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Post by enrico-sorichetti » Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:05 pm

the last technical post was 10 days ago :(

on the other forum until a couple years ago there were usually well more that 20 new topics each day
but now even there there is less and less traffic


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Re: forum activity

Post by Akatsukami » Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:18 pm

Although I have not tried to collect the data, it would not surprise me to find traffic flows to whatever boards have senpai who are willing to write code for querents.


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Re: forum activity

Post by enrico-sorichetti » Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:39 pm

see here for some numbers
viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1345

even over there the willingness of providing code has disappeared

the only one consistently providing code was Frank,
IMO against any good judgement on what a forum should provide, but it was His choice


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Post by Robert Sample » Thu Oct 20, 2016 12:17 am

We are installing Virtel, a 3270 emulator that may be replacing TN3270 PLUS for us. It was a straight forward install, but Virtel wanted a pre-installation phone call to go over the process. I asked what they do so differently that 2 system programmers with over 30 years experience each couldn't figure out. The response was they've had to teach installers how to submit jobs at some sites, so they added the pre-installation call to evaluate the expertise of the person doing the install. I'm surprised the question count is going down instead of going up.



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Post by Anuj Dhawan » Thu Oct 20, 2016 10:44 am

They used to run a coaching center and directed the students to ask questions on the Forum and that's one of the reasons why one saw a good in-flow of the questions long back. Now they are no longer providing the coaching.

Other reason, I think, is as what Akatsukami has said - users usually want a ready-made solution.


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Re: forum activity

Post by enrico-sorichetti » Thu Oct 20, 2016 11:57 am

They used to run a coaching center and directed the students to ask questions on the Forum and that's one of the reasons why one saw a good in-flow of the questions long back. Now they are no longer providing the coaching.
makes sense, didn' t know about that


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Re: forum activity

Post by enrico-sorichetti » Fri Oct 28, 2016 9:29 pm

but the spammers keep growing.

I went to the members list, clicked on joined to get the member listed in descending join date

and 57.5 % out of the first 200 were spammers

probably more because the member database is in bad shape and still reports banned members as active
I am pretty sure of that because some members I ban hammered and initially apperared as banned later on showed up as active

apart the member' s database problem the number of spammers is something to worry about


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Post by Akatsukami » Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:02 pm

I don't think the number of spammers is really a problem. IIRC, McMillan's main board went through a serious infestation of spammers manqué a few years back, which was dealt with by instituting the two-part registration system. If those that didn't or couldn't complete the second part were removed from the members data base, the number of members would drop by about 90% (which may be why he hasn't removed them ;)).


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Re: forum activity

Post by Anuj Dhawan » Sun Oct 30, 2016 1:23 pm

One of the main problems is - the questions, at the time of registration, should not be googleable - if they are googleable, a human spammer can pass through them, with some iteration. More the iterations, less the chances of spammers getting registered. I've been constantly experimenting with these questions and I believe we're slowly getting better.


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Re: forum activity

Post by zprogrammer » Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:24 pm

Anuj I think we need to kill the whatsapp group .. since it is easier for people to type than join the forum and post question in an unorthodox manner and it makes them lazy perhaps..

I feel it is time to kill the group...

Killing the group means removing all the users from the group...

Both the groups should be deleted perhaps...


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Re: forum activity

Post by enrico-sorichetti » Wed Nov 09, 2016 2:44 pm

looks like lately the only activity is
spammers spamming and janitors cleaning 8-)


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Re: forum activity

Post by William Collins » Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:45 pm

My first three, including one in Russian, and one where they put 60+ spam posts in the same topic... I deleted two of them individually before realising what was going on, then deleting the topic..




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Re: forum activity

Post by enrico-sorichetti » Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:40 pm

if You look at the moderators log, You would see the reason for my previous comment

anyway, the fastest way
click on the user name
click on ban hammer ...

reply yes to everything to

ban the user
ban the email address
ban the ip ( most of them are from russia and neighborhood )
delete all the users post
move the user to the banned list

and confirm the action

Simply banning the user will not move it to the proper place
( PhpBB bug ? )


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Re: forum activity

Post by Anuj Dhawan » Thu Nov 17, 2016 7:15 pm

enrico-sorichetti wrote: ( PhpBB bug ? )
Not bug, it's the design!


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Re: forum activity

Post by William Collins » Fri Nov 18, 2016 3:15 pm

Well, I can't see a "ban hammer" anywhere. If anyone does accidentally get banned whilst I search for and test it, apologies in advance...




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Re: forum activity

Post by enrico-sorichetti » Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:44 pm

its right there, after You have clicked on a userid to see his profile
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