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Comments January 30, 2007

Playing with the blog look…

Filed under: blog — Dave Rathbun @ 4:19 pm CommentsComments (1) 

I spent a few minutes today playing with the css for my blog. If you encounter any weirdness, please let me know. 8)

How does search work? Part II: Making Effective Use of “Stop Words”

Filed under: Search, phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 9:58 am CommentsComments (7) 

In a prior post I started reviewing the search process used in phpBB2. In summary, there are two tables involved. One table includes a set of words, each assigned a unique word_id value. The second table stores a cross reference of words and posts where that word appears. That makes searching for unique words very fast. It makes your search tables very large. In my opinion the best tool a board owner has to combat this is the stopwords file. This post will cover that file and how you can use it to tune searching on your board.

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Comments January 29, 2007

The dangers of PHP_SELF

Filed under: MOD Writing, phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 7:15 am CommentsComments (5) 

I recently had a MOD denied for security reasons. I was using $HTTP_SERVER_VARS['PHP_SELF'] as a shortcut. Turns out that like many shortcuts it can lead to unintended results.

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Comments January 28, 2007

phpBB3 Beta V

Filed under: phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 3:31 pm CommentsComments (3) 

I would like to call special attention to one particular sentence from Acyd Burn in the recent announcement:

The next release we anticipate will be Release Candidate 1.

I imagine that will make quite a few folks very happy. 8)

Comments January 26, 2007

How does search work? Part I: Table Review

Filed under: Search, phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 11:46 am CommentsComments (11) 

One of the most frequent comments complaints about phpBB is the search process. For smaller boards it’s really not noticable. For larger boards (100K posts and above) it becomes very noticable. What is “it” that I am talking about?

The size of the search tables.

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Comments January 25, 2007

Gadget of the Month: Laser Virtual Keyboard

Filed under: tech stuff — Dave Rathbun @ 12:20 pm CommentsComments (10) 

I’ll admit it, I’m a gadget freak. Most of my gadgets relate to cameras or computers, but that’s okay, right? :-) Anyway, I thought I would start sharing some of my favorite gadgets… whether I own them or not. The first entry in this series is the Laser Virtual Keyboard, offered by the fine folks at thinkgeek.com.

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Comments January 24, 2007

Who’s Responsible for MOD Security Notices?

Filed under: MOD Writing, phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 10:44 pm CommentsComments (3) 

Recently a MOD validator found a security issue with one of my phpBB MODs. I am very appreciative that this issue was found during the approval process and not after the MOD had been released. But in the aftermath I found myself wondering, who is responsible for MOD security notices?

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Comments January 23, 2007

When do you log in as Administrator?

Filed under: phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 12:41 pm CommentsComments (9) 

Hopefully very rarely. :) We recently published this bit of advice on the phpBB Doctor board, and thought this blog post might provide some more details.

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Comments January 22, 2007

It’s Alive!

Filed under: phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 11:45 am CommentsComments (4) 

Page Permissions has been released. The first post in the development topic was made on Sat May 14, 2005 5:16 pm. The MOD was released Sat Jan 20, 2007. Hopefully it was worth the wait. 8)

Comments January 19, 2007

User Posting Frequency

Filed under: phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 7:42 am CommentsComments (2) 

I’m a database geek. :-D I like to play with numbers, but my numbers are stored in a database rather than a spreadsheet. (I managed to pass a couple of accounting classes in college but only because some of the lectures soaked into my brain while I was napping in the back of the classroom.) So when I found a comment on a recent blog post challenging the number of posts that would have to be moderated because of my new Post Approval MOD (see prior blog posts linked at the end of this topic) I got to wondering… just how much work would I be asking my moderator teams to do?

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