And forums are back!

I decided to stick with PHPBB3, but coded in an anti-spam question. If you can’t figure out the answer, you probably shouldn’t be trying to register an account…

Zachtronics Industries Forums

10 Comments to And forums are back!

  1. Jen's Gravatar Jen
    May 27, 2009 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    You erased the accounts in the process?

  2. compsciguy's Gravatar compsciguy
    May 27, 2009 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    Yes, all of the accounts are deleted. So are all of the topics. You couldn’t have kept the topics, since you stuck with phpBB?

  3. Axoren's Gravatar Axoren
    May 27, 2009 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    There are negative 2 Forums.
    But there are 2 posts…
    Why can’t I say stuff 🙁

  4. Axoren's Gravatar Axoren
    May 27, 2009 at 11:32 pm | Permalink


  5. Daniel's Gravatar Daniel
    May 28, 2009 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    This isn’t really an effective anti-spam measure.
    A spam-king only has to know the answer once and all the bots can spam again. It’s a static question.
    (this will only hold off the automated googleing bots who register at any forum)

  6. compsciguy's Gravatar compsciguy
    May 28, 2009 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    So get a couple of moderators who will be on just about every day, so that the inevitable spam flood is held back.

  7. Echo's Gravatar Echo
    May 29, 2009 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    That is an incredibly ineffective way to deal with spam… It might work at first, but in the end there are just too many bots and mods cannot have enough time.

  8. compsciguy's Gravatar compsciguy
    May 29, 2009 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    But they can still hold it back while Zach is working on a new captcha. If mods get appointed, and if Zach decides to change the captcha at all.

  9. Michael's Gravatar Michael
    May 31, 2009 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    @Daniel: Logic tells us that would the case, but reality proves us wrong.
    The thing is, most bots ARE “automated googling bots”, so this kind of question is incredibly effective, since these bots aren’t made to handle these kinds of special cases.
    I added a similar question to my phpBB forums a month or two ago (only easier – typing a number from a list given along with the question), and not a single spambot has gotten past it – even though I used to get 10 or so attempts to sign up every single day before that.

  10. compsciguy's Gravatar compsciguy
    May 31, 2009 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    And besides, I don’t think ANY spam-botnet master is going to take the time to visit this particular forum to figure out the question and register an account. There are bigger forums out there, and they are (surprisingly) easier for spambots to get in to.