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Re: Question on the register page to stop bots - Good idea or not?
  • 2010/12/22 22:33

  • charpres

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I added "city where you live" as a mandatory field to the signup page. This is important to me because the particular site is geared completely to my state -I don't care about visitors from other countries.

I have noticed a trend in the last year for these "datacenters" to go through all the captcha and then post something innocuous like "Wow this is a great site. I hope to learn a lot here."

One today put "Islamabad" as his city. Wow, maybe he is a spammer?

As I watch these guys, over a few weeks there will be maybe a dozen or more signing up with the same IP. Then, at some point when they are all in place, you get the spam floods.

I think I am going to create a new member category called Spammer that has no posting or other privileges. I'm tired of deleting these jokers and would rather give a little back. Instead of deleting the account and/or banning, maybe that would at least be more fun.

I don't like manual approvals. If you put yourself in the user's place, they are signing up because they want to post in a forum (or whatever) right now. I don't want to put that enthusiasm on hold.



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charpres
Re: Avatars dont show in Admin?
  • 2010/11/29 0:52

  • charpres

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Interesting.

How did you figure that out?



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charpres
Re: Avatars dont show in Admin?
  • 2010/11/25 17:01

  • charpres

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On my new 2.5 installation, system avatars are visible to users, but they don't "stick".

A user can choose an avatar, but then nothing happens. The user still has no avatar.

Any suggestions?



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charpres
Re: SMF CBB 3.08 converter
  • 2010/11/24 19:18

  • charpres

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I've been playing around with trying to get these scripts to work with a SMF 2 installation.

I have found that SMF (without much point) changed around their database to make most things lower case and the order in which fields are in the database have changed. So, you have to rename fields to the proper case and/or with underscores.

On top of that, there appears to be quite a few more fields in the members database. So, it is a matter of also having to try and match:

What order things are in
whether upper or lower case
whether SMF gratuitously threw in a underscore
what fields will match the right Xoops fields.

I really don't care about many of the fields, like URL, ICQ, aim and so on. Is there an easy MySQL syntax to let the script skip lines that do not match?

All I really want to do is get those SMF "members" into the equivalent Xoops "users" field, along with posts and other essential information. All of the user's personal information can get lost for all I care.



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charpres
Re: SMF CBB 3.08 converter
  • 2010/11/23 15:56

  • charpres

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I think the other huge issue is password hashing.

If you modify the Xoops script heavily to allow SMF passwords, then you are forever stuck with having to try and modify each and every new upgrade to Xoops.

I have kind of come to the conclusion that there is no practical way to handle this unless you want to spend a great deal of time making the transfer only to have an incompatible password system that will cause future problems.



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charpres
Re: SMF CBB 3.08 converter
  • 2010/11/22 22:10

  • charpres

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  • Since: 2003/9/4 2


I've been trying like crazy to modify this script to convert SMF 2 to CBB 4.

My brain is about to explode.

I can't go backward on the SMF 2, but I could go back to an earlier CBB version.

Has anybody re-done this script or are there any suggestions?

I would like to change from SMF to Xoops, but there are 6,500 users at the current SMF site and I don't want to have to start over from scratch.



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charpres
Re: Deleting all posts from a spammer
  • 2010/7/10 19:25

  • charpres

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What is really needed is a function similar to what Simple Machines uses in their forum software.

You can delete a user and then you are prompted as to whether you want to delete all the user's posts and topics at the same time.

Nine times out of ten when dealing with a spammer, you want to delete the account and delete everything the spammer has put on your site. This needs to be done from a single point.

As a matter of fact, that is exactly why I dropped Xoops from one of my sites and replaced it with Simple Machines: I just got very tired of deleting spam posts one by one.



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charpres
Re: Upgrade from 2.3 to 2.4
  • 2009/10/28 21:23

  • charpres

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  • Since: 2003/9/4 2


Copying 5,000+ files when only a fraction are actually needed is a pain. It works, but again -it is a pain.




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charpres
Re: Best Forum Module
  • 2008/2/25 20:22

  • charpres

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  • Since: 2003/9/4 2


Just to add my 2 cents to a good answer:

You have to like CBB a lot to justify fooling around with the additional frameworks and xoopseditor directories you will have to add to your server. They are many times larger than the module itself.

Now, if you also are using or planning to use other modules that require these extra files, then it makes a big difference in the decision.



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charpres
Re: Creating menu with three levels
  • 2008/2/18 19:55

  • charpres

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  • Since: 2003/9/4 2


What you are looking for is MultiMenu which is an amazing XOOPS module.

See it in action here: www.la-legal.com

Look at the "Topic Finder" on the left side. The menus could have been set up to go further levels than I have.

Oops, I re-read your post and see you already know about MultiMenu. Let me know if you need to go more levels than I have.




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