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Old 23-04-2007, 01:05 PM   #1
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Another one, yes.
But it's simple: make it so that users need to have at least 1 post to start new threads (with exception of Troubleshooting forum and - if the notion passes - the Introductions forum ).
This way the register-bots will not be capable of posting their junk, and human users just need to participate in any discussion going on at the time to be free from the restriction.
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Old 23-04-2007, 01:18 PM   #2
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What about the bots raising the member-count to irreasonable hights?
Doesn't matter or will it they cleansed from the member-list.

(Oh my, even more cleaning to do... We could use an Abandonia charwoman! :blink: )
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Old 23-04-2007, 02:35 PM   #3
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That's something that might be remedied by deleting them.
They won't do much harm if they cannot spam, though.
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Old 23-04-2007, 02:36 PM   #4
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Icewolf @ Apr 23 2007, 03:18 PM) [snapback]288103[/snapback]</div>
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What about the bots raising the member-count to irreasonable hights?
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Well, there were some discusions before about deleting members with 0 posts...

Anyway - I think Horeseman's idea has potential. There was something I saw on a Slovenian forum - you couldn't open a new thread unless you were an member for two weeks (don't know if that could help against the bots though).
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Old 23-04-2007, 02:51 PM   #5
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We've had a lot of hit-and-run bots in 3xBlah recently (they sometimes pop in other forums as well).
They just register, post a single thread full of adlinks and then vanish.
So, if they're unable to post new threads -> they won't spam -> less work for the staff cleaning it up.
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Old 24-04-2007, 04:30 AM   #6
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I think it's a great idea, particularly because the majority of the 3xblah bots are all about hardcore porn lately and it's pretty repugnant.

It sounds very practical to me
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Old 24-04-2007, 06:36 AM   #7
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Another option would be to add a CAPTCHA (huh?), to distinguish users from bots. Not for every post off course, but only when starting a new discussion. It's not watertight, but still...
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Old 24-04-2007, 07:13 AM   #8
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Its a little weird tought that all the bots spam by starting topics. On the other forums where I go, bots spam just by posting whereever they can.
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Old 24-04-2007, 02:19 PM   #9
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Great idea fifth!
...and what about insert a time limit?(You can't post for XX minutes)
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The time limit is currently set for 30 seconds. Anything above that might end up being inconvenient for the forum users.
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