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Thanks to Trev (LR90) for getting us back online.

Invision haven't done a bluddy thing to help after some scummer tried to hack this site.

The admins will no doubt decide what if anything we can do to prevent any further occurrence.

if we need to pay for more security there are funds available to ensure the site stays up and flourishing.

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Just to add to Tony's post.

Trev (LR90), was up at 6am looking at the reason for the forum going down - thanks to his efforts and on previous occasions - Geoffs quick action, the forum is back again.

The unfortunate downside of this website getting more and more popular, is the spammers target it.

Due to the vigilance of the Moderators, most spam is deleted before it gets noticed.

However, lately, porn has become a big problem, now accompanied by pictures as well.

Over the last few days we have been discussing what we can do about this threat, and the options are as follows:-

Pay more for better protection.

Control new members by one of two methods-

(1) Generate a code that has to be copied before access for new members is allowed

(2) All new members have to wait for Admin/Moderators approval before being permitted to post anything.

We'll take some kind of emergency measure to protect this website in the short term while we try to decide what is the best thing for the forseeable future.

Sorry for those of you that couldn't get on here on Sunday until lunchtime. We will always try to keep this website running. Any thanks for fixing this problem should go to Trev (LR90)

Forum Team. :)

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Just to add to Tony's post.

Trev (LR90), was up at 6am looking at the reason for the forum going down - thanks to his efforts and on previous occasions - Geoffs quick action, the forum is back again.

The unfortunate downside of this website getting more and more popular, is the spammers target it.

Due to the vigilance of the Moderators, most spam is deleted before it gets noticed.

However, lately, porn has become a big problem, now accompanied by pictures as well.

Over the last few days we have been discussing what we can do about this threat, and the options are as follows:-

1) have a porn only section?? :rolleyes::ph34r::ph34r::ph34r::ph34r:

Seriously though, well done mods for keeping on top of the problem.

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Well done team.. I saw the first stupid post land in Defender forum around midnight.. Dropped a note to the mod and knew you would cover it...

If you want feedback, I'd go for the mod/admin approval which puts most spammers off but they will still try.

Most people will wait for a day to post no problem as long as they know what is happening and why in the joining instructions up front....

(Experience from another board I moderate on..)

Neil

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Well done guys for getting us back on!

What the hell was it exactly? What do you mean hacked in? Did they plant a virus?

Why don't you just go for an annual fee. That way you raise some funds, maybe for an annual event and cover web costs, and at the same time you have some id details to follow up any potential "scummers". The fee alone should put off any bored mischievous individual.

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Well done guys for getting us back on!

What the hell was it exactly? What do you mean hacked in? Did they plant a virus?

Why don't you just go for an annual fee. That way you raise some funds, maybe for an annual event and cover web costs, and at the same time you have some id details to follow up any potential "scummers". The fee alone should put off any bored mischievous individual.

Yes, well done guys, I had a couple of Trojans captured by my security system, suppose it was something to do with your problem, but being a technophobe don't know a lot more, i'd go for an annual fee, seems a good idea.

Cheers bill

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Annual fee won't really be an option for this site IMHO

the attack wasn't based on this site but against Invision as it affected other boards hosted by them to,

we have further security measures inplace and will adopt anything invison provides to aide security.

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Annual fee won't really be an option for this site IMHO

the attack wasn't based on this site but against Invision as it affected other boards hosted by them to,

we have further security measures inplace and will adopt anything invison provides to aide security.

According to Invision, they had thousands of forums down today, although it took my 4th ticket request to get the information I required, their software ia a1 but support can be questionable.

Im not sure about the annual fee, although I have seen forums that either restrict access for free loaders or give you a "must have" avatar to reward contributions from members.

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Pirate have a good system of star ratings - members who haven't contributed to the running of the board have no star, those who have contributed get a certain coloured star and those who are on the forum for commercial reasons get another star. That way you see who is on the forum for financial gain, and we can all help meet the time and financial demands of running such a superb site.

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Rog, interrested in your feedback and looking fwd to the patch when Invision do respond. We've had a real battle lately with spam and todays hack was clearly aimed at directing our not inconsiderable traffic to another site.

As said above we are doing several things which while its more of a stumbling block for new members which we didn't want to do does recognise our responibility to the existing members.

We don't expect to be seeking any more funds but whatever we do we are keen to ensure ALL members are treated equally. So don't expect stars or annual fees. Remember why this forum was created and read the charter.

Oh, and appologies for any inconvenience caused :)

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As from now, all new members have to be Mod/Admin approved.

Les. :)

Seems sensible - a couple of other forums I visit operate the same policy. It did catch me out on one forum (NorfolK Broads - no comments pleaese!!!) when I couldn't work out why my post didn't appear immediately - when I asked for the resulting duplicate post to be deleted a mod contacted me and explained what was going on. :rolleyes:

This requirement appeared in their T&C's which of course like 99% of other people I hadn't read before I clicked in the 'I agree' box. I would suggest it would be good form to mod the T&C's for this forum too.....even though no one will probaby read it.....

PS well done to all those involved in getting us back up and running.

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Great Work to all involved.

Most forums might have taken this as an opportunity to enforce contributions/subscriptions and its good to see the honesty of this forum continue.

This has been the biggect allure for me plus the banter and good nature the forum promotes (untill I end up on the other end of it!). :P

I was also impressed recently when a few whelks started sh*t stirring and causing trouble on the forum and was admirably handled by all concerned.

On another note my conciense has been pricked and I think it is time to make a contribution.

What is the best way to hand over a some dosh? Do you acccept Paypal or is it a case of cash in a brown envelope? :D

Anyway, keep up the good work!!

Best regards

Grant

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As from now, all new members have to be Mod/Admin approved.

Les. :)

Damn... could have been a prime opportunity to get rid of some of the existing deadwood, like all the V8 boys who spend their lives wailing about humid days and the price of petrol. :P

Seriously guys, thanks for giving up your Sunday so I can while away my life on the web. :rolleyes: (Actually I've done some laning in the Peak District today - yay! :D)

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Control new members by one of two methods-

(1) Generate a code that has to be copied before access for new members is allowed

(2) All new members have to wait for Admin/Moderators approval before being permitted to post anything.

As a founder/Admin of another forum (PC gaming clan) - IMHO we should be doing 1) as a bare minimum, option 2) if the admins can spare the time to keep on top of it.

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As a founder/Admin of another forum (PC gaming clan) - IMHO we should be doing 1) as a bare minimum, option 2) if the admins can spare the time to keep on top of it.

1) has been in place for a while now though the mods that registered a while ago may not realise. We have also been ensisting that an email address is supplied and validated (and buildling an ever growing blacklist).

Sadly now we will need to impose 2) as well though we hope for legit new members the delay can be minimised.

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On another note my conciense has been pricked and I think it is time to make a contribution.

What is the best way to hand over a some dosh? Do you acccept Paypal or is it a case of cash in a brown envelope?

Anyway, keep up the good work!!

Best regards

Grant

Grant, go to the title bar at the top, just below LR4x4 is 'Funding' just click this & you can proceed from there.

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