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Comments April 29, 2007

Spammer Detective: Who Is aabroppi?

Filed under: Anti-spam, phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 11:50 pm CommentsComments (3) 

Some of the log entries in the Checkbox Challenge log are obviously spammers. What about those that aren’t? What to do about them?

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Comments April 27, 2007

Let’s Take a Poll

Filed under: MOD Writing, phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 7:06 am Comments Off 

One of the things I like about phpBB is the way they handle polls. The fact that you voted is recorded. How you voted is recorded. But there is no association of how you voted with your user account. Every poll vote is anonymous. That means that moderators, administrators, even board owners with access to their database cannot tell how you voted in a particular poll. I think that’s good. But some folks would like to be able to change their votes in a poll, or even be able to determine how someone else has voted. That requires a MOD.

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Comments April 25, 2007

Gadget of the Month: Snap Server 2200

Filed under: tech stuff — Dave Rathbun @ 3:44 pm CommentsComments (4) 

The next post in my “GotM” series brings you the Snap Server 2200. It’s not sexy, but it does its job very well. What is that job? It’s a hard disk enclosure with an ethernet port. Plug it in to your network, run a very brief install program, and you have network-attached storage for a home or small business network. More…

Comments April 23, 2007

Checkbox Challenge Test Results Are Positive

Filed under: Anti-spam, MOD Writing, phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 10:38 pm CommentsComments (5) 

If you just want a summary, here it is: this MOD idea works. :-) If you want more details, Read More…

Comments April 19, 2007

Checkbox Challenge Initial Testing Report

Filed under: Anti-spam, MOD Writing, phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 9:59 am CommentsComments (1) 

My Checkbox Challenge MOD has been installed on one of my boards in its initial form since last Saturday. As a test I removed all banned email domains from my ban list. So the only thing left protecting the board is this MOD.

Since Saturday afternoon, there have been zero successful spam registrations.

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Comments April 14, 2007

Checkbox Challenge

Filed under: Anti-spam, MOD Writing, phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 10:21 pm CommentsComments (6) 

I took the idea from my “checkbox challenge” technique that I wrote for combatting the spam-bots on my blog and used it to start development for a phpBB registration MOD today. More…

Comments April 10, 2007

Blogosphere Explosion

Filed under: blog — Dave Rathbun @ 10:20 pm CommentsComments (3) 

I read a recent article in Discover magazine that said there were nearly 60 million blogs currently online, and about 175,000 new ones each day. They already did the math (I didn’t check it, I assume it’s correct ;-) ) that says that’s a new blog starting every half a second. :shock:

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Comments April 7, 2007

Live At 9

Filed under: phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 3:01 pm CommentsComments (2) 

No, not the phpBBDoctor.com site, but the big project that I have been working on in real life. It’s scheduled to go live on Monday, April 9th. I expect an initial flurry of activity, followed by a gradual recovery of some of my spare time. Time will tell. 8)

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