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Evil Steve

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It's been a while since I posted in my journal...

I've got my MUD in a semi-reasonable state, and my scripting code now supports arrays, which is needed to get lists of things (users in a room, items a user has, etc), and is generally tidier.

I've got yet another side project though (*sigh*) - some forum software. I've been getting 4 spammers a day registering on my forums, and usually at least one of them posting some crap links. I don't know why the number of spammers has suddenly exploded.
So anyway, partly as a learning exercise, partly because I don't like the way phpbb does some things and partly because there's parts I want to add to my forums but don't want to crawl through phpbb to do (It took me a full day or two to get an "Image of the day" forum working on a friends site) I'm going to make my own forums.
It'll start off as nothing fancy, just the basic posting in forums, registration and so on. Things I want to add:

  • Image forums (Like GDNets IOTD)

  • More anti-spam control, such as disallowing users posting links on their first post, no links in signatures for the first week, etc

  • Attachments, like vBulletin

  • A shared calendar for user groups, so people can mark events (My friends fail at remembering events)

  • Possible support for embedding flash / quicktime / youtube videos in posts (This might be annoying though)

  • More user tracking - I want to be able to see what the last 20 things a user did was, such as registered, posted, send a PM, so on - I belive GDNet has something similar


That should keep me busy for a while.

Anyway, back to my BitWriter / BitReader class I've spent 6 hours on so far (Fsking CRCs) :(
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I wonder if you have a bot bothering you. That CAPTCHA in the registration doesn't look to hard to AI cr@ck. Also I don't know for sure but it doesn't look like PHPBB is passing any kind of security token forcing data to originate from your site. That could be a problem right there if it is an external spamming app. I have heard PHPBB is pretty weak and often targeted.

Anyway I think just creating your own forums "could" secure you if you implement proper security, as most spammers target widely used software rather than roll your owns.

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I wonder if you have a bot bothering you. That CAPTCHA in the registration doesn't look to hard to AI cr@ck. Also I don't know for sure but it doesn't look like PHPBB is passing any kind of security token forcing data to originate from your site. That could be a problem right there if it is an external spamming app. I have heard PHPBB is pretty weak and often targeted.

Anyway I think just creating your own forums "could" secure you if you implement proper security, as most spammers target widely used software rather than roll your owns.
I've played with the CAPTCHA a bit before, added a salt and changed the opacity of the letters a bit, that stopped spammers for a week or so, but that may have been just coincidence.

Yeah, that's the plan: My custom forums will require a clever bot or a determined spammer to be spammed. And if a spammer does come along, I should have more ability to track them down and stop them.

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