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Registration now required for posting

Posted: Mon May 15, 2006 8:56 pm
by Jonah
The spammers win. Anyone can still read the forum, but all users must now register in order to post or reply: go to ... e=register . You'll need to provide a valid email address in order to confirm your registration.


Posted: Mon May 15, 2006 11:50 pm
by onepence
Thank you for your services
Keep your friends


Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 2:07 pm
by Baha'i Warrior
seems like it wasn't as effective as maybe most people would have liked it to be, with all these bots posting new topics and providing links to their ignominious websites

Posted: Sat Aug 12, 2006 7:39 pm
by Zazaban
May I suggest having to type in one of those code things to register?

Posted: Sat Aug 12, 2006 11:55 pm
by brettz9
Unfortunately, that is not part of the current phpBB package we are now using. Not sure if the new version will have it or not.

That would not be easy to program ourselves, I'm quite sure.

Also, the visually impaired are not all that happy with such requirements either.

One possible alternative (such as is used for those making comments on the manual at ) is to ask a simple question, like "what is two plus six" or, even less hackable, "what is another word for the day after today".

This spamming is yet another reason pointing to the need for:
1) A representative global government (maybe they will make a fixed law against such spam)
2) The Bahá'í Faith (and moral education with the influence of religion). No matter how clever we are in defending against spam, the war will only escalate with more sophisticated spamming techniques (of course, we nevertheless need to take action against it in the meantime) as long as society has such a limited interest in moral development.

best wishes,

Posted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 12:53 am
by Jonah
The code thing you mention (technically it's called a "captcha") would be a good idea, yes. But in the long run, simply deleting the spam is often easier than installing some of the counter-measures. And between Brett and I, we're checking the forum every few hours, so it's rare that spam is left on for long...