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« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2011, 02:02:12 PM »

There are now a couple of questions on registration. hopefully that will slow down the 500 registrations per day a bit.  Roll Eyes

I tested it on the backup forum and it worked after a bit of fiddling with the register.template.php. 
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« Reply #16 on: April 13, 2011, 02:13:29 PM »

Dammit. It doesn't seem to have slowed it down at all.  Huh
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« Reply #17 on: April 13, 2011, 02:49:43 PM »

500 per day, that much?  But was the "questions" answered really OR did they find a way to register without going through the whole chabang? (like a back door)
We have access logs?
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« Reply #18 on: April 13, 2011, 07:32:43 PM »

Hmmm. there are a lot of "you need to validate your email address" errors in the error log. 99.99% of them belonging to obvious spambots
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« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2011, 07:38:54 PM »

I've also upgraded to 1.1.13  There were security issues with 1.1.11 apparently.
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« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2011, 07:41:50 PM »

awesome!  Well, forum still works apparently -- I still see image attachments too.   Cool
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« Reply #21 on: April 13, 2011, 07:42:38 PM »

yeah, the upgrades never seem to give any problems.
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« Reply #22 on: April 13, 2011, 07:44:30 PM »

Would there be a way to mass-delete spambot users?  We have so many!!!  
I have no problem running a database script but:  What criteria(s) could we use for this, or how to distinguish the spambots from the real users?  Some real users out there have not posted. :S
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« Reply #23 on: April 13, 2011, 09:01:06 PM »

Tricky isn't it. Perhaps we could send out a blanket email first, a "we're going to delete accounts unless you post, sorry for the inconvenience" type thing.
Or run a script to gather names first, pull out the obvious ones, and run another script just to delete those accounts.
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« Reply #24 on: April 14, 2011, 12:20:16 AM »

we could at least delete the ones that have zero post and no activity since 18 months or so.  It would be a start.

Yeah, sending an email might be interesting -- althought we might be tagged as a "spamming bot"!!! Smiley tricky tricky

Hum...  I think that there is some sort of tracking of where the user went -- or if they recently went to a place or not.  Maybe a spambot would only visit a single thread or even none -- that would be a good indicator for a spambot. We could use that type of filtering on top of "no activity since 1 month" (in case someone really is getting an account and just waited a week or so before really using it)...
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« Reply #25 on: April 14, 2011, 07:20:39 AM »

Older than a few months and zero posts would be fine I think.  It's not like any areas are blocked to guests, so joining isn't necessary to read stuff.
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« Reply #26 on: April 14, 2011, 12:23:26 PM »

Guests cannot see attached images. (i.e. they cannot download attachments) -- (which is a bit annoying of a rule I find).

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« Reply #27 on: April 14, 2011, 01:42:00 PM »

Interesting, they should be able to according to the permissions set.
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« Reply #28 on: April 14, 2011, 08:21:07 PM »

Well, I just tried it now, and it works. I remember this was not the case at one point. I gave someone a URL to an image and he could not see it, I tried signing out and then got some sort of "cannot access" error when trying to look at the image again. Also I remember talking to someone that said that he was registered for like a year before posting anything.

We have about 500 users with 1 posts or more. (out of 12000+)
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« Reply #29 on: August 10, 2011, 08:26:19 PM »

Would be great if it was 12000 active users with at least one build log each ^_^
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