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#1 Naman

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 11:32 PM

http://ipbrc.sourceforge.net/

I had problems with the damn things on my SMF board for a while, but I found a reCAPTCHA module for it and turned it on. Haven't had a spambot register since, and that was over a year ago. Hope this helps you guys out!

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 02:53 AM

Is reCaptcha better than the system that is used currently?

Another way is to force the user to answer a written question, like
"write 'i love img' without spaces" or
"write the four first numbers in 42525362" or
"what's the colour of the sky"
and then change the question if the bots figure it out.

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 06:16 AM

Yes I agree some measures are required this is getting way out of hand....

Zerohedge has a nice system, word based math problems e.g. "what is three plus eight". But a reCaptcha will most likely do as well.

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 07:22 AM

How about a number based word problem?
Such as "How do you spell BOOBLESS on a calculator? (hint, try holding the calculator upside down)"

Of course, the answer is 55378008, as every good schoolboy knows. Alternatively, you can go with 5318008, 58008 or 0.7734 (where the calculator's 4 looks like a h). I can't think of any others...
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Posted 06 September 2009 - 07:33 AM

I agree that this is getting out of hand, when I signed on this morning, all of the gaming subforums except windows gaming had a spambot thread as the most recent activity
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Posted 06 September 2009 - 07:57 AM

View Postteflon, on September 6th 2009, 11:22 PM, said:

How about a number based word problem?
Such as "How do you spell BOOBLESS on a calculator? (hint, try holding the calculator upside down)"

Of course, the answer is 55378008, as every good schoolboy knows. Alternatively, you can go with 5318008, 58008 or 0.7734 (where the calculator's 4 looks like a h). I can't think of any others...
Ha ha ha, that would be something quite good, and most people would know it, if not everyone (as you said).

View PostSneaky Snake, on September 6th 2009, 11:33 PM, said:

I agree that this is getting out of hand, when I signed on this morning, all of the gaming subforums except windows gaming had a spambot thread as the most recent activity
Hmmm, know what you mean. It was weird looking at the forum through the day and seeing the threads there.

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 11:47 AM

View PostHansi, on September 6th 2009, 02:16 PM, said:

Yes I agree some measures are required this is getting way out of hand....

Zerohedge has a nice system, word based math problems e.g. "what is three plus eight". But a reCaptcha will most likely do as well.

I would think that the spambots can handle math problems if they are that easy.
But maybe: "what is three times eight written backwards using numbers"?
or
"what is three times (six minus two) times four divided by four"
or "what year was Apple formed" / "what is Mac OS 10.6 also called" and a link to a page with an article that has the answer (for example wikipedia).

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 12:29 PM

View Postmaccer, on September 6th 2009, 05:47 PM, said:

I would think that the spambots can handle math problems if they are that easy.

Not unless they are specifically designed for that spam prevention measure in mind (They aren't AIs). The measure I'm referring to would construct the problem from random X and Y number and + or - and display via Javascript so that it can not be directly read by the bot unless someone builds it specifically to spam IMG (don't think that's going to happen).

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 12:06 AM

View Postteflon, on September 6th 2009, 08:22 AM, said:

How about a number based word problem?
Such as "How do you spell BOOBLESS on a calculator? (hint, try holding the calculator upside down)"

Of course, the answer is 55378008, as every good schoolboy knows. Alternatively, you can go with 5318008, 58008 or 0.7734 (where the calculator's 4 looks like a h). I can't think of any others...
I actually didn't know about the whole "BOOBS" = "80085" thing until my 20s. I remember my cousin showing me, and I responded with, "What's so funny about eighty thousand five?"

"It says 'boobs.'"

"Ah.... ha."

Apparently I missed the window where such things were funny.  :cool:
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Posted 08 September 2009 - 04:25 AM

Oh well, now is your time, on IMG. :P

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 04:32 AM

Do. Something. Soon. Please.

I just reported another 11 new spams this morning.

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 05:20 AM

What spam? I don't see any spam!  :whistling:
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Posted 08 September 2009 - 05:35 AM

Well done. Good job guys for deleting the spam, but I think this message is understood. :)

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Posted 11 September 2009 - 01:49 AM

Other stuff could work too. I suggested reCAPTCHA because it has a very high success rate, and it also is doing something worthwhile. (Archiving books; reCAPTCHA uses the human ability to read what computers can't to find the correct words where the computer gets stuck.)

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Posted 11 September 2009 - 07:46 AM

Frigidman would be the one to implement this.  You know, in case you were waiting for a response from me.
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