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Postby kristoff » Sat Nov 06, 2004 1:21 am

Why was the post I made on Thursday deleted?

The only reference made was to 'new users' that were blatantly there for all to see on the home page all week anyway. If the names were controversial why were they ignored until that post was made? Seems to me someone's a little trigger happy when it comes deciding what's suitable for adults and what's not.

Looking forward to hearing your reply or will this post be deleted too?

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Postby DouglasH » Sat Nov 06, 2004 1:45 am

Chris..I can't answer your question and I don't recall seeing your post, but I'm sure Simon our webmaster will answer as soon as he can.
I think your refering to those spam companies that register and leave web addresses that are infact adult sites, not sure if thats what you mean, its a problem we had with our previous web site, the only way round it is to cleanse the memberlist every so often.
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Postby kristoff » Sat Nov 06, 2004 2:54 pm

Believe me Douglas, I wouldn't post something that would either:

i) Be insensitive enough as to upset anyone unduly.
ii) Be deemed unsuitable for the forum.
iii) Slanderous or libel.

The forum appears to be dying through lack of stimulating postings, may I suggest this is one of the reasons why.

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Postby Si » Sat Nov 06, 2004 8:51 pm

I am having trouble with "users" registering names with both either names and/or linking to websites of an adult nature.

Thank you for pointing these out, but I saw no need for your post to remain on the site. Sorry if you didn't like it being removed, but I've spent a lot of time on this site and don't need constant reminders of the problems it brings me.

I have a possible solution that I need to find time to implement. Once coded it should prevent "robots" automatically registering bogus users.

Any new topics (other than this one) about the subject will also be removed.

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Postby Si » Sat Nov 06, 2004 8:56 pm

For the record, I RARELY delete posts! (RARELY means less than 1, on average, every 2 months).

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Postby boringchap » Sun Nov 07, 2004 3:42 am

This is only my personal view, but I have spent 3 years enjoying this web site, including the forum, and I have to say that if we didn't have the wide and rich diversity of contribitions from our fellow members backed up with the tireless (and all too often thankless) task of Simon, we would not be enjoying the informative and convivial forum that is available to us now.

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Postby sparkly » Sat Nov 13, 2004 10:27 am

Am glad Chris brought this up, haven't actually looked on the forum at all for a couple of weeks, since logging out feeling slightly sick after seeing one of the names you seem to be talking about as a registered user when I logged in. Felt there was no way I could participate if there were so obviously folks like that hanging around watching .... helpful that Douglas explained it is most likely actually pervsites putting their name around so someone might log in and look at them :roll: Thanks to Si for getting shot of them wherever and as soon as he can, appreciated.

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Postby murwilson » Sat Nov 13, 2004 8:54 pm

In a public forum such as this, it may not be much of a solution, but installing an htaccess lock would stop the robots getting in. It would require a generic username/password, that all members would need, to get past it.

It blocks the search engine spiders from getting access also.

I can't remember of the top of my head but does phpBB use a system of getting a user to type in the contents of a random picture it generates upon registration?

vB certainly uses such a system to good effect and combined with an htaccess lock, forums I look after are pretty secure.

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Postby Si » Sat Nov 13, 2004 10:21 pm

murwilson wrote:In a public forum such as this, it may not be much of a solution, but installing an htaccess lock would stop the robots getting in. It would require a generic username/password, that all members would need, to get past it.

It blocks the search engine spiders from getting access also.


Thanks for the suggestion, but it's an added layer of unecessary security. Password to access this part of mx5scotland, and then another username/password to log in ........ no thanks.

murwilson wrote:I can't remember of the top of my head but does phpBB use a system of getting a user to type in the contents of a random picture it generates upon registration?


We don't use phpBB. However, I am considering generating a random number and forcing the user to type that in to a box when they register.

murwilson wrote:forums I look after are pretty secure.


3 cheers for you then.

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Postby Si » Sun Nov 14, 2004 12:25 am

Automated bots that search the internet looking for forums like this one and then automatically register a users details should no longer succeed.

I've written some code that prompts the user for a code when they attempt to register. Without entering the code the registration will fail and our memberlist should be free of porn site links. Of course, if there are REAL users manually doing this then it'll still happen ....... :(

We'll see :)

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Postby murwilson » Sun Nov 14, 2004 8:43 pm

The reason I thought you used phpBB is because it has it printed at the bottom of your forum pages

"Powered by phpBB 2.0.8 ? 2001, 2002 phpBB Group"

Si wrote:
3 cheers for you then.

Si


Only trying to help, no need for that.

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Postby kristoff » Sun Nov 14, 2004 9:31 pm

I thought that myself and I'm sure I wasn't the only one!

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Postby grouse » Sun Nov 14, 2004 10:53 pm

"Powered by phpBB 2.0.8 ? 2001, 2002 phpBB Group"


Certainly fooled me... :?
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Postby Si » Sun Nov 14, 2004 10:53 pm

murwilson wrote:The reason I thought you used phpBB is because it has it printed at the bottom of your forum pages

"Powered by phpBB 2.0.8 ? 2001, 2002 phpBB Group"


It does indeed ..... I didn't read your post properly. I don't really keep an eye on the phpBB main site so there may well be patches available, but hopefully the code I've added will help ..... we'll see .....

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Si wrote:3 cheers for you then.

Only trying to help, no need for that.


Maybe I should use happy smiley winky men in the future ;)

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Postby Si » Sun Nov 14, 2004 10:55 pm

I'm locking this topic .... if you feel the need to raise anything about the function of this site please feel free to PM me and I'll try and fix it ASAP.

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