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Re: Unable to access fb.net forums

Postby deltarho[1859] » Nov 02, 2019 21:07

Thanks, Jeff, regarding all the deletions. I never start things, I just respond. All we need is for someone else never to start things either. Image
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Re: Unable to access fb.net forums

Postby Juergen Kuehlwein » Nov 02, 2019 22:28

I'm trying to keep the store open for business.

Thanks!
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Re: Unable to access fb.net forums

Postby jj2007 » Jan 15, 2020 21:30

There is a debate on whether to open a FreeBasic subforum at Masm32.com, and one wannabe member has serious problems to get registered to this forum.
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Re: Unable to access fb.net forums

Postby badidea » Jan 15, 2020 21:55

jj2007 wrote:There is a debate on whether to open a FreeBasic subforum at Masm32.com, and one wannabe member has serious problems to get registered to this forum.

16 new members registered in Dec 2019, 0 in January 2020. That is suspicious.
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Re: Unable to access fb.net forums

Postby coderJeff » Jan 16, 2020 0:15

From 2019-12-29 to 2020-01-08 we had 300+ new users registered. And then about 100+ cases of spam posts, that Imortis cleaned-up.

I changed the Q&A question to avoid the spam bots from registering. I was concerned the question might be too hard, and apparently it is.

The question is:
"What is the name of the programming language this site is about? Append four exclamation marks and one "period" to the end of your answer"

Answer is:

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var s = "FreeBASIC"
s += "!!!!"
s += "period"
print s


"period" is a literal. Too hard? I will gladly take suggestions for a better question / answer. Even one that maybe references a specific wiki page, or url, or whatever. I had tried allowing "." as well, but the spam bots were already guessing that one.
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Re: Unable to access fb.net forums

Postby Josep Roca » Jan 16, 2020 0:46

The hard part is "FreeBASIC". Most people will try "FreeBasic", "Free Basic", "freebasic", etc.
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Re: Unable to access fb.net forums

Postby coderJeff » Jan 16, 2020 1:13

Yeah, I don't think that's it. The Q&A was/is set up to accept several variations with or without spaces and mixed case. "free basic "..., "FreeBASIC "..., "Free Basic "... and so on, would all be valid. There is an option under the Q&A named "Strict Check: Enable to enforce mixed case, punctuation and whitespace." currently set to "no". However, that setting is probably why "." as I initially tried to allow had no effective usage against the spam bots.

Anyway, it's quite frustrating overall because everything the site has to offer is openly available even without a registered user name. We don't ask for real names and we don't share personal information like email addresses. Plus, first post is checked by a human every time. It must cost them nothing to harass the site. Like, we still get the 100,000+ hits a day from several IP's. I don't dare unblock those IP's or the site would become inaccessible again.
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Re: Unable to access fb.net forums

Postby MrSwiss » Jan 16, 2020 1:20

coderJeff wrote:"period" is a literal. Too hard?

Yes, I guess it is, because everybody is likely to assume "." (if literal isn't stated somewhere).
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Re: Unable to access fb.net forums

Postby Josep Roca » Jan 16, 2020 1:28

The MASM member was using "." instead of "period"

I answered freebasic!!!!.

but apparently that's not correct. Two other trys and I exceeded my attempts.
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Re: Unable to access fb.net forums

Postby coderJeff » Jan 16, 2020 3:51

I tried registering over at MASM forums hopefully to be of direct assistance. The MASM forum registration asks 7 questions. I do believe it took me at least 10 attempts to pass the Q&A. Not too bright I am, I guess. We'll see. I haven't actually received the confirmation email yet to login and post anything. Statistically, this seems pretty good to deter spam bots.

If anyone is registered at MASM, maybe they can tell "jimg" that "AW" provided the answer.

As mentioned before, I will gladly accept suggestions for better question & answer. I don't pretend to be an expert in running a forum. I am thankful for any guidance. Doing my best. That's all.
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Re: Unable to access fb.net forums

Postby Xusinboy Bekchanov » Jan 16, 2020 4:38

I think that the answer should be obvious to the person.
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Re: Unable to access fb.net forums

Postby MrSwiss » Jan 16, 2020 12:49

Suggestion:
replacing the Q&A with one or more CAPTCHA's may be more effective?
(easier on users while being harder for machines)
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Re: Unable to access fb.net forums

Postby jj2007 » Jan 16, 2020 15:46

coderJeff wrote:If anyone is registered at MASM, maybe they can tell "jimg" that "AW" provided the answer
I volunteer to do that ;-)
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Re: Unable to access fb.net forums

Postby badidea » Jan 16, 2020 18:44

coderJeff wrote:As mentioned before, I will gladly accept suggestions for better question & answer. I don't pretend to be an expert in running a forum. I am thankful for any guidance. Doing my best. That's all.

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Re: Unable to access fb.net forums

Postby jimg » Jan 16, 2020 19:45

Finally got registered! It didn't include the period in the question this time though.

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