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New Registration Policies

Postby SV Pocket PC » Wed May 02, 2007 3:16 pm

Lately I've seen many users register here without posting. Some have obviously just been spamming (their Web links point to porno sites), and those users are deleted immediately. However, some have confused me -- their Web sites either point to simple pages (some of which actually are interesting) or give 404 errors. I don't know if they're eventually going to put up some spam content or not, but I don't want to wait to find out.

New Registration Policies

Because of these users, I'm instituting some new policies.

  1. Once you've registered, you must post something (I suggest posting about yourself in the Introductions forum). New users that don't do this will be deleted within a week. All users with no posts and links to Web sites who registered over one month ago have been deleted already.

  2. You won't be able to use a signature until you've posted.

  3. Any user who registers from or links to a "spammy" domain, either in a post, the Website part of their profile or their signature, will be deleted and the rules listed in the next section will also apply to their domains.

    Spammy domains include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Bulk E-mail services
    • Cigarettes or tobacco products
    • Credit repair or debt reduction programs
    • Dating or personal ads
    • Get-rich-quick or business opportunities (including HYIP and ForEx)
    • Link farms and indexes
    • Mortgages and home equity loans
    • OEM software or warez
    • Online casinos and gambling
    • Pharmaceuticals and drugs
    • Ringtones
    • Search engine optimization (SEO) (including forum bots)
    • Sex or pornography
    • Any domain registered by obvious domain spammers like:

    • Domains or users that meet some (more than one) of the following criteria:

      • Registered in Brazil, China, India, Korea, Pakistan or any former Soviet Union country
      • Registered recently (within the last few months)
      • Has nonsensical, little or no content (including parked domains, directory index listings, link farms and alleged search engines)
      • Has a .info TLD (which are often free for a year and therefore a spammer haven)
      • Registered with EstDomains (possibly a rogue registrar created by spammers)
      • Hosted by DouglasHost.com (which is registered to Chen Yuntai)
      • Registration information "protected" by PrivacyProtect.org (contact@privacyprotect.org, which seems to offer no way to sign up for services and was hosted by DouglasHost.com)
      • Registration information "protected" by ProtectedDomainServices.com (dns@protecteddomainservices.com, which seems to offer no way to sign up for services and just goes to one of those stupid "what you need, when you need it" parked pages)
    • Domains that redirect to spammy domains (both will get banned)
  4. Users whose profiles contain inconsistent information are at risk of account deletion, too. Spammers often do this. For example, they claim they're in the U.S., but have a .ru (Russian) E-mail address and change the default time zone to a non-U.S. time zone. I probably won't delete any accounts just because the country and E-mail domain seem odd, but if the time zone conflicts with both of those, I probably will.

    Users who list "spammy" occupations or have "spammy" user names will also be at risk of account deletion. "Spammy" occupations and user names are those listed above as spammy domains. However, users who list themselves as mortgage brokers or pharmacists, for example, won't have their accounts deleted just for that; there will have to be other factors, similar to those listed above.

  5. Users who register with automated registration scripts ("bots") will be deleted. Believe me, most bots are stupid and it's easy to tell the registration was automated. I occasionally change the actual URL of the forum when too many bots are registering. Always use http://forum.svpocketpc.com to get here, not whatever URL displays in your browser's address bar.

  6. Users who register with throw-away E-mail addresses (like spambob, for example) will be deleted. We don't spam anybody (we obviously hate spam), but if you don't trust us, just don't register at all.
As all threads on this discussion board can be read by unregistered users, the only reason to register without posting is to subscribe to threads. However, this board isn't that active (an understatement :D), so there's really no need to register unless you want to post something.

Domain Banning Policies

If any user registers from a strange domain without posting, and some other user from that domain has previously been deleted for violating these policies, that domain will be banned. By "strange domain", I mean one that either has little content or gives an error when visiting..

If a user registers from or links to a spammy domain, the user will be deleted and the domain banned instantly.

Also, if I ban your domain at any other sites that I moderate, your domain will also be banned here.

Finally, due to the amount of false registrations from some countries, I've had to ban their entire top level domain (TLD). Those include the following countries:

  • China (.cn)
  • Russia (.ru)
  • Ukraine (.ua)
Anybody with an E-mail address in those TLDs will not be able to register.

Free E-mail Site Ban Overrides

Because I've had to ban some major E-mail domains, I realize that this may cause some few users a hardship. If the only way you can get E-mail is via a banned major or legitimate domain and you want to post here, please visit our Contact page and send me a form with the user name you want and the E-mail address you want to use and I will create that account for you. If I do that, I will E-mail you back with a temporary password.

If you're having trouble registering and wonder if your domain has been banned, you can check the list of banned domains.

I'm sorry that I have to do this, but I don't want link spammers here.

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Re: New Registration Policies

Postby mpg187 » Wed Aug 12, 2009 8:16 pm

God I hate those "what you need, when you need it" pages.

They don't have what I need because I don't need spam.

On my forum users have one week to post. I hate people who sign up and don't post. If you aren't going to post what would you sign up for? Signing up is harder than posting, so why would someone spend all that time to sign up and not spend less time than they took signing up to post?
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Re: New Registration Policies

Postby SV Pocket PC » Wed Aug 12, 2009 11:47 pm

mpg187 wrote:God I hate those "what you need, when you need it" pages.

They don't have what I need because I don't need spam.

Agreed 100%. :D

mpg187 wrote:On my forum users have one week to post. I hate people who sign up and don't post. If you aren't going to post what would you sign up for? Signing up is harder than posting, so why would someone spend all that time to sign up and not spend less time than they took signing up to post?

Yep, that's why I started this. The only reason I can think of to register and not post is so you can more easily view new posts and subscribe to interesting threads as a lurker. But really, how hard is it to post once and say "Hi" or something?

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Re: New Registration Policies

Postby mpg187 » Thu Aug 13, 2009 1:19 pm

SV Pocket PC wrote:# Users whose profiles contain inconsistent information are at risk of account deletion, too. Spammers often do this. For example, they claim they're in the U.S., but have a .ru (Russian) E-mail address and change the default time zone to a non-U.S. time zone. I probably won't delete any accounts just because the country and E-mail domain seem odd, but if the time zone conflicts with both of those, I probably will.

To add, perhaps someone could have signed up for their email in one country and them moved and kept their old one.

Regarding the Time Zones, if it's left at the default (which for this board is GMT -8) then you shouldn't delete that, but if they change it and it doesn't match then probably...
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Re: New Registration Policies

Postby SV Pocket PC » Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:03 am

mpg187 wrote:
SV Pocket PC wrote:# Users whose profiles contain inconsistent information are at risk of account deletion, too. Spammers often do this. For example, they claim they're in the U.S., but have a .ru (Russian) E-mail address and change the default time zone to a non-U.S. time zone. I probably won't delete any accounts just because the country and E-mail domain seem odd, but if the time zone conflicts with both of those, I probably will.

To add, perhaps someone could have signed up for their email in one country and them moved and kept their old one.

Which is why I said that I probably wouldn't delete an account based just on that factor. It's just one of several criteria I look at. This post is mainly written for real people to know what they should do to avoid being thought a spammer.

mpg187 wrote:Regarding the Time Zones, if it's left at the default (which for this board is GMT -8) then you shouldn't delete that, but if they change it and it doesn't match then probably...

Yes, I know enough to take the default time zone into account. But a time zone of GMT-12 is almost always a spammer and if somebody enters a country and a time zone that don't match, they're probably just picking things at random.

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