New Sheriff in Town
13 comments | Posted: 30 August 06 in General, by Nathan Smith
In case you hadn’t noticed, we had been having quite a problem with forum spam recently. Between herbal enlargement medications and various online casinos, you’d think the purpose of our forum had entirely changed focus. Well, we’ve had it with that type of stuff, so we’re laying down the law. Recently I installed two plugins that will hopefully cut down on that sort of unwanted junk.
The first is a captcha, which presents an alphanumeric term that must be entered to verify that a real human is trying to register, and not an automated bot. This of course creates a slight accessibility problem for those who may be vision impaired, as they cannot read the image. If this is a problem for you, please contact us and we will create an account manually for you.
The second measure we are using is Akismet, which is an anti-spam plugin initially developed for WordPress, but works quite well for our forum. So far, it has caught 100% of spam posts, auto-deleting the topic and auto-banning the account which posted it. Unfortunately, we have had a few false positives. If you find that you are auto-banned accidentally, please contact us about it, and we will re-instate your account.
Previous to installing these two spam counter-measures, we simply made it so that everyone had to verify their email addresses in order to post. This was keeping most bots from posting, but did not keep them from creating accounts. Due to this, there were a few hundred unused accounts with zero posts.
So, I went through and removed all users which had not made any posts. No doubt I also deleted legitimate forum lurkers who had just not posted anything yet. If this happened to you, simply re-register with the same username. To ensure it doesn’t happen again, after registration just make at least one post.
I guess that about sums it up. Hopefully this will make for a better forum experience for everyone involved. Please also be aware that you can report a post as objectionable by clicking the link labeled “Report” at the bottom of each entry. This will alert the administrators to the potentially offensive user, so that we can deal with them accordingly. So yeah, go enjoy the Godbit forum.
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