In an attempt to reduce registration spam that has lately been affecting some Mastodon servers on Masto.host I will be applying a custom patch to Mastodon v3.2.1.

This will require a restart of instances hosted on Masto.host and cause ~30 seconds of downtime.

You can read the details here: masto.host/testing-custom-code

Do let me know if you notice any registration problems with this patch and if you were getting regular spam registrations see if there is any reduction in the next days.

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@mastohost Thank you! Rate-limiting for the submission of forms is something that should just be built-in to *everything* by this point! Thanks for creating it.

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@mdm for now it is working. The spam registration that was going on for weeks is now down to zero, let's hope they don't find a work around.

@mastohost Oh, they could find a workaround, but it would be a _slow_ one, right? 😆

@mdm well, in theory it would take at least 3 seconds per request. So, they could make 20 registrations a minute. Still a big pain if they really wanted to be like that but I never seen nothing close to those even before implementing these "traps". It's just more work they would need to put into building a throttling mechanism.
Also, at those volumes probably IP blocking would work because it's hard to use a unique IP for each request when we are talking a volume like that.

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