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#1 December 27, 2009 9:53:03 pm

MikeFoster
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New User Registration System

It is now live! We'll see how it does smile

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#2 December 30, 2009 2:47:12 pm

MikeFoster
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From: Alabama, USA
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Re: New User Registration System

As of now I've had a total of 53 emails requesting membership, all of them from spammers. That's not bad considering I was getting from 40 to 60 new users per day before. Deleting an email is a lot easier than removing users and their posts.

On the new form I ask that new users provide a brief reason for why they want to join the X forums. Some of the reasons given are downright funny, for example "i am a girl", or "for internet marketing purposes" or "To become a member". LOL.

Some of them just paste their spam string as their reason... makes me think some of them may be bots, and if that's true then how are they getting past reCaptcha? I guess they probably are not bots.

So far it looks like the new registration system is a success, and I'm getting some ideas for improvements.

For those who have legitimate reasons for wanting to join I hope this does not discourage you from requesting membership.

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#3 February 2, 2010 12:24:09 pm

MikeFoster
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From: Alabama, USA
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Re: New User Registration System

Some Reminders



If you are requesting membership with a gmail, yahoo, hotmail or other "free" email address, I will immediately suspect you are a spammer. In that case you need to provide a very good reason for wanting to join. A link to your web site would help - especially if something there corresponds with your email address, user name or full name.

I have zero tolerance for profile spammers. This is not that type of forum. Users with no real posts (fluff posts don't count) will be deleted periodically. You will not receive a notification.

On the request form you can indicate your local time zone. This also helps me to weed out spammers so please set it appropriately. I also log your IP address with your request and check it for several different things.

For those wanting to join the X Forums for legitimate reasons I sincerely apologize for these inconveniences.

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