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Forum changes, updates and extensions

Posted: 18 Apr 2018, 05:51
by Todd
This thread will be updated with any changes or updates to the forum. You can report issues with any of these changes in this thread.

4-17-2018

Installed Media Embed Plug In. From now on you can embed Youtube videos, Vimeo videos, Tweets and a whole host of other media right in your forum post without requiring any special tags. Just drop the URL in the post and the forum software does the rest.

Re: Forum changes, updates and extensions

Posted: 18 Apr 2018, 18:59
by donluca
Does it work with images as well? that would be a real life saver!

Re: Forum changes, updates and extensions

Posted: 18 Apr 2018, 19:01
by Todd
donluca wrote:
18 Apr 2018, 18:59
Does it work with images as well? that would be a real life saver!
Sadly it doesn’t. You will still need to use [img] tags for that. Though I might look into that.

Re: Forum changes, updates and extensions

Posted: 18 Apr 2018, 21:33
by donluca
eh, that would be really nice, although having this working for videos and other media already is pretty great.

Also, let me know if you find a way to implement it as I'd love to use this on my forum as well.

Re: Forum changes, updates and extensions

Posted: 25 Sep 2018, 20:36
by Todd
9-25-2018


We were hit with a wave of spambot account creations and posts over the course of the last 4 to 5 days. It started around Thursday last week. I have deleted probably 100+ accounts since then. On a normal day to day basis I end up deleting 2 or 3 accounts and the associated posts along with them. However starting late week we were hammered by a wave of fake account creations.

I have since made changes to the registration process to make this more difficult for the spam bots. I have changed the Account Activation to "by admin" rather than by email. I have also changed the spambot countermeasures from using those easy to spoof images to a Q and A style check system.

We are also looking into other spambot solutions that might be rolled out depending on how well this change works.

Ideally, I would like to switch activation back to "by email" once we see if the Q and A check works. After a couple of days we should have some data on this.


edit: I have disabled the activation by admin and reverted back to user email about 1 week after implementing it and switch user registration to a set of challenge questions. This change has resulted in a 99% drop in spam (not scientific).

Re: Forum changes, updates and extensions

Posted: 04 Dec 2018, 19:02
by Todd
12-04-2018



Inbox quotas raised to 200 vs 50 that it was previously.

Max file size for attachments has been raised to 4 megabytes for both the forum and private messages.