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  1. Wow, his group of friends is so big and his...

    Wow, his group of friends is so big and his campaign of terror so impressive I didn't even notice it was on. Only noticed it by chance patrolling the forums on a monthly basis :D :D :D Carry on,...
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    Well, thank God (I mean the Emperor!) that those...

    Well, thank God (I mean the Emperor!) that those Spambots that manage to fill in the new field are programmed by people with poor language skills and even less pronounced fantasy...

    "I am jerry...
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    So far works like a charm to me :)

    So far works like a charm to me :)
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    Sounds good. And THANKS! I have not (yet) seen it...

    Sounds good. And THANKS! I have not (yet) seen it myself in action, but from checking the logs it seems there was only one account request since the implementation that got through (and which was...
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    Obviously. Nobody is really interested in their...

    Obviously. Nobody is really interested in their phone numbers. Something like "Write something about you and the hobby" is what I had in mind (I thought I said that, if not, that's what I should have...
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    Hi Bigred, thanks for the feedback. yeah,...

    Hi Bigred,

    thanks for the feedback.

    yeah, the really STRANGE thing though is that the last couple of days spambot registering is REALLY slow as compared to pre-Xmas-time. Did they cut off...
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    So today 166 open account requests waited for me...

    So today 166 open account requests waited for me (English 40K Lex only). Of these I blocked 155 as spambots (~93,4%). Of the blocked spambots 70 accounts had their e-mail addresses confirmed (~45%)....
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    And as I said before: Somebody who is put off by...

    And as I said before: Somebody who is put off by a ridiculous "hurdle" the height of an anti-ant fence can never be an editor, no matter how desperate the need as they will never be able to withstand...
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    Somebody who is not willing to put a minimal...

    Somebody who is not willing to put a minimal effort into a registration form will never be an editor worth bothering, not for Fantasy, not for anything else.

    I just manually checked 40 (!) new...
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    Well, my attitude says if the prospective user is...

    Well, my attitude says if the prospective user is not willing to accept such a small "hurdle", he won't be willing to learn the rules either, so no loss ;)
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    That is like doing a fire insurance AFTER the...

    That is like doing a fire insurance AFTER the house is already burning. And I am not sure if algorithms by now are not clever enough to find out by themselves answers to questions like "Who is the...
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    A bot is a program that has no concept of...

    A bot is a program that has no concept of "bothering". For them it makes no difference if they have to solve a recaptcha or answer a question about something they have no interest in apart from...
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    Why "too many steps"? The field is already in the...

    Why "too many steps"? The field is already in the registration form, it just has to be turned to "compulsory" instead of "optional". And since a setting relevant question would have to be chosen from...
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    So since the Russki and Loanshark spamwave shows...

    So since the Russki and Loanshark spamwave shows no sign of abating (95+ % of all account requests with a further couple of % at least more than questionable accounts) and the bots seem to have no...
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    I wouldn't know what sanctions that would have...

    I wouldn't know what sanctions that would have been.


    I always cross-check submitted e-mail adresses with google. If the name or adress turns up on spam warning websites, that is it for that...
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    As it has been done before, I do not really see a...

    As it has been done before, I do not really see a reason why it should not be done again.


    Not necessarily. Spambots (much as other malicious hostile takeovers) can be dormant until activated....
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    Out of 6 new account requests 1 was approved, 4...

    Out of 6 new account requests 1 was approved, 4 spambots from Russia and 1 from Poland were blocked.
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    Out of 9 new account requests I blocked 7 because...

    Out of 9 new account requests I blocked 7 because they were spambots (all from Russian IPs and/ or Russian mail addresses), 1 is on hold because I can not read Chinese and it is potentially fishy and...
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    The English one, yes.

    The English one, yes.
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    Rejected six out of seven new account requests...

    Rejected six out of seven new account requests because some of their details turned up on spambot lists on google. Is this a new wave of spambot attacks or has this something to do with with the...
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    Unusual accumulation of "users" tring to register...

    Unusual accumulation of "users" tring to register with Russian e-mail adresses (.ru) --> Some of them turn up on spambot lists when I search for their e-mails. So I will only very reluctantly approve...
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    It seems the toolbar in the edit mode has...

    It seems the toolbar in the edit mode has disappeared. Don't know what its proper name is, the one with the lots of buttons, for example for the signature...
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    Well, the bad news is that two (minimum) out of...

    Well, the bad news is that two (minimum) out of three account creation requests today were obvious spambots that managed to get around the Recaptcha...
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    I have the impression that the Last Changes...

    I have the impression that the Last Changes special page now simultaneously uses two noticeably different fonts. I would hazard a guess that this could affect other pages, too. And I would say that...
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    People seem to have problems. From the...

    People seem to have problems. From the Discord-Channel:
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