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New Member Accounts - awaiting approval
« on: February 18, 2009, 07:42:39 am »
In order to stop banned people from coming back to the forum with proxies we are now approving new members as they sign up. This allows us to check IP's and do some other checks before approving new members. This should also lower spam and duplicate accounts.

If you are a guest signing up for a new account then please do not use a proxy. Proxy accounts will not be approved. Proxy emails will not be approved.




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Re: New Member Accounts - awaiting approval
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2009, 08:11:11 am »
I didn't know the problems were this severe... They must be bad though, if you mods are willing to take on this amount of extra work... Good luck!
Can unapproved users do nothing at all, or is there a place where they can post?

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Re: New Member Accounts - awaiting approval
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2009, 08:16:55 am »
Did we suddenly have an surge in banned users sneaking back?.I know of the spambot issue but..this seems a little too drastic.

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Re: New Member Accounts - awaiting approval
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2009, 08:54:41 am »
Seems perfectly reasonable to me.

Of course in a world run by me there would also be regular suspensions for unsatisfying users.

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Re: New Member Accounts - awaiting approval
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2009, 08:57:27 am »
Did we suddenly have an surge in banned users sneaking back?

Have you not noticed a guy called TheMist (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) posting around?

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Re: New Member Accounts - awaiting approval
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2009, 09:02:43 am »
Nope.

Where was he posting?

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Re: New Member Accounts - awaiting approval
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2009, 09:04:53 am »
Almost exclusively in the Spore RP section.
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Re: New Member Accounts - awaiting approval
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2009, 09:24:24 am »
Well, that would explain the lack of anyone noticing. ::)

I wonder why this didn't come into effect sooner, since Malt had a short tromp of multiple short lived accounts a couple months ago.
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Re: New Member Accounts - awaiting approval
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2009, 09:26:04 am »
New member registrations are down consistently since Spore came out. It would be easier to manage now. Though they may have not even considered that if the problem was annoying enough.

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Re: New Member Accounts - awaiting approval
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2009, 09:43:28 am »
Yea, and around september or so, the number of users (guests and members) dropped from its usual 100+ to what we have now. I guess that was just a cleaning up of some sort and nobody apparently noticed, or cared, not that I care about it either.

Still, does this mean I can't do an April Fools joke and 'impersonate' a mod? I wouldn't actually be a moderator and the the name would be an obvious fake.

Honestly, I would never impersonate a mod and create trouble, but it's just a thought. If you guys absolutely forbid it, then okay.

@Yossitaru: Plus the fact that the mods kept jumping on his posts and deleting them.

As for spam, that hasn't been a problem. Sure one or two can occasionally appear, but it's not at a nuisance level.

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Re: New Member Accounts - awaiting approval
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2009, 10:03:26 am »
Membership is down and it's manageable now. The reason I made this thread is for any guests trying to register and they aren't approved, so they know why. While I know that sometimes people use proxies not to cause trouble, I have found that 99% of the time it's used to make trouble.


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Re: New Member Accounts - awaiting approval
« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2009, 05:43:48 pm »
Did we suddenly have an surge in banned users sneaking back?

Have you not noticed a guy called TheMist (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) posting around?

I thought after the second attempt (Renaissance) he had given up. But another 5 more times is just stupid; considering he picked an obvious name he's not good at bypassing the system :P

I've had a few do that on my forum and they were IP banned on the spot. Then again, bans there aren't always permanent, compared to here where they are. But, bans are placed for a reason, and if that member hasn't realized that reason and continues on making efforts to get back in they don't deserve to be on any forum IMO.The basic forum rubric isn't that hard to follow, I don't see how hard it is to follow the rules, most rules are just second nature :-\

Well, hopefully this will halt further attempts by banned members. And it was a good idea to post a warning to those who want to register. Actually this could have been done months ago.
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Re: New Member Accounts - awaiting approval
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2009, 05:19:28 pm »
This is kinda...drastic, ain't it?
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Re: New Member Accounts - awaiting approval
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2009, 06:03:16 pm »
Naw, lots of forums do this.

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Re: New Member Accounts - awaiting approval
« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2009, 06:04:02 pm »
Really? Could you name some? :l

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