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#1 Post by Andrew Lee » Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:07 pm

If you have just signed up and created a new post, your first post will not immediately show up in the forum. Instead it will have to be cleared by a moderator, which will normally occur within 24 hours, usually shorter. The reason why this is done is to combat spam. Although we purposely made the bot test in the signup form difficult, some human spammers still get through. As such, we screen new users' first posts to filter out those remaining ones. This strategy has served us well so far at a slight inconvenience to new users.

If the purpose of your signup is to post to the database, please read How to submit an application to the database directly. Anyone can add to the database after a 24 hour wait. However, you must have at least one approved post in the forum, and you must not be flagged as a spammer, The entries you add will be private until they are upvoted by enough number of higher-ranking users in order to become public.

Thank you for reading, and welcome to the TPFC community!
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#2 Post by Andrew Lee » Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:50 am

Latest anti-spam Q&A

Q: What comes after Julia, Jane, Jessie?
A: Eddie

Q: What comes after 5, 7, 13, 57?
A: 105

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#3 Post by kenkang » Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:33 pm

Andrew Lee wrote:
Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:50 am
Latest anti-spam Q&A

Q: What comes after Julia, Jane, Jessie?
A: Eddie

Q: What comes after 5, 7, 13, 57?
A: 105
Can help explain how ?

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#4 Post by SYSTEM » Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:05 pm

@kenkang: The answers are nonsense in purpose. It turned out to be an effective way to block spammers from registering.
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#5 Post by laurent22 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:39 am

@SYSTEM, what is the logic for having questions that nobody can answer? It indeed blocks spammer but actual users too, so at that point why not completely disable the login form after a few failed attempts?

I got these questions too and had to google up the result here. Is that what's intended, that people Google up the answer? I honestly don't get it. :?

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#6 Post by bitcoin » Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:50 pm

laurent22 wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:39 am
@SYSTEM, what is the logic for having questions that nobody can answer? It indeed blocks spammer but actual users too, so at that point why not completely disable the login form after a few failed attempts?

I got these questions too and had to google up the result here. Is that what's intended, that people Google up the answer? I honestly don't get it. :?
its very effective at turning away prospective new registrants

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#7 Post by Andrew Lee » Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:50 pm

I don't get it. The answer is practically below the question, one hyperlink away.
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#8 Post by webfork » Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:41 pm

bitcoin wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:50 pm
its very effective at turning away prospective new registrants
There will always be a balance between too easy to register and loads of spam versus too hard to register and zero spam. I'm comfortable with our current level and really don't want to implement one of those prove-you're-not-a-robot systems that have you identifying two dozen fire hydrants every time you want to post something.

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