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Forum OPEN for new users (was closed before)

Post by Snake_Man » 2006-06-06, 10:23:19 AM

This topic name was "Forum closed for new users" but I changed it now to show we are OPEN for new users.

We have gotten few spam posts on some "bots" or "robots" recently and clearly there has been some such users registering here in past few weeks/days.

So from now on, PMC Tactical forum is closed for new users registering by themselves, only admins can add new users to the forum. Edit: But we are open now again :)

If you are reading this without account to this forum and you truly want to be a user here posting messages, then feel free to contact me on IRC irc.quakenet.org at #WrpTool channel, or email me into flashpoint at nekromantix and of course the dot com to finish the address (write some clear PMC Tactical Forum into the subject line so I dont delete your email along with the daily spam).

I'm very sorry for this, but the lame spam just got too much for me, this is where it all ends.
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Re: Forum closed for new users

Post by Snake_Man » 2006-10-25, 07:34:56 PM

Now I want to try if the PRE-Registration really works. Its used all around I think, you register as new user with valid password, you get email from PMC Tactical and activate your account from there. I have no clue if these spam-bots can click the link automatically, lets hope not :)

So, all new users are welcome to join again. There is going to be much more PMC OFP stuff in the near future so its nice new users can join.

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Post by Snake Man » 2007-01-16, 05:21:37 AM

The new phpbb forum is now set to have new users validated by Admin.

Actually I'm not sure what it means, but I hope it now stops the spam bots and fucking spammers. We'll see how it turns out. The first post of this topic still has valid contact information, so if you cannot register, use that info to contact us.
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Post by Raptorman » 2007-01-16, 08:23:19 PM


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Post by Snake Man » 2007-01-16, 08:36:25 PM

Thanks Raptorman, I'll keep those in mind. But I think the board is apparently in the mode that admin (me) can only activate new accounts, so no matter what the spammers cant get to post to annoy you real users. However many times the spammers actually didn't post here, they just registered with their WWW page being the the spam, which was weird. How many users here check the profile of new users? Eh.

Anyways.
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Post by Snake Man » 2007-01-20, 12:28:27 PM

The spammers kept coming... and I had it. Forum is now officially closed for new users.

If anyone wants to register, admins have to do it manually. So ask in email, other forum or IRC if you want to have account in PMC Tactical forums.
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Post by Snake Man » 2007-02-22, 05:59:07 PM

As the forum is closed for new users, anyone who wants to have an account here needs to email me or private message me on some other forum. Send me your login name, preferred password and email address.

My email is tactical at our-domain-name and you can reach me on IRC irc.quakenet.org at #WrpTool channel, or from few forums; BIS forums, Frugals world, FreeFalcon forums or in CoC forums.

With that amount of contact info, I dont think anyone can have any problems contacting me and getting account arranged here. PMC is very happy to welcome any and all OFP, ArmA and Falcon 4 community users.
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Re: Forum closed for new users

Post by Snake Man » 2008-11-21, 05:15:58 PM

When the new forum software phpbb3 olympys was installed I left the registrations open to a new users as there is quite nice graphical questions and stuff to remove any bots/robots trying to spam. However real persons of course still get in and real persons can post spam which happened twice now.

So again, the forum is open for new users which have to go through all the graphical questions etc... but ultimately the account activation has to be done by me. I will not activate anyone's account who don't post a Private Message to me telling me a good reason why should I activate them.

So if you want to get account for PMC Tactical, go ahead and register, then PM me with few words about yourself why you should get account here.

Any new users just registering and not posting a PM to me withing few hours, will be deleted.
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Re: Forum closed for new users

Post by Snake Man » 2009-01-04, 01:27:20 PM

I just discovered that if a new user registers to our forum, they cannot access even a private message (PM) inbox (user control panel) as they are not let in before admin has activated their account. I don't like this as the original plan was to have users register normally, then send PM to me explaining who they are and after that I'd be activating their account so they can start to post messages normally.

I apologize to everyone who's registered but could not do anything including posting a PM, while not getting any emails from me. I didn't know how the forum registration process really worked before I tried it myself, now I know. :oops:

So nothing's changed on the new user perspective, except that now I'll be monitoring all new registrations closely and anyone not totally looking like a spam bot, will get email directly from me asking why they want to register into our forums. So when you register and get the email, please answer it for prompt forum account activation.

Hopefully this method is now the final one and which we will be using for months (if not years) to come.

Thanks :)
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Re: Forum closed for new users

Post by Snake Man » 2009-02-26, 04:25:12 PM

Well it wasn't... :(

I've had it once again... we kept getting like 20+ spam bots registering daily, they could not cause any damage to the forum with their spam as admin has to validate them and no regular users can see them, but monitoring the new users registrations became just impossible task with this amount of spammers, try to pick up a genuine user from that amount of trash, impossible.

So now, once again (how many times has this happen by now?) PMC Tactical is completely closed for new users, if you want access, please email me and ask!

My email is the same old, pmc at pmctactical dot org, should be no problem for anyone to get in touch with me.

Please don't get confused, we welcome new users, we want new users... its just that we have to do the registration manually as the spam bots ruin it for everyone. So please join up by requesting account using email.

Thank you and sorry for the inconvenience, once again.
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Re: Forum closed for new users

Post by Snake Man » 2009-04-14, 07:53:51 AM

I just purged about 5 PAGES of new users from the queue, there was only 2 real users and 1 that is still pending on evaluation (email sent to him).

See, that's the reality of new user registration queue in phpbb3 forums nowadays, spam bots & robots are massing their attacks.

Anyways main thing is that the forum is open for new user registrations, its just my pain to sort through the mass of spam bot accounts and delete them.
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Re: Forum closed for new users

Post by Snake Man » 2009-04-16, 07:21:04 AM

Another 6 (six) pages of new users purged from the queue, they were all spam bots / robots. What a fun! :x
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Re: Forum OPEN for new users (was closed before)

Post by Snake Man » 2009-06-05, 04:42:47 AM

I was bit busy the last few days because of ArmA 2 release, so the registration queue got long again, I think it was 8 pages now and on those pages we got only four (4) real new users registered. Spam bots galore!

Who said its painless to run a forum :)
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Re: Forum OPEN for new users (was closed before)

Post by Snake Man » 2009-10-25, 10:04:12 PM

I am very happy to announce that the spam bot problem has been solved!

Thanks goes to Lone Wolf, our beloved linux guru who always gets the tough configurations done, thanks man, your work has been appreciated through out the years.

We upgraded to new phpbb version and installed anti spam bot mod which seems to work perfectly. Before the install we got like 30 spam bots per day, since the install we have gotten only valid users. This makes me very very happy.

Now, everyone register! :)
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Re: Forum OPEN for new users (was closed before)

Post by Snake Man » 2015-04-13, 02:25:27 AM

To follow this topic over the years; new user registrations to PMC Tactical forum are now, again, closed ;)

After installing v3.1.3 forum software, it dropped the mod's that had new user registration spam bot detection systems. Over the last few years we ran the forum with those and during that time very few, very few new users registered who actually posted...

So now with the forum upgrade those mods are not in use and I closed new user registrations due spam bots... (it was actually funny, after upgrading and doing some finishing touches forum already got like 5 spam bots registering hehe) and because no new users post anything, I see no reason to work on the new user registration setup.

If there are some new user who genuinely wants to come here to post, I've explained it hundreds of times how to contact me and ask for an account.
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Re: Forum OPEN for new users (was closed before)

Post by Snake Man » 2016-11-16, 09:58:58 AM

As the story continues, new phpbb installation and new spam bot new user registration settings in place so registrations are open once again.

Ping pong around we go in endless circle ;)

There is now question displayed to registering user, its specific PMC or ArmA/Falcon 4 question which no low life spammer would know. Although I'm not sure if the questions are too harsh for newbies as how would they know all such specific questions, hmm dunno... maybe I need to tweak the questions to be bit more easier. Anyways hopefully this time the new spam bot prevention setup will be effective.

Oh well at least it should prevent spam bots entering and allowing genuine new users register.

Since we moved domains our new email is pmc at pmctactical dot org and PMC Tactical contact page has been updated today.
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Re: Forum OPEN for new users (was closed before)

Post by Snake Man » 2018-05-20, 12:21:11 PM

It was over a decade ago when this useless new user registration loop begun, today I have again closed the forum for new user registrations and deleted all new users who have not been posting anything. Since couple of days ago some spam bot site or something discovered how to get through our new user questions and we got like 10+ new users.
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