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  • How to get a membership on Chessforums

    For the time being, all new membership applications have been suspended while we evaluate how to get in front of the spammer situation.

    If you would like to obtain an account here, please email me

    memberships [at] chessforums [dot] o r g

    the domain name of this forum.

    YOUR EMAIL MUST INCLUDE
    • Your contact email address
    • Your desired username
    • an alternate username
    • How you heard of chessforums
    • how long you have been playing chess
    • The name of one chess opening or defense
    • Your IP address (see below).

    Any requests missing any of these components will be discarded.

    Any requests asking "why have you not created my account" will be discarded.

    How To Find Your IP Address
    Go here: easyWhois: Lookup Domain Whois Records and Research DNS Information

    And copy and paste the "IP address" and "reverse lookup" parts.

    Allow up to 48 hours turnaround time.

    Sorry for the extra hurdle and terseness of these requirements, but once we get a handle on the spam situation, these will be relaxed. This is to make your chessforums experience a more pleasant and constructive one.

    Thanks and looking forward to meeting you on the boards.
    ChessForums proprietor and webmeister
    Read my blog at http://www.markable.com

  • #2
    Any updates on the anti-spam front? It's been very quiet. I've greeted about as many new members as I've said farewell to spammers; few, very few.
    Have you read the Forum rules?

    Queeg: Pawn to King Four. Holly: Horsie to King Bish Three.
    Rimmer: It's called a "knight," actually, Holly...
    Queeg: Knight to King Bishop three. Holly: Queen to Rook Eight. Checkmate.
    Queeg: That's an illegal move. Holly: Oh, sorry. Queens don't move like that. I was thinking of poker.
    Holly: Cleudo? You could be Colonel Mustard.
    Cat: If it's any help, I've been studying his tactics and there's a pattern emerging: Every time you make a move, he makes one too. *Winks to Holly*
    Holly: *Winks back* Thanks, Cat.
    --Red Dwarf

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    • #3
      True dat.
      Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

      An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

      My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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      • #4
        I think my IP-number is changing regularly by my ISP.
        So the question about IP-nbr can be a problem.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Know_thyself

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        • #5
          It doesn't matter if the IP changes, I just want to see roughly where the request is coming from. People requesting userid's called "ViagraCheap" coming in from IPs in China are highly suspect
          ChessForums proprietor and webmeister
          Read my blog at http://www.markable.com

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          • #6
            I am going to lift the ban on new users for now, see how that goes. Now that we have a couple more mods on board and I'm here more often we can hopefully keep a lid on it.
            ChessForums proprietor and webmeister
            Read my blog at http://www.markable.com

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            • #7
              Nope, not a good idea, a lot of signups right away and I know they aren't real.
              ChessForums proprietor and webmeister
              Read my blog at http://www.markable.com

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              • #8
                Argh
                Have you read the Forum rules?

                Queeg: Pawn to King Four. Holly: Horsie to King Bish Three.
                Rimmer: It's called a "knight," actually, Holly...
                Queeg: Knight to King Bishop three. Holly: Queen to Rook Eight. Checkmate.
                Queeg: That's an illegal move. Holly: Oh, sorry. Queens don't move like that. I was thinking of poker.
                Holly: Cleudo? You could be Colonel Mustard.
                Cat: If it's any help, I've been studying his tactics and there's a pattern emerging: Every time you make a move, he makes one too. *Winks to Holly*
                Holly: *Winks back* Thanks, Cat.
                --Red Dwarf

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                • #9
                  Jeez, nothing much more annoying on the 'net than spambots. I mean, do they think it works? Why would anyone on a chess forum be interested in cheap jewelry or sex pills? It's just bogus...
                  Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

                  An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

                  My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Skwerly View Post
                    Jeez, nothing much more annoying on the 'net than spambots. I mean, do they think it works? Why would anyone on a chess forum be interested in cheap jewelry or sex pills? It's just bogus...
                    It's kind sort of a WW II Soviet Tactical Assault strategy, to use a metaphore. Pour enough troops at the enemy and maybe one of them will get lucky. Of every xxx.xxx people that ignore the spam, there's one sucker who bites; and clicks.

                    I'm thoroughly annoyed these spammers keep good, honest chess players away!
                    Have you read the Forum rules?

                    Queeg: Pawn to King Four. Holly: Horsie to King Bish Three.
                    Rimmer: It's called a "knight," actually, Holly...
                    Queeg: Knight to King Bishop three. Holly: Queen to Rook Eight. Checkmate.
                    Queeg: That's an illegal move. Holly: Oh, sorry. Queens don't move like that. I was thinking of poker.
                    Holly: Cleudo? You could be Colonel Mustard.
                    Cat: If it's any help, I've been studying his tactics and there's a pattern emerging: Every time you make a move, he makes one too. *Winks to Holly*
                    Holly: *Winks back* Thanks, Cat.
                    --Red Dwarf

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                    • #11
                      Well, there's this: anyone willing to jump thru the hoops to become a member just might actually be interested in chess!

                      As for the spammers, they're as likely as not "state-sponsored" and just part of the Mounting Chaos that's post-modernity.
                      "They work at the pace of amnesia."--M. Bloch

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