Things look a little different!

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July 18, 2012 at 9:00 pm #19169

simon
Key Master

In an attempt to kill two birds with one stone the forums have been upgraded to bbPress 2. What this means is:

  1. We’re off a dead code line from bbPress 1
  2. All forums data has essentially been re-imported into a completely new system – links may be broken and some things may not work yet
  3. Hopefully this will allow me to use some up-to-date features/plugins to better address the spam problem

Let me know what works and what doesn’t, and we’ll see how this goes!

July 19, 2012 at 12:31 am #19171

NickDMax
Member

Well its new… can’t say I am a fan of the style sheet but if it reduces the spam I am all for it!

July 19, 2012 at 10:45 am #19173

simon
Key Master

Time will tell, 20 spam account creations since last night and only one post to delete. I’m tempted to add the moderation plugin that blocks posts from new members until a moderator approves them – we’ll see what happens.

I’m not keen on the theme particularly, but will need to find some time at some point to look at alternatives.

July 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm #19174

horus
Member

I don’t mind about the style/look-n-feel.  But I’ve found that my password was not correct and I had to reset it — no problem.

August 10, 2012 at 8:35 pm #19205

Beman
Participant

Mailman has an option to initially moderate (i.e. block) posts when an account is opened. Several lists I moderate then set the account to no moderation required if the initial post has reasonable technical content. Very effective at stopping spam, yet easy on the moderators.

–Beman

September 18, 2012 at 12:05 am #19252

Annihilannic
Participant

On a forum that I administrate the simple addition of a compulsory “why do you want to join this forum” field stopped 99% of spam registrations.

Apparently just too much effort for the lazy spammers to think of something convincing!

By the way, is there anything we can do about the spammers hijacking pnotepad.org/docs all the time?  I created my own login but did not have edit access so was unable to revert to the previous legitimate version.  How do the spammers do it?

September 18, 2012 at 9:14 am #19255

simon
Key Master

For the docs, you should have edit access the same as the spammers – there are currently only two classes of user on there – Admin and User, both have edit rights.

Given how few people contribute to the docs, I may move to moderated submission – i.e. you have to wait to get approved to edit.

September 18, 2012 at 9:58 am #19256

simon
Key Master

This is now done, the front page is completely locked down – only admins can edit it. New users now have read permissions only, and access for editing will be granted after asking for permission here or via mail.

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