So, PhpBB REALLY loves going offline.

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So, PhpBB REALLY loves going offline.

Post by Zallist » Sun Mar 07, 2010 7:46 pm

Whenever anything administrative happens, does the entire board just give up the will to live?

And, on a sidenote, are spambots now fought against by the power of the gods themselves?

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I c wat u did thar.
You changed the icon for "No New Posts". O:!

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Re: So, PhpBB REALLY loves going offline.

Post by BootBlock » Sun Mar 07, 2010 9:28 pm

Oh jeez. That was total hell.

For those that don't know (as I deleted the original spam thread - bit of an accident, there), this is what happened...
  • I upgraded to the new version of PHPBB (after two attempts; PHPBB is very badly designed). The previous version had my own custom-written CAPTCHA (anti-spam thing) that got rid of ALL bots, and apparently some users as they couldn't work it out. Not sure why as all they had to do was add a Z at the end of the standard CAPTCHA.
  • With the custom CAPTCHA gone, the spam appeared. I think only Zallist and myself saw the big porn videos splattered into the forum. Forgot to mention to Zallist: this forum is indexed a lot as it used to have thousands of posts before I moved to PHPBB3 (from v2), but I never got round to importing them. Only reason I can think of for the craploads of accounts that got created in a short amount of time, but thankfully only a couple of accounts actually posted any spam.
  • Panic.
  • Spent ages trying to find a PHPBB Mod to handle it. None of them worked due to PHPBB being cack at that sort of thing.
  • More panic.
  • I deleted all of the forum files, except for any uploaded images. I forgot to keep the user-uploaded avatars. Oops.
  • Uploaded a new PHPBB installation.
  • Huge amount of time wasted editing HTML and PHP files in an attempt to get my own CAPTCHA happening.
  • Did a little cry and then punched a child in the face.
You changed the icon for "No New Posts". O:!
That version you saw is the crappy original theme one. I modified it so people could tell when, y'know, posts are updated. Re-uploaded the images and all's good. Except I had to edit the CSS because that broke for some reason.

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Re: So, PhpBB REALLY loves going offline.

Post by Zallist » Sun Mar 07, 2010 9:34 pm

Such a lot happened in that timeframe. o-o
Well'p, all sorted now. And I hope the child's face isn't TOO badly damaged.

An idea for a new captcha method: Just make a user enter the word specified by the image (would need a small dictionary of images, but, unless a spam-owner actually took the time to re-make the dictionary, none would get in)?
Example: "Please enter 'ThisWord' into the textbox below" would fend off spambots, methinks.
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Re: So, PhpBB REALLY loves going offline.

Post by Zallist » Sun Mar 07, 2010 9:52 pm

Zallist wrote:Such a lot happened in that timeframe. o-o
Well'p, all sorted now. And I hope the child's face isn't TOO badly damaged.

An idea for a new captcha method: Just make a user enter the word specified by the image (would need a small dictionary of images, but, unless a spam-owner actually took the time to re-make the dictionary, none would get in)?
Example: "Please enter 'ThisWord' into the textbox below" would fend off spambots, methinks.
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Re: So, PhpBB REALLY loves going offline.

Post by BootBlock » Sun Mar 07, 2010 10:19 pm

Example: "Please enter 'ThisWord' into the textbox below" would fend off spambots, methinks.
Pretty much done that, as you've noticed. :)

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