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Old 25 Oct 2012, 20:51
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former banned member revenge!

Dear All,

I would much appreciate your advise regarding an obscene former banned member causing me a persistent headache! Over the past few weeks, he used to register himself in dozens of evil usernames, in attempt from his side to cause as much harm as possible to the forum and its members, as a revenge for being banned previously for his bad manners and misconduct.

Even the fake emails he registers with them contain obscene and evil words!

I made every possible effort to make registration to new members difficult (very difficult indeed) including validation of email addresses, image verification, prevention of evil words in new-user names, ... etc but still evil names appear on who is on line, members log on within 24 hours, welcome new member!

Any suggestions to stop him or even to minimize the upset he causes to the forum or to hide Users Awaiting Email Confirmation and Users Awaiting Moderation from getting displayed on forum statistics?

Many thanks

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Old 25 Oct 2012, 21:00
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If he is using the same ip address, you could block his ip address. Otherwise the only thing I can think of is to moderate new members (Under "User Registration Options", set Moderate New Memebrs" to Yes), but then of course legitimate new members will have to wait to be approved.
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Old 25 Oct 2012, 21:12
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Originally Posted by kh99 View Post
If he is using the same ip address, you could block his ip address. Otherwise the only thing I can think of is to moderate new members (Under "User Registration Options", set Moderate New Memebrs" to Yes), but then of course legitimate new members will have to wait to be approved.
Thank you for your contribution. I am already moderating all new members since he started to register with evil names! Also his IP is dynamic and NOT static. He has hundreds of IP addresses! ... I have blocked a large number of his IP addresses but he is still able to generate new ones from his provider as well as registering from proxy sites! ... The real problem is that he has a good software background because he is working in the field of IT as far as I know.
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Old 25 Oct 2012, 21:20
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talk to your host see if they can help
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Old 25 Oct 2012, 21:23
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talk to your host see if they can help
Thank you. Is it possible if I submit his IP addresses to my host to have him blocked altogether even if his IPs are dynamic?
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Old 25 Oct 2012, 23:25
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only your host could answer that. You could also talk to his isp and tell them what he is up to they might close his internet
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Old 26 Oct 2012, 01:09
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only your host could answer that. You could also talk to his isp and tell them what he is up to they might close his internet
Thank you. I sent email to his service provider about 3 weeks ago but received no reply at all from them!
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Old 26 Oct 2012, 01:42
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Know what? Study his user agent string. See if there's a commonality in it. There might be some unique item to block using Ban Spiders By User Agent.
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Old 26 Oct 2012, 08:55
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Originally Posted by Max Taxable View Post
Know what? Study his user agent string. See if there's a commonality in it. There might be some unique item to block using Ban Spiders By User Agent.
Thank you. I know what you mean but how can I apply Ban Spiders Hack on a real user? ... The common user agent thing is the first few digits of his IP address: 41.235.xx.xx. Those in red are changeable. However blocking 41.235 part of the IP will prevent many other innocent users from being able to access my forum!
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Old 26 Oct 2012, 13:36
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Originally Posted by Midohash View Post
Thank you. I know what you mean but how can I apply Ban Spiders Hack on a real user? ... The common user agent thing is the first few digits of his IP address: 41.235.xx.xx. Those in red are changeable. However blocking 41.235 part of the IP will prevent many other innocent users from being able to access my forum!
USER AGENT, not IP.

Find the user agent in online.php, options at bottom of page, "User Agent" make YES,

You have to do this while he is online to capture this information.

It will look something like this:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1) AppleWebKit/537.4 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/22.0.1229.94 Safari/537.4

User Agent tells you what browser, operating system, etc the user or visitor has.
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Old 26 Oct 2012, 15:17
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Originally Posted by Max Taxable View Post
USER AGENT, not IP.

Find the user agent in online.php, options at bottom of page, "User Agent" make YES,

You have to do this while he is online to capture this information.

It will look something like this:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1) AppleWebKit/537.4 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/22.0.1229.94 Safari/537.4

User Agent tells you what browser, operating system, etc the user or visitor has.
Thank you for this piece of invaluable information ... I'll try doing that. I guess after getting such information is to include the whole example line in Ban Spiders By User Agent hack. Have I understand it right?

--------------- Added 26 Oct 2012 at 15:29 ---------------

Originally Posted by Midohash View Post
Thank you for this piece of invaluable information ... I'll try doing that. I guess after getting such information is to include the whole example line in Ban Spiders By User Agent hack. Have I understand it right?
sorry, forgot to ask about online.php ... is it in templates or mysql table?
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Old 26 Oct 2012, 15:31
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Are you using the AE detector yet ?
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Old 26 Oct 2012, 15:41
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Originally Posted by vijayninel View Post
Are you using the AE detector yet ?
I have never heard about it and don't know what is it for? ... would appreciate some more information please


--------------- Added 26 Oct 2012 at 15:55 ---------------

Originally Posted by vijayninel View Post
Are you using the AE detector yet ?
I use a hack which informs me by a pm if 2 accounts are logging on through the same computer. I don't know if AE detector is an alternative name to this product or a different one?
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Thank you for this piece of invaluable information ... I'll try doing that. I guess after getting such information is to include the whole example line in Ban Spiders By User Agent hack. Have I understand it right?
NO. many people have alot of the same stuff in their UA strings. You would be blocking access to 100s of millions of people if for example, you put just "Mozilla" or "Windows" or "Apple" in the ban list. You are looking for something that is unusual or unique in the string, for the one guy who is giving you the problems.
sorry, forgot to ask about online.php ... is it in templates or mysql table?
It's a page on your forum, online.php. It's accessed via the "quick links" dropdown, and the options are at the bottom of the page after it loads. "Who's Online."
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NO. many people have alot of the same stuff in their UA strings. You would be blocking access to 100s of millions of people if for example, you put just "Mozilla" or "Windows" or "Apple" in the ban list. You are looking for something that is unusual or unique in the string, for the one guy who is giving you the problems.It's a page on your forum, online.php. It's accessed via the "quick links" dropdown, and the options are at the bottom of the page after it loads. "Who's Online."
Thanks a lot Max Taxable ... I got your point ... I hope I'll find something unique for him ... May I ask please, if I find something unique for him e.g. BOIE9 or ENXA, should I put the word as it is in Ban Spiders By User Agent or there is a special format?
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