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Postby Uncle Ben » Mon 24 Jul, 2017 07:35

In my humble opinion you guys should really include a Captcha on the forums. All those damn spam bots on a daily basis... It's starting to annoy me somewhat.

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Re: Captcha

Postby Richelieu » Mon 24 Jul, 2017 12:46

We have had that very discussion about Captcha on the hidden mod area.. but the overall discussion was that it wouldn't work, since "Captcha's can be solved 95% of the time, with 3rd party" as well as people being paid to spam.

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Re: Captcha

Postby Uncle Ben » Mon 24 Jul, 2017 13:41

I see. Maybe using something like Peerblock would be an option then? i believe there is an option to add a list of adservers to Peerblock which would block them all.

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Re: Captcha

Postby Chesterton » Mon 24 Jul, 2017 16:50

We are doing something of that nature manually. I'm not sure how easily something like Peerblock could be integrated.

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Re: Captcha

Postby The Monarch » Mon 24 Jul, 2017 18:56

This may provide some useful information: https://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=2283526

TL;DR:

Try ZBBlock

http://spambotsecurity.com/zbblock.php


Edit:

When I first registered on the forum there was a security question - i.e What is the name of our latest server? (Hint, it begins with J)

I'd suggest using the latest version of CAPTCHA, too.

There's no 100% way to irradicate spam bots but: Security questions, Updated CAPTCHA & a anti-spam plugin for PHPBB do make a massive difference.


Edit 2:

We are doing something of that nature manually. I'm not sure how easily something like Peerblock could be integrated.


That's the great thing about PHPBB, it's designed to be very user friendly, the majority of plugins for PHPBB are as simple as uploading them via FTP and installing them through the ACP.
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Re: Captcha

Postby The Monarch » Mon 24 Jul, 2017 20:38

Pasternak,

I have a question for you since you are the forum admin:

Do you have FTP access to the forum?

It's great that both the users and forum staff are coming together to discuss combatting spam and bringing some life back to the forum but if the Devs are too busy to look after the game, I doubt the forum is the least of their concerns. There needs to be a forum admin with FTP access to actually implant these changes.

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Re: Captcha

Postby Logans Run » Wed 06 Sep, 2017 01:41

Uncle Ben wrote:In my humble opinion you guys should really include a Captcha on the forums. All those damn spam bots on a daily basis... It's starting to annoy me somewhat.

Do what i do and ck in every 5 days or so. Trust me..nothing will be missed.

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Re: Captcha

Postby Frederic Chopin » Thu 14 Sep, 2017 16:34

Richelieu wrote:We have had that very discussion about Captcha on the hidden mod area.. but the overall discussion was that it wouldn't work, since "Captcha's can be solved 95% of the time, with 3rd party" as well as people being paid to spam.

So basically you don't want to put in the work.

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Re: Captcha

Postby Whis » Fri 15 Sep, 2017 14:25

Frederic Chopin wrote:
Richelieu wrote:We have had that very discussion about Captcha on the hidden mod area.. but the overall discussion was that it wouldn't work, since "Captcha's can be solved 95% of the time, with 3rd party" as well as people being paid to spam.

So basically you don't want to put in the work.

Mods have absolutely no control over the way the forum is constructed. We only have control over enforcing the rules. The secret forum mentioned only serves as a way for Wizard and Xaman to see our ideas/suggestions; its kind of like the Feature Request forum, except not terrible.

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Re: Captcha

Postby Logans Run » Sat 16 Sep, 2017 10:21

Whis wrote:The secret forum mentioned only serves as a way for Wizard and Xaman to see our ideas/suggestions; its kind of like the Feature Request forum, except not terrible.


We can all tell the amount of brainstorming in there must be huge...with all the game's fury of activity and the mass influx of new people.

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Re: Captcha

Postby Chesterton » Wed 20 Sep, 2017 12:41

:think:

I believe Whis meant it's kind of like the Forum/Portal section. I can't even remember the last time we talked about the game there.

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