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PostPosted: Mon 30 Mar , 2009 3:11 am 
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I just removed any new but unactivated accounts over 1 week old that didn't have a proper elvish name. Like "buycialisnowreallycheap"

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PostPosted: Mon 30 Mar , 2009 2:50 pm 
The Grey Amaretto as Supermega-awesome Proud Heretic Girl
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:bawl: That was my best friend!

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PostPosted: Mon 30 Mar , 2009 6:43 pm 
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Oh my, the directions I'm taking that in... :LMAO:

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PostPosted: Mon 30 Mar , 2009 7:24 pm 
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:D :D :D

I know. I thought of that afterwards. :LMAO:

No, we don't need Cialis! We're good. It's all good. :P

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PostPosted: Mon 13 Apr , 2009 3:44 pm 
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Not only inactive members, but some of the bots are managing to activate themselves. I deleted a whole bunch yesterday.

Keep an eye on the "Our newest member" bit at the bottom of the home page. For example, I'm pretty sure that balisakisakk isn't a real person.

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PostPosted: Tue 14 Apr , 2009 12:43 pm 
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Good article on fighting bots

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PostPosted: Tue 14 Apr , 2009 1:22 pm 
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Okay, I've tweaked the registration form. Would someone like test it by registering a new user, and then posting the username here so that one of the Rangers can delete it?

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PostPosted: Tue 14 Apr , 2009 2:29 pm 
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I can do that.

<runs off>

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PostPosted: Tue 14 Apr , 2009 2:34 pm 
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<comes back>

Nope, it kept telling me the test date field was required even though I had it filled out. :scratch: I had the right date, too, so I'm not sure what's up with that.

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PostPosted: Tue 14 Apr , 2009 3:00 pm 
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Okay, I'll go have a look...

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PostPosted: Tue 14 Apr , 2009 3:07 pm 
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Okay, try again...

I misread the instructions - you can specify the value that will prevent registration, but not the value that will allow it. So essentially, if you had chosen any of the wrong answers, you would have been able to register. :D

It would be more useful to offer several choices, only one of which works. So if this doesn't work, I'll try something else...

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PostPosted: Tue 14 Apr , 2009 3:22 pm 
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All right, that seemed to work. I registered an account: bots_r_evil. (I activated it, too, but can't post with it.)

There were only two choices on the test date thing. Is that how you wanted it?

When you rangers delete that account, don't block my IP address or email!

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PostPosted: Tue 14 Apr , 2009 3:30 pm 
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Yeah, since we can only specify the wrong answer instead of the right answer, it made sense to only have two choices. Now the bots have a one-in-two chance of getting through. Not as useful as I originally hoped.

I added another field which requires a numeric answer to a (really easy) textual question. We'll see how this goes for a few days - if things don't improve, I'll have to dive right into the php code :shock:

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PostPosted: Wed 15 Apr , 2009 1:19 pm 
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W00t! Success - I think. No bots since yesterday.

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PostPosted: Wed 15 Apr , 2009 3:06 pm 
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:banana: Thanks, Jude, Thwarter of Bots!

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PostPosted: Sat 02 May , 2009 3:56 pm 
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Our hero! :bow:

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PostPosted: Sat 02 May , 2009 4:14 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat 02 May , 2009 7:49 pm 
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Fear me, puny bots! *thumps chest*

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PostPosted: Tue 09 Jun , 2009 4:48 pm 
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Jude the Botbane.

I like. :D

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PostPosted: Tue 09 Jun , 2009 4:50 pm 
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