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JHC
Mar-04-2011, 05:44
Just for fun I tried to upload a pic for my profile it was within the limits set by MIMF but a message was shown"unable to post picture" is this because we are still fighting the spammers?? PS it is not important but a reason would be nice :):):)

Krummhorn
Mar-04-2011, 08:29
Hi Colin,

Yes ... it is for that reason. Once we get the new version of vBulletin installed, we will have much better controls against spammers and will then be able to re-open profile changes to our faithful members.

I've sent you a PM on how we can accomplish this for you in the meantime.

JHC
Mar-04-2011, 09:54
Thanks Lars, I thought a pic of me in my one piece swim suit could have been offensive, so was not allowed, while I am in this intellectual mood a better selection of smileys wouldn't be amiss :whistle:

Can I ask if this "vBulletin" program is expensive?? I ask because some good forums run such crappy programs

Krummhorn
Mar-04-2011, 18:52
Welcome, Colin :tiphat:

I think the cost for the vBulletin licensing is inexpensive compared to the bulk of other costs:


site licensing
domain licensing (.dk, .com)
a web hosting service
server lease/purchase (both forums are on the same server)
server maintenance agreement(s)
add-ons that enhance forum features
vBSO licensing

Now, all that ... times 2 ... as there are two forums, not to mention Frederik's own home pages, and database back-up provisions.

Frederik pays for all the operating costs for the two forums out of his own pocket. There is no profit gained from operating the two forums.

Oh, in case anyone was wondering, the forum staff are all voluntary positions.

wljmrbill
Mar-05-2011, 07:30
I would guess then that small fee we pay for extras etc...does not help him out much then.. the two forms could prove rather expensive fior him. THanks Frederik.

JHC
Mar-05-2011, 07:36
Legit advertisers would help a bit

Krummhorn
Mar-05-2011, 14:27
I would guess then that small fee we pay for extras etc...does not help him out much then.. the two forms could prove rather expensive fior him. THanks Frederik.

Actually, those do, Bill.


Legit advertisers would help a bit

But then the pages start to get very messy ... not to mention all the pop-ups that annoy everyone one other sites.

JHC
Mar-07-2011, 10:37
Lars, one thing I don't understand is why spammers would target our profiles?? surly they can only read them, they can,t make changes. they can leave messages but it is up to us as individuals to read or delete. Plus this approach would be very time consuming for them, much easier to make postings on threads which will remain until you remove them, so why our profiles? I have never seen a sign of spam on my profile page or any one elses for that matter so what are they actually doing?

Krummhorn
Mar-07-2011, 14:51
Colin,

The spammers cannot target other members profiles ... what they were doing, after learning that we immediately ban for making spam postings, was to register, and then fill every nook and cranny of their own profile with spam links and such in hopes of circumventing the rules.

Robin and I were manually checking each and every new registration for spam within their own profiles ... and each field that contained spam, must be edited out/removed one at a time within that profile ... take that times 75 to 125 registrations daily, multiplied over two forums (MIMF & TC) and, well, it was becoming a very time intensive project for the forum staff.

We decided to temporarily turn off access to the profiles, and then required all new registrations to be approved manually. Robin or I have to "approve" each and every new registration, and we check IP's and eMails against an international site, StopForumSpam (http://www.stopforumspam.com/forum/index.php), and on this SpamBotSearch (http://avant.it-mate.co.uk/dl/Tools/Spambot_Search_Tool/simple/index.php). We can also check for Blacklisted IP's (http://whatismyipaddress.com/blacklist-check) if need be. As admins, we have "API" keys for entering data for any new found spammers on the Stop Forum Spam site ... I myself have added hundreds of IP/eMail addresses to that international list this year alone. Totaled, we have banned a few thousand spammers since January 1st this year ... this is all done transparent to the public side of the forum and keeps this forum mostly clear of spam.

We also have a "spam bot" that constantly peruses this entire site looking for spam postings (commercial links, etc). When it catches any, it places that post/thread directly into Moderation Queue, which removes it from view and off the public boards, but is quite visible to any forum staff member, at which point Frederik, Robin or myself can immediately deal with it and obliterate the spammer.

So, any spammers reading this post, know this: and heed our warning ... SPAMMERS: if your eMail or IP are on anyone of those lists, your account will either be banned or deleted without any notice or warnings. Rather pointless for spammers to even try registering :rolleyes: ... :grin:

Every day of the week, we have been adding a plethora of IP addresses and eMail addresses to the 'blocked list'. When someone tries to register using a blocked IP or eMail, they are denied permission to join this forum (and our sister forum, Talk Classical) as the blocked lists for both forums is identical.

Eventually, the word will get out to these cretins ... these losers ... that this forum does not tolerate this kind of activity and they will go somewhere else ... many have already done just that.

Spam (the un-edible kind) turns my stomach ... now, fried spam (the real thing) is delightful on bread with melted cheese over the top. Yummy!!

JHC
Mar-07-2011, 22:34
OK, I am not criticising just puzzled, what about links that direct you to a member's blog or home page ?? most of those contain links to other nefarious places which are spam, how to combat that one?

Krummhorn
Mar-09-2011, 00:43
Colin,

I know you weren't being critical ... I may have gone a bit overboard on my post above ... I loathe spammers, spamming and spam (the non-edible kind) that much.
Frederik also has a zero tolerance for spam, which is why our members see little, if any, spam crap. Once in a while, they sneak in between the cracks, but if Akismet (our spam bot) doesn't catch them, we will, soon enough.

That's what we had to edit out of spammers profiles ... so that when someone searched internally for their profile they saw absolutely nothing. We also have to be concerned about external searches ... there are many "spiders" and "data bots" who peruse our pages and its member lists thousands of times each day ... if the spammer has promotional url's in their profile, then they [the spammer] has accomplished its task having gotten free exposure and thus, free advertising, at our expense and using our resources (time and server space) for their own personal financial gain.

Hope that explains it better for you. :)

JHC
Mar-09-2011, 05:26
Thanks Lars, perhaps permit no links to be posted until member has made 25 posts
any way keep going don't let the little Sebastians grind you down

teddy
Mar-09-2011, 11:10
Good idea Colin. At least it would encourage members to use the site more, as well as keeping us safer.

Krummhorn
Mar-09-2011, 16:23
Excellent idea, Colin :up:

We will be looking into those kinds of settings once the forum software is upgraded.
Gives people some incentive to participating more and becoming involved with this forum community.

Alban Berg
Mar-11-2011, 05:52
Maybe I will be considered a spammer or a communist because I like Russian opera?

LOL

Martin

White Knight
Mar-11-2011, 06:15
I wouldn't lose any sleep over it, you know? :sleep: :rolleyes:

teddy
Mar-15-2011, 17:25
Maybe a Monty Python fan?

teddy

White Knight
Mar-15-2011, 21:29
Maybe a Monty Python fan?

teddy

Yeah, really Teddy. I've been a huge John Cleese/Monthy Python fan for years and do enjoy the occasional bit of Russian Opera as well. But then again, I've been called a socialist{or worse} in my day, so I don't know anymore what to think of all this kerfuffle.

Contratrombone64
Mar-15-2011, 23:34
Kerfuffle and shenanigans can only mean risibility, eh?

White Knight
Mar-15-2011, 23:40
Kerfuffle and shenanigans can only mean risibility, eh?

Absolutely CT, absolutely.

JHC
Apr-12-2011, 06:27
Wishing to see what my profile showed to other members I clicked myself and found that my name is #RAND(38)# and I have been banned.
http://www.magle.dk/music-forums/members/j-h-c-.html
also I made no posts so why was I banned?????? and while making this post I was offline

Mat
Apr-12-2011, 11:18
Colin, we all new this day would come eventually... :lol: :whistle:

teddy
Apr-12-2011, 11:37
Yes, I noticed that Colin. Been nice knowing you................................

teddy

marval
Apr-12-2011, 13:36
What have you been up to Colin? I am sure it is a mistake.


Margaret

Dorsetmike
Apr-12-2011, 14:40
Are you the leader of the banned?

JHC
Apr-12-2011, 22:53
Perhaps I have a doppelganger? what do you see when you check my profile?? I may regret asking this question

Mat
Apr-12-2011, 23:05
I see some Randy38 guy, who apparently took over your profile... You know him?

Krummhorn
Apr-13-2011, 08:53
Wishing to see what my profile showed to other members I clicked myself and found that my name is #RAND(38)# and I have been banned.
http://www.magle.dk/music-forums/members/j-h-c-.html
also I made no posts so why was I banned?????? and while making this post I was offline

Colin ... you are not banned. For some odd reason, your profile is cross-linked to #rand ... I'll have Frederik take a look at that pronto.

In the meantime, please understand that you, as J.H.C. are NOT banned and can continue to post as normal. This oddity is only occurring when trying to view your profile. We will get it straightened our.

JHC
Apr-13-2011, 09:09
Colin ... you are not banned. For some odd reason, your profile is cross-linked to #rand ... I'll have Frederik take a look at that pronto.
I knew that I, as J.H.C. was not banned, these things always happen to me, I just get used to it, I even get speeding tickets when I was not able to drive, get published as the looser in a golf match when I didn't play :cry: the list goes on and on and on.

White Knight
Apr-13-2011, 22:14
I knew that I, as J.H.C. was not banned, these things always happen to me, I just get used to it, I even get speeding tickets when I was not able to drive, get published as the looser in a golf match when I didn't play :cry: the list goes on and on and on.

Colin, that's all going to end here and now! :grin:

Contratrombone64
Apr-14-2011, 01:45
Colin you are, indeed, special ...

JHC
Apr-14-2011, 02:42
Colin, that's all going to end here and now! :grin:

You make that sound kind of final

JHC
Apr-14-2011, 02:44
Colin you are, indeed, special ...

And the punch line is ??

White Knight
Apr-14-2011, 04:41
You make that sound kind of final

Colin, final in a good way, of course!

Contratrombone64
Apr-14-2011, 04:45
Punch? now there's a thought - a nice drink for a summer's day ...

JHC
Apr-14-2011, 06:53
Punch? now there's a thought - a nice drink for a summer's day ...

I admire your control :D I was fraught with anticipation waiting for the coup de gras

Contratrombone64
Apr-14-2011, 10:24
Never judge a book by it's cover, my friend, especially if you're not sure if it's the size of an 18C atlas or a novella.

Krummhorn
Apr-21-2011, 06:02
Ok ... here's how we fixed Colin's "problem" ... :lol:

I PM'd Colin with some options, and he chose to change the username to "JHC" as it now appears on all his postings.

Now his profile no longer points to a banned member :clap:. He's a good as gold once again ... well, he was always as good as gold, just like everyone else on this forum.