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It would be useful if the other mod was in a very different time zone to you, are you are in the US?

That is a good suggestion. I'm in New Zealand--I guess that suggests perhaps someone in the East Coast of the US or in Europe. (Well, apart from the fact I don't exactly keep 9-5 hours. :))

--Phil.

P.S. Thanks all for the positive feedback. :-)

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I happen to know that as of YaBB 2.2.3 it is possible to require admin approval of new registrations.

I'm keen to minimise the impact on legitimate new (or existing) users. If things get "bad enough" I guess we could consider moderation of initial messages but my suggestion would be to see how long the "deletion regime" remains effective.

--Phil.

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I'm keen to minimise the impact on legitimate new (or existing) users. If things get "bad enough" I guess we could consider moderation of initial messages but my suggestion would be to see how long the "deletion regime" remains effective.


I tend to agree, if the sign-up process is too invasive, I generally don't sign up for a site.  One forum I'm on has an initial period where you can't post links, can't sent private messages, etc.  I think their threshold is 10 legit posts.  

But for now I'm just enjoying my spam-free Arduino experience, so thank you, Phil :).

And for the record, I'm in Eastern time in Canada ;)

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Sep 11, 2008, 10:03 pm Last Edit: Sep 11, 2008, 10:12 pm by madworm Reason: 1
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I'm keen to minimise the impact on legitimate new (or existing) users


I wasn't talking about gagging new users, I just wanted to point out that with an update of YaBB to 2.2.3 it is possible to prevent this:

10: user applies for new account
20: current YaBB _automatically_ accepts that
30: user clicks on a link in the email
40: voila: valid account
50: SPAM SPAM SPAM
60: goto 10

if admins must confirm creation on new forum accounts, this process can be slowed down a lot.

I bet I could create accounts faster than any admin can delete them right now...
all I'm saying is that currently this forum is WIDE OPEN for spammers.
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I'm keen to minimise the impact on legitimate new (or existing) users

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if admins must confirm creation on new forum accounts, this process can be slowed down a lot.

That's the impact I'm keen to minimise. :-) At the moment I would consider the impact of having new users wait outweighs the benefit of stopping a few spammer accounts. This could change in the future.  YMMV.

--Phil.

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