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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 9:01 am 
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It is reaching a point that we will will have to block the email address of @gmail.com.

99% of spam registration are coming from @gmail.com.

We have spam registration guards in place for registering an account on the forum. That stops the computer generated spam-bot registrations but does not stop the human spam-bots.

Most times, human spam-bots are pretty easy to figure out, but in the last 7-8 months, they have gotten alot harder. They are using real names instead of weird usernames. They are even using hunting words or dogs in their usernames.

Most of these human spam-bots are out of the Philippines and China.

When they sneak through, they appear to make post in threads that may appear a little off topic or do not make sense. Most time, they hide links within their text.....And will post in a great number of threads once they get approved to post on the forum. They are notorious for posting hardcore porn pictures/vidoes as well as drug links.

It has become an everyday thing............Not sure if it is because of the mobile world we are living in with Androids and the @gmail.com emails or the CoonDawgs.com, Forum Mobile App - but the fact is, the @gmail.com spam accounts are becoming an issue.

If the trend keeps continuing as it is now, then we will block @gmail.com email addresses and users will need register with a different email address.

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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 11:28 am 
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We have now blocked the @gmail.com email addresses and users will need register with a different email address.

If you update your email address, you will not be able to update to a @gmail.com email address.


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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 1:02 pm 
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If we're already registered with an @gmail.com address, do we need to change it to another?


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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 1:06 pm 
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NO -- But in the future, users will not be able to update their email to an @gmail.com address.

Because the @gmail.com address is now blocked for registrations, if a user changed their current email to @gmail.com address, the system will not let them.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 2:46 pm 
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Bringing this back up as a reminder that we do no accept @gmail email addresses.

Matter of fact, the below is the very first paragraph on the forum registration page:

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Before registering an account, please read the "Forum Registration Info" thread as it list important registration info that could prevent your account from not being accepted as well as the registration process and info (gmail accounts, account activations, invalid email addresses,and etc...). Click Here to Read


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