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XCSki Forum Update

Postby rmattson » Sun Nov 13, 2011 6:33 pm

I know this is a long time coming. I'm going to attempt updating to the newest forum software tonight toward midnight. I will be disabling the forum during maintenance so that no post updates are happening during the roll. If all goes well we will be live between 12 and 1am. If I have any troubles I will just reopen the old forum and try a second attempt after researching the issues.

*NOTE* - A number of password may have failed the character set conversion and as such will need to be reset on your first login. Sorry for any inconvenience.

*Edit: I've uploaded and installed the latest version of the forum software. Made a backup of all the old forum files and saved a copy of the database. Ran the conversion which took about 15 minutes including creating new search indexes. Looks like this is a go. With such a short conversion time I'm not going to disable the old forum during the process. Just redirect the domain and go.

*Edit: It looked pretty slow around here tonight so I pulled the trigger a little early... or I could claim I was in another timezone. Anyway, we're live on the latest version of the forum software. Happy Skiing.

*Edit: Funny thing. Post update notes here. I've started to receive a lot of user registrations and it looks like they are all spam. I guess the new forum anti-spam functions have been defeated. There were some custom anti-spam additions Gregg and I made to the old forum way back. I guess I'll have to add them to this update.

*Edit: 53 spam registrations since the upgrade. I've put in a piece of code that checks a spam email and IP blacklist and doesn't allow registration if true. So far so good.
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Postby MN Hoser » Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:35 pm

Thanks for your effort.

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Re: XCSki Forum Update

Postby T^2 » Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:42 pm

Very appreciated! Looking forward to another ski season in Wisconsin.

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Re: XCSki Forum Update

Postby Glacier Glide » Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:40 pm

Thanks for all your work, it is much appreciated.
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Re: XCSki Forum Update

Postby Montana » Sat Nov 19, 2011 10:24 pm

Thanks for keeping this forum up to date.

I did receive a 404 Not Found error on trying to reach the forum via my old link to the login page. With the help of MN Hoser I got connected.
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Re: XCSki Forum Update

Postby rmattson » Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:01 am

I've added a redirect for the old login page in case anyone else has it saved as a bookmark.
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Re: XCSki Forum Update

Postby rahisika28 » Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:35 am

How about creating a Facebook Fan page?

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Re: XCSki Forum Update

Postby rmattson » Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:21 pm

Forum upgraded to the latest version. We get a few spam user registrations per week. PHPBB claims the latest version has some improvements. We will see.
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Re: XCSki Forum Update

Postby rmattson » Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:50 pm

Forum upgraded to the latest version. We still get quite a few spam user registrations per week. Just like last time, PHPBB claims the latest version has some improvements. We will see. I may be adding a new security feature manually if nothing improves.
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Re: XCSki Forum Update

Postby rmattson » Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:47 am

So much for anti-spam. As it turns out, bots have beaten basically all of the CAPTCHA methods out there. I've removed the captcha for new registrations and added a Q&A. I also added a check to verify the registrants email against a database of registered spam address. Lastly I added a mod that keeps relatively new users from posting links in their posts. You need to be a member for two days and have two posts before you can post a link.

If anyone encounters anything strange or any errors please let me know.
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Re: XCSki Forum Update

Postby Montana » Tue Dec 25, 2012 8:15 pm

Saw spam today in a post in the waxing area. The person was making a first post and posted links. Spam! It's a post in the Git offa my lawn thread.
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Re: XCSki Forum Update

Postby rmattson » Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:58 am

Thanks Montana, I removed it. I need to scour the code or the details of the mod to be sure but I believe that the mod is only good for accounts created after installation. We'll find out.
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Re: XCSki Forum Update

Postby Don Callander » Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:06 pm

Ryan:
I so appreciate all of your hard work on this site!!

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Re: XCSki Forum Update

Postby Montana » Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:30 am

Don Callander wrote:Ryan:
I so appreciate all of your hard work on this site!!

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Re: XCSki Forum Update

Postby Don Callander » Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:29 am

Oops, I guess I should at least be able to spell my own name!

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