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The spam preview mod, keep it or get rid of it?
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get rid of
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mot
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Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 10:03 am    Post subject: The forced preview modification.

Yup, it may take a little getting used too. It is filtering out some spam now. Granted it's not getting everything but it is getting some. The mod is unfortunately one of these things that if it works correctly you don't notice it.

Anyway decision time. Get rid of it or get used to it?

In my opinion it's always good to preview your posts anyway. If not only for spelling checks but also for context and to make sure your getting your point across clearly. It only forces you to preview if you use the quick reply option.

Well, let me know.
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Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 11:38 am    Post subject:

i personally dont like it
while im open to other ideas why dont you just give some trusted regulars a bit more power? or go back to the http(s?) system
what was the reason for changing off that by the way?

either way, i voted get rid of it simply because i post some messages than close the window after submit
just like i do on other forums, only to come back later to see my post missing
if one person does it, surely others do aswell?

oh well GL with the war sir

(oh my god i almost did it again!!! clicked submit, then it went through and i backspaced )
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Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 1:07 pm    Post subject:

It took me a while to get used to, but if it keeps the spam down I like it.

Https was causing a significant number of problems for our users. I'm willing to consider going back to it, but I'd rather avoid it if we can.

/r
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Royal



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Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 5:45 pm    Post subject:

If it helps spam even a bit, I say it's a keeper.
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Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 12:22 am    Post subject:

honestly i havent noticed a difference
but im in aus and log on at different times to most so i might miss a majority, or see the ones the mods miss because theyre sleeping
either way, quite entertaining stuff
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Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 12:30 am    Post subject:

Thats just the thing though. If it does work, you wont notice it.

It is working, to a certain degree. I've noticed obvious spam accounts being created that never get to the posting stage. My main problem is that it does make the quick reply mod a little redundant.

I'll look into other solutions ASAP.
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Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 6:07 am    Post subject:

I vote "keep it" cause I always preview my posts before I post :p (obviously, if one day, a poll was done for a mod that removes the preview option, I would then vote a "get rid of it" to it... )
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Dev Mike
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Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 12:45 am    Post subject:

Okay, IMHO, your fighting the Symptomes instead of the disease. Get rid of the source and you get rid of the product..

I have a nice cure for you if your interested. It is a simple script. but you have to clean your DB from all the already subscribed spammers...

So this is my vote for "get rid of it" couse you dont need it when you have the right stuff...
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Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 12:49 am    Post subject:

I'm listening.
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Arnar
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Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 3:02 am    Post subject:

personally i havent really noticed it much
im a fan
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Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 3:47 am    Post subject:

I would like the forced preview for newcomers with 20 posts or less. That way, vets can post away and spammers will be deleted well before the 20 post cutoff.
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Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 11:48 am    Post subject:

This code adds a simple question to the regestry form
You can change the question to anything you like.

Spambot software makers will update their databases to include the correct answer to your question... once you notice that a couple spammers are joining per week, change the question and the answer again.. they will eventually give up...
NOTE: one spam per week may just be human spammers, a few a week is most likely a bot.

Works like a charm.


#-----[ OPEN ]---------------------------------------------
#
includes/usercp_register.php
#
#-----[ FIND ]---------------------------------------------
#
}
if ($board_config['enable_confirm'] && $mode == 'register')
#
#-----[ BEFORE, ADD ]--------------------------------------
#
if (!isset($_POST['antispam_question']) || $_POST['antispam_question'] != '7') {
$error = TRUE;
$error_msg .= (isset($error_msg) ? '<br/>' : '') . "Incorrect answer to the question: How much is 4+3...";
}
#
#-----[ OPEN ]---------------------------------------------
#
templates/subSilver/profile_add_body.tpl
#
#-----[ FIND ]---------------------------------------------
#
<!-- END switch_confirm -->
#
#-----[ AFTER, ADD ]---------------------------------------
#
<tr>
<td class="row1"><span class="gen">How much is 4+3 * </span></td>
<td class="row2">
<input type="text" class="post" style="width: 200px" name="antispam_question" size="6" maxlength="6" value="" />
</td>
</tr>
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Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 2:02 pm    Post subject:

Ok I've added that one, lets see how it works.
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Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 2:06 pm    Post subject:

Make sure you get rid of all the existing bots that are already in the system
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Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 2:10 pm    Post subject:

I've disabled the forced preview for a while to see how effective this mod is.
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