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Lack of Interest [Suggestion] Captcha For PM's

Discussion in 'Closed Suggestions' started by Racket, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. Racket

    Racket New Member

    The option to be able to set Captcha for PM's would be great.

    Please let me know what you think.

  2. Cezz

    Cezz Well-Known Member

    I have to disagree... Please convince me, why do you want Captcha on PM's?
  3. Racket

    Racket New Member

    I find it very common on big boards that bots tend to spam by PM. By implementing the Captcha option for PM's, you can at least prevent this.
  4. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    Oh lord, please no. If PM spam is a problem, prohibiting new members from using it until they make "X" posts is a far better solution.
  5. James

    James Well-Known Member

    Criteria for features would be better. It means we can set a post limit before they can use PCs.
  6. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    Agreed. Adding captcha is just going to piss off regular members.
  7. Racket

    Racket New Member

    I'm not sure why so many people here are so against it. Honesty, what does anyone have to lose by adding this feature? It's not like you are going to be forced to enable it.
  8. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    they can add it if they want, doesn't mean people can't explain why they think it's a bad idea or offer alternative suggestions.
  9. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    Because there are better ways of preventing PM spam. Captcha isn't 100% reliable and as jmurrayhead stated, just pisses off your users.
  10. Nick

    Nick Well-Known Member

    The goal should be to combat spammers at registration, not somewhere else down the line. I know you can't catch every single one, but adding a second or even third spam-prevention measure to the registration process would be much more acceptable than requiring captcha to send PMs.
    Everybody only registers once. Some people send several PMs per day. You tell me which you'd want to be more hassle-free.
    Umit likes this.
  11. DSF

    DSF Well-Known Member

    Correct .. in fact, very simple and the normal way to handle ;)
  12. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    Indeed...and as a clean-up measure, moderators and admins should have the ability to purge all PM's, posts, etc. when they ban that spammer.
  13. James

    James Well-Known Member

    Not to cause arguments but that could be said about anything, really. Just because it has an on/off switch, doesn't make it effective. Imagine the filesize changes if everyone's ideas were implemented with on/off switches.
    Completely agree here.
  14. Racket

    Racket New Member

    Thanks everyone for your feedback. I guess this was a bad idea:(.
  15. Wired

    Wired Active Member

    What about the in between option: allow the option for admins to require CAPTCHA before X # of posts?
  16. Enigma

    Enigma Well-Known Member

    All of this should be user group based. For example, you might require solving a CAPTCHA for all form submissions (new post, new private conversation, etc) for your "brand-new users" user group, but move users to a new user group after a couple of posts or so.
  17. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    If you require new users to input a Captcha form for everything when they register, I would imagine you'd have very few users stick around. First time I run into something like that, I never go back to the forum.
  18. Sejper

    Sejper Active Member

    I would get really pissed if I had to write captcha code everytime I wanted to post a PC.
  19. Russ

    Russ Well-Known Member

    What if someone signs up at your board specifically for the purpose of PM'n someone say to purchase something from them? Do you really want your users to be held back from that because of a post count?

    Not everyone's board will be the same so it all comes down to demand, but even so I'm sure this would be an easy plugin to whip up when the board launches.
  20. Floris

    Floris Guest

    I will never use software that pushes captcha or any verification in my face, AFTER I bothered to register, verify and log in. If they don't trust me, I don't have to return the favor by using their site.

    A big no.
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