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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 Jinkler in IPS - Jack of All Trades, Master of Two   
    The first thing that needs to happen is that third party developers, for the products that appear in the marketplace, need to continue to be updated by the developers producing them. If they don't want to continue providing support or update their marketplace items, then they should hand them over to those who will continue the development. Instead, they act like prima donnas (sorry, no offense initended here) when those of us who have pruchased their 'wares' ini the marketplace ask those developers to update their content so that they work with the current version of the IPS Community Suite software.

    If they cannot update their content, then either remove it froom the marketplace or pass that content on to other developers. I don't think it's rocket science.

    If they aren't going to continue to update their content in the marketplace, then they need to be required to add a stipulation in the description of their content that 'this item is no longer being updated for newer versions of the IPS software'.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from surferboy in IPS - Jack of All Trades, Master of Two   
    The first thing that needs to happen is that third party developers, for the products that appear in the marketplace, need to continue to be updated by the developers producing them. If they don't want to continue providing support or update their marketplace items, then they should hand them over to those who will continue the development. Instead, they act like prima donnas (sorry, no offense initended here) when those of us who have pruchased their 'wares' ini the marketplace ask those developers to update their content so that they work with the current version of the IPS Community Suite software.

    If they cannot update their content, then either remove it froom the marketplace or pass that content on to other developers. I don't think it's rocket science.

    If they aren't going to continue to update their content in the marketplace, then they need to be required to add a stipulation in the description of their content that 'this item is no longer being updated for newer versions of the IPS software'.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from surferboy in IPS - Jack of All Trades, Master of Two   
    I think the point is being missed. IPS has never provided support for third party apps and I don't think they should. The developers should be responsible for their own stuffr and I'm starting to see instances where even the third party developers abandon their own plugins and marketplace items because they are no longer interested in updating them. While most developers do update their plugins and skins, it's just unacceptable that developers won't update their own marketplace items.

    IPS is right to distance itself away from providing support for Marketplace items because they would be inundated for providing support for crap that should be supported by the developers who created them. Developers who take the stance "well, I won't provide support for the plugin I created" or "you need to register on my site because I don't provide support on IPS forums" seems to be pointing a big middle finger at IPS clients who are more active on the IPS support forums than anywhere else.

    While I'm no longer a member at those warez sites, I do read a lot of remarks from those who use those sites that complain about the lack of support from third party developers who don't support their own products and I see their point. I recently asked Lawliet if he ever planned on updating his premiums skins that are stioll listed in the marketplace and his response was "that was back when I was doing my amateur work so I'm not going to update them". Uh, IPS clients like myself who paid to purchase your marketplace items and you won't even update your own Marketplace items? And then you expect others to fix your mistakes?

    Not only is that unfair but it's not right to charge for your premium content and then not provide support or update your stuff when someone who paid for that item has requested when it will be updated. IPS should NOT be getting involved with providing support for the stuff in the Marketplace because that would only create a problem with some devs telling IPS clients to "ask IPS" because "I'm not interested in figuring out why my plugin won't work for you".

    It's a cheap way to pawn your coding errors off on IPS support.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from Aiwa in Ban Management Pop Up - allow to drag   
    Uh, why are yoou using a low resolution on your monitor in the first place. And, I wasn;t aware that they still made low resolution monitors. :lol:
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    Rheddy got a reaction from jojobean in Invision Power Software Can't Properly Link to Wikipedia and other sites?   
    Aiwa, I meant to say "not exclusive", I mistyped. lols :smile: :lol:
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    Rheddy got a reaction from Aiwa in Hide 'Flag as Spammer' option for users with a minimum of x posts + soft delete?   
    I don't think it should be disabled but what I'm saying is that if you have a suspicion about a moderator, then that member should not be a moderator in the first place. Also, you said that someone would be worried about a moderator's account getting compromised. Well, if someone is so paranoid of that happening, then that administrator should just shut down their site.

    I'm simply saying that it doesnt do any good to worry about "what ifs". if you're that worried, then just shut down your site. I don't let things like that bother me too much because I keep my site under the radar and I always recommend that my registered members change their forum display name after they register so that their login username is different from their forum username.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from Rhett in Hide 'Flag as Spammer' option for users with a minimum of x posts + soft delete?   
    If you have moderators that are abusing this feature then this is a problem with your community, not the "flag as spammer" tool and your members should not be moderators anyway. I disagree that this feature should be restricted. Not all of us have this issue and it just represents the idea that you chose the wrong members to be moderators.

    Perhaps you need to develop rules for your moderators that if they abuse their powers as moderators, that they will be banned from your forums permanently. I have never had a problem with moderators on my forums abusing this feature. Matter of fact, they rarely use it, because we don't have a problem with members of my community acting out of sort. From time to time, I do do trolls who register for an account, post soomething slanderous and then leavre, but that I ban those members on the spot when I discover them.

    If you don't have a handle on your community, then that goes to your administration of your community, not the feature. Used correctly, it's an effective tool. But, it just sounds to me that soome IPS clients are more concerned with actual posting numbers rather than properly managing their community.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from Aiwa in Hide 'Flag as Spammer' option for users with a minimum of x posts + soft delete?   
    If you have moderators that are abusing this feature then this is a problem with your community, not the "flag as spammer" tool and your members should not be moderators anyway. I disagree that this feature should be restricted. Not all of us have this issue and it just represents the idea that you chose the wrong members to be moderators.

    Perhaps you need to develop rules for your moderators that if they abuse their powers as moderators, that they will be banned from your forums permanently. I have never had a problem with moderators on my forums abusing this feature. Matter of fact, they rarely use it, because we don't have a problem with members of my community acting out of sort. From time to time, I do do trolls who register for an account, post soomething slanderous and then leavre, but that I ban those members on the spot when I discover them.

    If you don't have a handle on your community, then that goes to your administration of your community, not the feature. Used correctly, it's an effective tool. But, it just sounds to me that soome IPS clients are more concerned with actual posting numbers rather than properly managing their community.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from Ryan Ashbrook in Stop the Spam: Guide to stopping spammers   
    Ah! Okay. Thanks for the clarification. :smile: Also, thanks again for including the link to the IPS Community Article as well. Much appreciated. :thumbsup:
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    Rheddy got a reaction from Adriano Faria in Gallery Albums in Board Index   
    That's interesting. While I only recently purchased a license to IP.Gallery, it bumped the first album I have, which I created, to the top of the list. I'd be curious to hear from others who are using this to see if their older albums are being bumped up. If this is the case, this is an interesting addition to IPS. :smile:
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    Rheddy got a reaction from LongeCity in New Marketplace Categories   
    I think the issue we're getting to was that the previous system (for the section categories) made it easier to find what each of us were looking for. The renamed categories has just made that more difficult now that each marketplace file entry is no longer tagged as "hooks" or "skins" and that all we have to go on now is just the filename. There is no distinction as to what file goes to which IPS product. As it stands now, I wouldn't use the Marketplace at all because of the confusion.

    Not being critical here, we're all just saying that the new system seems to be lacking a lot of detail and that maybe this should have been worked out before being implemented.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from George Cockbill 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 BomAleold in Anonymous Posting in IPB4   
    I would not want this included unless there was an option for an admin to limti the feature it per each usergroup/member.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from supernal 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 thaivisa in Anonymous Posting in IPB4   
    Thanks, Dmacleo. The reasons why I think this is a bad idea should be obvious to anyone. I don't know how close anyone pays attention to this issue but lately, on the copyright and patent front, there has been a steady stream of lawsuits filed against website owners and administrators over anonymous posting and allowing this feature would open up many communities to lawsuits. I've simply been watching on the copyright lawsuit front lately and there have been a lot of lawsuits getting filed lately holding website administrators liable for comments posted by anonymous users.

    I just don't see any need for it since there is already a third party hook for "posting anonymously" and that IPS already has a feature that allows a registered member to log in anonymously. Posting anonymously? I think it would create more trouble than its worth.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from thaivisa in Anonymous Posting in IPB4   
    I would not want this included unless there was an option for an admin to limti the feature it per each usergroup/member.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from SandraS in Anonymous Posting in IPB4   
    I would not want this included unless there was an option for an admin to limti the feature it per each usergroup/member.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from lordi in IP.C Tutorial area   
    I have to admit, trying to find the "community articles' is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. It would be nice if they were more easily linked to on this site.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from Dmacleo in Anonymous Posting in IPB4   
    I would not want this included unless there was an option for an admin to limti the feature it per each usergroup/member.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from Dylan Riggs in New Marketplace Categories   
    Dylan, that's the exact point were all making here, as well. I might get into argumentative discussions with other members here but I do agree with everybody that the new "renaming of the categories" in Marketplace wasn't very well thought out. I can see if they wanted to rename the parent categories and then have sub categories, keeping everything the same, but to call mods and hooks "integration" and just merged everything under a "child" category? Good grief.

    The way it sits now, I'll be avoiding IPS Marketplace and just registering on developers websites to get what I need for my community. IPS simply made it 10x more difficult to find what you're looking for. I don't know about everyone else, but I rarely used the search and simply browsed through the categories that were specific for the lcienses I have. Now, it's become one major guessing game where you have to play a game of "scavenger's hunt".

    While I love playing that game when looking for music or movies, not when it comes to IPS digital content. I hope IPS puts the categories back where they were.
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    Rheddy reacted to Dylan Riggs in New Marketplace Categories   
    Still doesn't make a load of sense. There... was....nothing...wrong.....with....the.....categories......before.......and.......everything.....had.....a........home......................
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    Rheddy got a reaction from jaycob in Download: 2.3 Sense Skin   
    While I installed this skin prior to 3.4, I have a member of my community who has been asking about this because he cannot install it on his licensed version of IPB. Please, Ajouz, update this skin for 3.4.

    Pretty Please?
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    Rheddy got a reaction from Nevo in Feel this Moment!   
    I was fortunate to start off using IPB back when it was a free limited version. It was distributed with Fantastico back ini the early days of IPS (bfarber and the other might remember) and then I made the leap to the licensed version of the software a year later. I always did enjoy those "try before you buy" programs and IPB was the best software platform back then and still is today.




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    Rheddy reacted to dling in Shout out to support staff   
    I truly appreciate all the kind and patient help I receive in my support tickets.

    Thank you.

    Dave
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