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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:34 am 
Post subject: How can I list a website like many other forum members?

We use forum software from the phpBB Group, which is probably the most popular open source forum package on the Internet today. Because of its popularity it has attracted a number of different types of "hacks" or attacks. One such attack is made by automated registration "bots" that scour the web looking for phpBB forums. Once they find one, they register and post their web site.

Why? For links. icon_smile.gif Google rates the popularity of a site by how many links point to it, so people want as many links pointing to their site as possible. This type of member obviously brings no value to BOB.

As a result, you cannot enter a website address during your registration. In fact you cannot enter a web site until you have become a Senior Member here on BOB. How do you become a Senior Member? By participating in the forum, entering posts or answering questions. As a reward, of sorts, you get to list your web site once you have reached Senior Member status.

As a Senior Member you are also allowed to view the list of members as well. We took this step to protect our member records from people who would register simply to browse the member listing looking for email address information.

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