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NucleiSplitter
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Joined: 28 Oct 2016
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 4:24 am    Post subject:  Unofficial Bots Report, and a Security Sys. Suggestions
Subject description: This one topic, is meant for keeping out bots, by improving security
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Seriously, this could one day get out of hand! I don't even know why people would do this...

Block their IPs or something, if it's possible...
Damn, I'm the only one awake watching these forums while everyone is gone

We should really put up a new, much more secure, registration process, sending a 4-digit confirmation code to the person's email, create a temporary (will be deleted after 2 days, and cannot reply, post, edit their profile, or even send private messages to anyone) then having to type it into their profile, adding a tag called 'Confirmation Code' into a regular ui of a registered person's profile, but can't edit anything. And there would be a reminder at the bottom if they still haven't typed their Confirmation Code, the reminder could say 'This Account shall be terminated after 2 days, type your confirmation code to complete the registration process', or whatever Banshee wants.

And once the Confirmation Code has been typed, a Private Message shall be awaiting them, with a brief intro to the forums and links to the rules and regulations...

I've seen registration processes like that in other websites, and they haven't had a bot that got through their registration process...

Hopefully a new and much more secure registration system shall be implemented soon...

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Banshee
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Joined: 15 Aug 2002
Location: Brazil

PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure if we need to make the registration process become a torture of that kind. I think we would loose real (and interested) users if we follow your process, specially those who may not be native english speakers.

However, the idea of having a custom registering process, unexpected to bots, is a good idea. I'll think about something that could still be easy, but not something expected by these bots.

Bear in mind that some bots only start to post few days, weeks, months or even years after they register. I've also seen certain humans who only register to do these bots advertisements (although in the vast majority of the times the bots are just softwares doing automated stuff).

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NucleiSplitter
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Joined: 28 Oct 2016
Location: Hmm, I don’t know... maybe your Mom’s basement?

PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Then, why not perma-ban the bots? I see no reason for bots to be in this place, aside from the PPM News Bot, but why keep them?

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Lin Kuei Ominae
Seth


Joined: 16 Aug 2006
Location: Germany

PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bots are permanently banned when they appear.
But there appear new ones too and as Banshee mentioned, there might be several inactive still hidden in the already registered users list.

Feel free to go through the 8536 users and sort the bots out that have been hiding there for a long time.
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NucleiSplitter
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why don't we start with the spambot that posted today, and the one last month...

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Lin Kuei Ominae
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What do you mean? They are banned already and won't post again.

I don't get why you complain about this, when you might have noticed spambot posts for only 1 hour until mods and admin got rid of them.
Just ignore them.
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Banshee
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to confirm: we do permanently ban from our forums all spamming bots and wipe all their posts as soon as we see them. But bot accounts just get being created again and again and again.

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