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Testing new forums...

Postby fb_joel » Sun Sep 10, 2006 11:43 am

If this succeeds, then it seems like the database change was successful.

Edit: And indeed it was. Great.
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Re: Testing new forums...

Postby DarkCube » Mon Sep 11, 2006 5:18 pm

fb_joel wrote:If this succeeds, then it seems like the database change was successful.

Edit: And indeed it was. Great.

So what did you do, just upgraded to new version.:?:

Foorums looks realy weird with this temp thing on :shock:
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Re: Testing new forums...

Postby fb_joel » Mon Sep 11, 2006 6:46 pm

DarkCube wrote:So what did you do, just upgraded to new version.:?:

Foorums looks realy weird with this temp thing on :shock:

Basically yeah, just an "upgrade" to a new version (10 versions ahead of the old one). It's a fresh install but coupled with the old database. I don't want to start customizing this because phpBB 3 (the next big version) is just around the corner and it will be a lot better - so we'll just wait until that comes out and then edit it to our hearts' content, and really make it cool again. :) I may do some color experimentations even with this board, but nothing really major.

This whole upgrade process was done because some hacker managed to start deleting messages etc, which was a serious threat. We managed to have the database restored from a backup so no messages should be lost (except maybe one or two really new ones). All user accounts etc are still in effect.
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Re: Testing new forums...

Postby Hedgehog » Mon Sep 11, 2006 8:49 pm

fb_joel wrote:phpBB 3 (the next big version) is just around the corner


It has been around the corner for more than a year now ;)


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Re: Testing new forums...

Postby fb_joel » Tue Sep 12, 2006 11:21 am

Hedgehog wrote:It has been around the corner for more than a year now ;)
Heh, true. But since they released the first Beta in June, and another one in August, I'm expecting Beta3/RC1 within a few months... If not, then we'll have to see what we do. :wink: (I plan to use RC1 as a live board, but we'll be prepared to do a complete reinstall once the first version is released.)
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Postby Hedgehog » Tue Sep 12, 2006 2:17 pm

There is nothing wrong with using this forum for a while imo anyway. It's not all about looks, the functionality is the most important. I just mentioned it, because I'm waiting for a long time myself on the release of phpBB3 ;).
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Postby fb_joel » Fri Sep 29, 2006 6:39 pm

I just added some spam prevention methods and removed all known spammers from the userlist (50% of all users, heh).
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Postby Hedgehog » Sat Dec 16, 2006 8:55 pm

fb_joel wrote:I just added some spam prevention methods and removed all known spammers from the userlist (50% of all users, heh).


Yes even with the visual confirmation, spambots seem to get through.
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Postby ZEUS_GB » Sat Dec 16, 2006 9:25 pm

I've noticed that spambots are getting through as well. It's more than likely due to the new pieces of spambot software that can read pictocode and bypass email verification on forums. The only real solution to the problem is either IP address banning or more moderators.

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Postby SeCko » Sun Dec 17, 2006 2:49 am

I heard that some other forum had spambots keep spamming but they got rid of them by making a question "are you a human" and you had to put yes or no before you could post. I think it's a good idea.

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Postby Hedgehog » Sun Dec 17, 2006 3:08 am

I think banning *@web.de and *@mail.ru as email will help, I did that on forums I administer, since a lot of spambots seem to use those email services. Earlier we banned IP's, but that seemed quite hopeless, because the spambots rarely returned. I guess the spambots are infected PC's.
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Postby fb_joel » Sun Dec 17, 2006 11:43 pm

Hedgehog, thanks. I never had thought of banning anything based on the email addresses, but it seems to have worked quite nicely. I put some 5 addresses there (mail.ru, web.de, and a couple of others like cashette.com). Let's see how long this lasts... :)
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