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awfulsoft
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@ John,

it appears that all your spammers have longer user names with no white spaces, eg 'rosalindaconegwltjtc'.

Could a simple php script checking the length and format of potential user names limit bogus 'registers'?

eg.

int strlen ( string $string )
if int strlen > 18
and there are no 'whitespaces' (god knows the php for that)
{
'action'
}

regards,
miki.

p.s.
I'm sure you've looked into many possible solutions to the bogus user problem.
Forgive me if I'm talking rubbish.

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StevenP
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Good suggestion.

Good suggestion.

Tall Karen
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Thanks

Hi Miki,

Thanks for the suggestion - I hadn't spotted that pattern. We will look at checking name lengths. We have a spammer check when people join but it misses some, although we are better at blocking forum posts by the spammers that do manage to join now. It's a balancing act - if we make the checks too strict we may block genuine users.

Thanks,
Karen