Author Topic: New Registration Procedure  (Read 1888 times)

Daniel F

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New Registration Procedure
« on: September 22, 2014, 11:47:25 AM »
Dear MDAO Forum Members and Prospective Members,

Due to the issue of several spam accounts being registered and posting on the forum, registration policies have been adjusted to see if we can rectify the problem.

Thus far, the following steps have been taken to attempt to stop spammers:

1. Registration required with email activation/verification for all members (guests/non-registered members cannot post on the forum).
2. Fill out a "captcha" to confirm not being a robot.
3. Answering a simple question (true/false, simple response, etc.) to prove being human.

All of these measures have stopped over a hundred potential spammers from registering and posting on the forum. However, despite these measures, there have still been dozens of spam accounts registered and posts on the forum as a result.

We have diligently removed spam posts and banned the accounts of spam users on an ongoing basis, however this often can only occur once someone posts a spam post on the forum.

To see if we can further address the problem, as of today the measure of requiring admin approval to register to the forum is being implemented. This will hopefully allow us to ensure that only legitimate accounts are being created going forward. The risk of this approach, however, is that some potential members may be discouraged from registering and posting due to the added barrier to access - we hope that this will not be the case and that people will understand the reasons for the added step of verification.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to rectify these problems.