JPL
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Location: Vancouver, BC

Forum Upgrade - Downtime on Jan 11

Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:19 pm

Lots of spamming lately.

Is help needed?
2014 Spark EV no FC
Front Speakers: Alpine 4" (SPS410)
Back Speakers: Alpine 5X7" (SPS517) w 3D print adapters

17 " Rims
Front: Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 205/40R17
Back: Hankook 205/45R17

2016 Kia Soul EV no FC

2000 Honda Insight MT

NORTON
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Location: KC,MO

Re: Who is the moderator?

Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:02 am

I am one of them.
Strictly voluntary.
It's easy when it's one user name. I can wipe out all the posts.
But when it's 25 different user names it gets to be a 15-20 min a day job,,,,
as it has been for the last few weeks.

I contacted the administrator asking for help and asking to at least keep the russians from posting in their fonts. Those people scare me.

I don't have time for this chit. Some other plan needs to happen.
Used '14 2LT w/ DCFC.
+67 K miles. Mostly free electrons! Only one LONG visit to the shop....
GM needs Modern Troubleshooting tools for Modern EV's.

JPL
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Location: Vancouver, BC

Re: Who is the moderator?

Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:08 am

Every new member should be approved first by an real person
2014 Spark EV no FC
Front Speakers: Alpine 4" (SPS410)
Back Speakers: Alpine 5X7" (SPS517) w 3D print adapters

17 " Rims
Front: Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 205/40R17
Back: Hankook 205/45R17

2016 Kia Soul EV no FC

2000 Honda Insight MT

SparkE
Posts: 308
Joined: Tue Sep 06, 2016 1:18 am

Re: Who is the moderator?

Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:34 pm

- links should not be allowed until you have amassed over 20 posts

- you (a mod) should disallow posts by IP as well as by username (hopefully this is possible).

- hopefully the forum software will easily allow you to check who/where the IP is registered. If it is out-of-country, you should block the entire sub-net address (say : 144.99.35.* , meaning everything in the 144.99.35 sub-net). (hopefully the S/W allows you to do this)

SparkE
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Re: Who is the moderator?

Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:44 pm

Just went and checked (out of curiosity) on one of the sites I mod, and there are PAGES and PAGES (well over 15) of "moderator action log" that are nothing but :

Banned IP for reason “Found in the Stop Forum Spam database”

(except for 3 new IPs I banned over the past 3 weeks, and the corresponding deletion of the SPAM msgs).

I *highly* recommend banning by IP, and IP subnet. Otherwise (the mod just bans the username) they just create a new username from the same IP (or IP subnet).

You are kinda screwed if the subnet (owner of IP adr range) is HUGe and in the US (such as a cell carrier, or a cable provider - like Sprint or Comcast) because you can't really block those ranges or you block a bunch of valid people who might get assigned that IP.

Your forum software *might* allow a (say) week-long ban only, so that you can block A.B.C.* for 7 days, enough to maybe get the spammer to move on, but then allow others back on.

Again, good luck.

NORTON
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Location: KC,MO

Re: Who is the moderator?

Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:05 am

SparkE,

Sounds like you know this stuff.

Do you want a new hobby as a moderator for a little known forum for a little know EV? :P

I figured out how to ban and delete all posts by user name,,, on my own. No training or manual came with this volunteer position.
I don't know about dealing with IP.....

Administrator,

I could use help.
I asked you to , at the very least, disallow the scary russians with their scary font.
You said improvements are 'in the works.'

I'm about to sit on my hands and wait for these improvements.... :cry:
Used '14 2LT w/ DCFC.
+67 K miles. Mostly free electrons! Only one LONG visit to the shop....
GM needs Modern Troubleshooting tools for Modern EV's.

admin
Site Admin
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Re: Who is the moderator?

Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:09 am

Norton, I have been helping, as requested in the email - I logged in 2 times yesterday, and once this morning and removed spam.

Thank you so much for your help with this - but it takes a bit of time. Coding something custom to sniff out Russian Fonts and ban those posts is not something I can do or afford to do - especially in a day or two.

I will upgrade the forum software, and, as SparkE talked about, get the stopforumspam plugin working on the newer version of the forum software.

I will do this tomorrow - there will be some forum downtime, probably about 2-4 hours.

JPL
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Location: Vancouver, BC

Re: Forum Upgrade - Downtime on Jan 11

Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:35 am

Is it possible to make the forum Tapatalk compatible?
2014 Spark EV no FC
Front Speakers: Alpine 4" (SPS410)
Back Speakers: Alpine 5X7" (SPS517) w 3D print adapters

17 " Rims
Front: Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 205/40R17
Back: Hankook 205/45R17

2016 Kia Soul EV no FC

2000 Honda Insight MT

admin
Site Admin
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Joined: Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:13 pm

Re: Forum Upgrade Downtime on Jan 11

Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:46 am

EJsShina wrote:OK, Ive deferred this upgrade as we the mods/admins are discussing the possibility of completely changing the forum software.
Who are you?

admin
Site Admin
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Re: Forum Upgrade - Downtime on Jan 11

Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:49 am

JPL wrote:Is it possible to make the forum Tapatalk compatible?
Possibly... I looked into it a couple years ago and there was a bunch of security issues with it, and the creators of PhpBB recommended not installing it (things like everyone's PMs visible, new users would be logged in as moderators etc)

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