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Bots

Postby JaySmith » Sat Oct 15, 2005 1:44 pm

Rick,

If you find the time, you may want to upgrade to the next version of Phpbb which has better filters to protect against these robots that have been coming and posting to the site with increasing frequency. It has an image/character recognition funtion that prevents you from having to verify everyone before they can post.

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Postby Jan » Wed Dec 28, 2005 5:10 pm

I agree and would like to thank Jay very much for preventing chaos recently in the S.P.I.D.E.R forum. I didn't know about bots and have deleted the stuff.

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Postby admin » Mon Mar 13, 2006 12:07 pm

Well I upgraded, but it looks like my only option is to have this visual confirmation on registration, not on posting.

but the other thing I see is some spiders/bots are hitting the forums as "guest" and opening up all sorts of pages. I mean it's probably just crawlers but when I check in and see 20 different sections open from the same IP address it means I'm getting hit a lot by these things.

Only thing I can think of to do is remove guest/anonymous access.

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Postby admin » Mon Mar 13, 2006 1:20 pm

Okay I added robots.txt to the home directory
(http://www.harlanellison.com/robots.txt) as follows:
User-agent: *
Disallow: /heboard/forum


Hopefully that will prevent spiders that follow the rules from slamming the forums.

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Postby Jan » Mon Mar 20, 2006 10:09 pm

Terriffic.

And since you're not nearly busy enough, we also have a new member called mature-porn.

I'm not a big fan of old couples doing it, but I can only speak for myself.

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Postby Jim Davis » Thu Jul 20, 2006 10:23 am

It looks like it's time to add visual confirmation, Rick, 'cause the bots are starting to overrun the place.
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Re: Bots

Postby Jan » Sat Jun 04, 2011 4:56 pm

Is it possible to stop submitting confirmed human beings to the same old anti-bot procedures again and again and again?
After three years or so, the system should accept to the fact that we're here.
I'm really tired of the prompts and I don't even post very often.
I also object to the new (to me) Napoleon question - this is "fun" in the wrong place. To a newcomer there are about 1000 possible anwers. What's worse, they don't know what's coming until after they've spent three hours writing something thoughtful.
I suggest that people be only asked to enter Harlan's initals, and away with the rest. I don't see why a visitor needs to know the name of Harlan's wife or that he is married at all.

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Re: Bots

Postby admin » Fri Jun 24, 2011 1:22 pm

The problem is, "confirmed human beings" are the issue. The prompts are not for bots, they are for people.

There are a lot of folks that spend their whole day logging into phpbbs on their list, finding threads, and trying to make a semi-coherent reply with a website link in their signature. Without this spam setting, they can get past captcha and other methods because they are not a program. They just don't have the english language / real world knowledge skills to answer questions.

The question is cookie-based. Are you logging on dial-up every time, or on a different IP, or computer? Unless you wipe your cookies or have a high level of security, you should only have to answer the question every so often (whenever you are on a different computer/browser or your cookies are reset.

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Re: Bots

Postby Jan » Sat Jun 25, 2011 5:58 pm

Thanks, Rick. I get new IPs every day.
If it applies only to me, it's not a big problem, though for the sake of young readers and legitimate non-fans I submit it's better to stick to well-known titles with short, easy words missing.

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Re: Bots

Postby cynic » Sat Aug 27, 2011 11:58 pm

how much security is needed
follow your bliss,mike

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Re: Bots

Postby Lori Koonce » Sun Aug 28, 2011 3:11 pm

Mike

The method we use now is fine, the questions are written in a way that all but the newest of newbies couldn't answer them. And all it would take is a google search to find the answers for most of 'em anyways.


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