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by TerryE
Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:17 pm
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: Preventing Spam in 3.0.5 and Lower [*Read First Post*]
Replies: 586
Views: 186754

Re: Preventing Spam in 3.0 [*Read First Post*]

Wouldn't using say five options be harder then just two for a bot? ?? This is just a case of for (i=0;i<n;I++) ... with n = 5 instead of two. Once you can parse the select tag in the form, picking random choices is easy. Getting a robot to answer Qs like " What is President Obama's Christian name? ...
by TerryE
Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:14 am
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: Preventing Spam in 3.0.5 and Lower [*Read First Post*]
Replies: 586
Views: 186754

Re: Preventing Spam in 3.0 [*Read First Post*]

I've just backed out using custom fields. We used to use drop-downs for users to record their host OS and product version, but the bots now just contain code to process these custom selections and make a random pick for each field. This is enough to counter the use of custom fields as anti-bot deter...
by TerryE
Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:22 pm
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: Preventing Spam in 3.0.5 and Lower [*Read First Post*]
Replies: 586
Views: 186754

Re: Preventing Spam in 3.0 [*Read First Post*]

On the VirtualBox community forums we started asking the registering users to enter the version number of the latest version of the product (this is a regexp in the system config table which we just update with MySQL). Requiring collateral such data from a sister site has just about killed SPAM regi...
by TerryE
Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:14 am
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: What requirements is phpBB 3 coded against?
Replies: 26
Views: 2839

Re: What requirements is phpBB 3 coded against?

@narqelion, I suspect that we actually agree on a lot of issues, but I still think that you are criticising (I mean this in the formal meaning of the word) phpBB from the wrong perspective. You mention products for "Health Care industry regulated by FDA guidelines" being bliss for an integration eng...
by TerryE
Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:57 pm
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: What requirements is phpBB 3 coded against?
Replies: 26
Views: 2839

Re: What requirements is phpBB 3 coded against?

@narqelion, I could repeat very much what I said on the related Area51 topic phpBB architecture and other docs . I came up the classic waterfall development route and worked on a lot of developments including embedded system, safety critical systems and major government transactional systems. The FL...
by TerryE
Sat May 16, 2009 2:25 pm
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: Where to develop and post HowTos
Replies: 5
Views: 602

Re: Where to develop and post HowTos

Clearly its easier for me not to share this sort of stuff: it won't help me as I've already gone through the pain and it will involve less work; if the general feeling of the team is that it's not worth doing then we have a result — don't share the knowledge. It's just that this result seems counter...
by TerryE
Sat May 16, 2009 2:05 pm
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Version Identification 3.0.x vs upgrade to 3.0.x
Replies: 14
Views: 922

Re: Version Identification 3.0.x vs upgrade to 3.0.x

I've moved all my management scripts into Python as bash etc are just not powerful enough. (For years I use Perl for this sort if stuff, but I've stopped using Perl for anything other than short-life Q&Ds — I find that I have difficulty understanding Perl code that I wrote six months previously, let...
by TerryE
Sat May 16, 2009 3:32 am
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Version Identification 3.0.x vs upgrade to 3.0.x
Replies: 14
Views: 922

Re: Version Identification 3.0.x vs upgrade to 3.0.x

I agree that doing this at an applications level is dangerous practice, but I am thinking about a context where it should be entirely appropriate, e.g administration scripts such as backup as restore, database migration, etc. What you are saying that this excuses the fact that your release processes...
by TerryE
Sat May 16, 2009 2:27 am
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Version Identification 3.0.x vs upgrade to 3.0.x
Replies: 14
Views: 922

Re: Version Identification 3.0.x vs upgrade to 3.0.x

No they aren't. Your database_upgrade.php inserts additional columns without the AFTER clause so they get appended, whereas in the new install they are logically grouped. This means that you can't do an insert into phpbb_xxxxx values (....) and know that it's going to work because the column order m...
by TerryE
Fri May 15, 2009 11:08 pm
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: Where to develop and post HowTos
Replies: 5
Views: 602

Re: Where to develop and post HowTos

Yes and the scope guideline on the main page: What is this wiki about? This wiki is a place where you can share your experience with the codebase of phpBB3 aka Olympus. Anything related to code documentation, modding/styling tutorials can be added here. What it is not . This is not meant to be a gen...
by TerryE
Fri May 15, 2009 10:54 pm
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: [ACP] Unable to submit large forms.
Replies: 9
Views: 1309

Re: [ACP] Unable to submit large forms.

Sorry Rick, I wasn't asking for the answer. I'd worked that one out myself. I should have made it more clear in my post. It was a bugger to track down because you needed to set to up the suhosin.request.max_vars as well the suhosin.post.max_vars even though the form only has a few request parameters...
by TerryE
Fri May 15, 2009 10:28 pm
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Version Identification 3.0.x vs upgrade to 3.0.x
Replies: 14
Views: 922

Re: Version Identification 3.0.x vs upgrade to 3.0.x

A codicil a year later. I have now merged all of my Nation Language forums onto a single phpBB code base, though they are logically separate with separate databases. I don't do the upgrades but always start with a clean install of phpBB plus the 14 language packs that I use. I maintain a patch of th...
by TerryE
Fri May 15, 2009 10:14 pm
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: [ACP] Unable to submit large forms.
Replies: 9
Views: 1309

Re: [ACP] Unable to submit large forms.

Ric, I run 13 National Language (NL) forums instances on a SAMP server and 15 language packs at the last count. Some language packs are used on multiple NL forums. All of this is running on a single share code base. I have to keep this all under tight change control. Given that my NL admins are spre...
by TerryE
Fri May 15, 2009 9:58 pm
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: Where to develop and post HowTos
Replies: 5
Views: 602

Where to develop and post HowTos

I am the lead admin and developer for the OpenOffice.org community forums . We've currently got eight National Language (NL) forums with another three in the pipeline and a couple of test instances each with its own MySQL schema, and private files, cache and avatar-upload directories but everything ...
by TerryE
Thu May 14, 2009 12:32 am
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: [ACP] Unable to submit large forms.
Replies: 9
Views: 1309

Re: [ACP] Unable to submit large forms.

I also hit this one on V3.0.4 with the ACP -> System -> Language editors, where each line of the template generates a post variable. The $_POST variable count gets truncated to 200 and the timestamp and check_key are dropped of the end causing the submit to fail. As the OP says, upping the suhosin.p...

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