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Re: System updates

Post by elc32955 » Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:52 pm

And... another one! Geez, 5 years of updating in a day...

On the forum index page, the last five updated threads will now appear for users to review. For some reason it's appearing below the Mchat module instead of above it. I've tried to move it but to no avail.... I originally tried to put it on the side, but with the hard delineations in this mobile-optimized style it wouldn't bump out the margins.

Also, the date/time display in the Mchat is acting a little squirrely since the upgrade, I'm trying my best to get it to behave but it seems to want to disrespect my authoritah. I'll keep at it....

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Eric
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Re: System updates

Post by elc32955 » Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:05 pm

Last one for today. I've installed the PHPbb Knowledgebase mod on the system, although I've not enabled it just yet. I need to caucus with the other admins and be settled on how we implement it for maximum effect and usability before I turn it loose in the wild.

A knowledgebase is something we've been after for a long time here, now that the system is operating on all cylinders we can move ahead with implementing one. HOWEVER... it takes people to write articles, do the care & feeding, and to properly vet the articles to insure we're imparting factual information. We have many folks on-board with awesome technical knowledge that would be very good at this, we just have to work out the details.

Good things are happening!

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Eric
System Manager and your tourguide for the day. Caprice Alumni, former owner of a 2011 Caprice 9C3 with a Rotofab CAI and front radiator cover, 3.45 LSD Camaro rear diff, Chris Henry performance tune, G8 GT 18" Enkei rims w/Holden lions, custom SLP axle-back muffler set with tips, Holden WM Caprice factory spoiler, Holden SSV leather steering wheel and leather shift knob, Whelen Alpha-12Q airhorn amp. G8 GT rear seat swap, AVS Ventshades.

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Re: System updates

Post by elc32955 » Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:44 pm

Hey everyone...

Just to let you know, we are still experiencing issues with outgoing site EMAIL. I just cleared a ton of bounce messages from the site mailbox. For some reason, all systems under the OATH umbrella (AOL, Yahoo, etc etc... ) are returning our site EMAIL's as they think they are spam-originated. I've submitted a request to their webmasters for white listing, and I've requested our web administrator to please change the outgoing IP for email from the system as it's an IP-based issue.

I can't tell you when this problem will clear up as only external providers can clear our IP to get the site EMAIL to it's final destination. All I can tell you is that I'm diligently working on the problem. In the meantime, if you have to password reset or anything that requires an EMAIL response to complete just please EMAIL me directly and I'll take care of it.

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Eric
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Re: System updates

Post by elc32955 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:47 am

Hi everyone,

I've been doing some work on the EMAIL issues over the last day or so and I do have some new information I'm going to share. So, in a nutshell here's what happened.... I was doing some system maintenance last week in preparation for upgrade of our companion forum system, the Revcon (RV) support forums to revision 3.2.5 of PHPbb when I came across a weird set of files in the root system directory of the other site that apparently spawned off a zip file uploaded by person(s) and via method(s) unknown. I didn't do this upload, so I disabled these files and put them in our trash folder for later review.

As you know, we've been having problems with forum Email for quite some time from our site. Come to find out that the IP for the forum EMAIL (which is the same IP we use for the other site being a shared webserver) was flagged for bad activity by Oath (Yahoo/AOL). I couldn't figure out why and I've been trying to get to the bottom of things along with our web hosting provider.

Well, I searched the site IP on Google and find out through tracking a few links that the files I killed off on the other site were actually a phishing plant. In this case, it was forwarding phishing EMAIL that knocked at the door of what appeared to be a Russian email server. Not targeted at our companion system at all, from the looks of the plant it was just using hosting space to do it's skullduggery. The good news is that I scanned & scrubbed the effected site as well as a complete review & scan of our site. No sign here that the phishers ever penetrated our partitioned server space, so zero impact to any of our users. Also, our web host has verified that security patches are current for Cpanel (our web control/front door) as well as changing all access passwords to that portion of the system.

So.... onto what I'm doing here as some preventative medicine. I'm preparing to kill off all the zero-post user accounts that were established before we went onto manual validation. This is a security purge to zap any bots that may have established an account and may be laying dormant long-term until being called into action. Manual validations insure an admin has to take physical action to allow an account applicant in. We do a basic review of the account application to weed out gibberish, a "WHOIS" IP check and a manual validation EMAIL. I SO hate spammers and phishing operators, they make life more miserable for everyone. So, if I inadvertently zap anyone that wants to retain account status here all they have to do is re-apply for an account and be manually validated.

As far as the site email's getting through, the flag on the system IP will have to time out for the EMAIL to start passing correctly to destinations. I've requested a global IP change, but this one will be a lot of work for the webhost. No estimate if or when that one will be completed.

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Eric
System Manager and your tourguide for the day. Caprice Alumni, former owner of a 2011 Caprice 9C3 with a Rotofab CAI and front radiator cover, 3.45 LSD Camaro rear diff, Chris Henry performance tune, G8 GT 18" Enkei rims w/Holden lions, custom SLP axle-back muffler set with tips, Holden WM Caprice factory spoiler, Holden SSV leather steering wheel and leather shift knob, Whelen Alpha-12Q airhorn amp. G8 GT rear seat swap, AVS Ventshades.

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Re: System updates

Post by elc32955 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:06 am

Hi folks,

One other brief update for you. I'm pleased to tell you that since the upgrade of the forum system, we are now scoring a perfect "0" as far as mobile readability errors. So, the new style/mobile optimization of the forum system with the upgrade has greatly helped. Before the upgrade many of the forum pages with attachments were tossing errors that Google didn't like. With the automatic resizing the new revision has brought to us, all of those errors were resolved.

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Eric
System Manager and your tourguide for the day. Caprice Alumni, former owner of a 2011 Caprice 9C3 with a Rotofab CAI and front radiator cover, 3.45 LSD Camaro rear diff, Chris Henry performance tune, G8 GT 18" Enkei rims w/Holden lions, custom SLP axle-back muffler set with tips, Holden WM Caprice factory spoiler, Holden SSV leather steering wheel and leather shift knob, Whelen Alpha-12Q airhorn amp. G8 GT rear seat swap, AVS Ventshades.

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Re: System updates

Post by elc32955 » Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:08 am

Hi folks,

Just a very brief update today. I've been watching the pictures posted by users since we updated the forum software pertinent to our old nemesis... the pic sizing issue. I'm pleased to report that this revision of the forum software works very well with pictures and auto-sizes just fine. So, I've taken down my nag messages in the forum rules sections about watching your upload size. If anyone runs into problems please let me know, but I think we've put another long-lingering issue to bed. Finally!

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Eric
System Manager and your tourguide for the day. Caprice Alumni, former owner of a 2011 Caprice 9C3 with a Rotofab CAI and front radiator cover, 3.45 LSD Camaro rear diff, Chris Henry performance tune, G8 GT 18" Enkei rims w/Holden lions, custom SLP axle-back muffler set with tips, Holden WM Caprice factory spoiler, Holden SSV leather steering wheel and leather shift knob, Whelen Alpha-12Q airhorn amp. G8 GT rear seat swap, AVS Ventshades.

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