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PostPosted: 090406 10:37 
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Who are the four new members with 0 posts? Themilfsdere even has some website that I hesitantly clicked, but NoScript ended up blocking most of the page or something.

If no one knows who these 0 post members are, I would move to delete them from the forum.

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 Post subject: Re: New members?
PostPosted: 090406 12:41 
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Spambots, most likely. There was a spam posting a while ago.


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 Post subject: Re: New members?
PostPosted: 090406 20:30 
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Spam spam spam. I'm open to suggestions about strategies to prevent spambots from registering. Scott suggested finding a mod that does just that - I haven't looked yet, but I will do that.

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 Post subject: Re: New members?
PostPosted: 090406 20:42 
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Did someone say 'spam'?

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 Post subject: Re: New members?
PostPosted: 090406 22:24 
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One of the mods I was thinking of allows you to write custom questions. One question is randomly selected for each person when they sign up.

We're talking about really common-sense stuff, here, but something that a spambot couldn't necessarily parse all that well. For example: "What do you call a food with a crust, tomato sauce, and cheese on top?" or "This forum is hosted at -----.net: Fill in the blank."

With some forums, it's more specific and themed, like "What is the Japanese word for 'teacher'?" or "The Legendary Three are Jiraiya, Tsunade, and...?"


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 Post subject: Re: New members?
PostPosted: 090407 09:18 
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Yeah, I figured that one in particular was a spambot (the one that posted), but the others seemed like handles that, while a little strange, wouldn't not be a person. Figured you guys pulled in a few members, or something.

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 Post subject: Re: New members?
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Alright, I installed the mod. Let's see if this helps at all. It sounds like the one Scott described, except that it has its own built-in questions. Though I think you can change them/add more, if desired.

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Yeah, I figured that one in particular was a spambot (the one that posted), but the others seemed like handles that, while a little strange, wouldn't not be a person.

Yeah, with some of them, I'm afraid to assume they're spambots and risk deleting a real person, but as soon as they post spam, it's like, "gotcha!" :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: New members?
PostPosted: 090408 22:58 
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I would recommend deleting the 3 members that have 0 posts (I see you wiped out the one that spammed). It has been a bit and none have made a single post yet.

And yeah, I can understand your hesitation to delete anyone for fear of wiping out an actual person, but then again, I wouldn't feel too sorry for someone if it was. I mean, what's the point of signing up on this forum but then never posting?

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 Post subject: Re: New members?
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Kashi wrote:
And yeah, I can understand your hesitation to delete anyone for fear of wiping out an actual person, but then again, I wouldn't feel too sorry for someone if it was. I mean, what's the point of signing up on this forum but then never posting?

You're right, but even so... I *did* add a new rule to cover my ass, though. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: New members?
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Good. Let the purging begin.

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