Originally posted by IrishElf:
Chris, why not require anyone who registers to copy a series on numbers/letters to a box before registering?
I don't know if you know what I mean, but on many sites you have to copy what they show you before you can continue to prove you are not a bot.
A very good sugggestion. Unfortunately:
1) This board technology does not have said feature built in. And outsourcing modifications would be even more costly than our options above - most likely. However, I will see if there is a hack/modification that is user built we can apply.
2) With what we have now, even the act of bots trying to register en masse is slowing down the forums. Trying not to be too technical, but these boards are file based, not database driven. Thus every action adds load to the server and is more inefficient than a database based forum.
We currently do require an email verfication, which keeps the bots from actually posting. But even with certain domains and IPs blocked, they are trying to register, thus slowing down the forums.
In any case, it looks like upgrading is our best option.
Thanks for the suggestion. Any and all ideas are most definitely welcome.