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Published on April 16th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


forum updates

the forums were down for a bit last week due to a server upgrade. but it’s up and running again.

on the matter of spam in the forums … urgh … i’m up to my eyeballs trying to keep them in check. spam bots are getting smarter by the minute. they now bypass user registration and even those graphic verification thingies which i currently have in place. i shudder to think what they will do next? take over the world?

me, a non-techie person and all, i need some ideas on how to get rid of them once and for all, if that is possible? or is there other forum / software / host that i should consider. any input much appreciated.

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3 Responses to forum updates

  1. Anonymous says:

    another option is email verification. similar to what they have on craigslist and

  2. Barbara Axt says:

    My blog only accepts comments from known people. When a new commentator sends his.her first message, the sender has to be approved before the person is able to comment in other posts.

    Another thing that works very well: I blocked all comments on posts older than two weeks (the old posts are the most affected by spam bots). It worked wonderfully.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I saw an interesting video about how spambots “defeat” the graphics registration. Basically, when an spambot encounters a graphic, it sends the picture to a person. This person used to be low paid people in a foreign country. Now, the spambot operators align themselves with porn sites where a person must type in what they see in a graphic before being allowed to browse further. Neat huh?

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