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Old 10-02-2008, 08:09 PM
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We have had a number of spammers try to register on the site, so I have made the new user registration process a little less user friendly.

If you are trying to register on the site and are not able to complete the process, please try to:

(1) check your spam inbox for the confirmation email. Many of our emails are getting a lot more picky in blocking emails from your inbox, so be sure to check there first if you didn't get the email.

(2) email me directly. I am being rather ruthless in deleting questionable accounts, and if you get caught in my crossfire, my apologies. Just send me an email to straighten things out.

Thanks!
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Old 10-02-2008, 08:24 PM
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Are these the same Texan fans from Russia that kept trying to sign on to HPF?
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Old 10-02-2008, 09:10 PM
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Actually, there is some person or 'bot' from Argentina this time that seems to be the most intent. There are others, and they are all usually easy to spot. I think there are others from SE Asia, but I think they try and use IPs from elsewhere... one tried to be German I think.

Basically, if you click any of their links if they somehow get through, you'd be doing so at your own risk! And like I said, if I delete anyone's legit new account by accident, just let me know.
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Old 10-02-2008, 09:22 PM
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I don't know, I kinda like the porno site post in the draft forum...
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Old 10-04-2008, 08:48 AM
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Special note for gmail users... I have disabled (at least temporarily) all registrations using a gmail address. Nearly all of these spammer bots are getting through using gmail (and yes, Bob, a few though are using Russian email accounts ...I think they don't have anti-spamming laws there or something).

While I know many of you use and have registered with valid gmail accounts, you may want to use a different email if you have one and are experiencing problems with the ITB.com forums.
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Old 10-12-2008, 05:21 PM
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I have been banning ranges of IP addresses to curtail spammers, and I know of one person already banned accidentally. Should this happen to you, please send me an email and let me know.
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Old 11-06-2008, 12:07 PM
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Just bumping this thread for any new users/registrations. Please read from the original post for the full story here.

One small update: I removed the ban on gmail accounts, at least for now, but I've banned a bunch of other free email accounts, too... so if you're registering and it says your email or IP has been banned, it's quite likely you just got caught in my web. Send me an email, and I will help to straighten it out.

Some of the spammers are getting more difficult to discern from non-spammers, and if ItB.com has left you in the cold, please don't take it personally... I'm just protecting our little community of fans here so again, please shoot me an email to make an adjustment.
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:25 PM
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Bumping...

Prospective new registrants - if you receive a message when trying to register indicating some kind of ban, please let me know. This is nothing personal, just a paranoid admin protecting our peace-loving site from spam.

Please read this thread from the top and email me with any problems. I'll try to resolve them within a day. Thanks!
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Old 04-23-2009, 09:49 AM
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With the forum upgrade complete, I have added a new custom question to the registration process that will hopefully reduce the number of bot registrations.

The question is something anyone who watches football can answer, but should anyone have trouble with the revamped new user registration process, please let me know. Thanks.
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:44 AM
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With the forum upgrade complete, I have added a new custom question to the registration process that will hopefully reduce the number of bot registrations.

The question is something anyone who watches football can answer, but should anyone have trouble with the revamped new user registration process, please let me know. Thanks.
Easy process for a long time lurker.

Almost got nailed on the "how many points is a field goal worth" question.

Great work with the site!
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Old 04-24-2009, 01:28 PM
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Thanks for delurking and the compliment.

It's only been 36 hours, but that custom question has killed off all the bot registrations so far.
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:46 PM
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Hello Keith,

i sent you a message earlier about STATstick, a website i built where your users can go enter Houston Texan predictions. i didnt want to post this in the regular forum until i got an ok from you.

every player game and season stats, every team regular season and post season results - can all be tracked at statstick, and i use the posted nfl stats/results to score each prediction.

completely free, no money, no advertising.... just a cool system for NFL freaks like me.

you can also set up groups and invite members from this board, to find out who is more correct with their predictions.

Let me know if / when it would be ok to post this in the general forum..

thanks
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Old 08-01-2012, 02:22 PM
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Getting an increase in new spam account registrations. The custom question process implemented a few years ago isn't as effective anymore.

As such, I am deleting these accounts often. Should I delete a new user account in error, just send me an email.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:10 AM
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The spammers are relentless... I just deleted 75 spam accounts since Sunday morning alone.

As such, I have turned off new user registrations for the time being. We really do welcome new users though, so please send me an email if you wish to add an account, and I will re-open the registration for you.

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