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Old 21-06-2006, 11:12:57   #1
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Oi, Nav!

If you hadn't noticed, spammers are starting to create users for the specific purpose of advertising here.

Do you have some sort of email verification on? It should, as far as I know.
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Old 21-06-2006, 13:32:46   #2
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How do you know mortgage_loan_s123q1 isn't just another Keith DL?
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Old 21-06-2006, 14:13:15   #3
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If it isn't and its a spammer, that would be an improvement.
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Old 21-06-2006, 15:11:14   #4
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Damn it, I was going to register that. Now I'll have to use mortgage_loan_s123q2, and it just isn't the same... :sigh:
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Old 21-06-2006, 17:38:31   #5
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How do you know mortgage_loan_s123q1 isn't just another Keith DL?
You're asking seriously? Because the previous registered user was russianLolita or something like that, also with a link (probably to a porn site) in it's profile. It's one of the ways how spammers operate nowadays, had the same happen to my forum.
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Old 21-06-2006, 17:45:48   #6
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It's funny that people think we're actually going to look at user profiles with bizzare names like that and click on the links. I don't even look at my own profile.
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Old 21-06-2006, 18:01:41   #7
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That's not the primary goal of generating spoofed users.

One word: pagerank.
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Old 22-06-2006, 07:02:24   #8
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I don't even look at my own profile.
it would be a way too long way around yourself
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Old 22-06-2006, 12:19:15   #9
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The post above is stupid.
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Old 22-06-2006, 12:42:16   #10
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Yes...yes it is.
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Old 26-06-2006, 09:53:01   #11
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Don't think its too much of an issue. Email verification is still on, though I guess if you try hard enough it is possible to get round. I think the recent 'spam' posts have been done manually. However, I will add a CAPTCHA thingy soon.
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Old 26-06-2006, 15:30:09   #12
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OK. I've had around 200 such users at much forum. Didn't use e-mail verification at the time 'though.
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Old 29-06-2006, 09:47:45   #13
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Ok, I have made a subtle but hopefully very effective change.

Only logged in users will see the newest member text and link. So even if spammers keep registering it will not help their pagerank.

I've also removed 'vbulletin' from the title to stop google indexing that.
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Old 29-06-2006, 18:24:39   #14
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Excellent work! Now you can concentrate on those big big big avatars
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Old 30-06-2006, 13:32:20   #15
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Old 12-09-2006, 09:42:49   #16
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Well that didnt work in the end.

I have added an extra registration field (on the default template). It's dead easy for a human to enter, and should totally flummox the bots.

If the bots somehow get it, I will change it.
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Old 17-09-2006, 16:37:20   #17
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We should forbid new registrations.
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Old 18-09-2006, 08:20:58   #18
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Old 18-09-2006, 09:29:35   #19
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Old 18-09-2006, 10:19:14   #20
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Old 18-09-2006, 10:57:34   #21
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Old 18-09-2006, 11:22:02   #22
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Old 18-09-2006, 12:01:15   #23
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Ok, I'm old but you're older. You go first.
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Old 18-09-2006, 12:05:29   #24
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Old 18-09-2006, 12:19:03   #25
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Old 18-09-2006, 12:19:28   #26
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That doesn't sound like much fun, I think I'll stay here.
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Old 18-09-2006, 12:21:02   #27
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Old 18-09-2006, 12:26:24   #28
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Do you need to open the Word Ass thread to know what it's like?
Same thing.
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Old 18-09-2006, 12:28:46   #29
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Old 18-09-2006, 12:29:37   #30
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Old 18-09-2006, 12:32:27   #31
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Old 18-09-2006, 12:36:36   #32
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Old 18-09-2006, 12:39:32   #33
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Old 18-09-2006, 12:48:05   #34
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It doesn't. What really happens is my brain starts to melt.
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Old 18-09-2006, 13:03:15   #35
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No way. That's impossible.
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Old 18-09-2006, 13:40:09   #36
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It's definitely possible, and it aint pretty.
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Old 18-09-2006, 13:44:33   #37
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It would be spectacular though.
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Old 18-09-2006, 13:56:55   #39
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