We have an admin approval based registration system currently and were having to delete 5-7 bot requests per day. Can you please allow us to add re-captcha to admin approval based registraiton.
You should actually use BotStop Plugin which work very well even without registration approval . It just stops the auto submittal bots.
Recaptcha does not work that well , it can be beat apparently ...
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bot stop is pretty simple, the only thing it has got in its favour is the unfamiliarity due to not being used as much as reCaptcha. It is certainly beatable. reCaptcha has been beat a number of times, but they generally update, and you don't have to worry about updates, as they are automatic being a SaaS.
however you can use the methods in that plugin, to implement reCaptcha and some question based system like botstop. Either through a plugin or themehook.
Personally I use a combination of both. You can have a variable question such as n letter of an alphabet.
grep is your friend.
I'm having a similar issue with bots beating the Basic registration process even with reCaptcha enabled. I'm getting about 50-100 registrations each day.
I have the BotStop plugin as well and I've now enabled it too. How do you make a variable question with BotStop?
I strongly recommend using @pergrine's adaptation of BotStop with registration approval:
and his http://vanillaforums.org/addon/registrationrestrictlogger-plugin
BotStop on its own was great for me until recently, but some bots found out how to circumvent it.
Adding the registration logger plugin has them foiled once again.
@whu606 This is really useful and I've applied the changes. Let's see how it goes. Similar to your case, I had BotStop enabled for several months, but a few months ago, the Bots figured a way around it. I was away for a few months and had 7000+ applicants when I logged in recently. Let's see how it goes now.
BTW, @peregrine kept mentioning about the zip file, and I followed various links that he mentioned, but I couldn't find the zip. Do you know where I can get the zip from? I suspect that I may not have all the right updates (even though I read through all the posts in your link).
Thanks a lot for your help.
@peregrine references this thread: http://vanillaforums.org/discussion/comment/178015/#Comment_178015
but there doesn't seem to be a zip file.
I got registration approval with BotStop working by following @peregrine's instructions here:
Thanks @whu606 . I have replied to your comments in the other thread.
So far things look good