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lemon168 seems to be the latest bot. How did these bots get past the recaptcha? I thought recaptcha is virtually impossible to crack.

I have no idea and some of them are manual. Someone will sign up to to get by the captcha stuff then make a post or a bot will then make the posts.

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You'll notice they always put in a ICQ number as well as location and a few other pieces of information. Since we added an avatar option a lot of them do that as well. For example:

http://forums.hawkhost.com/member.php?u=1033

You get ones with just an avatar: http://forums.hawkhost.com/member.php?u=923

Or both:

http://forums.hawkhost.com/member.php?u=723

The best part is the same avatar pictures over and over again.

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That is what makes me think they are bots. A human wouldn't waste all their time doing that and putting up a bio, avatar & ICQ number. Especially if they are not going to post like alot here.

I have managed to get spam down to about 1 or 2 a day now (if that) which is manageable. I blame the people who create software (like XRumer) who claim that they hate spam yet create a software which people use for that reason.

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That is what makes me think they are bots. A human wouldn't waste all their time doing that and putting up a bio, avatar & ICQ number. Especially if they are not going to post like alot here.

What I think is not bots is the signing up portion. Although it's just some of them it seems that way other times it's entirely a bot. Almost like there are a few variations of the groups. The none bot ones always post and always the same sites. That's what makes me think they're not entirely bots.

What's also interesting is the same bots who visit our forum also visit some forums we have links on. So the LiteSpeed forum which is a PR6 has the same bots as our site and we're a PR5.

Oh well though probably won't be using vbulletin much longer anyways. Our license expires on July 18th and the biggest hurdle for us is migrating the site code to read IPB rather than vbulletin. Though Frog Host already has the code for doing this so not a huge deal there either.

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So we're trying the spam monitoring service on the frog host forum. Granted not as high traffic but very neat anyways since a bot visited both forums.

http://forums.hawkhost.com/member.php?u=1034

I manually banned them

http://forums.froghost.com/index.php?//user/12-xboatsailorz/

Spam service I guess banned them since I don't think any of us banned them.

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