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Photo Galleries are back! Instructions below.

Dear forum users,
Thank you for your patience with the Photo galleries. We've got your galleries online!
We have finished writing a custom script to migrate the PhotoPlog to vBulletin5’s albums.

Unfortunately V-Bulletin killed the "Photoplogs" in their software upgrade which was unforeseen and we're the first development group to have written a script for getting the galleries back... that said, it took some time to reverse engineer the code and get the albums to move over seamlessly!

Forum users will be able to access their “PhotoPlog” images through their user profile page by clicking on the “Media” tab.
They will also be able to browse other albums by going to the albums page. (On the forum site, there is a link in the black bar beside “Forums” to the albums.)

In order for users to create an album please follow the steps below.
1) Go to user profile page and click “Media”
2) Click Add Photos
3) Enter Photo Gallery Title in the first field
4) Click Upload or Select from Photo Album to add photos
5) Click Post
6) Once posted, the album will be created as a “Topic” on the albums page for the public to see. The topic title will be the “Photo Gallery Title” they created before uploading their photos.


To create this migration path we used vBulletin5’s default album structure. Unfortunately, it won’t work like the “PhotoPlog” but is an album/gallery component on the forum now.
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  • Spammers

    What's with these people that join FB just to post solicitations?

    ***** phones, etc? do they really sell stuff this way?

    (I just bring up an old post to get rid of them......)
    sigpicTiempo para guzarlos..... ...enjoy every sandwich!

  • #2
    Re: Spammers

    Jim,

    Spammers have special software the crawls around the net looking for bulletin boards like this one (vBulletin, and other types). When the spam software "discovers" a board like ours, it automatically registers and posts whatever it is they are selling.

    It's tough to stop the spamming without putting too many restrictions on the legitimate members. Something we just sort of need to put up with for now.
    Ken H. - Kentucky
    42" Pompeii

    Pompeii Oven Construction Video Updated!

    Oven Thread ... Enclosure Thread
    Cost Spreadsheet ... Picasa Web Album

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    • #3
      Re: Spammers

      Our Forum software keeps getting better at giving us options to keep spammers out. Graphic captchas, email address confirmation, block IP addresses, block ISPs, etc. It's gotten a lot better. There is an option where moderators view and approve postings, but we would never do that.

      So a few still get through. Any time you see one that I don't -- send me a PM.

      We're doing pretty good.
      James
      Pizza Ovens
      Outdoor Fireplaces

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      • #4
        Re: Spammers

        It seems to me that there has been a new rash of spammers. It may be that a moderation of a new member's first three posts might be in order. James must be spending a lot of time ditching these abusive members, perhaps a group of active forum volunteers could take over the job of weeding out abusive posts.
        My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2

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        • #5
          Re: Spammers

          To whomever cleaned up the spam today, thank you! It was getting a little ridiculous....
          Picasa web album
          Oven-building thread

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          • #6
            Re: Spammers

            That's me. It's a constant chore, so I guess it's part of remaining civilized amidst the uncivilized. We have a lot of anti-spam software on the Forum, but it's like an arms race where the spammers learn new tricks; the anti-spam software gets better; repeat. :-)
            James
            Pizza Ovens
            Outdoor Fireplaces

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            • #7
              Re: Spammers

              I just read David's posting.

              Do you think we have group support for Moderating the first few postings by new members?

              I remember back to when I joined by first forum and was unsure about waiting for the first one(s) to go through. As though I was being interviewed to join the group.

              What do you think?

              Meanwhile, I will do some research on the latest anti-spam software. Perhaps there is something new we can add. More to come on that.

              James
              Pizza Ovens
              Outdoor Fireplaces

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              • #8
                Re: Spammers

                I don't think spam on this site is a serious problem.
                (Especially compared to my inbox)

                I wouldn't mind moderating the first few postings, but as James pointed out..... Do we want to make new members feel like they are being interviewed?

                I say live with it.

                Unless it gets so bad James, that you are spending lots of time cleaning it up.

                My two cents.

                Dave
                My thread:
                http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/d...ress-2476.html
                My costs:
                http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?k...Xr0fvgxuh4s7Hw
                My pics:
                http://picasaweb.google.com/dawatsonator

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                • #9
                  Re: Spammers

                  I think Dmun's idea is more like having someone screening the first few posts of new members and approving them before they are made public. It wouldn't be like an interview at all.

                  This would be transparent for newbies. They make a post like normal, only the post would have to be approved before it goes on the board (lag time of a few hours). After x number of legit posts, they are no longer screened.

                  I would be more than happy to volunteer to be a "screener" for new member posts. I'm usually on here 4-5 times a week; if not every day.

                  If 3 or 4 of us could be designated by James as mods with limited privileges, there would be very little lag for the honest new users.
                  Ken H. - Kentucky
                  42" Pompeii

                  Pompeii Oven Construction Video Updated!

                  Oven Thread ... Enclosure Thread
                  Cost Spreadsheet ... Picasa Web Album

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                  • #10
                    Re: Spammers

                    Seems like that would work Ken.
                    I'm on most days too, so I wouldn't mind helping out.

                    How's the cooking going Ken. Did you check out James new bread?
                    Looks awesome and easy too!

                    I'm gonna give it a go this weekend.
                    Have you been using your oven every weekend?

                    Dave
                    My thread:
                    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/d...ress-2476.html
                    My costs:
                    http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?k...Xr0fvgxuh4s7Hw
                    My pics:
                    http://picasaweb.google.com/dawatsonator

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                    • #11
                      Re: Spammers

                      OK. Give me a minute to research the software that will let us do this. The approach makes sense.

                      I'll be back...
                      James
                      Pizza Ovens
                      Outdoor Fireplaces

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                      • #12
                        Re: Spammers

                        I notice that most posts now have two new buttons on them:

                        This returns "add infraction on 'user' ", user = poster name, and:

                        which says: "report post"
                        I assume these are our new anti-spam tools. Any instructions about using them?

                        Our latest drop-in spammer is advertising refractorys in Bristol, UK. This is actually something we could use, is a member in the refractory trade in the UK, if it were a real member rather than a spambot.
                        My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2

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                        • #13
                          Re: Spammers

                          Hi David,

                          I have made you and Ken moderators, which is why you can see these new options. We have also installed new software (forum software 3.7.3, reCaptcha, and Akismet) today, which I am working my way through. Once it is all set up, I think we are going to be in pretty good shape. The spambot registrations should go down and I think it's going to be easier to put spam postings in a moderation que and delete them before they actually reach the forum. I'm hoping it will be easy to keep up and transparent to all of our users. At least that's our goal!

                          More to come, and the 3.7.3 and reCaptcha are already set up and working.

                          We can talk about legitimate vendors trying to gain visibility.

                          James
                          Pizza Ovens
                          Outdoor Fireplaces

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                          • #14
                            Re: Spammers

                            Originally posted by james View Post
                            Hi David,

                            I have made you and Ken moderators, which is why you can see these new options. We have also installed new software (forum software 3.7.3, reCaptcha, and Akismet) today, which I am working my way through. Once it is all set up, I think we are going to be in pretty good shape. The spambot registrations should go down and I think it's going to be easier to put spam postings in a moderation que and delete them before they actually reach the forum. I'm hoping it will be easy to keep up and transparent to all of our users. At least that's our goal!

                            More to come, and the 3.7.3 and reCaptcha are already set up and working.

                            We can talk about legitimate vendors trying to gain visibility.

                            James
                            I think the Captcha stuff works great. It nearly eliminated spam on my website's guestbook. Now, Dmun and I just need to figure out what we can (or should) be doing as moderators.
                            Ken H. - Kentucky
                            42" Pompeii

                            Pompeii Oven Construction Video Updated!

                            Oven Thread ... Enclosure Thread
                            Cost Spreadsheet ... Picasa Web Album

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