How do people weed out troublemakers who just create loads of free gmail accounts? I can't ban them because a lot of people use them but it's also easy to just create a new one and sign up with a different IP.
Highly recommend Xon's Addon: https://xenforo.com/community/resources/signup-abuse-detection-and-blocking.6812/How do people weed out troublemakers who just create loads of free gmail accounts? I can't ban them because a lot of people use them but it's also easy to just create a new one and sign up with a different IP.
The problematic spammers aren't using a wireless tech (usually). We rarely see a spam account coming from a wireless network, it's always some transit or faux-vpn network. Some of the default ones in Xon's addon catch a bunch, but we beefed it up to be more stringent. Sorry you're having problem, but I think you probably just need some additional fine tuning to discourage those bad actors.
GMail allows emails to have periods in them, so your banning periods will result in guaranteed false positives. Sadly, GMail also ignores additional periods added (eg firstname.lastname and first.name.last.name are the same).
My last name has 3 words. My primary personal email address (gmail) has 3 dots, as I at creation time put it between every word of my name (so it's "firstname.lastname@example.org").Just restrict from 2 or more periods. Most users aren't going to use firstname.middleinitial.lastname in their email when you think about it.
The Multi-account detection settings in Xon's addon have worked nearly flawlessly for me.