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05-07-2009, 09:50 PM

At the moment we have taken the drastic measure of approving all registrations in order to
combat the huge amount of spam that was appearing daily.

With the new site, we will be removing this approval process, as it is very much hurting our new users.

How should we combat spammer registrations?

Our main idea so far is to have a non-standard test on registration, i.e. ask a simple WoW-related question or a maths question.

05-07-2009, 10:43 PM
I think you should have a non-standard test on registration, i.e. ask a simple WoW-related question or a maths question.

06-07-2009, 09:16 AM
Thanks for your valuable input Sloth :P

06-07-2009, 10:15 AM
I think bots have a way of getting around the whole "type this 5 digit phrase" now right?

If so then yeah a Maths question that changes all the time or something. Tho i guess they'd be able to pass that too?

Maybe just email validation, since spammers/bots are wanting to go around and fast post , not having to sign up then validate just to post "LOL VIAGRA HERE M8s!"

06-07-2009, 10:36 AM
Well actually while there's a lot of bot registrations, there's also a lot of real-person spammer registrations. Its worth a lot of money to have your links posted on many forums, so they're using real people, not only bots.

Hence my idea to ask a WoW related question that they may not be able to answer (they could google it but more likely they'd just give up).

06-07-2009, 12:39 PM
Just simple questions is usually enough to keep random spammers away from my experience. Keeping them WoW related will probably make even less slip though the net since using Google to find out the answer to a simple question is still way too much work for spammers.

As simple as "What race does gnomes share their starting area with" (or trolls).

06-07-2009, 01:55 PM
on another forum that I visited they used a special group. You had to join that group (manually) in order to be able to post.

There were no links to joining that group. You were asked to go to the right page (still, no link given) and push the *join* button.

Why no link? Because google won't find it, and thus spambots won't either.