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Old 02-07-2008, 11:48 PM   #1
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You might have noticed that the number of members on this forum recently dropped. As you can imagine, forums like this one attract all kinds of computer generated registration. Today I deleted registrations linked to computers with multiple registrations, hadn't posted and whose last activity was within a few hours of their registration.

On the other hand, in December 2007 more than 13,600 unique visitors viewed 154,192 pages.
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How many visitors do you get daily and how many unique visitors?

My forum spam registrations stopped entirely after I put an anti-bot question in place. No more spam.
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Old 02-08-2008, 11:18 AM   #3
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Without trying to sidestep your question, in Dec there were 13,067 unique visitors and 22369 total visitors. Daily stats vary according to the day of the week with the more visitors on Mondays and Saturdays. So it looks like not everyone is reading this at work.

An encouraging statistic is that page views / visitor is growing to almost 10 pages per visitor which tells me that visitors looking for more information and finding it.

Like other forum administrators I don't think it is a good idea to publicly say how I'm fighting spam but I've found some very effective ways to do it.
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So you get around 700 visitors each day and 98 uniques?

It doesn't matter if you say how you're fighting against spam since if you know how to fight it then the spammers will surely know all the methods unless of course you've developed your own original applications.

My way has been working perfectly so far since the bots can't read and answer the question correctly. While the human creators are able to do that it would be very laborous for them to program each websites anti-bot question into the bot. They know it would be useless because the admin can just change the question every day if he wants to. This would require human help everytime the bot tries to register.
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That is a very good point. The community of forum administrators is continually looking for ways to improve our services. Changing a question every few days is a good idea.
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