Forum Update October, 2017

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Forum Update October, 2017

Post by admin » Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:22 am

o.k., that should get most of the basics up and running. I still have a lot of tweaking to do, and a new features to add, but the big stuff is done.

Please let me know if something is not working correctly.

Probably big change, if anyone notices, is the entire forum is encrypted. Not like that means much in a public forum; but hey, if it makes everyone feel warm and fuzzy. Guess there is some sort of case for simply not throwing passwords around in the clear to login to the forum, and some general privacy gains for your browsing history. Perhaps it will confuse the bots a bit.

For those that care, the certs are from the good people at https://www.eff.org/ and the let's encrypt project, and replaced about every 90 days automatically. Honestly trust them way more than the commercial certificate authorities, and there certs are free to boot. Figure a bunch of geeky lawyers should be able to keep their root signing certificates relatively free of government snooping.

If you need more security than that, you should probably not be doing it on my forum anyway.
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Re: Forum Update October, 2017

Post by admin » Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:24 am

guess the other big update, is more advanced spam measures.

I still have more coming, including a custom one I am writing just for the forum.
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Re: Forum Update October, 2017

Post by admin » Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:38 pm

sorry about that outage. A server update was a bit more invasive than I intended.
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Re: Forum Update October, 2017

Post by admin » Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:08 pm

just a test to make sure i did not forget the purple people eater with the move:

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Re: Forum Update October, 2017

Post by admin » Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:41 pm

Finally, think I got some spam protection in place that might keep the spammers at bay for a while.

Among many other things, new user will now be locked in to a new user group, and blocked from posting emails, web links, images, and other trash until they have at least 10 posts.

Most spammers don't have that sort of time, and most bots are not that sophisticated (makes for fat slow code if they are).
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Re: Forum Update October, 2017

Post by jehturner » Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:13 pm

Good to see form encryption back. I was just re-installing a Web server OS too...

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Re: Forum Update October, 2017

Post by admin » Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:09 am

That whole process made me want to go beat a millennial (really no idea if they were responsible, but seemed like something they would do).

Forum software was a move from 3.11 to 3.2, which would make you think it is not that big of an update. Naaa, frigen nothing was backward compatible, and the database was completely changed. Should have been named 4.0, not 3.2.

Then went to do the server apache / php upgrade. Of course, you have to go from 5.4 to 7.1, what happened to 6.0? Guess the next one will be version 2188, never mind a few steps in between. At least they did not break (much) in the process.

I blame the millennials for fun, because they have an incredible ability to screw with things, for no particular good reason, other than they feel the need to screw with things. Perhaps too much helicopter parenting where nothing has any consequences and everyone get's a trophy for just trying.
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Re: Forum Update October, 2017

Post by britinchile » Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:01 pm

Strange you would want to beat and have a mini-rant about millennials based on changes that you are not certain that they are responsible for?

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Re: Forum Update October, 2017

Post by admin » Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:23 pm

Not strange. If they did not do that, they did something to deserve it.

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Re: Forum Update October, 2017

Post by britinchile » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:59 am

Like?

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Re: Forum Update October, 2017

Post by admin » Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:02 am

britinchile wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:59 am
Like?
I also updated a very old extension to work faster: If you troll, I ban you.

One more, your gone.

I'm not waiting any users that troll to have 200+ posts. I have better things to do.
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Re: Forum Update October, 2017

Post by britinchile » Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:26 am

I don't see it as trolling? I understand that this is your forum but if you make sweeping statements, users should have a right to question them (if you have better things to do, simply don't reply).

You threat of a ban reminds me of kids playing football (soccer) when I was young "it's my ball, I'm going home".

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