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Offline Makaveli

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« on: March 09, 2012, 09:36:28 AM »
Hey all, most fo you that are still active have probably noticed the recent flood of spambots and the huge number of new members joining up... Since apparently we popped up on someones radar I have decided to, atleast temporarily, disable new member registration. We are going to look into a way to stop all these spambots from joining up so that we don't have to go back to admin activation of all accounts.

Questions, comments, ideas... post em here.
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Re: Registration Temporarily Disabled
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2012, 10:40:40 AM »
I'm guessing there's no easy way to integrate captchas into the registration screens?
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2012, 11:00:47 AM »
They are already there, apparently they aren't complex enough to stop spambots.
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2012, 01:43:58 PM »
Might want to try a random simple math problem or piece of Trek trivia.

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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2012, 01:46:16 PM »
That would be largely appropriate for our user base.
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2012, 04:36:19 PM »
I like the random trek trivia idea.
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Re: Registration Temporarily Disabled
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2012, 05:41:14 PM »
I believe that the spammers who keep registering (10-20 every day since about last October) are all human. They pass the Captchas as well as the e-mail validation.

I hope there is a way to include a simple trivia question. At EAS it works very well.

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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2012, 06:01:48 PM »
I don't know how easy that would be to actually implement, the forum software is somewhat restrictive and I don't know if I have the coding skill or understanding of the internal SMF mechanics to modify it that way. I might have to look at forum mods and see if there is something like that available.

To let everyone know, the forum is probably going to be updated to the new version of SMF in the next little while, I'm hoping that that will at least help us out a little... The down side is that our current skin is not compatible for the new software so it may be a little while before you see it up and running like it is right now.
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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2012, 06:46:28 PM »
Thankfully, I got signed up and a member before you took it down!  I've enjoyed the site, even with the spam-bots attack!

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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2013, 11:37:41 PM »
So our hosting service is in the process of upgrading their hardware and moving between the old and new servers.  Hopefully that's the cause of everything being white and that it sorts itself out soon.
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« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2013, 08:54:52 AM »
So, are you all still seeing the white background or is it just me?
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« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2013, 09:14:20 AM »
I looks like the CSS link is defunct. I'll see what I can do.

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« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2013, 07:17:48 AM »
Has anyone had trouble getting to SCN, specially slow load times to the point where the site times outs?  Stoo is having this problem, which is why he hasn't been around and I wanted to check to see if anyone else has had it.
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« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2013, 01:20:20 PM »
Nope, everything seems fine on my end.
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« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2013, 09:24:00 PM »
No problems on my end either.  Although last night it wouldn't load and said something about server maintenance or something.
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« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2013, 10:33:23 PM »
Im fine.
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« Reply #16 on: June 02, 2013, 12:04:59 PM »
About a week or three ago I had a problem trying to get onto the site, just sat there and eventually just timed out. Other than that one or two little glitches where I got an error message from the server with page cannot be found.
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« Reply #17 on: July 30, 2014, 08:27:48 PM »
Okay, its taken over two years but registration of new members is now open. Assuming the new security works and keeps away the bots and spammers we will be leaving it at the current setting which requires new members to activate their accounts via a link emailed to them.
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« Reply #18 on: August 01, 2014, 06:49:19 PM »
well it works.....I don't know how many newbie you got aside from me......
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