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    tonyv got a reaction from Eric BXL in Spam via Contact Us - Call to Arms!   
    Yea, I probably don't get enough of it to notice. I've never had a single spam post on my board because I screen prospective members carefully and registration is turned off until I'm ready to admit someone. I do hate spam, but I think I hate ads more, because they're more in my face when I'm visiting some site. To me, ads are spam I can try to ignore but I can't just delete. 
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    tonyv got a reaction from wohali in Clubs enhancement requested   
    Posting an update. There actually is a permission to make Clubs not visible to Guests: ACP>System>Applications, expand System, click on the padlock next to Clubs and adjust the permissions for all user groups. I made mine so Guests don't have access to the Clubs module. Yes, there's a Category for Clubs on the Forums table, but when a user who is not logged in tries to expand it, there are no forums there. That's what I was looking for.
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    tonyv reacted to Lindy in Charging to change URL?   
    Generally, if you contact us and let us know the circumstances, we will change the URL for you if there's nothing funky going on and it's not an every day thing. We had to begin imposing a fee for a few reasons. Firstly, to reduce "license hopping" (multiple licenses and swapping URLs back and forth to obtain updates/support.) Secondly, it cuts down on those trying to actually have multiple installations (I won't get into the specifics for obvious reasons) on one license. Lastly, but perhaps most important, the most common scenario are "tinkerers" who install, tinker, remove, re-install on a new URL, tinker, remove, rinse and repeat. We certainly don't mind people cycling through various ideas to see what sticks, but very often, there is quite a lot of support involved and it's not unusual for those who reset their URL over and over to also have dozens of support tickets. The spirit of the standard support included with license renewals is based on a single installation. So, part of the fee is to recoup the overhead involved with supporting what amounts to multiple installations and sites, albeit not at the same time.  
    Again, you're always welcome to put in a support ticket and let us know what you're trying to do. If it's simply a URL change on an existing site and/or you're not requiring support on repeated fresh installations, we will typically just do it for you and waive the fee. None of us are going to retire on URL reset fees - it just keeps the honest... honest, and helps ensure fair support to all customers. 
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    tonyv reacted to Lucas James in Profile pic (avatar) question   
    150 kB or 200 kB or 250 kB, whatever you like.
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    tonyv reacted to opentype in Profile pic (avatar) question   
    The 50 KB value is too small. 
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    tonyv reacted to AlexWebsites in Forums disappeared, but are intact in the database?   
    Check your usergroup and forum permission settings.
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    tonyv got a reaction from kmk in Disable Anonymous Login   
    It's in Settings>LogIn & Registration:

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    tonyv got a reaction from Makoto in Disable Anonymous Login   
    It's in Settings>LogIn & Registration:

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    tonyv got a reaction from Daniel F in Post Before Registering - HUGE MISTAKE   
    I use a similar approach. My community is exclusive, and my policy for years has been that you have to ask to join. I kept registration deactivated and had an announcement visible to guests telling hopefuls to use the Contact Us link to write to me. I would then temporarily re-activate registration so the prospective member could register. Lots of users joined that way, and I knew that spammers weren't going to write to me. Since activating PBR, I've been able to re-activate registration, and almost no spammers even try to register, because they're too busy "posting" ... or at least they think they are! 😉 With this feature and the spam control rating option, it leaves very few IP addresses, user names, and email addresses for me to Google and run through WhoIs, Project Honeypot, etc. It's working out great for me. 
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    tonyv reacted to PoC2 in Post Before Registering - HUGE MISTAKE   
    I tried the "post before registering" once, but switched it off after a couple of days due to the spam entries in the records. I laud its intended idea.
    Personally I've taken a very different approach in the past year and it's high barrier, not low barrier
    Visit my site and you get a fairly blank/minimalist home page. New member applications are only taken one day a week. All new registrations are admin approved and have to fill out a special profile field correctly first to help pass validation. Erased from Google. Erased from The Wayback Machine. "Word of mouth" beats any potential "drive-by" traffic. So a high barrier, but I believe that the future of specialist communities (that forum software encourages) is security and privacy rather than "lowest barrier/truck them all in".  Though I suspect how effective that is depends on how established your site is.
    The result is no spam, anyway (and a relative haven for users, who increasingly value privacy).
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    tonyv reacted to bfarber in Post Before Registering - HUGE MISTAKE   
    Just to touch on this in case anyone else comes across the topic - this will have absolutely negligible impact on performance, backups, storage consumption and so on as well.
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    tonyv reacted to Lindy in Post Before Registering - HUGE MISTAKE   
    I am sorry you are frustrated, but your site does not in fact have "20,000 spam" posts. Your database may contain 20,000 additional temporary records, but your initial implication was your community was being overrun by spam suggesting the feature is allowing a moderation nightmare to occur and that, respectfully, is the very definition of hyperbolic. 
    The feature is intended to promote engagement and reduce the initial barrier of such. I can understand if you are on shared hosting or a micro VPS with minimal resources how a bout of increased traffic and PBR submissions may present different challenges, but 20,000 - even 100,000 temporary records that will be removed if not authenticated should absolutely not pose an issue under normal circumstances. If 20,000 rows in the database is causing your site to noticeably choke, backups to be impacted and a concerning amount of storage to be consumed, I really believe there are deeper issues at play than PBR. 
    We determined the maintenance period to be a reasonable amount of time between content submission and final authentication before determining the account is spam. You are welcome to suggest modifications to this in the feedback area. 
    To answer your question, yes, you can shut the feature off and the cleanup of accounts and content will still occur. 
    If you have any suggestions for improving the feature, you are again very welcome to post them in the feedback area. Unfortunately, I'm not sure what we can offer for your concerns at hand as again, the feature is intended to allow a path for guests to... post before registering. The posts are completely behind the scenes until they complete the registration, which requires validation and if that is not completed, the posts are removed. 
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    tonyv reacted to bfarber in Post Before Registering - HUGE MISTAKE   
    You didn't see spam posts - you looked in the database and found them. The very nature of allowing guests to post prior to registration can open up spammers to try to submit content, however unless they actually complete registration those posts are never displayed and will be appropriately pruned.
    In other words, the topic here is a bit hyperbolic. 😉 There is no need to clean these posts up, the software will do it automatically.
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    tonyv reacted to opentype in How to disable 'All activity' stream ?   
    Disable the guest permission for the Content Discovery module:

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    tonyv reacted to bfarber in Please allow reverse post order in threads   
    Wouldn't a better solution be for clicking the topic title to simply take you to where you left off in the topic so you don't have to paginate and find your spot?
    (Of course the little dot next to the topic title already does this but I understand some users don't realize that)
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    tonyv reacted to opentype in Please allow reverse post order in threads   
    First of all: “reverse post order in threads” is even the title of this topic. And the post itself clearly talks about “posts in a thread”, “scroll to the bottom of the thread” . And that’s what I discussed as well. 
    So you are wrong in saying it is about topics in a forum. Try to read more carefully before posting. 
    Since you obviously didn’t get the point, here is the detailed version: it’s a discussion forum. A forum is about sharing and discussing arguments, facts, opinions. I’m happy to do that. A simple 👎🏻 doesn’t do anything and certainly doesn’t need my attention through the notification system. What am I supposed to do with it? If the user sunset wants to make a case for reversed post order, great! I am happy to listen and consider the arguments. Just as I tried to make a case for my position and not just threw a 👎🏻 unter the feature request. 
    That is actually a dishonest argument, since you suggest that what I said would just be based on the use of my own forums, which it is not. 
    Same as above. Dishonest misrepresentation of my post. You suggest I wouldn’t want this user to speak, which is completely untrue. My position, again, is very simple: it’s a discussion forum. Anyone can present their point of view, arguments and facts. I have never suggested anything else. 
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    tonyv got a reaction from Luuuk in Please allow reverse post order in threads   
    My forum isn't a "social media experience," nor should it be.
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    tonyv reacted to AmericanRev2 in Please Do something about notification emails   
    you are replying to notification emails sent from the server , if you want to reply to this person you have to go to the message and reply
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    tonyv reacted to bfarber in Question re: Hidden Content   
    Some sites wish to allow users to remove their own content, but would rather that "removal" result in the content being hidden rather than deleted.
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    tonyv got a reaction from MNOfficial in ACP suggestion   
    When deleting a member, a small screen pops up and reads, "Are you sure you want to permanently delete this member? This action cannot be undone." It would be beneficial if the message was more specific, if it read, "Are you sure you want to permanently delete aloppibra? This action cannot be undone." Whenever I see the small screen asking me if I'm sure, I always hesitate and sometimes wonder, second guess myself, as to whether I'm actually deleting the correct user.

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    tonyv reacted to Rhett in CCPA Compliance (next big GDPR) on IPB?   
    Believe half of what you see, and none of what you hear!  That video is just to gain views, like most media these days.  
    Before freaking out like that video suggest everyone do, I would consult with someone who can explain the details properly without a fear approach. It will be business as usual for most in my personal opinion.  
     
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    tonyv reacted to Matt in ACP suggestion   
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    tonyv got a reaction from Hexsplosions in ACP suggestion   
    When deleting a member, a small screen pops up and reads, "Are you sure you want to permanently delete this member? This action cannot be undone." It would be beneficial if the message was more specific, if it read, "Are you sure you want to permanently delete aloppibra? This action cannot be undone." Whenever I see the small screen asking me if I'm sure, I always hesitate and sometimes wonder, second guess myself, as to whether I'm actually deleting the correct user.

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    tonyv got a reaction from Rhett in ACP suggestion   
    When deleting a member, a small screen pops up and reads, "Are you sure you want to permanently delete this member? This action cannot be undone." It would be beneficial if the message was more specific, if it read, "Are you sure you want to permanently delete aloppibra? This action cannot be undone." Whenever I see the small screen asking me if I'm sure, I always hesitate and sometimes wonder, second guess myself, as to whether I'm actually deleting the correct user.

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    tonyv reacted to ahc in Should be a way to control the number of threads per page.   
    ACP > Community Tab > "Settings" under Forums > Scroll down to Topic Settings

     
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