Forum New Thread Captcha

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 05, 2019 at 14:02
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Hi folks,

Been a while since I had 5 secs to post in the forum, sorry about that but building our new map set and apps have consumed a fair wack of time. Anyway we have over recent weeks seen a large number of annoying spam threads appearing in the forum so to try to circumvent this continuing I have added a simple Captcha/Validate control on the New Thread process.

We have used the most simple one that is just a tick box (unless you fail something and may have to get a few more questions). It should take no time at all to use and hopefully it will help our moderators by limiting the almost daily entry of spam threads.

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David (doing the tick thing)
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Reply By: Michael H9 - Thursday, Jun 06, 2019 at 18:58

Thursday, Jun 06, 2019 at 18:58
I think it's not working?
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 06, 2019 at 19:32

Thursday, Jun 06, 2019 at 19:32
Not much info there, Michael. In what way?
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Thursday, Jun 06, 2019 at 20:27

Thursday, Jun 06, 2019 at 20:27
There was a spam post after it was put on only a few hours ago. Maybe it was done manually by the spammer?
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Thursday, Jun 06, 2019 at 20:49

Thursday, Jun 06, 2019 at 20:49
The last few attempts we've had to stop them were designed to identify if its a bot or a human and we now can see its a human and I've just worked through the logs and we've identified a bit more about how they're doing it so now we have another approach and will implement a new protocol. Surely this is time consuming and waste of time for them. Sure is waste of time for us...
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Follow Up By: Idler Chris - Thursday, Jun 06, 2019 at 21:06

Thursday, Jun 06, 2019 at 21:06
Hi Michelle, I would not waste much time on it. I, and I am sure others do too, just advise the moderators and they take it down. A fairly simple solution. It does not stay up long so I doubt the perpetrators receive any benefit.
If you want to do a change I would suggest you could make it so a financial member (or anyone maybe) can flag any posting as advertising which immediately hides the post from the Forum and refers it to a moderator for total deletion or reinstatement. This will diminish the time the post is up and act as a deterant.
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Thursday, Jun 06, 2019 at 21:08

Thursday, Jun 06, 2019 at 21:08
I spend my working day standing under a waterfall of internet problems caused by malicious spamming and scamming scripts. I feel your pain.... :-)
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Thursday, Jun 06, 2019 at 22:11

Thursday, Jun 06, 2019 at 22:11
As a moderator of another forum, with worldwide members, I can tell you this much - having multiple moderators in many different areas of the world, on different time zones - all with the ability to remove spam, the instant they spot it - is a guaranteed, sure-fire method of making spammers get very discouraged - and they then move on to other sites that have less webmaster or moderator interaction.

One of the things the spammers love, is when they put up a spam post, and it stays there for multiple hours and days.
I just love deleting spam within a minute of it appearing, it's a great feeling!

Cheers, Ron.
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Follow Up By: Kazza055 - Friday, Jun 07, 2019 at 10:18

Friday, Jun 07, 2019 at 10:18
Another way might be to disallow new members from posting for the first 7 days. Have seen this on quiet a few forums over the years.

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Follow Up By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Friday, Jun 07, 2019 at 17:06

Friday, Jun 07, 2019 at 17:06
As much fun as pressing the delete button may be having to look, check, look, delete a fair amount is time consuming and painful. I actually have much more fun working out what they did/do and building a method to clobber that activity. Lets see if they come back after today's update.

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Follow Up By: OzzieCruiser - Friday, Jun 07, 2019 at 18:01

Friday, Jun 07, 2019 at 18:01
Doesn't seem to be working

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Follow Up By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Friday, Jun 07, 2019 at 18:13

Friday, Jun 07, 2019 at 18:13
Hum - maybe, maybe not! Investigating....
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