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I think it is a right step forward. My nickname here is pedro. It refers to my affinity for latin america. And it is also linked to me as an enthusiast photo amateur. Once you want me to change it into "Peter Hauri Enthusiast Photo Amateur", just mail me Oh, as long as I keep my posting credits, though...The type of weird user ID's the spammers use are like "#nbhiortn[hysqwuiolv]" Actual ID
We can block domains that are big offenders, which is why 98% use gmail.
Users can go to their profile and change their display name without affecting their user id. This is simple and easy to do.
We will not approve membership if the account name looks like a advertisement, is a e-mail address, or just sounds phoney, It is definitely better if a account name has some recognizable link to photography.
This is way too subjective and what may be an advertisement / email / phoney to you may just be perfect for someone else. Compound this by the fact that the username will be rejected after one day I doubt a genuine user who is rejected will bother to try again (I certainly wouldn't, but that's just me).
IMHO a captcha is a better idea as suggested above.
Well, as an already registered user I don't mind this, but why are you not implementing a Q&A process? Ask a specific question during the sign-up and tell the users that the answer is on your help site and not on the register page. Anybody answering that question correctly will have been a human and not a bot. Should weed out quite a bit of the bots. (Got rid of 99.99% of all SPAM accounts on my two forums)Those who sign up must answer two questions. Robots unfortunately know this and have a ton of questions and answers programmed in to them. They are always one step ahead.
Compared to a 5D MkIII and a 1200mm lens!When compared to which point & Shoot??
Funnily enough I was in Best Buy yesterday and saw the SX50, it is tiny!
What happens to the people who don't meet the minimum IQ? Do they have to go post on Nikon sites?
I stopped reading for awhile. But to be honest, there seems to be a bit of an upswing in the quality of some of the threads. So I have been reading more often for awhile now. Ironically, it seems that the fewer "rumors" the better the content of the forums.
Although a tad awkard it's possible to use a battery-gripped body lefthanded , flip it so both shutters point up It's a bit tight between the thumb and forehead, but hey
Have you tried implementing a question -> response registration type? (Not sure, been a while since I last registered here)
I had a similar problem on my page a while back and none of the CAPTCHAS worked. So I created a custom field on the registration page where I asked a question stating where the answer can be found. (Must be on a different page, on the top of the Help page should work) It's very easy for real humans to answer the question (open a new tap and voila) but bots will have a very problem going around that one. You can even easily generate a new Q&A every day making sure that the answer is nor being spread around or guessed easily.
On my page the amount of spam accounts went from daily to pretty much zilch. (Haven't had a bot in months)