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« Topic Start: January 04, 2009, 08:28:10 pm »

New registrations to The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum have been turned off for the time being because some joker is signing up repeatedly through proxies around the world and being very annoying.  You've probably seen the posts.  As they are coming from IP addresses from around the world (probably via a proxy program), we can't just block the joker immediately.

Apologies to all the real people who would like to register for the forum.
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« Reply #1: January 04, 2009, 11:58:35 pm »

New registrations to The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum have been turned off for the time being because some joker is signing up repeatedly through proxies around the world and being very annoying.  You've probably seen the posts.  As they are coming from IP addresses from around the world (probably via a proxy program), we can't just block the joker immediately.

Apologies to all the real people who would like to register for the forum.

Question:

Is there anyway to get those offensive posts off the home page of the forum?
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« Reply #2: January 05, 2009, 12:38:56 am »

Question:

Is there anyway to get those offensive posts off the home page of the forum?

Hopefully Randall will see this in the morning, or they'll drop off as new threads are started tonight.  I tried, but that isn't one of the areas i get an edit button for.

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« Reply #3: January 05, 2009, 12:48:04 am »

Hopefully Randall will see this in the morning, or they'll drop off as new threads are started tonight.  I tried, but that isn't one of the areas i get an edit button for.

Let me go try that now and see what happens.
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« Reply #4: January 05, 2009, 04:00:26 am »


I hope this stops them for good (or at least an obscenely long time). Smiley


EDIT: Sorry for the late edit but I took out something. Just wanted to say the above.
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« Reply #5: January 05, 2009, 05:09:19 am »

Question:

Is there anyway to get those offensive posts off the home page of the forum?

Thanks for the heads-up.  Hadn't thought about that.  I found the setting for how many threads to display on the home page and changed it so that at the moment only the ADMIN announcement is showing.  It's not a perfect solution, but it gets the troll off the front page for the moment.
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« Reply #6: January 05, 2009, 05:27:17 am »

New registrations to The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum have been turned off for the time being because some joker is signing up repeatedly through proxies around the world and being very annoying.  You've probably seen the posts.  As they are coming from IP addresses from around the world (probably via a proxy program), we can't just block the joker immediately.

Apologies to all the real people who would like to register for the forum.
Some forums have a waiting routine after registry before they allow new members to post. It might protect from trolls when their attention isn't able to last 24h of waiting.
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« Reply #7: January 05, 2009, 07:26:39 am »

Some forums have a waiting routine after registry before they allow new members to post. It might protect from trolls when their attention isn't able to last 24h of waiting.

No option for that in SMF -- and I suspect it turns off more legitimate newcomers than it stops determined problem children.
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« Reply #8: January 05, 2009, 07:34:14 am »

and I suspect it turns off more legitimate newcomers than it stops determined problem children.

I'd tend to at least be afraid it would, though I have no idea whether that would actually be the case or not.  In any case, this isn't something that happens often (I think this is the first real "troll invasion" since Delphi), so I don't think there's any need to change the way we do things permanently for it.
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« Reply #9: January 05, 2009, 07:36:07 am »

It's not a perfect solution, but it gets the troll off the front page for the moment.

It's the only easy solution short of turning them off completely.
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« Reply #10: January 05, 2009, 04:44:39 pm »

It's the only easy solution short of turning them off completely.

Actually, I thought of another solution: I moved all the troll-started threads to the Test Board which does not get listed on the main page.
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« Reply #11: January 05, 2009, 06:50:09 pm »

Actually, I thought of another solution: I moved all the troll-started threads to the Test Board which does not get listed on the main page.
Which has the added advantage of sweeping the defecations into one place, and one that's mostly out of the way.  Excellent idea!

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