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by Albert Wiersch
Fri Oct 28, 2011 6:04 pm
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Why require username for forgotten password?
Replies: 53
Views: 6633

Re: Why require username for forgotten password?

There's an UNVALIDATED MOD for Changing methods for password reset but, be aware, this MOD is marked as [RC] so you should double check with the author that it is safe to use before you use this MOD on a live board. Thanks. I think I won't do anything if it requires a MOD, especially an unvalidated...
by Albert Wiersch
Fri Oct 28, 2011 3:43 pm
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Why require username for forgotten password?
Replies: 53
Views: 6633

Why require username for forgotten password?

This seems to be a big usability problem - requiring the user to remember their username if they forgot their password. Why not only require an email address to send them a reset password link? Sure, requiring a username is more secure, but not having a forum at all is even more secure... when secur...
by Albert Wiersch
Tue Jul 19, 2011 3:04 pm
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: Making title more user & SEO friendly
Replies: 6
Views: 1320

Re: Making title more SEO friendly

Lumpy Burgertushie wrote:good work
Thanks! :D
by Albert Wiersch
Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:45 pm
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: Making title more user & SEO friendly
Replies: 6
Views: 1320

Re: Making title more SEO friendly

This article will explain how to change the PAGE_TITLE: http://www.phpbb.com/kb/article/remove-view-topic-and-view-forum-from-titles/ Thanks! I will do it this way... easy enough. I'm just going to switch them around so the static text comes after instead of first. I think this is better for humans...
by Albert Wiersch
Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:41 pm
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: Making title more user & SEO friendly
Replies: 6
Views: 1320

Re: Making title more SEO friendly

phpbb.com, which doesn't use any SEO tricks on the titles, ranks very highly in search engines, which is some evidence that search engines have no trouble in indexing phpBB forums and raises doubt as to whether any further SEO optimisation is necessary. I'm sure it's not necessary, but I think it's...
by Albert Wiersch
Tue Jul 19, 2011 5:12 am
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: Making title more user & SEO friendly
Replies: 6
Views: 1320

Making title more user & SEO friendly

One of my users suggested that the forum use titles that are better for SEO: http://www.htmlvalidator.com/CSEForum/viewtopic.php?p=5534#p5534 Basically, the "fixed" title text should be at the end of the title instead of the beginning. I believe I was able to improve this by editing the overall_head...
by Albert Wiersch
Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:59 pm
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Discuss: phpBB 3.0.9 released
Replies: 141
Views: 25904

Re: Discuss: phpBB 3.0.9 released

Thanks! Just updated but had a small hiccup. I don't know why but the includes/functions.php didn't seem to update the first go-around. It said all the files were updated except includes/functions.php, so I downloaded the files again, which this time was just includes/functions.php, and updated that...
by Albert Wiersch
Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:05 pm
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: [Discuss] Preventing Spam in phpBB3
Replies: 886
Views: 128154

Re: [Discuss] Preventing Spam in phpBB3

I am getting posts on my forum from unknown usernames. I have Q&A questions in the registration profile with Admin membership approval but they are still getting in somehow. The username they are using does not appear in the user list at all. Is this a vulnerability perhaps in 3.0.2? This post is c...
by Albert Wiersch
Sun Mar 06, 2011 1:12 am
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: [Discuss] Preventing Spam in phpBB3
Replies: 886
Views: 128154

Re: [Discuss] Preventing Spam in phpBB3

It appears as though doing the UTC-12 countermeasure results in the forum saying to the user (when the top-listed UTC-12 timezone is selected), that an email has been sent for account activation, but instead it 'silently' fails to register the user and no email is actually sent. Is that is what is s...
by Albert Wiersch
Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:42 pm
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: Am I wasting my time blocking IPs to prevent spam?
Replies: 7
Views: 567

Re: Am I wasting my time blokcing IPs to prevent spam?

stevemaury wrote:I just said it was ineffective. That article would be pretty long if it discussed all the things that don't work.
Might be longer, but better and more informative. :D

And it can say something like this:

Generally ineffective techniques:
* Blocking IPs

Not long at all.
by Albert Wiersch
Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:14 pm
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: Am I wasting my time blocking IPs to prevent spam?
Replies: 7
Views: 567

Re: Am I wasting my time blocking IPs to prevent spam?

I've just cleared all the IP blocks and added the "Blocking UTC-12 Registrations" (mentioned at http://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=2122696) as an additional spam countermeasure. It appears as though doing that countermeasure results in the forum saying to the user (when the top-list...
by Albert Wiersch
Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:55 pm
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: Am I wasting my time blocking IPs to prevent spam?
Replies: 7
Views: 567

Re: Am I wasting my time blokcing IPs to prevent spam?

stevemaury wrote:In a word - yes. Read the sticky anti-spam topic in this forum.
I did... it didn't say anything about banning IPs. If that is ineffective, then it would be nice if it were explicitly stated.
by Albert Wiersch
Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:50 pm
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: Am I wasting my time blocking IPs to prevent spam?
Replies: 7
Views: 567

Am I wasting my time blocking IPs to prevent spam?

Occasionally I'll get a spammer or bot who gets by my spambot countermeasures and posts. I do have it set so that a new user's posts require moderation (needed feature!). If they are spamming or posting junk messages, I usually delete them and all their posts. I also ban their IP if it appears their...
by Albert Wiersch
Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:30 pm
Forum: [3.0.x] Support Forum
Topic: Admin Password Hack Attempts?
Replies: 9
Views: 3852

Re: Admin Password Hack Attempts?

Someone contacted me and said they are getting the CAPTCHA daily or almost daily. Is there anything simple that can be done to address this? They pointed me to this URL, which is advice about this issue for SMF forums: http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=422954.0 From the advice ...
by Albert Wiersch
Fri Jan 14, 2011 8:03 pm
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Login at phpbb
Replies: 11
Views: 1644

Re: Login at phpbb

We're currently looking at ways to make this less of an annoyance for legitimate users in 3.0.9: http://tracker.phpbb.com/browse/PHPBB3-9992 - Adam Thanks... that's good. I like that the proposed IP-based solution would work across different accounts... but I would think the first and last times of...

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