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Offline galfert

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Guest users without an account - You Should Register
« on: June 07, 2019, 07:36:17 AM »
It amazes me how many guest users are constantly viewing this forum. You can see them browsing the latest posts and also older posts.
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Do these people not realize that even if they have no intention of posting that when you register your read and unread messages are tracked? I can't imagine trying to constantly keep up with new posts and picking up where I left off without that feature. Is there any reminder/indication for these users to register mentioning these benefits?

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Re: Guest users without an account - You Should Register
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2019, 08:49:27 AM »
Perhaps a lot of what you're seeing are bots?

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Re: Guest users without an account - You Should Register
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2019, 09:55:11 AM »
I think so too,  around 30 seconds of posting a bot is usually on the thread.  Probably google.
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Re: Guest users without an account - You Should Register
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2019, 10:05:14 AM »
Google spiders show up as "Google" not Guest.
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Re: Guest users without an account - You Should Register
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2019, 12:16:36 PM »
Not all spider/bots are recognized as such by the SMF software, so may show as 'guest' instead.

Also, we have a pot-load of miscreant bots attempting registrations so they can sign in and spam us.. Blocked by our trusty dual captcha system.   Here's yesterday's registration attempts
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    397 109.123.118.8 UK2 - Ltd, United Kingdom
    150 178.63.60.23 Hetzner Online AG, Germany
    124 80.95.44.222 MRF-VOLGA-PENZA-DYNPOOL-25-03-2013-2, NAT Pool Penza, RU (Russia)
     78 77.83.174.247 NET-100-2, NL (Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles)
     72 120.14.140.34 China Unicom Heibei Province Network, China
     67 77.37.226.109 OJSC Rostelecom, Russia
     62 95.84.56.162 OJSC Rostelecom, Russia
     62 195.39.196.253 EU-ZZ-193-194-195, Europe, EU (The Netherlands)
     57 93.120.156.67 DYNAMIC-BRAS-POOL5-NNOVVT, NMTS Autonomous System, RU (Russia)
     57 46.188.98.10 2COM Co ltd., Moscow, Russia
     57 31.13.190.254 M247-LTD-Frankfurt, M247 LTD Frankfurt Infrastructure, DE (60314, Frankfurt, Germany)
     57 195.206.105.217 EU-ZZ-193-194-195, Europe, EU (The Netherlands)
     57 194.1.238.114 EU-ZZ-193-194-195, Europe, EU (The Netherlands)
     52 85.209.90.153 NET-108-2, NL (Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles)
     51 213.178.45.41 RU-AIST-20080117, AIST Networks, RU (Russia)
     50 185.136.166.126 VELIANET-FR-YURI, velia.net Internetdienste GmbH, FR (Russian Federation)
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When they get really obnoxious, I add them to the .htaccess deny list (usually an entire CIDR worth) to give them 403s instead.
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Re: Guest users without an account - You Should Register
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2019, 06:56:49 AM »
Thank you Ken.
Your background work on this forum goes unnoticed but is much appreciated.
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