faster than I could remove them. I therefore want to try the following:

Reintroducing the security questions (which I changed)
Manual approval of the registrations by the admin.
As I can not know if a registration is real or not by the email address or name, I will require that the person send me an additional "application" email.

I hope that this will work better.
Oliver
Yeah, the spam artists have gotten quite clever (or their software has). If this new method of preventing spam does not work, or proves too time consuming, some have suggested having volunteers vet the first X postings of new users. Apparently that method has worked very well at some other sites.

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Re: Spam Messages and registration of new users

#3 Post by Hobbyst46 » Fri Nov 04, 2022 8:08 am

Thanks, Oliver !

Nice to have a fresh ,clean and focused ;) board !
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#4 Post by WWWW » Fri Nov 04, 2022 8:25 am

Well done !!

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#5 Post by perrywespa » Fri Nov 04, 2022 12:59 pm

Thank you!!
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#6 Post by grgh4 » Mon Nov 07, 2022 12:51 pm

Thank you Oliver, I was getting confused sometimes whether I’d landed on a gaming site?.
Regards.. George

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