REQUEST FOR MEMBERSHIP by EMAIL ONLY

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REQUEST FOR MEMBERSHIP by EMAIL ONLY

Postby JohnM » Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:51 pm

Guys,

We have been inundated for a while now by spammers from Eastern Europe trying to join the forum. They seem to be able to quickly get around the Spam Counter Measures. I get about 25 new user requests a day. Since I only coming here about once a week, I wind up with over 100 to vett.

In the past I did look at each one and was able to pull a couple of real requests out of the mess. But for now, I have turned off new registrations.

If you want to join this forum or know someone who wants to join just drop me an email at johnmazza1@gmail.com and tell me who you are, or who you know, or what other magic affiliations you have and I will get you right in.

John
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Re: REQUEST FOR MEMBERSHIP by EMAIL ONLY

Postby SimonC » Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:58 am

Great idea, thanks John :) had no idea you were getting that much spam, reminds me of this song...
https://youtu.be/M_eYSuPKP3Y
Now you see me...
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Re: REQUEST FOR MEMBERSHIP by EMAIL ONLY

Postby JohnM » Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:50 am

This problem is still very prevalent.

I tired all kinds of counter measures but nothing has worked.

I want everyone who wants to join the forum to be able to. Everyone is invited to join.

I have the registration opened now and will open it anytime I get a request either from one of you guys or from someone via email to join.

Spread the word that we are open to new members.
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Re: REQUEST FOR MEMBERSHIP by EMAIL ONLY

Postby VictorS » Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:52 am

Noted John. Thanks for informing us.
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Re: REQUEST FOR MEMBERSHIP by EMAIL ONLY

Postby Richard Kaufman » Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:17 pm

I am having the same problem on The Genii Forum and have had to stop taking new members. I have over 500 registrations that are impossible for me to wade through and increases every day.
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Re: REQUEST FOR MEMBERSHIP by EMAIL ONLY

Postby JohnM » Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:56 am

Richard Kaufman wrote:I am having the same problem on The Genii Forum and have had to stop taking new members. I have over 500 registrations that are impossible for me to wade through and increases every day.


Thanks for the feedback Richard. I was going to ask you if you have the same problem and if so how to stop or slow it.
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Re: REQUEST FOR MEMBERSHIP by EMAIL ONLY

Postby BluBob » Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:41 pm

I had the same problem on our web site (music) ...

I had to dis-allow Comments, GuestBook, & Feedback ...
and now, on with the show ...
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Re: REQUEST FOR MEMBERSHIP by EMAIL ONLY

Postby JohnM » Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:12 pm

We are still having problems receiving new registrations for the forum.

I tried using Google's recaptcha for Spambot Counter Measure but I must not have configured it correctly because legit people could not get past it.

When I try the other counter measures the Spammers get right through and we rack up at least 25 fake application a day.

If you know someone who wants to join the forum then please tell them to email me at jmazza1@comcast.net.

Once I get their email I simplify the counter measure and they get right in. I then have them email me their user name (the email notification for new registered does not work either), I approve them and set the countermeasure back to recaptcha.

Luckily our new members were persistent and emailed me to get in.
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Re: REQUEST FOR MEMBERSHIP by EMAIL ONLY

Postby lnlver » Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:41 pm

Is there any way you can incorporate some type of 'I am not a robot' checkbox on the registration page, or is the problem more complicated than this?
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Re: REQUEST FOR MEMBERSHIP by EMAIL ONLY

Postby VictorS » Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:14 am

Hi John, few days ago, 1 guy with a name Tom Atkinson was wiĺling to join this forum however he had problem to get registered. So I gave him your email. Hope he can go through.

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Re: REQUEST FOR MEMBERSHIP by EMAIL ONLY

Postby JohnM » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:50 pm

lnlver wrote:Is there any way you can incorporate some type of 'I am not a robot' checkbox on the registration page, or is the problem more complicated than this?


I am looking into that. I think Google's Recaptcha 2.0 has that check box.
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Re: REQUEST FOR MEMBERSHIP by EMAIL ONLY

Postby JohnM » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:50 pm

VictorS wrote:Hi John, few days ago, 1 guy with a name Tom Atkinson was wiĺling to join this forum however he had problem to get registered. So I gave him your email. Hope he can go through.

Victor


Tom is here, thanks for your help Victor.
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Re: REQUEST FOR MEMBERSHIP by EMAIL ONLY

Postby Richard Kaufman » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:10 pm

The guy who oversees my web stuff found a plug in that eliminated the problem. But I don't know anything about the guts of these things.
I would suggest Googling plug-ins for whatever type of forum software you're using. This is a large problem that is well known, and chances are that someone will have written a plug in to fix it.
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