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Paying the SPAM Protection Racket
« Reply #15 on: October 13, 2016, 10:56:33 AM »
The Spam issue on the Blog Commentary is fixed.

I reactivated "Clean Talk", where the free trial ended a few months ago and then we began get ever increasing amounts of spam each day.  At first they all went into the moderation bin and I was able to hand delete them before they were published.  In the last couple of weeks though they started going straight up, totally messing up the commentary over there.

The instant disappearance of all SPAM once I paid the Protection Money makes me quite suspicious.  I suspect the SPAM actually comes from Clean Talk itself, through Chinese contractors.  If you're not paying your protection money, then Clean Talk gives the green light to their spam division to start bombarding you.

As Protection Money fees go, it's quite cheap at $8/year per website.  Well worth it to keep the commentary clean.  The fees will no doubt increase with time though.

For now, I'll pay the protection and keep the commentary open over there.  If it gets too expensive though, I'll shut it down and just keep the forum open for commentary by members only.

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Re: DD updates log
« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2016, 05:47:40 PM »
30 Oct 2016 00:10 GMT
SSL: Renewed SSL Certificate to include mail.doomsteaddiner.net (enables encrypted email with SSL/TLS as well as STARTTLS)
WP: Updated 4 WordPress Plugins : Ninja Forms, Simple Editing, CleanTalk
SMF : still no fix for 2.0.12 navbar problem, use https://doomsteaddiner.net/palloy/navbar.htm instead.
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Re: DD updates log
« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2016, 03:14:47 PM »
4 November 2016
SMF still haven't got fixes out for v2.0.12 .  RE noticed, and I can confirm, that the brown navigation bar is visible again after it is updated to show that you have new PM messages.  So if you really need to logout for some reason, https://doomsteaddiner.net/palloy/navbar.htm will give you the link for My-Messages, and then you can send a message to yourself a message, and get the bar back with the Logout link on it.
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Re: DD updates log
« Reply #18 on: December 18, 2016, 04:03:44 PM »
19 December 2016 00:00 GMT

WP updated to 4.7 OK
WP-plugins (9) updated OK
WP-themes (3) updated OK
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Re: DD updates log
« Reply #19 on: December 18, 2016, 07:02:06 PM »
19 December 2016 00:00 GMT

WP updated to 4.7 OK
WP-plugins (9) updated OK
WP-themes (3) updated OK

The Diner Code Jockey is on the job!

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Re: DD updates log
« Reply #20 on: December 18, 2016, 07:27:38 PM »
Yes. Thanks very much.
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Re: DD updates log
« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2017, 05:05:57 PM »
MOVED from RE is dying:

3 Jan 2017 01:00 GMT

Palloy:
I don't get a Reply button, like I am logged out, on Surly's Year in doom page, but I do on this page - yet to see if it posts ...
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Re: DD updates log
« Reply #22 on: January 02, 2017, 05:07:21 PM »
Palloy:
... Yes it does.
Is anyone else getting problems like this?
This should go in Cybersecurity > DD updates really (there haven't been any updates very recently).
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Re: DD updates log
« Reply #23 on: January 02, 2017, 05:08:44 PM »
Completely off topic.
I don't get a Reply button, like I am logged out, on Surly's Year in doom page, but I do on this page - yet to see if it posts ...

SMF is badly in need of an update.

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Re: DD updates log
« Reply #24 on: January 02, 2017, 05:40:47 PM »
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SMF is badly in need of an update.

Yes it does.  The trouble is they are working on getting version 2.1 ready for general release, meanwhile problems in 2.0 keep piling up.  Version 2.0.7+ needs PHP 5.5+, but doesn't work in PHP 7 at all, and the latest PHP 5.6 has just gone out of support apart from security issues.

So on the SMF's own Forum, once you find the thread, everyone is jumping up and down saying "Fix 2.0.12", "No,  fix PHP 7 compatibility !" and the developers/testers are saying "We will fix everything, but give us time, and can we please have more help with coding/testing".

PHP 7 has dropped the interface to MySQL database, in favour of MySQLi (more secure).  This means all the coding that accesses the MySQL database has to be changed to use the MySQLi database.  SMF keeps all its links from the Forum Menu (Doomstead Diner Menu to the boards (Geopolitics and DD Newz Channels) to the threads (DD updates log) to the Posts in MySQL database, so the amount of code that needs to be changed is huge, and needs to be done on SMF-2.0 and SMF-2.1 and rigorously tested.

So the brown dot of death is going to be with us for a long time yet.  The alternative is to switch to another forum package, like PHPBB3, but that would require an "import SMF database" feature.  I don't know if they offer that, or even if they support PHP 7.
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Re: DD updates log
« Reply #25 on: January 02, 2017, 05:46:50 PM »
On the Geopolitics page, Surly's thread has an icon with a padlock, never seen that before.  Am I not allowed to take part?   :'(
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Re: DD updates log
« Reply #26 on: January 02, 2017, 05:47:46 PM »
Eddie: GO was complaining that he was unable to comment on a thread this morning. I thought RE was responsible for that, but maybe not.
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Re: DD updates log
« Reply #27 on: January 02, 2017, 05:48:31 PM »
RE: I'll go look.  The thread might have gotten locked by a glitch.

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Re: DD updates log
« Reply #28 on: January 02, 2017, 05:50:33 PM »
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SMF is badly in need of an update.

Yes it does.  The trouble is they are working on getting version 2.1 ready for general release, meanwhile problems in 2.0 keep piling up.  Version 2.0.7+ needs PHP 5.5+, but doesn't work in PHP 7 at all, and the latest PHP 5.6 has just gone out of support apart from security issues.

So on the SMF's own Forum, once you find the thread, everyone is jumping up and down saying "Fix 2.0.12", "No,  fix PHP 7 compatibility !" and the developers/testers are saying "We will fix everything, but give us time, and can we please have more help with coding/testing".

PHP 7 has dropped the interface to MySQL database, in favour of MySQLi (more secure).  This means all the coding that accesses the MySQL database has to be changed to use the MySQLi database.  SMF keeps all its links from the Forum Menu (Doomstead Diner Menu to the boards (Geopolitics and DD Newz Channels) to the threads (DD updates log) to the Posts in MySQL database, so the amount of code that needs to be changed is huge, and needs to be done on SMF-2.0 and SMF-2.1 and rigorously tested.

So the brown dot of death is going to be with us for a long time yet.  The alternative is to switch to another forum package, like PHPBB3, but that would require an "import SMF database" feature.  I don't know if they offer that, or even if they support PHP 7.

Allan Stromfeldt Christensen emailed me about another forum package he is looking at, Discourse. Not sure if we can map the SMF to that package or it ASO supports it though.

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Re: DD updates log
« Reply #29 on: January 02, 2017, 05:52:14 PM »
Yup, it was locked.   I unlocked it.  You can now post up there.

Fucking SMF is a  MESS!

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