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  • #41444
    MSG Commander
    Keymaster

    Since we seem to be getting spammed almost everyday now, I’ve added a captcha to the forums. Hopefully it will reduce the amount of spam. I’ll be checking every couple of days, unless spam posts get reported in which case I will respond as quickly as I’m able.

    All your base are

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    #41453
    Victar
    Participant

    Thank you for this.

    I just used the captcha system to make and edit a post. It works fine, and the extra steps are 100% worth it to keep the spambots out, or at least slow them down.

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    #41455
    MSG Commander
    Keymaster

    Awesome, thanks for letting me know.

    All your base are

    #41456
    1oldtymer
    Participant

    Way to go!!

    Older, but not wiser

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    #41457
    Jesusalva
    Keymaster

    Not a huge fan of captcha, but having to report spam everyday I visited this site was getting old ^.^

     

    ps. If Captcha has to be solved for edits, though, you may consider preview feature? Some stuff is WYSIWYG, but several are not – like tabs and spoilers; I’m not even sure if the fonts are the same for that matter.

    Jesusalva / Jesusaves (Buy me a coffee!) / (Sponsor the website!)

    Make your time.

    #41462
    MSG Commander
    Keymaster

    Not a huge fan of captcha, but having to report spam everyday I visited this site was getting old ^.^

     

    ps. If Captcha has to be solved for edits, though, you may consider preview feature? Some stuff is WYSIWYG, but several are not – like tabs and spoilers; I’m not even sure if the fonts are the same for that matter.

    I’m using a plugin for the captcha and I haven’t kept up with coding so while I agree a preview option would be great, I don’t see it actually happening. I can try to look at the code and maybe not require it for edits, but even that will have to wait until after New Year’s.

    All your base are

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    #41473
    Jesusalva
    Keymaster

    Consider also the hidden fields trick (eg. A “I read and agree” checkbox hidden by CSS rules – bots love filling things which normal users can’t see) or Stop Forum Spam. Or do as another forum and retain posts from new users (the first post) for moderator approval; Bots rarely pretend to be humans on the first post (some do).

     

    PS. In The Mana World forums, we use SFS and require moderator approval when posting on the boards usually targeted by bots (would be Game Chat & General Chat here). Worked like a charm.

    Jesusalva / Jesusaves (Buy me a coffee!) / (Sponsor the website!)

    Make your time.

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    #41482
    Mastertrek
    Moderator

    Happy (Belated) New Year, everyone 😉

    I believe that at least half of Guests active at all times are bots, especially at November 29th last year.

    Any means to stop SPAM is better than reporting hundreds of them by hand every day.

    PS: I’ll check how Captcha works here as it’s my first post this year.

    PS2 (great console btw): Tested and I’m not a robot, who could’ve guessed 😉

    All your base are belong to us.

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    #41515
    Mastertrek
    Moderator

    I have just deleted first (to my knowledge) spam post inside a real topic. These may get unnoticed so I hope they won’t show up in comments, but if they do (and are not taken care of quickly) please report their existence.

    All your base are belong to us.

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    #41517
    Jesusalva
    Keymaster

    I have just deleted first (to my knowledge) spam post inside a real topic. These may get unnoticed so I hope they won’t show up in comments, but if they do (and are not taken care of quickly) please report their existence.

     

    I’m only reporting spam half the time I visit the forums now, before it was everyday 😉

     

    Also – there’s more spam on the forums to be taken care of.

    Jesusalva / Jesusaves (Buy me a coffee!) / (Sponsor the website!)

    Make your time.

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