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Alas, poor splog, I knew thee well (23 posts)

  1. Farms
    Member
    Posted 15 years ago #

    We're not all about being greedy capitalist pigs over at WPMUDEV ;) and here's something to prove it, goddamnit.

    We give you, ahem, the catchily titled Signup Security Question.

    It's pretty simple really, say goodbye to auto-registering splogs by asking a simple question as part of your signup process.

    And what makes it extra funky is that it's 'powered by humans' - i.e. you change the question every week or so, and the sploggers aren't going to be bothered to keep up with you.

    Well, that's the theory.

    Have a go, whack it in mu-plugins, change the question in Site Admin and let us know.

    (BTW it doesn't appear the first time you view the signup page, just refresh).

  2. lunabyte
    Member
    Posted 15 years ago #

    And so..... this hints that you're going to clean up UniBlogs.org so I can add your "damn" feed back into MuTags.net right?

    ;)

    VB... sheesh!

  3. Farms
    Member
    Posted 15 years ago #

    You're not wrong - am on a major league clean-up operation as of today!

  4. lunabyte
    Member
    Posted 15 years ago #

    Well, drop that dirty bitter and get to it!

  5. Farms
    Member
    Posted 15 years ago #

    Sure thing Sarge ;)

  6. Farms
    Member
    Posted 15 years ago #

    Hey, guess what, the dirty sploggers have already gotten onto this so you;d best change your question fairly pronto :)

  7. lunabyte
    Member
    Posted 15 years ago #

    Uh oh... Spaghetti O's.

  8. suleiman
    Member
    Posted 15 years ago #

    lol...how do you know they're not going through and registering manually James?

  9. SteveAtty
    Member
    Posted 15 years ago #

    The thing about a single (or limited number of questions) is that it only takes 1 person to work through the questions and work out the answers and put those into the spam bots and then some stuff is bound to get through

  10. lunabyte
    Member
    Posted 15 years ago #

    Yep. As bas as it sucks sometimes, a captcha is the most effective method, without having an approval system.

    Combined with bad behavior, a spammer has to sit there and literally sign-up.

  11. Farms
    Member
    Posted 15 years ago #

    Sploggers wouldn't be bothering with eslblogs :)

    I reckon a number of rotated questions would be good.

  12. lunabyte
    Member
    Posted 15 years ago #

    "Sploggers wouldn't be bothering with eslblogs :)"

    And that why I had to take that feed out of mutags.net for a while? :P lol

  13. Farms
    Member
    Posted 15 years ago #

    Not enough to manually bother... and you can pop the feed back now, it's nice and clean.

  14. lunabyte
    Member
    Posted 15 years ago #

    Rgr that, A.T.

  15. drmiketemp
    Member
    Posted 15 years ago #

    Does that mean the quote issue got fixed as well?

  16. Farms
    Member
    Posted 15 years ago #

    The feed messed-up stuff - not really but we're working on that... you'd have to ask Andrew.

  17. andrewbillits
    Member
    Posted 15 years ago #

    Quote issue?

  18. Farms
    Member
    Posted 15 years ago #

    I think doc was referring to the site-wide feed, but not really sure...

  19. lunabyte
    Member
    Posted 15 years ago #

    Ah yes... the quotes turning into all kinds of funky stuff.

    AEtm or some crazy crap.

    But, that might be from the sitewide feed or something.

  20. drmiketemp
    Member
    Posted 15 years ago #

    Actually I think the quotes within the feed were causing all those issues with mysql errors with mutags. Probably the content just needs to be run through wp_specialchars or whatever the function call is and puts quote marks into the ascii.

  21. hhuskies
    Member
    Posted 15 years ago #

    Thank you Farms. That worked PERFECTLY!

  22. rogerineugene
    Member
    Posted 15 years ago #

    I'm going to try this out.
    I had auto-registrations disabled for the longest time. I still had log entries of attempts. after upgrading to the latest, I decided to open up registrations again. had 2 overnight with another one or two that had not been email validated.
    I guess let this go for a few days and see if I get any more sploggers.

  23. hhuskies
    Member
    Posted 15 years ago #

    I just installed it yesterday; usually I get around 10 splogs overnight, but this question brought the number down to 2. So I am pretty happy about that!

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