Using Custom Profile Fields As A Line Of Defense

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Using Custom Profile Fields As A Line Of Defense

Postby admin » Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:08 am

Did you know that you can use Custom Profile Fields to add a dropdown menu which will be displayed as a new registration field?

This way when the user is registering he will have to select an item from this menu which could be a question. Example: Are you a robot? Yes/No.

You can have of course multiple options or answers to better identify what kind of user is trying to register to your forum. Example: How did you find this site? Google, Yahoo, Facebook.

There are also other options to create this new layer of security available but we will focus only on dropdown menus.

Go to ACP => Users & Groups => Custom Profile Fields.
Choose 'Dropdown Box' and click on the 'Create New Field' button.
Fill out the form to make it suitable to your needs.
Click on the "Profile Type Specific Options' button.
Create your menu options making sure the first line is not what the expected answer will be (e.g. "I am a robot").
Select the default line as that wrong answer line (this will force the user to answer again if it's not a bot) so once the user has selected one of the valid answers, the registration is submitted.
Your new custom profile field should now appear in the list of items at the Custom Profile Fields.

You can go to your registration form to see that your new field appears at the bottom of the form making it harder for bots to spam your site.

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