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Registration changes

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Due to an increase in spambots signing up for makestation, any new members have to verify by either sending or responding to a PM before their registration can be completed.

this is a temporary measure until a more effective anti-spambot measure can be found.

-SpookyZ
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Great thank you !
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#3
Thanks for letting us know about this - and good luck defeating the spambots and their kitchen/shoe spam!
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Hello everyone,

We've made a lot of changes to try to mitigate some of this. One of the biggest causes of our issues was related to email problems on the server, which was caused by Gmail blacklisting DigitalOcean intermittantly as a host. This meant that some users were completely unable to receive email, and we had disabled email verifications to prevent people from being unable to register.

This blacklist was handled by a company called UCEProtect, which was, by nearly every definition, an extortion service. Gmail, for whatever reason, uses them to decide which emails to block, and a lot of users have had issues with certain hosts as a result. UCEProtect had decided to blacklist one of the largest webhosts on the planet and wanted us to pay them to remove Makestation's IP from their blacklist. This was completely unjustified, as our sole reason for being blacklisted was that we were hosting on DigitalOcean, which hosts hundreds of thousands of other websites around the world. Needless to say, we weren't going to respond to their extortion attempt. Finna

We've fixed this by simply using a third party mail service, which will prevent us from having any problems in the future. This has allowed us to set up the registration forms properly, which will help reduce the spam significantly. We've made a number of other adjustments such as security question and captcha adjustments as well.

We have much bigger changes coming in a few weeks, so stay tuned! In the meantime, we will keep an eye on spam and continue to make adjustments as necessary.

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(September 15th, 2021 at 11:17 PM)Darth-Apple Wrote: ............  for being blacklisted was that we were hosting on DigitalOcean, which hosts hundreds of thousands of other websites around the world. Needless to say, we weren't going to respond to their extortion attempt.
  Wink exactly not to be blackplate
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(September 16th, 2021 at 6:55 AM)tc4me Wrote:
(September 15th, 2021 at 11:17 PM)Darth-Apple Wrote: ............  for being blacklisted was that we were hosting on DigitalOcean, which hosts hundreds of thousands of other websites around the world. Needless to say, we weren't going to respond to their extortion attempt.
  Wink exactly not to be blackplate

Yea, UCEProtect is... interesting. It's really kinda sad that Gmail even uses such a service, because there are far better ones out there that are far less incompetent. UCEProtect only gets away with this nonsense because large companies allow it. Part of me wonders if someone was bribed to even use this service to begin with. 

Blacklisting entire cloud web hosting providers, including hosts like DigitalOcean that happen to host thousands of reputable websites around the world, is not how you convince the world that you know what you're doing. Finna
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