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#1 16/9/12 21:43

Samer
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Forum Problem

One member in the oni facebook group i have is trying to join the forum and is getting this message : This forum is not accepting new registrations

how come ?


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#2 17/9/12 17:05

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Re: Forum Problem

Harry ?


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#3 17/9/12 17:42

s10k
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Re: Forum Problem

Try email him.

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#4 17/9/12 17:51

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Re: Forum Problem

In case you're wondering, the reason the mods aren't saying anything is because we don't know anything.  At least, I don't.  But I know Harry has considered turning off registration before.


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#5 17/9/12 17:52

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Re: Forum Problem

Why would he do that hmm ? No more new members and modders ?


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#6 17/9/12 18:01

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Re: Forum Problem

Hope isn't related with spam bots.

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#7 17/9/12 18:22

Iritscen
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Re: Forum Problem

We do get a ton of spammers registering, lots more than legitimate users.


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#8 17/9/12 19:11

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Re: Forum Problem

Still doesn't seem fair to shut off new users who might be joining to ask for help or new modders (both of which we need) .. that's a quick way to the forum death. In some forums registration requires entering the letters shown in a picture, that could easily limit spam bots.

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#9 18/9/12 3:38

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Re: Forum Problem

Captchas are mostly more problematic for real users than for bots nowadays. The better approach is to have a group for newly registered where posts have to be made visible by moderators first. That way spammers won't ever get their posts shown while real users will be put to the normal user group after a few normal posts. Unfortunately I think FlexBB (or whatever the engine is atm) doesn't support this sad


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#10 18/9/12 3:45

Samer
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Re: Forum Problem

Mm that's a good idea chris, but not that different from what we have now .. Posts getting shown, get deleted by moderators if they're bots, vs posts not getting shown confirmed by mods if they're not bots, in both cases bots are still joining and require active watching from our 3 (2?) moderators.


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#11 18/9/12 3:53

Alloc
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But unlike the current situation you won't have like 20 threads a morning with "new" posts which are all spam you'll find out *after* looking at most of them (because before the new spam post could also be a new regular post wink ). And for mods it's easier to have a list of posts to check if they're spam or not than to have to check all new posts. Of course that still has to be done at some point as also normal users could post inappropriate content, but that's mostly for the new users (like links to illegal downloads. That mostly happened in the first two posts of users).

Just checked on my old FluxBB-install. At least in that version it doesn't support moderated users anyway so it's no point to discuss this way at all. But I agree with you on the point that disabling registrations can't be the real solution smile


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#12 18/9/12 6:25

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Re: Forum Problem

An alternative to captchas is to introduce a new field that asks some questions like simple mathematical problems or questions related to the game that everyone should know.

Unless the bot is programmed specifically to this forum, that should repel most bot users.

(I may help you to modify the register screen if needed)

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#13 18/9/12 6:43

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Re: Forum Problem

On another forum I worked on we used a fuzzy question. we put in a custom question like "are you a human?" and tagged it as something else. bots would put it what it was tagged as, and then fail on registration.

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#14 18/9/12 9:28

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Re: Forum Problem

Harry just replied to my email he said :
don't worry it's temporary.

so that's good news smile


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#15 22/1/14 6:55

s10k
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Re: Forum Problem

It's still disabled. I see it as kind of problematic as it maintains away new members from the community.

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#16 31/1/14 10:47

s10k
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Re: Forum Problem

Thanks for solving it Harry!  big_smile

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