New User Spam Accounts

I’ve had to temporarily suspend new user registrations until I have time to set up a system that won’t allow spam bots to register.  I apologize for any inconvenience.  I will have it back up and running as soon as possible.  Thank you for your patience.

EDIT: User registration has been enabled once more.  I have made some changes that might block spammers from registering an account.  I will test it tomorrow to see that it still allows a legitimate registration.  It’s late, so it will have to wait.  In the meantime, I’ll watch to see if any new spam users get through, which is the other half of this change that needs to work.  Until then, good night.

EDIT EDIT: The changes I made did not work.  I made further changes, and that seems to have taken care of the issue.  I ended up plugging in Google’s captcha system.  It works quite well.  There have been no spam user registrations since I did that.  Good job Google.

EDIT EDIT EDIT: (2020/03/01) Google sucks. I just removed over 2,000 user accounts that were spamming the board, and over 8,000 posts that were all spam. There were no legit posts by any legit users. I had to completely delete the forum from the server, delete its database, and rebuild it from scratch. There was no way I was going to go through and delete all of this manually. But now, with Google’s reCaptcha v3 running, maybe it won’t happen again. [crosses fingers]



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