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Remove extra periods from Gmail addresses

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mrhope:
As most probably know, Gmail e-mail addresses ignore periods allowing the user to have different e-mail addresses. For example, "simplemachineexample@gmail.com" could also be "simple.machine.example@gmail.com," "sim.ple.mac.hine.exa.mple.@gmail.com," etc.

This feature is nice. However, it's also used by spammers. I just fished deleting over 1,000 spam accounts using this technique to spam our forum.

I think it could help if SMF forums removed the periods for any @gmail.com or @googlemail.com submitted e-mail address or not treat Gmail addresses with extra periods as different addresses.

Having this ability can give a spammer the potential to create dozens of accounts for a single e-mail address.

Tip for those suffering from the same problem, to help find accounts using these tactics, you can search your forum members using search e-mail strings similar to the following examples.

*.?.*@gmail.com
*.??.*@gmail.com
*.???.*@gmail.com

vbgamer45:
I can write a quick piece of code to do it for you.

I like keeping those accounts since it is easier to tell if it is a spammer or not.

Kindred:
you know, there are much easier ways to spot and stop spammers.....

mrhope:

--- Quote from: vbgamer45 on February 05, 2021, 04:42:38 PM ---I can write a quick piece of code to do it for you.

--- End quote ---

Might take you up on that vbgamer45, am I ok to PM you?


--- Quote from: Kindred on February 05, 2021, 04:59:16 PM ---you know, there are much easier ways to spot and stop spammers.....

--- End quote ---

Well, I'd welcome suggestions. I've read and tried a lot of different suggestions and we have always got hammered with spammers. I've tried various captcha mods, re-create random questions on registration, and right now are doing verified posts for new users and temporarily verifying new accounts through Admin account. I believe a lot of our issues right now is using Cloudflare, which means we cannot ban off IP address, because it's using shared Cloudflare IP's and cannot get real IP from Cloudflare because IPv6 isn't supported SMF without heavy modification with the IPv6 mod.

vbgamer45:
Sure

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