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As you're likely aware, for years, Kinmunity has used a simple text-based CAPTCHA on its registration and support ticket pages. This is a choice we made intentionally for accessibility while also preventing the lowest-hanging-fruit bots from registering on our site. Over the past few weeks, I have noticed various registration attempts by bots from the Russian Federation get flagged by FangAI for manual approval by our staff team after beating our simple CAPTCHA. These bots are almost uniformly rejected, and when they are accepted, they are immediately banned and reported to our third-party spam prevention providers upon posting unsolicited advertising. While this has been working greatly, it has put an additional workload on our staff members when they process the approval que; as a result, the following measures have been put in place:

  • will automatically reject registrations which match the patterns of recently rejected spammers, rather than sending them to the approval queue.
    , in almost all cases, prefers to request manual review rather than outright rejecting users. However, in the case of automated (bot) spam, we feel instantaneous rejection is appropriate. While we do not anticipate false positives, appeal instructions are provided to a registrant when they are
    by
    .

  • We have switched to a text-based CAPTCHA to the
    service. In order to retain the maximum level of accessibility, we are using their "invisible CAPTCHA" option. This means that most users will not see a CAPTCHA when registering or performing protected actions, but users identified as potential bots by the system will be required to solve a CAPTCHA challenge.

We hope these changes help further defend our community from undesired abuse. As always, users who have trouble with any of our security systems can submit a ticket to be helped by our staff team. Thank you for understanding!

Naia Ōkami [ID] [KB] [KO]

Site Administrator & Founder

 

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