Dealing with spammers

  • noticed a lot of users have been banned tonight.

  • Weee ! How wonderful ! <img src="smileys/smiley4.gif" border="0" align="middle" />

    P.S: Just kidding :)

  • Whiteclaws

    I know, I've posted some daft comments.Thanks for reminding me

    I'm sure there are many more out there, hopefully hidden now.

    <img src="smileys/smiley9.gif" border="0" align="middle" />

    In future I will have a much more so sensible approach <img src="smileys/smiley23.gif" border="0" align="middle" />

  • 500 reputation is too high of a requirement.

  • ive got a tip so you can catch all (bots), A simple HONEYPOT :)

    assume that the bots first visit the robots.txt from here we can send them where-ever we want..

    We add some bate to our robots.txt

    User-agent: *

    Disallow: /tmp/

    Disallow: /admin/register.php

    The bots follow the bate.   

    file register.php

    <?php

    if (getenv(HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR)){

         $ip=getenv(HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR);

         } else {

              $ip=getenv(REMOTE_ADDR);

         }

         if ($ip){

              $file_handle = fopen('log.txt', 'a');

              if($file_handle){

                  ?$output = $ip . " -- " . gethostbyaddr($ip) . " -- " . date("Y:m:d:H:i:s") . "\r\n";

                  ?fwrite($file_handle, $output);

                  ?fclose($file_handle);

              }

    }

    ?>

    <html><head><title>404 Not Found</title></head>

    <body bgcolor=white>

    <h1>404 Not Found</h1>

    The requested URL /register.php does not exist.

    </body></html>

  • ryackov I'm agree with you but well, let's give a try.

  • Honestly I think some of these anti spam measures are unnecessary and most often then not end up hurting us real users. For example I still have a message in my inbox that has been sitting there since 18 Feb, and I still can't reply to the guy because I don't have 500 rep....

  • VIKINGS

    It's ridiculously easy to get 500 rep, so I don't understand what the problem is?

    There has been a great deal of spam of late so any measures to counteract the influx should be applauded, such as the minimum rep count.

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  • The problem is that I am new with C2(and game development in general) aka I don't have much knowledge to help most people and answer their posts. In fact, at the moment, I'm mostly the one asking for help...

    So forgive me for not making a hundred useless posts all over so I can try and grab some rep.

  • The problem is that I am new with C2(and game development in general) aka I don't have much knowledge to help most people and answer their posts. In fact, at the moment, I'm mostly the one asking for help... <img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_redface.gif" alt=":oops:" title="Embarrassed">

    So forgive me for not making a hundred useless posts all over so I can try and grab some rep.

    I think reading the manual gives you rep, also winning badges (some of them are really easy)

    http://www.scirra.com/badges

    If it is really a problem, you could maybe ask scirra about the limit to be left, I think they can whitelist people if that is really needed.

  • Verified your email address 25

    Visit the Scirra website for 10 consecutive days 25 (works multiple times)

    Read 20 manual entries 25

    Upvote your first comment 25

    Read the fabulous manual! 25

    = 125

    Leave your first comment 25

    Introduced yourself on the forum 25

    10 unique views on your profile 25

    Visit the Scirra website for 30 consecutive days 100 (works multiple times - ps this just takes a 2 second logon each day)

    =300

    You should be able to get 300+ rep just by having a look at looking at the forum to learn the very basics of C2, with just 1 comment in the introductory thread. Each multiple 10 & 30 days visiting earns extra reps (25 & 100), which brings you close to 500 rep without getting into forum posting.

  • Thanks for the info, I had no idea about that. I still maintain that some of these measures are a bit drastic, but at least those badges are something.

    By the way am I just totaly blind or wtf is that bloody upvote button?! I wanna upvote your comment, but I can't, for the life of me, find it...

  • I wanna upvote your comment, but I can't, for the life of me, find it...

    I believe the upvotes is for comments in the "Tutorials" section.

  • Oh, thats strange, wonder why they didn't do the same thing for forum posts... Anyway thank you, I now have over 500rep and I've finally been able to reply to that guy who sent me a private message in february...

  • Simply make a restriction on the registration of IP addresses.

    So you will reduce the amount of "left" accounts.

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