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Started by xrunner, April 04, 2013, 09:59:48 AM
Quote from: ziycon on April 04, 2013, 07:58:38 AMWith the challenge questions you can set, make sure that the question is as specific as possible to your site/forum content as possible so maybe as what the initials of you site stand for or as the user to enter the initials of your site name, the more specific the better.
Quote from: xrunner on April 04, 2013, 09:14:14 AMThis question I made up did wonders for me (none of it is true but the spammers don't know that) -You can't post ANYTHING or use your account until an Admin approves your account based on spam databases and heuristic screening criteria - you will not be registered until this approval is complete - if you still wish to apply enter "notspammer" without the quotes in the box
Quote from: Kindred on April 04, 2013, 09:34:32 AMbecause it is a sufficiently complicated sentence that their auto-processors or the non-english spammers don't quite understand what they are supposed to do.I guarantee you, they don't read it, and if they did, they don't care what you say.
Quotethey don't want to wait for their IPs to be checked and account to be verified, so they just don't bother
Quote from: Kindred on April 04, 2013, 10:17:02 AMno, it does not negate ziycon's statement.
QuoteAccording to your advice, the questions don't have to be specific to the site.
QuoteAll of them are valid, there is not one single reason why verification questions work.
QuoteThere are two basic types of spamming, robots where the script has to be able to decipher what you are asking so it can reply accordingly. For example if you have three verification questions there is a good chance with a few attempts they will have all the possible answers and can program accordingly.
Quote from: Arantor on April 04, 2013, 10:19:56 AMSpammers do not read what is in front of them.
Quote from: Arantor on April 04, 2013, 10:37:24 AMI'm a native English speaker, I had to read that three times to figure out what the answer is. It'll stop spammers, for a while but it will also stop some English speakers too.
QuoteBut although it's hard (too hard but I can adjust that) it would stop a spammer right?
QuoteWhat I'm trying to do is come up with a "standard" answer for people having problems with spammers
QuoteSo far we agree the questions don't have to be specific to your forum, i.e. having those specific questions is not at the heart of what makes the questions stop spammers.