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Hello,

 

Thank you for taking the time to activate your account. If you are unable to post in the forums or have found your account deleted, you have been caught by Spam Hammer. We unfortunately had to take drastic measures to cut them out, but you probably got stuck in it.

 

Please send an email to admin at 43oh.com and we will be happy to assist you.

 

FAQ:

This forum is protected by phpBB3 spam hammer. Here's how our simple anti-spam measures work.

 

These restrictions only apply to new users. They are removed automatically after your account meets certain criteria. Normal users will never be effected by these restrictions.

 

Spam poured in after our recent move to a phpBB forum. Captchas, registration questions, and other measures only stopped the stupidest scripts and annoyed everyone. Instead, we stopped spammers from getting what they want - new members can't post links. This method that has stopped 100% of spam so far, and it is totally transparent to most people.

 

How does it work?

New user accounts are slightly restricted to deny spammers a place to put a link.

 

These restrictions only apply to new users. They are removed automatically after your account meets certain criteria. Normal users will never be effected by these restrictions.

 

1. New users receive an error if they use off-site links in posts or signatures. New users can still link to 43oh.com, and a select set of white-list sites like Google Code, distributors, etc.

2. New users receive an error if they use certain forbidden words in posts or signatures. The error reports the trigger word to help you find and remove it.

3. New users receive an error if they enter non-English characters (like Cyrillic).

4. New users can't save a personal profile. Spammers like to put a URL in the personal profile.

5. Accounts that don't post within 24 hours of registration are automatically disabled and then purged. We get 100s of zombie spam registrations every day, an automated process cleans them out.

 

Who is a new user?

The above restrictions only apply to new users. We are constantly tweaking the definition of a new user to stop spam while not annoying real people. These restrictions currently apply to users who:

*Have less than 1 post

*Registered in the last 24 hours

The restrictions are automatically removed once an account meets these criteria.

 

Warning!! Extreme honey-pot mode in use!!

Users with 0 posts will be automatically deleted for certain common spam behaviors:

*Entering a profile

*Entering a signature with external links

*Entering more than 20 links in the first post

 

Need Help?

Contact admin AT 43oh . com

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Sorry, I'm not sure if this is the best place to post this - but I'm sure you can move and/or delete it if not. It'd be nice to have GitHub added to the whitelist - and perhaps some other relevant sites such as Adafruit and other commonly-used stores/sites. I just registered to post details of my current project, and was rather frustrated at not being able to link to my code on GitHub or the RGB LED strips I'm talking about on Adafruit - I understand the desire to squash spam, but surely I'm not the only person to have attempted to link to GitHub in their first post?

 

p.s. the www-prefixed version of this site's address (which I can't type here or it decides I'm being "too spammy" as I'm still a "new" user) would also be good to whitelist - I had to remove the prefix from on-site links in order for it to allow me to post!

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