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akadios
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Post by akadios » Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:48 pm

:lol: it could be anything as long as it isn't something that can be derived with simple logic such as those sites that have "add 1 +7" bots can do that junk these days.

What color is the baseline at the Mullins Center?

^that would be a good one


Just to be clear though if you do all three of these things you will eliminate 99.9% of all spammers I can't guarantee you 100% but less than five a year for sure. If not ill buy you a beer at ABC for each spammer....

Edit: Up to 6 >.> I don't wana kill the board owner :roll:

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Post by BullmooseGEO » Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:40 am

^ ktabz, really? Do you work at a real estate office or something? :)

In any case, aren't you having trouble accessing the modern websites? You might want to consider getting a lightweight browser or (better yet) a new computer or something... Though, I suppose, that may be a way for your employer to keep their workers productive...
akadios wrote:The second step is to block anyone from accessing your site from Eastern Europe, Russia, and China
I've been known to log in from Russia and China occasionally, but will find a workaround (proxies that is) if Mike and jj will put this in...
"When in doubt, use brute force." -- Ken Thompson

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Post by akadios » Thu Jan 03, 2013 5:03 pm

These three changes sometimes can cause a small number of people some aggregation however it will end the spam issue guarenteed.

The area localization block is the least important, the ie7 and older block and the logic question are the ones that matter the most.

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Post by MikeUMA » Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:14 pm

A dozen new members were added tonight. In the short time that I had the gate unlocked, about 7 spammers also tried registering themselves. Gate locked again.

If any of the newbies turn out to be trolls, let me know.

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Post by UM Fan » Fri Jan 17, 2014 1:44 pm

I have a friend at work, life long Umass fan, trying to register but keeps getting the message: Sorry but this username is disallowed. He has also tried several names

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Post by jj » Fri Jan 17, 2014 1:57 pm

UM Fan, that's because registrations are on lockdown. All names are disallowed.

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Post by MikeUMA » Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:02 pm

UM Fan wrote:I have a friend at work, life long Umass fan, trying to register but keeps getting the message: Sorry but this username is disallowed. He has also tried several names
See page 1 of this very thread.

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Post by MikeUMA » Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:33 pm

16 new members added tonight. Let me know if any turn out to be trolls.

Also a couple of longtime veterans re-joined the ranks. Welcome back.

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Re: New user registrations

Post by MikeUMA » Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:17 pm

Board veterans will notice that we have a new look & feel. Behind the scenes, there has been a big improvement in upgrading the code to the latest version.

The latest version includes a CAPTCHA process for new user registrations. This was something we sorely needed, with all the spammers who have been trying to register and make posts for their fake Viagra, knock off Rolexes, and assorted other shit. You've probably done a CAPTCHA to prove you're a human, on various websites like Ticketmaster.

With CAPTCHA enabled, I'm going to open the doors for new user registrations. They still require my "approval" before they can post, but I'll see over the next few days whether or not the CAPTCHA is indeed keeping the miscreants at bay. Sadly, that does not include UConn fans 8)

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Re: New user registrations

Post by MikeUMA » Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:31 am

So apparently there are spammers who are willing / able to go through the CAPTCHA process. I caught one from the Ukraine and another from that general area, then a couple others who appeared so suspect that I didn't even bother looking them up.

We'll see how this goes over the next few days, but for now the doors remain open.

If anybody sees crap messages ending up on the board, or via PMs, please let me know and I'll deal with it.

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Re: New user registrations

Post by Marshmont_63 » Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:19 pm

I've haven't been registered very long, but I love this site. A great place for all UMass fans. Thank you for all you have done to keep this website running smoothly and keeping the spammers off of the site! Truly appreciate all you do, Mike! :)
“When people come to our building we want them to feel the house of P.A.I.N.” -- Chaz Williams

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Re: New user registrations

Post by MikeUMA » Mon Sep 29, 2014 9:07 am

We're locking the doors again. Since midnight Friday, I saw 17 new registrations come through. All 17 were highly suspect, for various reasons.

For anybody who wants to register as a new member, here's what you need to do:
  1. E-mail me at webmaster at umasshoops dot com. (You can probably figure out how to put that into a real e-mail address.) You will be registered to the e-mail address you're sending from.
  2. Ask to be registered on the board.
  3. Tell me what user name you want.
  4. Finally, tell me why you want to post on the board. Tell me a little something about UMass, so I know you're for real. Fans of our opponents are also welcome to join.
Note: I'm not able to process requests right away as they come in. Please be patient!

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Re: New user registrations

Post by jj » Mon Sep 29, 2014 12:25 pm

I'll keep my eyes out for enhanced spammer countermeasures-

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