Hard questions

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Hard questions

Postby Paperinik » March 10th, 2016, 12:52 pm

Hello there, am I the only one who thinks the anti-spam questions are a bit hard to get?
I mean what the heck is a spheroid object let alone the prop in which you put it? OMG. :o :shock: :D

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Re: Hard questions

Postby Richard Kaufman » March 10th, 2016, 1:17 pm

There are multiple questions that cycle through--you happened to get that one.

The problem is that spam bots look at those questions, then Google for answers, and GET THROUGH! You've seen some of the jibberish posts that have been here since we upgraded. Dustin and I have been manually deleting them as fast as we can.

It's actually been very difficult to devise questions that a spam bot can't Google, but we've just installed the anti-spam software, so if things improve I'll be able to moderate the questions.
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Re: Hard questions

Postby Ted M » March 10th, 2016, 1:19 pm

Nothing to add -- I'm just posting to experience the anti-spambot questions!

Edited: Hmm, I wasn't asked any questions?

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Re: Hard questions

Postby Paperinik » March 10th, 2016, 1:38 pm

Good point, I was think to a white ball for cups and balls. :) Spheroid should have been the good hint. :)

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Re: Hard questions

Postby Paperinik » March 10th, 2016, 1:41 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:There are multiple questions that cycle through--you happened to get that one.

The problem is that spam bots look at those questions, then Google for answers, and GET THROUGH! You've seen some of the jibberish posts that have been here since we upgraded. Dustin and I have been manually deleting them as fast as we can.

It's actually been very difficult to devise questions that a spam bot can't Google, but we've just installed the anti-spam software, so if things improve I'll be able to moderate the questions.

That's what I had to do, and use incognito mode to bypass the limits of the session. I didn't feel guilty since I know you were trying to beat bots and I am not one of them :)
If I can give you a technical suggestion, I found out that the best way to beat bots - in my blog experience - has been the use of a honeypot. Which is basically a field hidden via CSS that contains a label like "name" or "last name" or something like that. Bots tend to fill up all the fields in the form, even the ones that are not visible to humans. That alone got 99% of the spam away, but your mileage may vary!

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Re: Hard questions

Postby Richard Kaufman » March 10th, 2016, 1:42 pm

Questions have been altered.
You are only asked one of the questions when you register for the first time (not when you are already registered and are just signing in).
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Re: Hard questions

Postby Paperinik » March 10th, 2016, 1:42 pm

Ted M wrote:Nothing to add -- I'm just posting to experience the anti-spambot questions!

Edited: Hmm, I wasn't asked any questions?

It was in the registration phase. I was registered in the old forum, I guess I lost/forgot my old credentials and had to register again.

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Re: Hard questions

Postby Pete McCabe » March 10th, 2016, 3:21 pm

"what is the last name of the guy from canada whose nickname was like a teacher?"

One nice thing about this problem is you can just google the question and see if the bots will be able to answer it. It looks like this one is beyond them, for now at least.

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Re: Hard questions

Postby Ted M » March 10th, 2016, 3:25 pm

...until somebody answers it here as part of this discussion...

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Re: Hard questions

Postby observer » March 10th, 2016, 3:38 pm

Ted M wrote:...until somebody answers it here as part of this discussion...



Doug "Socrates" McKenzie?

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Re: Hard questions

Postby John Bowden » March 10th, 2016, 4:14 pm

Just an observation................... I entered the above question and didn't get the right answer.

However............ I googled "nicknames like teacher" and found that same nickname and on entering it instead of "teacher" found the correct answer very easily.

So if bots are really intent on getting through your security.......................they can and they will.

Unfortunately while I'm posting about the problem I'm unable to offer any advice on a solution.

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Re: Hard questions

Postby Richard Kaufman » March 10th, 2016, 4:59 pm

There's been no spam since we installed the plug-in and I've changed the questions. I like that.
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Re: Hard questions

Postby Leo Garet » March 11th, 2016, 9:45 am

Richard Kaufman wrote:There's been no spam since we installed the plug-in and I've changed the questions. I like that.

Excellent.
But should we keep it a secret? If "they" find out they may try harder.
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Re: Hard questions

Postby Hugo » May 8th, 2016, 2:23 pm

The answer my friend is;

Blowing In The Wind - Bob Dylan

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