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    Hi all,

    Hope everybody is well.

    Been really busy with life/work etc. I received an email with a polite hint that I need to post more often to not get my account deleted. So, here is a post!

    Best Regards
    John

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    Hello for same

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    We all got that post regardless of how often we post.
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    Hi,
    I think it is just asking to log in (not post) at least once per 90 days to stop your account being deleted.

    Regards,
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    It's good to know you're still around.

    Charlie

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    I received the same email
    The internet connection in the village I live in is very poor and the termination of the connection almost daily
    Please understand my problem

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    For the vast majority, account deletion is not an issue to be concerned about. If you are or have posted on the forum, your account will not be deleted as part of the routine maintenance that I carry out.

    There are a number (in the thousands) of accounts that were created by spambots, that cannot ever be used due to the spam protection measures, which have recently been deleted. Due to the way the system is manipulated by the spambots , I have to run certain maintenance routines regularly to remove spambot registrations.

    There are also a number of new accounts that are registered and pass the spambot tests, that are never used. i.e No second visit, No posting. These accounts are the ones that will receive a targeted email from time to time warning of imminent deletion. These accounts are deleted on approx’ quarterly basis.

    Then the rest of users will receive an email from time to time, that remind them that they have an account (to meet the GDPR requirements) and to remind them that if the account is unused, it will be removed.

    Accounts are NEVER deleted if they have activity associated with them, so if you have been posting and you don't use your account for a long time, its not an issue, the account will not be deleted.

    The forum is pretty free of garbage posts and spam, because i spend time maintaining it. The recent email was part of that maintenance.
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    I think that a registration may require some graphic test, that only human can solve. Perhaps using to select a picture that should be validated by emails would put a harder time for bot to break in.

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    Yes we used the CAPTCHA system, but the bots go straight past. Its a complex and difficult problem that All current forum systems suffer.

    The method used at present on this forum, is brutal, but has kept the forum free of rougue registrations and spam for the last 18months or so.

    The forum stats are showing real figures now
    Proton BASIC community web site Statistics

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    When you see thousands of guests, they are usually spiders, legitimatley visiting due to web site promotion activity my me.

    for example:
    There are currently 1535 users online. 2 members and 1533 guests, where the 1533 guests are comprised of :
    • real users that are unregistered
    • real users that are registerted and not logged in
    • People that are registering
    • Spambots that are registering (dont worry they will not get through)
    • Spiders.

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    Regarding CAPTCHA and ReCAPTCHA, we used both, ReCAPTCHA presents a plethora of fals positives and really aggravates legitimate users:

    Up until a few years ago, the accepted anti-spam device was CAPTCHA — a program designed to protect against spambots by generating tests that only humans could pass.
    The idea was to create a system that was nearly impossible for bots to fill in your form. It wasn’t a perfect system by any means, but for years it was all we had to add any level of security to our devices.
    Recently, however, Google declared the death of CAPTCHA.
    Bots were getting too smart for it to work as intended, and humans were getting too annoyed with the process to keep it around.


    The theory behind CAPTCHA went something like this: humans are smarter than computers, so only a human could bypass complicated form security questions.
    So CAPTCHA developed an anti-spam tool that you could add to your forms to ask complicated questions.
    You probably recognize it:

    One thing that this theory failed to account for is the fact that bots would start learning.
    Advancements in AI have all but guaranteed that bots would eventually find ways around CAPTCHA, leaving users with the same spam problem they would have without it.


    ReCAPTCHA

    In an effort to save a dying program, Google introduced another anti-bot alternative called reCAPTCHA.
    Instead of a bulky questionnaire, users had only to click a button to identify themselves as human.


    reCAPTCHA does have a better level of anti-bot protection compared to traditional CAPTCHA (bots can crack reCAPTCHA with 23% accuracy), but it’s not perfect.




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    These captcha might be all sort of mechanized solution that trolls are well aware. Perhaps there are humans behind the registration, just to get a new place to put their ads.
    I was rather thinking about a formula that is propose a picture or a sequence of them and ask the description via email. Definitely a human authorization is required from both party. So the real registration, might go down for a couple per day.

    Spiders like Yandex, Google and Bing need to be given the way, because will help researches for some particular user case. Unless the internal search engine is good enough to give an expected result. Anyway, blocking these spiders may reduce the site popularity.

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