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Stretham
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 6:42 am    Post subject: Email Registration Reply with quote

All

We have been doing our best to hold off this moment, but I think we are going to need to succumb at last. As you all know, currently you only need to click a button and fill in a standard form to register for Puzzletome. However, we are now getting somewhat overrun with spam postings on the site. This normally takes the form of someone registering and making one post on the same day that contains some sort of advertising. In reality, these are probably created by some sort of robot that hooks into our forum software (phpBB).

If you *haven't* seen any/many of these then this is thanks to the diligence of my fellow admins and ASA in getting things out of view very quickly.

One step that we feel may assist in preventing this is for registration to require the further step of waiting for an automatically generated email and clicking the enclosed link before you can post. (You've probably seen this on many other sites.) We hadn't done this before because we wanted Puzzletome to remain as user-friendly as possible, but alas we believe the time has now come.

Hopefully you will understand the reasons behind this move. Of course as existing users it won't affect you too much, but anyone to whom you recommend the site has a little bit more to do before they can get in.

Stretham
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therealpadd
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go for it!! Especially as you have since been hit by user Blyanax291 in the general chat forum
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theandygrant
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer the email thingy to the one where you have to look at some squiggly letters and guess what they are. I always get those wrong!
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Titanium22
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

theandygrant wrote:
I prefer the email thingy to the one where you have to look at some squiggly letters and guess what they are. I always get those wrong!

Tough. Both are needed to get rid of the current spate of spurious registrations on the site. We will *not* allow people to sabotage our community by registering with the intention of promoting porn, dodgy pharmaceuticals and so on.


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JWawro
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Titanium22 wrote:

We will *not* allow people to sabotage our community by registering with the intention of promoting porn, dodgy pharmaceuticals and so on.

T22


If I recall, one of the links suggested that it was a helpful, alphabetical listing of available pharmaceuticals (no word on their dodginess, but I can hazard a guess).

I'm sure hoping that ordered list doesn't show up in a future Series Series contest!
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jurismorte
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, Stretham.

I've come across two or three of those spam postings and then noticed, with appreciation, their disappearance.

I think anything you can do to rid the site of those unwanted blemishes is well worth the extra ten seconds of time/effort on the puzzlers' part.

I'd even be happy to re-register myself if that's what's needed.

For what it's worth, I fully support the change and will continue to recommend this site to anyone who will listen!!

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angiejla
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm all for keeping 'that stuff' off of the forum and anything you need to do is understandable...and I too will continue to recommend this site to anyone who will listen...Hats off the the Admin's and ASA for keeping up with all of it... Thumbs up
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 2:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It seems to be working I have not had to send anyone to the X-Files for a week.
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chemig
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with my teammates. I'm all for anything that keeps this site SPAM-free. I'd be willing to do anything reasonable to accomplish that, even type in those squiggly letters that Andy hates. Sometimes it's almost like another puzzle to solve!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just think technology has progressed to a point where computers are now better at optical character recognition than I am. Sigh. I'm analogue in a digital world...
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