Preventing bots from registering. What doesn't work

These techniques don't work. Anyway, you'd better know about them.

User activation

User is successfuly registered. Now, there are three possibilities.

  1. The account is active and the user can post. (“None”)
  2. The user gets an automatic email with a special link. The account is active only after visiting the link. (“User”)
  3. The account is activated by the administrator. (“Admin”)

General Admin, Configuration, Enable account activation
 General Admin, Configuration, Enable account activation

Don't use email activation. It protects only from simple bots.

Don't use activation by the administrator due to usability problems:

Recommendation: don't use activation.

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