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Postby voutasaurus » Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:31 pm

I know that Alistair seems fine with getting rid of spambots as they appear, but I really think we should put a CAPTCHA in, or something similar. Every time I'm online there's another spambot posting in at least one of the forums.
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Re: Bots

Postby Sakako » Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:33 pm

+1
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Re: Bots

Postby monk » Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:39 pm

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Re: Bots

Postby Myles » Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:17 am

We have a captcha, its just been publicly cracked obviously.

The fundamental problem is we are running an old version of phpbb. We can't upgrade however as the forum is made to specifically work with a set of alpha software which is very fiddly, including my own code for how the mafia game works. Thus the only way to solve this would be to find a captcha mod which is modern and works with this old forum - something which is basically impossible as all modern captcha mods for phpbb are made to work with the latest copy.

So ways of dealing with bots are:

1. Someone deleting them (current plan)
2. Close registration
3. Have registration which requires admin approval (easy to do, just check a button, but then each needs to be scanned individually and it can be hard to tell who is real and who isn't, so lots of work)
4. Someone custom coding us a new captcha
5. Someone figuring out how to adapt a modern one to the old forum version
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Re: Bots

Postby Jacob » Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:12 am

A hybrid of 3? Admin approved registration except during game times?
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Re: Bots

Postby chrismelba » Thu Jul 14, 2011 9:12 am

How hard is it to make a somewhat custom captcha? We can make it HvZ specific like "name a manufacturer of the guns we play with" and auto allow "nerf" "buzzbee" answers etc etc, and have anyone who doesn't get a pre-set answer emailed to the admin for approval.

I've seen it done on car forums where you have to answer "Who is the in house manufacturer of performance parts for Nissan" to get in. It's a pretty simple google search if you don't know for a human, and if you do get it wrong then the admin can let you in anyway.
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Re: Bots

Postby daevilone » Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:49 am

^ that one maybe?

hell does a computer get through if you say....

what is the main manufacturer of Nerf guns?

Also anthony, it aint just Alistair that gets rid of spam bots :D
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Re: Bots

Postby Myles » Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:08 pm

What Chris is saying is basically option 4. It would probably be quite effective as I believe current spam bots are programmed to specifically read our captcha, not to act adaptively. Someone would need to code it though.
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Re: Bots

Postby Alistair » Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:46 pm

voutasaurus wrote:Every time I'm online there's another spambot posting in at least one of the forums.


Not being in Canberra and not being with solid, speedy internet tends to limit my usual proactivity towards bots, hence why you're seeing so many.

daevilone wrote:Also anthony, it aint just Alistair that gets rid of spam bots


Also this.
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Re: Bots

Postby BLACK_Commando » Thu Jul 21, 2011 12:20 pm

i swear they just keep coming! and theyve stolen my REZ! card. bastards.
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