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    Rheddy reacted to amator in Don't care for the new look   
    probably jealous. 14 themes all ugly
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    Rheddy reacted to Morgin in Don't care for the new look   
    I love it, so we cancel each other out. 
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    Rheddy got a reaction from SuJay in Staff Chat   
    Has anyone considered updating this app for IPS4?
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    Rheddy got a reaction from DudeThatsErin in Stop the Spam: Guide to stopping spammers   
    With the proliferation of topics regarding how to combat spammers, I thought to create a guide for members on how to fight this phenomenon. The one thing everyone should be aware of is that you cannot stop spammers from registering. The only thing you can do is put roadblocks that slow down their activity. I've decided to put together this list on what you can do to prevent spammers from finishing their registration. I decided to create this guide since so many clients are asking for how to prevent spammers from breaking through registration (and because I simply got tired of answering the same question). :lol:
    enable reCaptcha use the IPS anti-spam feature enable the Question and Answer challenge and customize the challenge for your community; don't use simplified Q&As like 'what is 2+2" enable "user email validation" or user email validation and admin validation" install the plugin, Stop Spammer Registration (requires API key from the Stop Forum Spam website, free registration) install the plugin, >Miserable Users (premiuim plugin, can be configured to block spammers from accessing your forums if they manage to complete registration) Please note that I have used these methods, with the exception of Miserable Users, and I have had a 100% success rate in preventing spammers from completing their registration. While I can't guarantee you that 100%, it has been very effective to me in using these methods in halting spammers on my community. Oh, and I don't use "User and Admin Validation" because I found these other options to be most effective.

    I hope this guide helps you in fighting against spammer registrations.

    More information here: http://community.invisionpower.com/resources/articles.html/_/ipboard-3x/developer-articles/the-anti-spam-guide-to-ips-r640
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    Rheddy got a reaction from ADKGamers in Stop the Spam: Guide to stopping spammers   
    I'll be updating my guide by tomorrow, just give me time to reconstruct it. During the upgrade to IPS 4, my guide was deleted. I'll definitely be redoing my guide with plugins that are updated for the current version of the IPS Community Suite.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from tolik777 in Sparkpost Service, Piece of Worthless Manure   
    Thanks, Lindy. I thought maybe I was the only one. But, if I may suggest? Could IPS modify the default internal IPS bulk mail system so that administrators could dictate how many mail messages to send per hour? When Sparkpost failed on me (multiple times over two months, before I just found out that my account was terminated), I tried using the option "Do Not Use SparkPost", and the option defaults to the internal bulk mail system. However, what I discovered was that using that option sends all bulkmail messages all in one shot, overloading the resources of your webhost, which resulted in the IP address for my website becoming blacklisted by my webhost for about two hours.
    Let's just say I panicked and my webhost ended up removing the blacklisted IP address. I know that before IPS switched us to Sparkpost, there used to be an option where we could select how many mail messages could be sent in an hour (which I always had it selected the system to send 15-20 per hour). However, for some reason, IPS removed that option for IPS4. It would be preferable if the "number of mail messages sent per hour" restriction could be placed back into the bulk mail system.
    Even is Sparkpost fixes this problem, I'm sure that their system would keep flagging my Sparkpost account and it's a headache I don't need. But, it's a relief to know that IPS has been receiving complaints over Sparkpost and that IPS has also been on the receiving end of these account terminations.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from Simon Woods in Editing User Created Topics: A Delimma   
    This has bothered me for some time but is it possible for IPS to give us editing powers over topics we create? While I don't often create topics that are highly resourced, I did create one that has proven to be highly resourced by members of this community. When I was asked to update the topic, I couldn't, because only the forum staff are allowed to update topics or posts). It kind of makes it frustrating if we have to create a new topic each time we need to update something. The guide I created is "Stop the Spam: The Guide to Stopping Spammers". It would be easier if we could update our posts/topics without having to ask IPS staff to edit them.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from BariatricPal in Stop the Spam: Guide to stopping spammers   
    I'll be updating my guide by tomorrow, just give me time to reconstruct it. During the upgrade to IPS 4, my guide was deleted. I'll definitely be redoing my guide with plugins that are updated for the current version of the IPS Community Suite.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from liquidfractal in Sparkpost Service, Piece of Worthless Manure   
    Let me be the first person to thank you for that bit of information, Charles. That will come as relief to those of us who prefer using the default and very internal bulk mail system. When I made the leap to IPS Community Suite 4, something I was forced to do because of security issues with IPS 3.4.6, I didn't end up upgrading until after the 4.1.x series was released. Then, I noticed the change in the bulk mail system and I was under the impression that Sparkpost was the new default. I didn't notice the lack of the bulk mail system queue until I ran into difficulties with my webhost provider, something that I try very hard to avoid. It will be nice to see the queue system returned to the IPS bulk mail service. I prefer IPS' system for bulk mail rather than these third party systems. Those services are great if you have 100,000+ users with your community.
    Far as 'cycles' go, as liquidfractal asked, they refer to how many emails sent per hour.
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    Rheddy reacted to Charles in Sparkpost Service, Piece of Worthless Manure   
    Version 4.1.18 will use the queue system to send bulk emails. The queue system has logic to detect how many it can send per loop automatically.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from The Old Man in Sparkpost Service, Piece of Worthless Manure   
    Lindy, thanks for the suggestion. I received a temporary solution to the problem behind the bulk mails per cycle issue.
    I'm hoping that bulk mail option for the default mail tool will be returned but that Marc Stridgen responded to a request I made.
    define( 'BULK_MAILS_PER_CYCLE', 100 ); Simply adding that line to the constants.php file would solve the bulk mail send restriction for the default internal bulk mail system tool. He said that you could adjust the number of the bulk mails per cycle to whatever number you needed. I'm hoping that the option to change how many emails are sent will be restored to the bulk mail system tool with upcoming releases. That way, administrators wouldn't have to worry about editing the root file on their server.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from liquidfractal in Sparkpost Service, Piece of Worthless Manure   
    Lindy, thanks for the suggestion. I received a temporary solution to the problem behind the bulk mails per cycle issue.
    I'm hoping that bulk mail option for the default mail tool will be returned but that Marc Stridgen responded to a request I made.
    define( 'BULK_MAILS_PER_CYCLE', 100 ); Simply adding that line to the constants.php file would solve the bulk mail send restriction for the default internal bulk mail system tool. He said that you could adjust the number of the bulk mails per cycle to whatever number you needed. I'm hoping that the option to change how many emails are sent will be restored to the bulk mail system tool with upcoming releases. That way, administrators wouldn't have to worry about editing the root file on their server.
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    Rheddy reacted to Charles in Sparkpost Service, Piece of Worthless Manure   
    Actually opentype is correct
    You are not required to use Sparkpost or Sendgrid (or any other third party services we may include in the future as alternatives). You can use regular PHP mail or an external SMTP provider.
    If you are having specific issues with sending bulk mails please submit a ticket so we can understand your specific issues and address the problem.
    Back to the original topic: yes, we have issues with Sparkpost too and are adding Sendgrid as another option and may add additional services in the future. Even without special integrations though you can always use SMTP directly.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from TSP in Sparkpost Service, Piece of Worthless Manure   
    OpenType seems to be under a misconception. The default bulk mail tool seems to be Sparkpost. Looking at the bulkmail options, everything seems designed to force you to use Sparkpost. The problem I ran into when I opted to switch to the IPS bulk mail tool? It ended up forcing my webhost provider to actually ban the IP address they assigned to my website/account.
    OpenType is talking about something he doesn't even know about. Sorry, but this isn't meant as an insult but to illustrate the problem. When I used the internal IPS bulk mail tool (NOT Sparkpost or Mandrill), the system sent all 1,200 mail messages at one shot. It caused a resource conflict with my webhost provider and my webhost ended up banning my website's IP address they assigned to me. Before you try to say something in conflict with what I just posted, my IP address was temporarily banned because they is no bulk mail limiter included in the bulk mail system since IPS 4 was released.
    Prior to IPS4, when you used the bulk mail tool, IPS allowed you to set the range on how many mail messages to send per hour. The system would always recommended between 15-20 so you wouldn't hog the resources of your hosting provider. However, this bulk mail limit option was removed (for some odd reason) when they made the move to Sparkpost because they probably saw the internal bulk mail system to be a useless feature that was replaced by Sparkpost.
    What those of us are saying is that we want the bulk mail limit option returned to the IPS bulk mail system (third party services only send out 15-20 messages per hour when you're configured for their services) but this feature IPS left out of its own feature. It's definitely not a good thing when using the IPS suite and your own hosting provider bans your IP address for your website.
    IPS is now considering a new third party service but that isn't going to solve the current problem with the bulk mail tool. I don't know what it's referred to as, but I call the option the "IPS bulk mail limiter" because I don't know what everyone called it. I do know that it was originally removed by IPS when the switch to Sparkpost was made but I don't think IPS realized what kind of problems removing that option/limiter would create when it was removed.
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    Rheddy reacted to liquidfractal in Sparkpost Service, Piece of Worthless Manure   
    +1
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    Rheddy got a reaction from liquidfractal in Sparkpost Service, Piece of Worthless Manure   
    Thanks, Lindy. I thought maybe I was the only one. But, if I may suggest? Could IPS modify the default internal IPS bulk mail system so that administrators could dictate how many mail messages to send per hour? When Sparkpost failed on me (multiple times over two months, before I just found out that my account was terminated), I tried using the option "Do Not Use SparkPost", and the option defaults to the internal bulk mail system. However, what I discovered was that using that option sends all bulkmail messages all in one shot, overloading the resources of your webhost, which resulted in the IP address for my website becoming blacklisted by my webhost for about two hours.
    Let's just say I panicked and my webhost ended up removing the blacklisted IP address. I know that before IPS switched us to Sparkpost, there used to be an option where we could select how many mail messages could be sent in an hour (which I always had it selected the system to send 15-20 per hour). However, for some reason, IPS removed that option for IPS4. It would be preferable if the "number of mail messages sent per hour" restriction could be placed back into the bulk mail system.
    Even is Sparkpost fixes this problem, I'm sure that their system would keep flagging my Sparkpost account and it's a headache I don't need. But, it's a relief to know that IPS has been receiving complaints over Sparkpost and that IPS has also been on the receiving end of these account terminations.
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    Rheddy reacted to Lindy in Sparkpost Service, Piece of Worthless Manure   
    That seems to be a common theme I'm afraid and we've received numerous complaints. In fact, one of our own company accounts was suspended - also without notification and warning. There was no reason provided and their compliance team, when contacted, asked for "list hygiene and sending best practices." Eventually, it was determined their automated system incorrectly caught the account and it was reactivated. 
    When Mandrill announced discontinuation of service, we received many suggestions for Sparkpost and we obliged. This clearly isn't working out, however, so we are adding Sendgrid in 4.1.17. 
     
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    Rheddy got a reaction from TSP in IPS4 Pages - My experience building a custom homepage   
    Came across this topic and this has one of my biggest complaints regarding the IPSCS ever since 3.0 was released. IPS always gives the excuse that "it's coming soon" but that "it's coming soon" almost always results to "we're not gonna do it". I've never been able to understand how IPS can produce a powerful forum application system but never provide any documentation on how to use it. It's one of the biggest complaints that consumers have with software designers and typically, the documentation never really goes anywhere in actually explaining how to use the software or how to modify. It mostly boils down to "if you don't know HTML, PHP or CSS then you shouldn't be using our software". It would be nice if we actually started seeing documentation actually produced for IPS-related software, but, in reality, it will probably never happen. "It's coming soon" is just an old joke that everybody laughs at but that nobody finds funny.
    I'm actually curious what IPS thinks of the documentation issue for IPS' products. Oh, and it's nice to see that I'm not the only one who has noticed the long absence of any real documentation dating back as far as IPS 3.0.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from AlexJ in Banned Members... Are They Really Members Just Like Me?   
    I just noticed this. I just upgraded my forums from 3.4 to 4.1 and I just noticed that the upgrade removed the banned usergroup from my community and placed those banned members in the "members' usergroup. I'm not happy over this. ACK. What the heck?
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    Rheddy got a reaction from Safety1st in IPS Leaking backend IP's   
    I have to admit that I find myself agreeing with @Charles on this point. Unfortunately, this isn't something that is IPS' problem. Either you have to properly configure your server or servers or you need to contact your webhost regarding this problem. If your backend IP address is being leaked, then that is something that is coming from your server/webhost, not from the IPS software. The only way I could see if this was something on IPS' end is if you were hosting your site through IPS' cloud services.
    What I would suggest is that you look into security services provided by your webhost. There are services such as SiteLock that provide such services to websites.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from Tarquin in Let everybody know that a member is banned   
    @Gabriel Torres, that sounds like it's a feature left out of the software. I would mention it to IPS Staff. When someone reaches a number of infractions, depending on how you have infractions set up, if the user is banned, that user should be moved. But, it sounds like the system isn't moving your banned members to that usergroup. I think this might very well be an oversight by the development team.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from karld in Navigation Icons by IPS Themes   
    @Tom Christian, I've noticed something very peculiar about this plugin. When fooling around with this plugin, I've noticed that the plugin refuses to allow you to select an icon for the navigation menu item for the final navigation menu item. I actually have to create a test or dummy menu link item, place it at the end of the navigation menu, go back to the plugin, add the icon and then delete the dummy navigation link. For some odd reason, it refuses to allow you to add the icon for the last menu link item.
    Additionally, I've noticed that not all icons from Font Awesome are displayed in the drop-down menu when you're selecting an icon.
    But, I do think there's a problem with the plugin allowing you to select an icon for the final navigation menu link. I thought it was just the installation of the plugin. But, I ran the support tool to recache and reinstalled it several times before I realized that it's a hiccup with the plugin.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from BomAle in Plugins: Check For Updates Feature Missing   
    I've noticed something that was missing from IPS4, the 'check for updates' on the plugin page in the ACP that was a standard feature for IPS3. While this tool is present for "Applications", why was this tool removed from the plugins page? I found this very useful when checking for updates of various plugins. I just don't like the idea of having to search for every bloody plugin that I use, and they are substantial. I'm wondering if there are any plans to return this functionality back to the plugins page.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from MADMAN32395 in IPS Leaking backend IP's   
    I have to admit that I find myself agreeing with @Charles on this point. Unfortunately, this isn't something that is IPS' problem. Either you have to properly configure your server or servers or you need to contact your webhost regarding this problem. If your backend IP address is being leaked, then that is something that is coming from your server/webhost, not from the IPS software. The only way I could see if this was something on IPS' end is if you were hosting your site through IPS' cloud services.
    What I would suggest is that you look into security services provided by your webhost. There are services such as SiteLock that provide such services to websites.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from InsideEdge in Are forum communities dead?   
    @Morrigan, yeppers. It's because they are new site owners and they are impatient. Hell, it took me many years to build up my community. If you're not prepared to invest years of your time into your site from the minute you start it, then these new site owners need to find something else to occupy their time. It took me a long time to build up my members and I would estimate it took me about three to four years before I started seeing any activity. Eventually, I started getting members who have contacts within the anime industry (anime directors, producers, even anime voice actors 'seiyuu'). I even have such members are work in the anime industry here in North America, as voice actors.
    If you don't have patience to build your site up as well as the many years it takes to generate your community, then those new site members should think of something else to invest their time in.
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