Tip for stopping automated registations
We’ve been using bbPress for a couple of weeks now, and have been getting a couple dozen automated accounts each day. Now it appears they are coming alive adding spam posts to the forums.
We’re using the instant-password plugin because we don’t want our users to have to wait for e-mail, and I personally despise captcha (see http://www.stopcaptcha.com).
After cleaning out the bot accounts, here is what we did to stop it:
Our registration page: http://www.checkfront.com/community/register.php
Using CSS, we hid the occupation and interest fields (don’t need them). Spam bots will often fill out all the forum fields on a page. If a new registration comes in with one of those filled, we discard it.
Since we put it in place yesterday, it’s blocked all 35 automated registrations.
If anyone is using the instant-password plug in and would like the modified code, let me know and will zip it up. Perhaps this functionality could make its way into the standard registration.
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