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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:02 pm 
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I've been contacted by a qualified individual (who may be looking for an alternative to the zone) who attempted to join but has not had a response. I checked and it looks like O.S. hasn't visited the site since 12-19. Plus, there has been no activity in the intro section since 11-12. Can someone reach out to O.S.?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:42 pm 
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I think one of the moderators here may be able to do whatever is necessary and O.S. doesn't have to do anything.


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We can bump him in, Plumbus.

Can you find out what user name he is using?

We had to turn off registration because the Russian spambots were overwhelming the server, but if you tell me his user name I can pick him out of the mob and bring him in.

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I should see if I can update robot spam filter .. I will do a little checking into it

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johnlewismcleod wrote:
We can bump him in, Plumbus.

Can you find out what user name he is using?

We had to turn off registration because the Russian spambots were overwhelming the server, but if you tell me his user name I can pick him out of the mob and bring him in.


Not sure what his handle is. If he's using the same as in the past, it's Gan. I will verify.


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I just changed a few things in admin panel ..
Anybody should be able to register .. they will get email in order to activate account ..
Hopefully this should resolve any future spam bot attacks

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I just changed a few things in admin panel ..
Anybody should be able to register .. they will get email in order to activate account ..
Hopefully this should resolve any future spam bot attacks


Thanks boss. I'll let him know. :grin:


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Anybody got a spare email address to try to join up .. I need to test it out

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spammers are starting already


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:29 pm 
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Realliveplumber wrote:
spammers are starting already


I see what you mean.
Keeping the door unlocked lets in all sorts. Lock it and you starve the site for new blood.


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Isn't there some kind of firewall that can be put on auto registration to filter out these spam bots?


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We've tried several different protocols...these phacing Russians are really good at what they do and clearly have nothing better to do with their time.

Maybe we could get new tools if we upgrade our software, but that's over my head, I'm afraid.

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I will look for the lastest spam control in phpbb .. might take some time

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Do you use "captcha" for registration?

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