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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 elonegenio in Shoutbox - Official Support   
    I think the OP is right, IPS needs to take the Shoutbox back since it seems to have become such a vital part of the IPB experience.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from Analogged in Shoutbox - Official Support   
    I think the OP is right, IPS needs to take the Shoutbox back since it seems to have become such a vital part of the IPB experience.
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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 Thanks a lot in KeyCaptcha and reCaptcha: Can they work together?   
    Hate to say it but if you don't have more than one anti-spam method, then you're an idiot. I'm sorry everyone but relying on any single anti-spam method isn't very smart. I use multiple methods to prevent spam registrations and it's my opinion that when you rely on any single method then you deserve to be impacted by spammers.

    I use multiple methods because you never know which methods the spammers can bypass. Not only do I use reCaptcha but I also use the IPS anti-spam service, question and answer, the stop forum spam plugin as well as the user email validation. You can never use too many anti-spam features. The more you use, within reason, the safer your community is from spammers.

    As a result of these methods, I have a very high success rate at fighting off spam registrations.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from Thanks a lot in KeyCaptcha and reCaptcha: Can they work together?   
    Anti-spam measures are mostly effective against automated spambots, not against live spammers. I hate pessimists who always see this as a problem rather than as a solution. Negativity breeds chaos, and chaos breeds ...

    The only thing you can do is take preventive measures designed to make it difficult for spammers to get through. I stand by my comment that anyone who uses just one method is just opening up their community to abuse by spammers, because that means they have only one "lock" to pick. The larger your community grows, the more spammers concentrate on your community to register and the more safeguards you will be forced to put in place, otherwise, you're setting yourself up for trouble.

    It's sort of like owning a home, or renting a house in a neighborhood that prone to burglaries and theft. Do you use just a door lock? Or do you also use a deadbolt lock, chainlock and an alarm system? Nobody's method for protecting their community against spammers is a wrong one, but it is inadvisable to just rely on one single method.

    Oh, and reCaptcha works perfect for me. And I don't have a problem with "swedish" characters appearing.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from surferboy in IP.Suite 4.0 Suggestions   
    I'm not saying to create soomething via "follow" but rather to allow users to reconfigure the layout of the forums based on their own preferences.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from MarcusH in IP.Suite 4.0 Suggestions   
    I've been wondering why this hasn't been made a feature, customizable to each user, for IPB 3.4 and I thought about posting a suggestion for this feature and decided to start a "suggestions topic" for IP.Suite 4.0.

    While on the ACP side, we're allowed to drag and drop various forums up and down within each category and while this has mostly been a feature for community admins, how about adding this as a feature where a regular forum member can customize the layout of the forum per their account, like the drag and drop feature that we use in the ACP? I don't know how intensive it would be, but allow members of your community the ability to "customize" the layout of the forum within their account. It wouldn't affect everyone, just that user's account/experience, and be able to save that configuration as part of their "account profile".

    I realize that this is shooting for the moon and probably not even possible, but it would be a nice new feature for members of your community.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from Marcher Technologies in KeyCaptcha and reCaptcha: Can they work together?   
    Hate to say it but if you don't have more than one anti-spam method, then you're an idiot. I'm sorry everyone but relying on any single anti-spam method isn't very smart. I use multiple methods to prevent spam registrations and it's my opinion that when you rely on any single method then you deserve to be impacted by spammers.

    I use multiple methods because you never know which methods the spammers can bypass. Not only do I use reCaptcha but I also use the IPS anti-spam service, question and answer, the stop forum spam plugin as well as the user email validation. You can never use too many anti-spam features. The more you use, within reason, the safer your community is from spammers.

    As a result of these methods, I have a very high success rate at fighting off spam registrations.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from stoo2000 in KeyCaptcha and reCaptcha: Can they work together?   
    Hate to say it but if you don't have more than one anti-spam method, then you're an idiot. I'm sorry everyone but relying on any single anti-spam method isn't very smart. I use multiple methods to prevent spam registrations and it's my opinion that when you rely on any single method then you deserve to be impacted by spammers.

    I use multiple methods because you never know which methods the spammers can bypass. Not only do I use reCaptcha but I also use the IPS anti-spam service, question and answer, the stop forum spam plugin as well as the user email validation. You can never use too many anti-spam features. The more you use, within reason, the safer your community is from spammers.

    As a result of these methods, I have a very high success rate at fighting off spam registrations.
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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 Ricw in Stop the Spam: Guide to stopping spammers   
    That's why I disabled guest posting on my forums because it encouraged spammers to post porn crap and pharmaceutical advertisements.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from arrageunwig 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 SidV 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 NiftyWolfie in Thank You IPS, For Fixing the IPB Vulnerabilities   
    Didn't see if anyone else had created a topic on this but I would personally like to thank everyone at IPS for being so diligent at fixing these vulnerabilities. I wasn't even aware they existed but when IPS posted the fixes, I applied them immediately. The vulnerabilities actually gained some nationwide exposure as major media networks like Huffingtonpost and MSNBC.com reported that a Lady GaGa website and community had been severely impacted by these vulnerabilities and lucky I was able to install the fixes, just as these fixes had been released during the past several years, and it's because you guys care about the product that yoou sell.

    I would just like to commend your team, your staff and your developers for taking such pride at ensuring the security of our own forum communities are not compromised by these vulnerabilities. Thanks, once again, and keep up the good work. :thumbsup:
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    Rheddy got a reaction from tAPir in Thank You IPS, For Fixing the IPB Vulnerabilities   
    Didn't see if anyone else had created a topic on this but I would personally like to thank everyone at IPS for being so diligent at fixing these vulnerabilities. I wasn't even aware they existed but when IPS posted the fixes, I applied them immediately. The vulnerabilities actually gained some nationwide exposure as major media networks like Huffingtonpost and MSNBC.com reported that a Lady GaGa website and community had been severely impacted by these vulnerabilities and lucky I was able to install the fixes, just as these fixes had been released during the past several years, and it's because you guys care about the product that yoou sell.

    I would just like to commend your team, your staff and your developers for taking such pride at ensuring the security of our own forum communities are not compromised by these vulnerabilities. Thanks, once again, and keep up the good work. :thumbsup:
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    Rheddy got a reaction from NewRockRabbit in Thank You IPS, For Fixing the IPB Vulnerabilities   
    Didn't see if anyone else had created a topic on this but I would personally like to thank everyone at IPS for being so diligent at fixing these vulnerabilities. I wasn't even aware they existed but when IPS posted the fixes, I applied them immediately. The vulnerabilities actually gained some nationwide exposure as major media networks like Huffingtonpost and MSNBC.com reported that a Lady GaGa website and community had been severely impacted by these vulnerabilities and lucky I was able to install the fixes, just as these fixes had been released during the past several years, and it's because you guys care about the product that yoou sell.

    I would just like to commend your team, your staff and your developers for taking such pride at ensuring the security of our own forum communities are not compromised by these vulnerabilities. Thanks, once again, and keep up the good work. :thumbsup:
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    Rheddy got a reaction from Sonya* in Big Board Subforum for admins of large sites   
    The reason why I'm against a listing of big boards is because it creates an even bigger problem for fighting spammers. I've been using the IPB forum software since 2004 and I had never had a problem with spammers until IPS released the version 3 series. Since then, I've been innundated with registrations from spammers trying to figure out ways to get through the registration so they can spam my community. Since the release of IPB 3.0, I spend more time lookiing for safeguards and multi-level anti-spam features in case they break through some of them.

    If such a list of IPB sites were to become made publcly available, it would increase that exposure. While I'm registered at a lot of forum communities, I don't make it a habit to identify my website by posting links to it everywhere ... the various search engines do that for me, by indexing my site. I receive new members due to people from all over the world who are searching for what my website covers. The community is so unique that just by searching for the subject matter of my site, it pops up as one of the top results.

    I also try not to find myself in a position where my site is placed among lists with other websites that I might, or that the members of my community, might have objections to. I just don't think that such a directory, if it is to be created, should be made available to the general public perusing through the list. If anything, such a list should only be provided to developers, who are looking for tips or techniques on improving plugins or other developments for the IPS product line, and there are already plenty of communities who offer developer support, such as the official IPS support forums.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from Eric Allione in Measures to Prevent Sign-Ups from Members like 'frsaclouisyk' and 'OpendeEn'   
    You're recycling this argument and simply not listening what we're saying. For some reason or another, someone must have tired of you at their site and simply placed you on the blacklist for spammers and trolls at SFS. What probably happened was that you posted something something on someone's site and they just opted to place you on the SFS database. Why were you placed on the list in the first place? You probably registered on some website/message forum where the admin has a very strict policy. Again, some forum communities are like that.

    I don't why this argument started in the first place, but if you're on the SFS blacklist, then you probably ran into an admin at some site or another, that has a strict policy about its members following the forum rules. I can name several forum communities that are like that, one of the biggest ones is "Megatokyo.com", which has been using IPB for a very long but whose community has been operating online for more than 20 years. They are one such community that happens to be very strict with their forum rules. They have to be and they rely on that very fact.

    An admin simply will not "blacklist" you for absolutely no reason. While going the SFS route to blacklist you from a large number of sites seems to be an extreme thing to do, it happened, and you need to move on. Play with your own community and go from there. I happen to think that SFS is a great resource and it serves a purpose. In your case, I would surmise that you angered some admin on another site and they simply opted to add you to the database at SFS. It's a little extreme, but you need to remember to follow the rules of a website, especially if you don't run it.

    Every IPB member here will tell you the same thing, or something close to it. When you register at any website, you are a guest in their "home". When you violate their website, you take a big risk from receiving any number of restrictions. Just remember, a forum account is a privilege, not a right.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from Eric Allione in Measures to Prevent Sign-Ups from Members like 'frsaclouisyk' and 'OpendeEn'   
    Jay, hate to sound blunt, but it is their own personal sandbox. The fact that you may have been blacklisted means that you probably ignored their forum rules, ignored verbal and posted warnings. When you register for an account on a website that you do not own or operate, yoou are a visitor there with privileges. Those privileges can be removed and your access restricted when you violate their policy.

    While I don't retailiate against members on my site or message forums, there are certain codes of coduct that I expect the members on my site to follow. Once every year, some idiot tries to push the envelope and I have gotten to the point where I don't even issue verbal warnings anymore. If someone violates the forum policy on my site, they simply get a permanent ban. I'm familiar with every member on my site and I know who is active, who isn't and who is a new member. When someone acts in a manner that disrupts my community, they do not get a chance to explain themselves.

    Please note that regular active and contributing members are often given some latitude, it's those members who post hateful content that end up on my "banned and blacklisted" list.

    I have found that those who own and operate their own websites will sometimes register and post derogatory messages on other message forums in order to generate traffic for their own site. This happens when you have a community that is very unique and there are maybe one or two communities similar to your own. My community happens to be very loyal and very dedicated and it happens that I have a very popular website that is often referenced by anime and news websites as well as the media industry.

    What I always tell new members, when they look like they're going to violate the forum rules on my site is that a forum account does not grant you the license to post whatever you want without censor. It's a privilege, not a right and that those rights and that access can be removed and/or restricted. Just remember, you are a guest on someone else's website. Be aware of the rules on that website and you will not get banned.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from Marcher Technologies in Align BBCodes   
    Thanks, Marcher. I figured it out. I was wrapping the text inside the bbcode and placing the image on the outside. Didn't think to place the image inside the bbcode. :lol: Thanks for the explanation of how it works. Been waiting for something like this, makes two great plugins you've made that have been very useful on my site, the first one was that premium ips.layout template plugin. Thanks. :thumbsup:
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    Rheddy got a reaction from Eric Allione in Measures to Prevent Sign-Ups from Members like 'frsaclouisyk' and 'OpendeEn'   
    That is a misleading statement. Anyone who has their own webhosting account is already allowed to blacklist any user from their site. With cPanel, you can ban specific email addresses and IP addresses through your website's control panel, not to mention banning usernames, email addresses and IP addresses through your forums ACP.

    Just love how someone can cast a gray cloud over anything. The Stop Forum Spam service is an excellent tool for restricting spammers from your website and message forums.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from Telemacus2 in Download: Shoutbox   
    Nena, I wasn't complaining. Marcher, while I respect his opinion, kind of kind of as a bit negative in his response instead of saying, "hey, check out this guide for troubleshooting Shoutbox" instead of the usual "I wish people would stop blaming the application for these problems". I don't make it a point to identify the negative aspect of a support question, I try to answer with the most appropriate and positive reply as I can.

    There are bound to be users, clients and customers who don't understand all of the nuances behind installinig a plugin. Remember, the point in posting in this topic is to get answers to problems you may be experiencing. It's called "support" for a reason. I'm trying to sound negative on this but it's better to be helpful by giving anyone who comes to this topic the appropriate information on how to solve their problem.

    When I posted my support question/feedback, I was going off the only information I had when I posted it. The error messages pointed to a "shoutbox" file/template bit. Since I know very little about coding, I wasn't aware that the installation could have been a simple "recaching" solution which worked for me. But, if someone had linked to the FAQ, that would have solved the majority of the problems I was experiencing. :sweat:

    I try to learn this stuff as I go along and it's always better to be helpful than unhelpful.

    I think there are many other who would agree with me on this. This is, after all, a support topic and the main point is to help those of us who might have questions on how to fix the problems we experience with whatever plugin we're having trouble with when we post our difficulty with that plugin.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from Makoto in Download: Shoutbox   
    Nena, I wasn't complaining. Marcher, while I respect his opinion, kind of kind of as a bit negative in his response instead of saying, "hey, check out this guide for troubleshooting Shoutbox" instead of the usual "I wish people would stop blaming the application for these problems". I don't make it a point to identify the negative aspect of a support question, I try to answer with the most appropriate and positive reply as I can.

    There are bound to be users, clients and customers who don't understand all of the nuances behind installinig a plugin. Remember, the point in posting in this topic is to get answers to problems you may be experiencing. It's called "support" for a reason. I'm trying to sound negative on this but it's better to be helpful by giving anyone who comes to this topic the appropriate information on how to solve their problem.

    When I posted my support question/feedback, I was going off the only information I had when I posted it. The error messages pointed to a "shoutbox" file/template bit. Since I know very little about coding, I wasn't aware that the installation could have been a simple "recaching" solution which worked for me. But, if someone had linked to the FAQ, that would have solved the majority of the problems I was experiencing. :sweat:

    I try to learn this stuff as I go along and it's always better to be helpful than unhelpful.

    I think there are many other who would agree with me on this. This is, after all, a support topic and the main point is to help those of us who might have questions on how to fix the problems we experience with whatever plugin we're having trouble with when we post our difficulty with that plugin.
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    Rheddy got a reaction from OGN in Download: (SOS33) Message on Warned Posts   
    I'm dumbstruck as to how this actually works. There is no indicator on how to tag a message as being warned, except for "editing" a post. I removed it because there is no function on how to get this to work. I thought it would be a great hook but there's no point to it.
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