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Re: Trek-A-Lot Forum - All Things Trek
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2013, 01:29:46 pm »
Forum SPAM is a problem but not as big a one on some forums as it is on others. Another Trek related forum I go to gets a couple of posts every few months. I see them and report them to the moderators and they get deleted. A religion forum I have been on for a few years recently got about a dozen or so posts but that was the first time I ever saw SPAM there. The worst attack I came across was a political forum that I recently joined and when I went to post there were over 30 pages of SPAM posts in most forum areas. It took the moderators quite a while to delete them. However that scale of an attack does not seem to be the norm.

I hope all this talk of SPAM has not frightened you away from the new forum, as it looks like a pretty good forum to participate in.

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« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2013, 01:30:57 pm »
I hope all this talk of SPAM has not frightened you away from the new forum, as it looks like a pretty good forum to participate in.

I was writing that bit as you were posting your last report.

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Re: Trek-A-Lot Forum - All Things Trek
« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2013, 09:40:15 pm »

I hope all this talk of SPAM has not frightened you away from the new forum, as it looks like a pretty good forum to participate in.


Nahhhhh. 8)  Not frightened away from forums.  My server comes with a Plesk control panel installed.  On it is a one-click-installer for SMF v2.0.5 (the latest version is 2.1 which is supposed to have more anti-spam features onboard).  But, SMF ain't the only fish in the Forum Sea.  I suppose I could wait for a newer Plesk version, in hopes that an installer is available for SMF 2.1.  But again, nahhhhh.  The only reason I chose to experiment with SMF first is because that's what the P2 forum uses.  And as a forum user, I'm more familiar with the territory.  But, while I'm not necessarily abandoning SMF, I'm experimenting with another forum type right now that appears to have a more formidable defense scenario against spammers and spambots.  And if that experiment fails, there are at least 3 other forum types I could experiment with (the ones I find aesthetically pleasing).

So, I've not given up on forums altogether.  I just decided that the SMF forum and I have "issues" - and have decided to check the color of the grass on the other side of Forum Hill (grin).

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« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2013, 10:01:53 am »
Ugh. :hbang:  Last night, I had some sort of database anomaly occur ... wiping out not only my new experimental forum but also a forum area I set up for another person.  So, later today, I'm starting over from scratch.  Fortunately, doing so allows me to install a more recent version of the software than the version offered as a one-click-install (grin).  I just hope I do it right.

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« Reply #16 on: October 19, 2013, 04:04:01 pm »
Before posting, I'm reminded of what Captain Kirk said in "Star Trek: The Voyage Home":

"May fortune favor the foolish."

In any case, I'm officially launching my forum.  I'm using phpBB (not SMF, like here) forum software.  It's located here:

http://Trek-A-Lot.p2trek.com

FWIW, I'm only going to mention it here - at least at first.  I'm hoping usership will increase gradually over time as one person tells another.

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Re: Trek-A-Lot Forum - All Things Trek
« Reply #17 on: October 19, 2013, 04:10:17 pm »
Alec,

As long as you have secure login (not the default login the comes with phpBB) and you have a re-direct in place on the default login page so there is no back door to it, then you won't have to deal with the porn link spam an other issues many phpBB sites have had to deal with in the past.

My internet site provider used to use phpBB for customer forums and told me on more than one occasion that phpBB had many security issue.  That was years ago, though.

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Re: Trek-A-Lot Forum - All Things Trek
« Reply #18 on: October 19, 2013, 05:07:36 pm »

As long as you have secure login (not the default login the comes with phpBB) and you have a re-direct in place on the default login page so there is no back door to it, then you won't have to deal with the porn link spam an other issues many phpBB sites have had to deal with in the past.


Mind you, I'm new to all the "recent" forum software available.  So, I could be wrong.  But, I think the "back door" you refer to can now be closed simply by assigning CHMOD 640 to the config.php file.  We'll see.


My internet site provider used to use phpBB for customer forums and told me on more than one occasion that phpBB had many security issue.  That was years ago, though.


I'm using phpBB v3.0.11 (the newest is 3.0.12).  One of the neat features it has is the ability to ban users by IP number or IP range.  And, if that won't do the complete job, there are now 32 different anti-spambot mods I could add.  And, I will if I find the forum under attack.  In fact, I already have the software for one of those mods.  I just decided to see what happened first.  As much as I don't want spammers or spambots, I don't want "overkill" either - making visiting the forum a drag for the legit users.

Of course, if worse comes to worse, I have the ultimate option of just dumping the forum altogether.  I want this experience to be an adjunct to the other things I do - but don't want forum administration to become a "career," either.

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Re: Trek-A-Lot Forum - All Things Trek
« Reply #19 on: October 20, 2013, 12:31:16 am »
My experience with it was years ago.  It may be much better now.

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Re: Trek-A-Lot Forum - All Things Trek
« Reply #20 on: October 20, 2013, 07:22:49 pm »
That is a very quiet forum

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Re: Trek-A-Lot Forum - All Things Trek
« Reply #21 on: October 21, 2013, 12:20:03 am »
That is a very quiet forum

They all start out that way ;D


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Re: Trek-A-Lot Forum - All Things Trek
« Reply #22 on: October 21, 2013, 01:23:05 am »
I suppose. I expected to at least see the site owner posting some of his thoughts in at least some of the forums.

I don't like being first.  :duh:

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Re: Trek-A-Lot Forum - All Things Trek
« Reply #23 on: October 21, 2013, 04:54:49 am »

I suppose. I expected to at least see the site owner posting some of his thoughts in at least some of the forums.

I don't like being first.  :duh:


Well, hehe, if I was setting the forum up for me, I'd probably drop a few posts here and there.  But I set it up for everyone who likes Trek (in one form or another).  In that sense, for me to drop a few posts here and there would seem a bit rude or arrogant.  But, that's just my take.

BTW, regarding your earlier comment about my forum being quiet:

1) I only announced the official launch of the forum "one day" before your comment.

2) The P2 forum was established years ago ... and yet now, it only receives a "few" regular posts from a "handful" of its members.

3) I also mentioned earlier in this thread that, at first, I'd only mention my forum's launch here (in this thread) to see if it would generate membership over time via one person telling another.

So, now at the two-day point after its launch, I'm not dismayed over its quietness.  Soon, I'll be modifying my http://p2trek.com site to include a link to the forum.  That might generate a few new members.  If it remains as quiet as it is now for, say, a month, I'll probably do a little advertising in other forums.  And, if after 6 months of that advertising, if it still remains as quiet as it is now, I'll probably chalk it up as a noble experiment that fell flat on its face - and take it down.

P.S.  But, I still won't become an active Facebook user. 8)

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