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about ready to ban GMail

Postby JoeStrout » Thu May 29, 2008 2:08 pm

GMail has long been a haven for spammers, but lately it's gotten really bad — we're getting about 200 spam accounts registering for the forum every day, all with unique GMail addresses. No other domain is anywhere near as bad.

The only thing making me hesitate is that there are still some legitimate people using GMail users. So I'll wait a bit. I'm pretty sure that when I bad a domain, existing users are not affected; it only prevents new users from signing up from that domain.

So, please consider this official notice. If you're using GMail, you should consider switching to a different domain, because I'm sure I'm not the only webmaster getting fed up with all the GMail spammers. And if you're not willing to switch, and haven't yet registered for talk-polywell, you might want to do so soon, before it's too late.

Best,
- Joe
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Postby Josh Cryer » Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:22 pm


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Postby vernes » Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:51 pm

Where's the challenge in that? :lol:

Ok, that might be an easier course.

But just in case, I've did a bit of code digging.
The resistration formfields are defined in \styles\[youstyle]\template\ucp_register.html
Find the input field with name="username"

The submitted username is received by \includes\ucp\ucp_register.php
and find the first mentioning of $data = array(
There the code will look for the post-variable "username"


Changing "username" to something else at those two locations 'should' not break the registration process for normal users. Scripted processes would fail.

I wasn't able to test this yet. The free host I wanted to use for the test has not been cooperative.

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