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 Post subject: NEW FORUMS!
PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:43 pm 
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Well, we recently had a bit of an attack on our website, which pushed me to do something I should have done YEARS ago and update PHPBB to the new decade.

So, welcome to the future! This new design of PHPBB will take some getting used to, but I can see already that it has some features that are AWESOME!

We may have lost some of the functionality we previously had (because I'd made special modifications to the board) so if your favourite bit is missing, post here and let me know and we'll see what we can do!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:44 pm 
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Well, this is different, but I'm more than willing to see all the new and shiny functions!


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 1:37 am 
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yay new forums!

First thing's first: Put the bot question mod on to stop the spambots. :D They're already attacking.

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Ahhhh I DID wonder about the sudden influx of spam attacks on various dormant threads! (though I must say the French ones are amusing me greatly while I try and figure them out....) :D

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:46 am 
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I cannot tell if there are new posts and threads right now. Or is that just from the changeover?

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Only way I can tell is the Red color change of the lil icon at the right


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 Post subject: Re: NEW FORUMS!
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BamBam wrote:
yay new forums!

First thing's first: Put the bot question mod on to stop the spambots. :D They're already attacking.


There is a standard "type this phrase from the picture" but I think I need to put our specialised version back.

(Our special spambot stopper is "Who is player number one and creater of Kingdom of Loathing")

Interestingly enough, it was the spambot stopper that forced my hand on upgrading. (Complicated story)


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 1:52 pm 
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Cassandra wrote:
There is a standard "type this phrase from the picture" but I think I need to put our specialised version back.

(Our special spambot stopper is "Who is player number one and creater of Kingdom of Loathing")

Interestingly enough, it was the spambot stopper that forced my hand on upgrading. (Complicated story)


Yeah, the bots can get around the captcha that comes standard with phpbb3. The only way I could stop them on the forums I used to run was to install the spambot question mod. (Which does what you're talking about... you make up a question to ask at registration. I'm not sure if you've used the same mod or just one similar.)

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I find these forums incredibly difficult to parse at the moment because I am so used to the old ones, however that is just me being dim.

I am very excited by the new forums, and I hope they're be awesome. (And I know they will, because Cassandra. Duh.)


Wheeee.

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Are any of us DJs able to ban people, or just you, Cassandra?
I'm doing my best to pitch in and fight the spam, but I've just logged on to find about fifty instances, mostly repeat offenders. It would be nice to be able to smack them down.

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OK, I've turned on a WHOLE BUNCH of settings that I hope will stop the spambots from being able to flourish.

Notably they have to be approved by admin before registering.

If any "real" people have trouble registering, let me know and I'll sort them out.


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 Post subject: Re: NEW FORUMS!
PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 7:59 pm 
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You should be able to just turn on the Q&A feature to stop them (not sure which version of phpbb this is). According to the phpbb community, the bots haven't been able to crack that yet as long as you don't use obvious questions (ex. 2+2=?, What colour is the sky?, etc.) Thanks for doing something about them, nonetheless. :)

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