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PostPosted: December 13th, 2022, 11:36 am 
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Should you decide to volunteer a little of your time, please log out of the site and go to this page:

https://myccr.com/user/register

As of today, 13 December 2022 you should see that there is a reCAPTCHA checkbox at the bottom. In order to create a new account it is required to select this checkbox.

Would you mind testing the current function by attempting to fill out the form for example, and then pressing the button at the bottom to submit the contents, but without selecting the checkbox? Please report on your experience.
Please do not create any new fake accounts, we already get a lot of those from bots crawling the internet and filling out this form.

After a few days I will change how this works and we can try again with a new, stronger challenge to confirm that you are in fact a human being.

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PostPosted: December 16th, 2022, 2:00 pm 
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Over the past 2 days the CAPTCHA was changed to a simple math problem instead of the checkbox.
The rate of application rejection was considerably lower actually, so it has been changed back.

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PostPosted: December 21st, 2022, 11:04 am 
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We are now investigating an upgrade to reCAPTCHA v3.
At the moment the website is receiving approximately 150 bot generated new user applications per day.

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PostPosted: January 4th, 2023, 4:57 pm 
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In the past we have, and are now as well, considering that new user applications be charged a nominal fee.
This would have to be in the range of 1 to 3 or 5 dollars in order to cover the cost of charging to credit cards.
Doing so would in theory eliminate nuisance bot activity, but then the recent experience at Twitter contradicts this.
Changes like this would obviously have no effect on the current users, but it might result in a different kind of new audience signing up.

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PostPosted: January 24th, 2023, 12:34 pm 
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Over the past weekend, some changes were made to the new user registration form.
Two Drupal modules were added to the site with the specific intention of detecting the actions of human users vs. bot software. We paid the hosting company to do this work.

The only difference that an actual user may encounter is as follows; one of the new modules requires JavaScript. If a new user does not have JavaScript enabled, the protected forms will be hidden, and a message will appear, telling the user that the form requires JavaScript to be enabled in order to use it.

We are in testing, but so far the number of bot generated user accounts has been dramatically reduced.

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PostPosted: March 13th, 2023, 7:56 am 
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It is working and we are about to pay the bill.

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