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Re: Recent spam

Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:26 am
by DGMurdockIII
what about flarum - http://flarum.org/

or bbpress - https://bbpress.org/

Re: Recent spam

Posted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:18 pm
by rcmid
I am a Solus user and would be willing to moderate to help eliminate spam. Thanks for everyone's hard work.

Re: Recent spam

Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:52 am
by ryangorley
It's not a new project, but I recently stumbled on NodeBB (https://nodebb.org/). It's somewhat Discourse-like, but I don't know if that's entirely bad. It seems to be very actively developed and there is apparently a migration path from phpBB (https://www.npmjs.com/package/nodebb-pl ... port-phpbb). May be worth checking out if you haven't already.

As regarding the moderation help, I've privately articulated some of the constraints on my time to Sunnyflunk, but I'd be glad to help carry the load.

Re: Recent spam

Posted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 5:22 am
by Linux
As a fellow system administrator, web administrator, and fellow forum user, I have often found myself settling on WoltLab Burning Board.

They do have a full working importer for phpBB 3.2 (as well as all previous phpBB versions). The software is fully responsive, which means it fully supports desktop and mobile device sized screens, which I believe is important, especially on a support forum as most people seeking help are likely using a mobile device when their computer is offline (down). Most importantly, the software is very good at keeping general spam out (which I know is your concern) and also offers several 3rd independent modifications to expand on the core to that end.

While WoltLab Burning Board is not free, it is the more affordable alternative as the bottom line price is the lowest (90) and there are no subscription fees (you buy it, you keep it, and continue to get updates for it). For example, if you bought v4.0, you ended up with nearly 5 years (1/2 a decade) of free updates and free supports.

A side note, if you do decide you like WoltLab Burning Board, I would be willing to contribute to the funding so you can obtain it. As an open source project, you have already given to the online community at large and I do not mind playing it forward by helping if I can. :)

Alternatively, if you really are looking to stick with free forum software, I would suggest either Flarum or NodeBB. The downside to Flarum is they are still in development and for that reason, while they do show promise, the software is not fully 100% ready for prime-time (in my opinion). NodeBB would be a good alternative as they offer both free and paid support, although the software is not as simple to always upgrade or backup (I make system images regularly for this reason).

Re: Recent spam

Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:30 pm
by drkmttr
Has anybody had any experience with ElkArt? It has anti-spam, post by email, and OpenID 2.0 built-in.

Re: Recent spam

Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:33 pm
by Justin
While we haven't fully eliminated the spam we have made it invisible to the users of the forum. Each first post/topic by a user now needs moderator approval and we have expanded our team of moderators as some of you may have noticed. We will monitor how this system goes and if necessary look for an alternative solution however in the week it has been implemented it has been quite effective.

Re: Recent spam

Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 2:32 am
by GumbyDamnIt!
Justin wrote:
Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:33 pm
While we haven't fully eliminated the spam we have made it invisible to the users of the forum. Each first post/topic by a user now needs moderator approval and we have expanded our team of moderators as some of you may have noticed. We will monitor how this system goes and if necessary look for an alternative solution however in the week it has been implemented it has been quite effective.
Brilliant!

Our sincere appreciation goes out to all of the mods for their tireless yet sometimes thankless efforts!!!

Re: Recent spam

Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 3:24 am
by Craig-toyoracer
Thumbs up for the extra effort Mod squad, the result has been effective and appreciated. Thank you. :D

Re: Recent spam

Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 2:39 pm
by ikey
Yeah really appreciate that the forums are running more smoothly now. Personally I rarely get to visit the forums (sad face) but we do have
dedicated forumers (?) so it's nice to see this place running like clockwork once more. :)

Re: Recent spam

Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:14 pm
by astericks
If you still want an alternative I am developing a forum (rottenforum.rf.gd) that I'd give away for free. I'm still working on the new layout so it isn't full of features yet. It should be noted that this is free hosting and I am limited in what it can do.