Author Topic: A note about the registration process and spam  (Read 13388 times)

nosty

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A note about the registration process and spam
« on: November 16, 2008, 03:01:26 AM »
All new registrations are required enter a "captcha" (an image with some text) and wait for email approval before they join the forum. This two step process is to prevent drive-by attacks by bots and spammers who exploit weak forums and flood them with junk advertising or worse. The captcha level is set to its highest level but even so the ratio of spammers to new registrants is out of control. It may take weeks for the approval process to complete. I apologize for the inconvenience and believe me, it is as frustrating to me as to you!

Approval usually involves comparing users's email and IP addresses to our existing banlist and known public lists of spammers. Otherwise, this site does not use your email / IP details in any way. Be assured that any bot that spams this board will be removed upon detection and all offending posts removed. Needless to say, the use of bots, duplicate accounts or advertising links are all explicitly forbidden in the forum registration agreement.

I also urge users for their own safety to exercise common sense and ignore spam messages even if they do slip through. You know the sort of thing - messages selling online pharmaceuticals, viagra & cialis, herbal supplements, male "enhancers", casinos, home loans, matrix / pyramid schemes etc. Without exception any advertisement that is spread by spam or bots is a SCAM and will be deleted on sight.

In advance I thank you for your patience and understanding.
« Last Edit: October 24, 2012, 02:59:47 PM by nosty »