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Is the Anti bot method this forum uses available as a mod ?


 
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circleofatlantis
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 2:36 am 
Post subject: Is the Anti bot method this forum uses available as a mod ?

I've had a renewed attack on my forums in the last couple of days. I was previously using the maths question mod very successfully. I've changed this to a 3 digit number now, but it has only slowed the registrations, not stopped them.

I liked the idea of the bot prevention this forum uses, but cant find it anywhere as a released mod.

Is it available ?
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Acaria
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 2:44 am 
Post subject: Re: Is the Anti bot method this forum uses available as a mo

You could try this Mod:

Link.

It's the best anti-bot Mod I've come across, and lemme' tell ya': it works a treat.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:02 am 
Post subject: Re: Is the Anti bot method this forum uses available as a mo

Acaria wrote:
You could try this Mod:

Link.

It's the best anti-bot Mod I've come across, and lemme' tell ya': it works a treat.

12 files to edit? icon_eek.gif In God's name, NO!

http://www.phpbbhacks.com/download/6432

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 1:44 pm 
Post subject: Re: Is the Anti bot method this forum uses available as a mo

It's true the Anti Bot Question MOD is a big MOD.
I use it and am very happy with it, for several reasons.
One reason is that it is a very individualizable MOD, the way I use (pictures+questions) makes my registration page very nice.
Another reason is that it also works for guest postings.
And it works very well, not a single spam registration nor guest spam post.

But if you just want to block spam registrations in an effective way I recommend Vip Code.

By the way, the MOD used at this site is called Checkbox Challenge and I guess a copy can be found in the phpBB2 archive, MOD's in Development at phpbb dot com, author's name is Drathbun.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:25 pm 
Post subject: Re: Is the Anti bot method this forum uses available as a mo

Checkbox Challenge by drathbun
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Slackervaara
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:20 am 
Post subject: Re: Is the Anti bot method this forum uses available as a mo

I use bbantispam or Advanced Textual Confirmation, which is very easy to install.
http://www.bbantispam.com/
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Jimmer
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:58 pm 
Post subject: Re: Is the Anti bot method this forum uses available as a mo

The only way I have stopped spam sign ups was to use recapcha.
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Acaria
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 5:24 am 
Post subject: Re: Is the Anti bot method this forum uses available as a mo

Jimmer wrote:
The only way I have stopped spam sign ups was to use recapcha.


Which doesn't really work with most newly-created bots.

Luckily enough, though, most of those new and fancy scripts go for PhpBB3 since PhpBB2 is shrinking in popularity. icon_razz.gif
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circleofatlantis
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:59 am 
Post subject: Re: Is the Anti bot method this forum uses available as a mo

Nearly 3 years later..... icon_mrgreen.gif

I finally went with a mod that asks the person not to include any profile information. If anything at all is entered into the profile information, the registration gets rejected. I also use a word input mod as a backup. Between the 2, they keep all the bots out very effectively.
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 5:32 pm 
Post subject: Re: Is the Anti bot method this forum uses available as a mo

The Checkbox Challenge is working well, still, after all these years. What I have noticed is that there are some spammers getting through but from my limited research so far they appear to be humans.
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circleofatlantis
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 12:15 am 
Post subject: Re: Is the Anti bot method this forum uses available as a mo

Yes, there does seem to be the odd human posting spam, but if you delete them immediately, they tend not to come back.

Every now and then someone posts something that is a setup for a following spam reply, or they post something and a few days later add a spam signature, but its not often enough to be a problem.

On the other hand, my test phpBB3 forum, which I forgot I had, was found by bots and in a few days grew from nothing to 900mb of porn. So much for the "better" forum design !
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