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Discussion in 'Forum Announcements & Events' started by Memel0rd, Mar 5, 2018.

  1. Memel0rd

    Memel0rd Updated Rankings + Reasonings! Staff Member Administrator Forum Manager VIP Supporter Arena Runner-Up S1

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    Greetings, Memel0rd here


    Maybe you have experienced various website links, advertisements and very fishy messages/threads by very new members in february and january.

    The forum got "attacked" by a large amount of spam bots.
    It all started in December/January when we got pretty much a daily spam bot.
    @Carnefix for the most part deleted most of these bots and I want to thank you for what you did.


    Then mid January it started to become more annoying as we had 2-3 a day.

    Once we reached February it was just too much.
    We upped the security, and I suddenly got 10~20 spambots a day filtered out, while many still came through. Mid February I had to reject all these spambots daily while many still came through that had to be deleted by us manually and they didn't stop coming.

    At this point, I want to thank the moderator team that they had to endure all this while in the end we managed everything.

    Now we have a more secure way for registrations, thus so far the spam bot problem has been entirely dealt with and I'm happy to announce that, unless people actually log in manually to spam, there shouldn't be any more bot attacks.

    Thanks for everybody that reported and send us spam bots so we could delete them!


    ~ Memel0rd​
     
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    Zodin Ascended Member Supporter

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    Nice work everyone!! Thank you so much for keeping our forum safe and happy ^_^
     
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    Jman1115 The bewbsologist VIP Supporter

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    Mods on this forum as awesome. THanks for all the work.
     
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    good work! i've barely seen any spam bot threads
     
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    Phoenix_Greyy Ascended Member Supporter

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    Dotyekill Ascended Member

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    Good job our dear bot-busters ::up::
     
  8. Sefiros

    Sefiros These pretzels sucks... VIP Supporter

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    Well I noticed that too, but I thought you get rid of them for good. If you still looking for a good solution I would recommend adding recaptcha to the registration.
     
  9. Carnefix

    Carnefix Moderator Staff Member Moderator VIP Supporter German Moderator Arena Runner Up S2 Arena Runner-Up S1

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    We already hat a captcha but that was bypassed. It was changed to questions about FFBE that can be answered my any new player like:
    'What's Rain's hair color?', 'Who is Rain's father?' and more.

    The bots stopped since then :)
     
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    'What's Rain's hair color?', that question is good. 'Who is Rain's father? - New players wont know that. yet their interest in the forum might have faded by then when they get to know. or they spoil the story googleing. neither of the 2 is desirable.
     
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    Sefiros These pretzels sucks... VIP Supporter

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    But google will help... always.
     
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    let me requote myself.

    or they spoil the story googleing.
     
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    Way to go guys! The rest of the internet could learn a thing or two from your work. I STILL get the occasional spambot even on things like Xbox Live, and you’d think Microsoft would have better security than that. Just goes to show that dedication and care are better than size and wealth.
     
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    Well I would say good job guys as I haven't noticed any of these spam bots!
    So you definitely worked efficiently!
    ::rudecat3::
     
  15. Sefiros

    Sefiros These pretzels sucks... VIP Supporter

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    Yes spoiling the story is the worst thing in that matter, if the administration care about it, then the questions should be relevant to early stage of main story.

    Some examples from me
    What is the name of an individual which was fight with Rain and Lasswell in the Earth shrine?
    What is the name of the first esper you obtain in the game?
    What is the name of first town in the game?

    For now I can't think about anything easier and yes, all ask for some name... not creative but always something ::innocent::
     
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  16. Carnefix

    Carnefix Moderator Staff Member Moderator VIP Supporter German Moderator Arena Runner Up S2 Arena Runner-Up S1

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    A new player get's the knowledge that Reagen is Rain's father in the Dalnakya Cavern (3rd dungeon). It that too soon of a spoiler for you guys?
    I think that a player gets quite fast to that dungeon when he starts the game.
     
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    Goddess Nyx Spooky Spooky Chocobro Supporter

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    Great work and thanks for letting us know about it!
     
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    Demo Light Weight, BAABBBYYYY!!!!! VIP

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    It sure is tough work being a mod.
     
  19. Memel0rd

    Memel0rd Updated Rankings + Reasonings! Staff Member Administrator Forum Manager VIP Supporter Arena Runner-Up S1

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    We experienced with some questions along the way and simple yes/no questions I chose not to use. We tested it with 5 questions while one of them was a yes/no one and some bots came through. Having that one removed completely got rid of them.
    The main question you should ask yourself:
    Do you want secure questions or possible spambots?

    At least 95% of the members who join know the game because they know this forum is not official. Most of the people firstly hit the wiki where most of the information are given as well.
     
  20. fletcha

    fletcha ฅʕ•̫͡•ʔฅ . ʕʘˑ̫ʘʔ . ʕʘ‿ʘʔ . (´ᴥ`) VIP Supporter

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    Thanks for the efforts, mods
     

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