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by drathbun
Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Constant problems with a web virus
Replies: 2
Views: 16663

Re: Constant problems with a web virus

Once a host is infected, it can be very difficult to recover. They may have installed a back door which allows them to come in at any time. I worked with a friend who got infected, and what we had to do was download all of the source code and scan it offline, looking for anything that should not exi...
by drathbun
Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: end of the world
Replies: 14
Views: 20554

Re: end of the world

watisnf.nl wrote:We still alive at this moment it's almost noon here! Don't see flaming rocks yet :lol: Everything stable
But you're early. :P The Mayans are from Central Time Zone... :lol:
by drathbun
Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: big-boards.com
Replies: 3
Views: 5621

Re: big-boards.com

Last time I checked, they wanted you to pay for an "accelerated review" process. I said no thanks and moved on.
by drathbun
Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Purchase a Database Without the Domain Name
Replies: 3
Views: 3172

Re: Purchase a Database Without the Domain Name

What about a privacy policy on the existing site? Do they even have the right to sell or even transfer (for free) the data to a third party? If they do not have a clause specifying that they can do that, and you buy the data, you're potentially going to have a lot of unhappy people on your hands. I ...
by drathbun
Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:56 pm
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: SEO - Obsolete?
Replies: 58
Views: 11242

Re: SEO - Obsolete?

You might also need to test similar pages with non-text URLs, but with same or similar content. See which one ranks higher. The problem with tests like this is you're testing in a vacuum. You can't know what Google does, you can only infer. And your inferences today may not match Google's algorithms...
by drathbun
Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:53 pm
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: how are you updating your forum
Replies: 10
Views: 685

Re: how are you updating your forum

If your web host allows sub-domains then you can run more than one copy of phpBB on the same host. Use www.example.com for the main board and test.example.com for a test board. If you wanted to (you should not, but you could) you could even share a single database. Better to have a second test copy ...
by drathbun
Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:48 pm
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: SEO - Obsolete?
Replies: 58
Views: 11242

Re: SEO - Obsolete?

There may be certain behaviors that Google / Bing / et al favor today. It does not mean they will continue to favor them tomorrow. That's the point of the article that I originally linked, as far as I read it. As search engine algorithms continue to get more and more sophisticated, the "tricks" that...
by drathbun
Fri Oct 19, 2012 7:33 pm
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: phpBB.com Website Feedback
Replies: 783
Views: 347216

Re: phpBB.com Website Feedback

It would be nice if someone could reply to an inbox PM, even if they can't initiate a PM until they have the required number of posts...
by drathbun
Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:58 pm
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Why have mods that only work on 2 styles?
Replies: 8
Views: 982

Re: Why have mods that only work on 2 styles?

I'm a bit nervous about risking having to remove the extra styles, and re-upload them again. Too many users would get cranky. I'll just leave it be. The best solution is to have a second copy of your board and use it to test and debug new MODs as well as new styles. If this is an option for you, yo...
by drathbun
Mon Aug 13, 2012 2:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My rant as to whether forums are dead....
Replies: 18
Views: 13718

Re: My rant as to whether forums are dead....

Board owners / moderators can already be as strict or lax as they want. If an individual board wants to allow posters to SHOUT and curse and not use paragraphs and write long run-on sentences without punctuation that never seem to end which makes them extremely hard to read and frustrating for other...
by drathbun
Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:56 pm
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Permission Order
Replies: 20
Views: 1946

Re: Permission Order

However, permissions have no numerical order or any other logical order that I can see that makes any particlular sense. But there is a logical order. You have to be able to view something before you can read it, and you have to be able to read before you can post. It makes no sense to be able to r...
by drathbun
Thu Aug 09, 2012 4:01 am
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Permission Order
Replies: 20
Views: 1946

Re: Permission Order

Can see forum Can read forum Can start new topics Can reply to topics Can post announcements Can post stickies Can use topic/post icons Hm. How are they ordered in phpBB2? ;) View Forum Read Forum Post New Topic Post Reply Edit Delete Sticky Announce Vote Create Poll Basically I am agreeing with th...
by drathbun
Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:50 pm
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: How many phpBB installations, worldwide?
Replies: 9
Views: 5199

Re: How many phpBB installations, worldwide?

There are at least two. :P

There's really no reliable way to figure this out. Also some boards or sites might have a phpBB installation but the site is essentially abandoned, so the only active members are spammers. Some domains might have more than one installation of phpBB.
by drathbun
Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:25 pm
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Member Wishes on Forum Conduct?
Replies: 23
Views: 3313

Re: Member Wishes on Forum Conduct?

If they wanted something to stay private, they should have said it in private... or not at all That's virtual censoring: as soon as I'm bound to something I can't express myself freely anymore. Going that way of thinking the world would go much more silent and it's the same way as " Those who have ...
by drathbun
Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:42 pm
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Member Wishes on Forum Conduct?
Replies: 23
Views: 3313

Re: Member Wishes on Forum Conduct?

AmigoJack wrote:Think about it from a different view: the posts have been created by that user, so they're fundamentally his property.
Those rights were waived as soon as they posted on my community board. If they wanted something to stay private, they should have said it in private... or not at all. :)

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