why to ask if you are a bot?

Discussion in 'Forum Related Discussions' started by Paul Weinstock, Nov 13, 2008.

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  1. Paul Weinstock

    Paul Weinstock Registered Member

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    Hi, have you even seen when you come to register on a forums. Why does it make you a question to prove you are not a robot if they already has security code?
    Paul Weinstock
     
  2. lordpake

    lordpake Registered Member

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    By security code you mean CAPTCHAs? They can bypassed, in fact I believe at least Live/Hotmail has been suffering from broken CAPTCHA, same goes for Google blogs.

    AFAIK asking if one is a bot, or using more advanced stuff, such as asking the registering person to answer a simple math question adds another layer to the game of preventing bots from autoregistering.
     
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    ...And thereby protecting the forums from spam and unwanted annoyances :)
     
  4. Bensec

    Bensec Registered Member

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    :cool: I bet, you must like this post:

    http://www.avertlabs.com/research/blog/index.php/2008/10/10/cracking-captcha-as-a-business/
     
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