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  • God
    started a topic User Signup Policy

    User Signup Policy

    I have decided after much thought to keep Z20Soarer.Org a confirmed signup process that requires individual validation on my part.

    Whilst it would be nice to leave it open registration so anyone can start posting straight away, the reality is that the current registration Human Verification systems are a pita. The REPCATCHA system is ok, and stops most Bot Signups but a few still get through the net. And Image verification.. well lets not go there.

    Therefore the new policy will be that if you sign up, I will individually verify whether or not you are a Human.. as this is the only way I fully trust to make sure if a member is legit or not.

    That means you need to fill out the following correctly during the registration process.

    1. Email Address needs to be accurate. Try to use an email that doesn't sound so bogus. If you have an email like MZ204LYF@hotmail.com i am more likely to tick it as legit than if you have an email like fnwfruwwhnluh@gmail.com.

    2. Please mark in your Location/Timezone CORRECTLY. This is important. The reason is, when i run a reverse DNS and IPinfo Whois on your signup IP, if you are not actually in the Country you say you are, I will delete you automatically. For example don't put your timezone as GMT-10hrs (HAWAII) if you're actually signing up from an IP in Latvia.

    3. Try to fill out as much info about you as you can. Remember not all details are visible by forum members, and some info in your signup process helps us distinguish you from Bots as well. A user that I see with the "Interests" box filled out as "Cars, Chicks, Tits and Video Games" will be far more likely to be accepted than a user who signs up and has a description marked "http://0nlin3-pharmacy-p1lls.for.you-Cialis-Viagr4.ru"

    4. I will not send notification email if you do get deleted. You will simply be deleted, so if you retry to sign up with EXACTLY the same credentials and still get knocked back, then i will permit you to email me but only to tell me you're a real person.

    5. I do log in peridocially and cull userlists. If you have not logged in for more than a year, I will assume that you have either a) sold your soarer and bought a nissan, b) have died, c) have become shipwrecked on a desert island, or d) joined the church of jesus christ for latter day saints. If you are inactive for a year I will delete. This is fair enough.. I don't want to manage a database of users that don't post and just take up space. I want the server running quick and efficient.

    Please do not send me emails asking why you are having trouble registering for the forums and your account keeps getting deleted just because you cant read a simple fucking set of rules.

    I do only log in every second day or so, so unfortunately you will have to wait for verification.. The Z20Soarer.Org forums are that good.. that I'm sure you can wait an extra day to become an active part of it. It won't kill you so chill out and wait.

    Other than that, If you have followed these steps then you now will be an active part of the forums so welcome to our community! Your moderators are hamgatan, CoFF33 and Looonie.

    Chris

  • B_JAY
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    RAGGE!!!

    I dont know if this is the right place for it
    But seeing as we were talking about the questions etc.
    I came on here to do a search (logged out) and the question was
    "What was the final year of production for the Z20 Soarer body?"

    ANSWER (for search purposes): 1990
    CORRECT ANSWER: 1991 (April to be exact)

    I could be wrong, but 99.999999% sure z20's ran until april 1991

    <3
    Last edited by B_JAY; 21-08-2011, 09:55 PM.

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  • God
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    I've now switched off manual user authentication... its on full auto now so new signups wont have to wait for me to authenticate them before they can post.

    3 Days now with not a single bot signup id say were safe for now.

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  • Hobbit
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    Hehe i know what a manticore is but not a kouki

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  • B_JAY
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    I would suggest the term "badge" :P

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  • God
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    Orright Mr Anal, shall I change it then?

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  • B_JAY
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    I had a look at the questions last night, and there was 2 that were a bit hard:

    1. manticore on kouki z20?
    alot of z20 owners arent going to know what kouki is, and its not a f$#%*&@ manticore...
    Its a flying lion, and would be closer to, IF NOT the lion of st. marks (normally shown 1 paw raised or on a book)


    st marks lion:



    Manticore: (from wiki)
    It has the body of a red lion, a human head with three rows of sharp teeth (like a shark), and a trumpet-like voice. Other aspects of the creature vary from story to story. It may be horned, winged, or both. The tail is that of either a dragon or a scorpion, and it may shoot poisonous spines to either paralyze or kill its victims.

    Oh, and the 4.556 transaxle code, I dunno that (id need to look it up)
    Last edited by B_JAY; 19-01-2011, 01:09 PM.

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  • hamgatan
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    Originally posted by pandaah View Post
    sounds like the go.. even if you put in a little side note saying if your unaware please resort to here such and such internet adress for the answer? to stop complete noobs from failing..

    are bots smart enuf to do that shit?
    Yeah thats the thing.. It would usually require human intervention at that point, the bots don't have the AI ability to do that.

    On the positive side, 24hrs and not one bot signup. Im happy!

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  • pandaah
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    sounds like the go.. even if you put in a little side note saying if your unaware please resort to here such and such internet adress for the answer? to stop complete noobs from failing..

    are bots smart enuf to do that shit?

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  • God
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    OK I found a much easier Solution and this should protect us from Bots for a while. I've changed the authentication system to ask Soarer related questions upon signup. If you get them wrong, you don't get in. Period.

    Interestingly enough the reason we've been getting hammered (as well as thousands of other forums) is that allegedly Googles reCAPTCHA system has been cracked and bots are having a 15% success rate on signup on forums using it.

    Further Reading Here -> http://www.allspammedup.com/2010/01/...ptcha-cracked/

    I'll run this system for a month and measure the amount of Bot traffic. If we survive unscathed I may just remove the manual user verification block I've been running for donkeys years which means everyone human wont have to wait for me to authenticate them.

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  • hamgatan
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    On a side note, We are getting bombed with signups pretty heavily. The only immediate solution i'm seeing to this is to either
    a) disable new signups completely (not going to happen)
    b) ban each individual spam IP address as it signs on (a lot of administration for me)

    so im doing the second option.

    EDIT: Fucking Botnets...

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  • hamgatan
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    Mods don't have the permission level to add/delete users.. But I'll be making a custom user group soon to address it

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  • B_JAY
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    lolz I noticed that a couple of days ago, 700+ members, 400+ active, I was like GTFO, where our mods?

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  • MZ21GT
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    frikken terrorists!

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  • God
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    So I've just logged on to find 296 new user signups. 3 of which are legit. We are being bombed with spam bots unfortunately so if you are a legitimate signup then we apologise if you get accidentally deleted in the process.

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