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Re: Forum upgraded to 3.0.5 [message #42828 is a reply to message #42825] Mon, 07 April 2014 08:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
koldo is currently offline  koldo
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mirek wrote on Sun, 06 April 2014 15:43
Also, "uncofirmed users" are getting deleted after 7 days automatically...
Hello Mirek

I understand. However many spammers confirm their account (I do not know how). For example check this.

Koldo


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Re: Forum upgraded to 3.0.5 [message #42830 is a reply to message #42828] Mon, 07 April 2014 08:48 Go to previous messageGo to next message
mirek is currently online  mirek
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koldo wrote on Mon, 07 April 2014 06:17
mirek wrote on Sun, 06 April 2014 15:43
Also, "uncofirmed users" are getting deleted after 7 days automatically...
Hello Mirek

I understand. However many spammers confirm their account (I do not know how). For example check this.

Koldo


Well, we can start moderating new accounts. I also suggest you to investigate admin setup of forum, perhaps you will find some solution.

Alternatively, I can also imagine adding some tool that automatically deletes new users that have not posted for some days or something like that. I would not really like to change to code of forum, but this could be done by some periodic cron job doing some (my)SQL.

Or... the reason why they are registering new accounts is that they can put a link to homepage there, which is then found by (google) bots and increases the pagerank of target page. Perhaps removing homepage link completely would fix the problem too.
Re: Forum upgraded to 3.0.5 [message #42831 is a reply to message #42830] Mon, 07 April 2014 09:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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OK, I have deleted users with zero posts, non-empty 'home_page' that joined more than 2 hours ago. This was one time only, but we could have a cron to do so.

I think we could define some rules here.

Like zero posts after 14 days user gets deleted even if he is confirmed.

2 hours after user with home_page is not confirmed, has home_page defined, he gets deleted...

Mirek
Re: Forum upgraded to 3.0.5 [message #42832 is a reply to message #42831] Mon, 07 April 2014 10:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hello Mirek

It is clear that spammers fill the captcha correctly Sad.

IMHO:
Quote:
2 hours after user with home_page is not confirmed, has home_page defined, he gets deleted...

Ok

Quote:
"Like zero posts after 14 days user gets deleted even if he is confirmed.

I do not like it. Many users never posts.

There are some ideas that could be interesting (from FUD here):
- Activating the Botscout.plugin (an open boot database)
- To try other captchas: Recaptcha.plugin, Riddlecaptcha.plugin, Mathcaptcha.plugin.
- Moderate user's first 5 messages
- N messages before allowing users to post links (Users are required to post more than N messages before they can embed links into their posts)

Quote:
Or... the reason why they are registering new accounts is that they can put a link to homepage there, which is then found by (google) bots and increases the pagerank of target page
I agree.


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[Updated on: Mon, 07 April 2014 10:39]

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Re: Forum upgraded to 3.0.5 [message #42833 is a reply to message #42832] Mon, 07 April 2014 12:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
mirek is currently online  mirek
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koldo wrote on Mon, 07 April 2014 08:38
cha.plugin, Mathcaptcha.plugin.
- Moderate user's first 5 messages


1 message was already activated. For now I would say single post to check is enough, no need to waste time with 5.

Quote:

- N messages before allowing users to post links (Users are required to post more than N messages before they can embed links into their posts)


Now there is one thing I have missed before: this option is about links in signature too. I would say it could fix the problem considerably. I have activated 1 message too here, we will see how it is going...

Well, at least we do not have any spam in the actual forum yet, just in Members...

Mirek
Re: Forum upgraded to 3.0.5 [message #42834 is a reply to message #42832] Mon, 07 April 2014 13:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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koldo wrote on Mon, 07 April 2014 01:38

- N messages before allowing users to post links (Users are required to post more than N messages before they can embed links into their posts)



This could stop ~95% of the spam.
They post the spam with a link to what they are trying to sell: Ugg boots, designer clothes and bags, football T-shirts, porn, prescribed drugs, travel agency, etc..

That has been my experience of what the spam includes as a moderator on another forum.

edit: The U.S. has been trying to get China to crack down on spammers.

[Updated on: Mon, 07 April 2014 14:00]

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Re: Forum upgraded to 3.0.5 [message #42835 is a reply to message #42834] Mon, 07 April 2014 16:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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In addition, what do you think about changing the captchas and using a bot database?

Now new Forum members joined from 19 June 2012 on without messages seem to be deleted. IMHO many members that do not post are real and should remain.


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[Updated on: Mon, 07 April 2014 16:02]

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Re: Forum upgraded to 3.0.5 [message #42836 is a reply to message #42835] Mon, 07 April 2014 16:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Please excuse my post. I used to have a live-bookmark to the old forum in Firefox that has stopped working now. Is there a way I can mark a live-bookmark to the new forums? I tried subscribing to the index page of the forums, but it doesn't seem to work. Perhaps I am doing something wrong.
Re: Forum upgraded to 3.0.5 [message #42837 is a reply to message #42836] Mon, 07 April 2014 17:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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jerson wrote on Mon, 07 April 2014 16:37
Please excuse my post. I used to have a live-bookmark to the old forum in Firefox that has stopped working now. Is there a way I can mark a live-bookmark to the new forums? I tried subscribing to the index page of the forums, but it doesn't seem to work. Perhaps I am doing something wrong.

I'm not familiar with firefox live-bookmarks, but I assume they are based on RSS or RDF feeds. The new feed address is http://www.ultimatepp.org/forums/feed.php?mode=m&l=1& ;basic=1

Also note that the options can be customized, as described in the help here.

Honza
Re: Forum upgraded to 3.0.5 [message #42838 is a reply to message #42837] Mon, 07 April 2014 18:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Greetings Honza

The live bookmark is nothing more than RSS feed. Still the new feed URL does not load. I have loaded this as the feed location http://www.ultimatepp.org/forums/feed.php?mode=m&l=1& ;basic=1 Unfortunately for me, it still fails to load.

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Re: Forum upgraded to 3.0.5 [message #42840 is a reply to message #42838] Tue, 08 April 2014 01:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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jerson wrote on Mon, 07 April 2014 09:12
Still the new feed URL does not load.


This link works for me and I am using Firefox
http://www.ultimatepp.org/forums/

I don't know about RSS or any other feeds as I have not had a need or a problem.
Re: Forum upgraded to 3.0.5 [message #42841 is a reply to message #42840] Tue, 08 April 2014 05:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hello Neil

The direct URL to the forums works. I use that for now.

I normally use the RSS feed as it gives me a snapshot of the new messages in a click-able link format. That is the part that does not work.

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Re: Forum upgraded to 3.0.5 [message #42845 is a reply to message #42835] Tue, 08 April 2014 07:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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koldo wrote on Mon, 07 April 2014 14:01
In addition, what do you think about changing the captchas and using a bot database?


Well, there is single new user registered since yesterday and he might be genuine. So the only remaining problem with bots and spammers now is here

http://www.ultimatepp.org/forums/index.php?t=actions&

- I mean, you can see there they are still trying, but are now refused. Them still trying has some small negative impact on traffic bandwidth being wasted and some CPU resources dedicated, but nothing I would loose sleep about. IMO we can consider the "spam issue" resolved for now.

Especially, I am no big fan of elaborated captchas - too often I am unable to decode them myself Smile

Quote:

Now new Forum members joined from 19 June 2012 on without messages seem to be deleted. IMHO many members that do not post are real and should remain.


I believe I have only deleted 'new' accounts created after new forum was installed.
Re: Forum upgraded to 3.0.5 [message #42846 is a reply to message #42845] Tue, 08 April 2014 08:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
koldo is currently offline  koldo
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Hello Mirek

True. Spammers seem to be radically stopped Smile.

About the members, please check here.

This is the members list from just one year on. Everybody have sent a post. All members that have not sent any post do not appear.

index.php?t=getfile&id=4502&private=0
  • Attachment: List.png
    (Size: 48.61KB, Downloaded 521 times)


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Re: Forum upgraded to 3.0.5 [message #42905 is a reply to message #42815] Mon, 14 April 2014 02:48 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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mirek wrote on Sun, 06 April 2014 00:06
nlneilson wrote on Sun, 06 April 2014 03:03

The lit and unlit bulbs and red and blue books are easy to distinguish.

With your previous bumpy circle it was difficult to distinguish between the colored and grayed in some lighting conditions.
If you are going to switch back to the colored bumpy circle for new posts consider just a circle but not grayed (just a bumpy circle with none of the lines inside the periphery.


I will remember to tone down those gray icons.

Mirek


Now it is back to the bumpy circles that are hard to distinguish the 'lit' and grayed.

Re: Forum upgraded to 3.0.5 [message #42906 is a reply to message #42905] Mon, 14 April 2014 05:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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nlneilson wrote on Mon, 14 April 2014 00:48
mirek wrote on Sun, 06 April 2014 00:06
nlneilson wrote on Sun, 06 April 2014 03:03

The lit and unlit bulbs and red and blue books are easy to distinguish.

With your previous bumpy circle it was difficult to distinguish between the colored and grayed in some lighting conditions.
If you are going to switch back to the colored bumpy circle for new posts consider just a circle but not grayed (just a bumpy circle with none of the lines inside the periphery.


I will remember to tone down those gray icons.

Mirek


Now it is back to the bumpy circles that are hard to distinguish the 'lit' and grayed.



Lack of time... Anyway, perhaps you can help, if you provide me the grayed version, I will use it...
Re: Forum upgraded to 3.0.5 [message #42933 is a reply to message #42906] Mon, 14 April 2014 22:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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mirek wrote on Sun, 13 April 2014 20:41

Lack of time... Anyway, perhaps you can help, if you provide me the grayed version, I will use it...


I will check what U++ has for working with icons, I noticed it before but never used it.
I will be heading out later today for ~week but will see what I can do later.

Thanks
Re: Forum upgraded to 3.0.5 [message #42937 is a reply to message #42933] Tue, 15 April 2014 08:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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nlneilson wrote on Mon, 14 April 2014 20:28
mirek wrote on Sun, 13 April 2014 20:41

Lack of time... Anyway, perhaps you can help, if you provide me the grayed version, I will use it...


I will check what U++ has for working with icons, I noticed it before but never used it.
I will be heading out later today for ~week but will see what I can do later.

Thanks


It really does not need to be done by U++, any editor able to edit .png with alpha would do.

Just download current gray icon from the web, edit and PM to me...

Mirek
Re: Forum upgraded to 3.0.5 [message #42962 is a reply to message #42937] Thu, 17 April 2014 14:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thanks Mirek

I spent some time with M$ Paint.

As far as discernible difference between new posts and old your bumpy circle and no icon is the most difference.

After tinkering a bit with the current no new posts icon changing even the shape helps.

Here is an icon that is just like a minus sign.
Re: Forum upgraded to 3.0.5 [message #42966 is a reply to message #42804] Fri, 18 April 2014 11:43 Go to previous messageGo to previous message
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Hi,

Thanks for the work !

There is a problem with Google links that are not working anymore. They point to www.ultimatepp.org/forum/ when with the new version the right URL is www.ultimatepp.org/forums/
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