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Posted by: myndzi Dec 5 2012, 01:41 AM

Because of the constant influx of spam, I've disabled the posting of blogs by regular users. I did, however create a "Bloggers" user group that has access to post blogs. If you'd like to blog, send me a PM and I'll add you.

Posted by: Rosti_LFC Dec 5 2012, 09:27 AM

I've had issues with this in the past and know that it works far less effectively than you might expect, but do we have any decent measures to stop spam accounts signing up to begin with (human-answer questions and such)? Presumably if we just delete all the spam accounts and can then stop new ones from registering there's little problem

Posted by: XaeL Dec 5 2012, 09:46 AM

Like ask.... which of the following is a tetromino and have block with hole LOL

Posted by: myndzi Dec 5 2012, 01:03 PM

QUOTE(Rosti_LFC @ Dec 5 2012, 09:27 AM) *

I've had issues with this in the past and know that it works far less effectively than you might expect, but do we have any decent measures to stop spam accounts signing up to begin with (human-answer questions and such)? Presumably if we just delete all the spam accounts and can then stop new ones from registering there's little problem


That requires coding, as well as a good solution. I don't believe captchas are good solutions because I don't think the spammers are bots. They are humans, and they can read. However, they have a job to do and they won't waste their time on us if we're not an easy link.

I don't know when I'll get to it, but i learned some good stuff about the forum code today, I my be able to tie site-wide privileges together without too much work, but I don't know when I'll get to it.

Posted by: Rosti_LFC Dec 5 2012, 01:21 PM

QUOTE(myndzi @ Dec 5 2012, 01:03 PM) *

That requires coding, as well as a good solution. I don't believe captchas are good solutions because I don't think the spammers are bots. They are humans, and they can read. However, they have a job to do and they won't waste their time on us if we're not an easy link.

I don't know when I'll get to it, but i learned some good stuff about the forum code today, I my be able to tie site-wide privileges together without too much work, but I don't know when I'll get to it.

Yeah, I can attest from experience on a previous forum that captchas are basically useless at stopping spam accounts from registering (we were still getting 10-15 a day). We did find that certain questions worked pretty well though - ours were tailored around pretty easy gaming-related questions, I dunno how well you could create similar ones around Tetris stuff.

And didn't realise it required coding - I was assuming it was an enable-able option in the forum registration settings (yet again lawl IPB :\).

Posted by: Integration Dec 5 2012, 05:54 PM

I can live with this decision. Blogs aren't used much anyway.

What happens when your blog gets rejected? Do you get a notification telling you the reason for the rejection? Same question for new people trying to create threads.

Posted by: Paradox Dec 5 2012, 08:20 PM

tbh i thought blogs were removed a long time ago

Posted by: Sisu Dec 5 2012, 08:31 PM

QUOTE(Paradox @ Dec 5 2012, 12:20 PM) *

tbh i thought blogs were removed a long time ago

ITYM your blog comments:

http://harddrop.com/blog/view/id_295/

edit:

http://web.archive.org/web/20140722142748/http://harddrop.com/blog/view/id_295/title_losing-interest/

Wink.png

Posted by: ohitsstef Dec 6 2012, 12:53 AM

QUOTE(Sisu @ Dec 5 2012, 08:31 PM) *

ITYM your blog comments:

http://harddrop.com/blog/view/id_295/


lol he deleted them for wutever reason

can i be placed in the blogging user thing, myndzi?

Posted by: XaeL Dec 6 2012, 01:29 AM

QUOTE(ohitsstef @ Dec 6 2012, 12:53 AM) *

lol he deleted them for wutever reason

can i be placed in the blogging user thing, myndzi?

HE SAID PM
LEARN TO READ

Posted by: ohitsstef Dec 6 2012, 01:35 AM

QUOTE(XaeL @ Dec 6 2012, 01:29 AM) *

HE SAID PM
LEARN TO READ


OMYBADIDUNTKNOEENGRISHDIDNTYOUSEAWUTROSTIWROTE

Posted by: Paradox Dec 6 2012, 01:38 AM

this message has been deleted (for whatever reason)

Posted by: XaeL Dec 6 2012, 02:29 AM

QUOTE(Paradox @ Dec 6 2012, 01:38 AM) *

this message has been deleted (for whatever reason)

so has this one, for breaking forum rules
EDIT: wtf mate which rule did i break?

Posted by: MarioThePhenom Dec 6 2012, 03:30 AM

am i missing something here?

Posted by: myndzi Dec 6 2012, 04:14 AM

QUOTE(Rosti_LFC @ Dec 5 2012, 01:21 PM) *

And didn't realise it required coding - I was assuming it was an enable-able option in the forum registration settings (yet again lawl IPB :\).


Well this version of IPB is really old, and any captcha options or plugins that exist are awful captchas anyway. ReCaptcha is about the only one I'd consider using.

QUOTE

What happens when your blog gets rejected? Do you get a notification telling you the reason for the rejection? Same question for new people trying to create threads.

Blogs don't get rejected. You just have to be a member of the user group to post, and the only stipulation for that is that you ask nicely Smile.png

Posted by: Integration Dec 6 2012, 07:14 AM

OK. Let's assume I am a new user and want to create a thread (or blog). It fails but I get no notification. Afterwards I check, if everything worked, and I get an error message (or I don't see my thread or whatever) because it wasn't approved yet. What am I supposed to do? I wouldn't know, whether I'd check later again.

I wanted to know, if you get a notification. Information is the key word.

Posted by: Sisu Jan 3 2015, 09:41 PM

the blogs have been unceremoniously removed without warning. they're mostly archived on the wayback machine tho.

browsable here:

http://web.archive.org/web/20141112181230/http://harddrop.com/blog/main/

and somewhat searchable ("Filter results") here:

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://harddrop.com/blog*

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://harddrop.com/public*

i was able to retrieve http://web.archive.org/web/1/http://harddrop.com/blog/view/id_518/title_constancy/ and http://web.archive.org/web/1/http://harddrop.com/public/user/blogs/view/name_briannn/id_450/title_jelqing-diary-entry-1/ no problem ^_^

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