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Testing new forums...

Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2006 11:43 am
by fb_joel
If this succeeds, then it seems like the database change was successful.

Edit: And indeed it was. Great.

Re: Testing new forums...

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 5:18 pm
by DarkCube
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:

Re: Testing new forums...

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 6:46 pm
by fb_joel
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.

Re: Testing new forums...

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 8:49 pm
by Hedgehog
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 ;)


Ontopic:
Thanks for bringing the forums back :)

Re: Testing new forums...

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 11:21 am
by fb_joel
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.)

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 2:17 pm
by Hedgehog
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 ;).

Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2006 6:39 pm
by fb_joel
I just added some spam prevention methods and removed all known spammers from the userlist (50% of all users, heh).

Posted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 8:55 pm
by Hedgehog
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.

Posted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 9:25 pm
by ZEUS_GB
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.

Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 2:49 am
by SeCko
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.

Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 3:08 am
by Hedgehog
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.

Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 11:43 pm
by fb_joel
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... :)