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Comments March 31, 2008

Where Do Spammers Come From?

Filed under: phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 10:54 am CommentsComments (3) 

I released a post yesterday that showed some statistics about “when” my registration spammers make their attempts. I didn’t talk much about where they come from. When I started looking at that, I found something quite interesting. More…

Major Milestones for BOB

Filed under: phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 2:01 am Comments Off 

BOB is the nickname of my largest phpBB2 board (it’s short for Business Objects Board in case you were at all interested.) BOB has been around since June of 2002 and is the reason I got involved with phpBB2 in the first place. We hit three milestones, and all within the same month.

In March of 2008 we:

  • Accumulated our 400,000th post
  • Registered our 30,000th member
  • Had our first day of over 86,400 page views

All of this happened before the weekend. On the weekend my weekly cron job removed about a hundred users that had registered but never activated, and I removed several hundred posts during a major board upgrade. That just means that we’ll get to hit both of those landmark numbers a second time. 8-)

Oh, and if you don’t get why having 86,400 page views during a single 24 hour period is important, well, you’ll just have to figure it out. :-P

Comments March 30, 2008

When Do Spammers Sleep?

Filed under: Anti-spam, phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 9:41 am CommentsComments (1) 

A few days ago someone commented on my blog concerning the timing of spam. When does it happen? During the day? the night? on weekends? So I started playing with numbers.

I like playing with numbers, in case you had not figured that out by now. :-)


China is Moving Up

Filed under: Anti-spam, phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 8:49 am Comments Off 

For a very long time the #1 country top level domain (TLD) source for spammer registrations has been Russia. One of the primary offenders is mail.ru as I’m sure many of you are aware. For a while it seemed that .org addresses were the ones being abused, and then it was .info. Now it seems that China (.cn) is the new TLD of choice for spammers.


Comments March 27, 2008

Template Performance Update: Check the /contrib Folder

Filed under: Performance Tuning, phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 8:06 am Comments Off 

I am very excited that phpBB user Brainy has been working on an updated template engine for phpBB2. However, at the moment I can’t get it to work completely. Last night, when I was up late working on other things already anyway, I decided to finally take a look at the template options from the /contrib folder from a standard phpBB2 installation. I was glad I did. :)


Comments March 26, 2008

Wordpress Plugin Wanted

Filed under: blog — Dave Rathbun @ 3:46 pm Comments Off 

I have a “recent comments” plug-in installed here. It shows the five most recent comments in the sidebar. What I really want is a page or plugin that will display recent comments in the main body of the page. If anyone has a link (I have looked all over, and found only code for comments in the sidebar) please let me know. Thanks.

Template Engine Analysis Postponed…

Filed under: Performance Tuning, phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 12:43 pm CommentsComments (4) 

As regular readers will know (I think I’m up to 3 of you now :lol: ) I have been doing some testing and preliminary analysis on some different template engines for phpBB2. However, I have since discovered that the alternate template engines I have been evaluating work fine on most pages but fail on the posting page. So at the moment I have tabled all further posting until I can get a template system that works for all phpBB functions, and not just the basic pages I was refreshing. It’s quite discouraging, as I was hoping to finish reviewing the numbers and roll out my selection on my largest board during our next update.

We’ll be sticking with eXtreme Styles for now. Further details will be posted once I get everything working.

Comments March 25, 2008

Post Notes Design (Beta)

Filed under: MOD Writing, phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 8:55 am Comments Off 

In an earlier post I wrote about a new feature that I’m developing called Post Notes. This post will go into more detail about how the feature works. More…

Comments March 24, 2008

Running a phpBB2 board? Get rid of this code, and do it now

Filed under: Performance Tuning, phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 12:11 pm CommentsComments (8) 

About six or eight months ago I started noticing a really weird behavior from my server. It was always related to pages from my largest phpBB2 board. The first symptom was that the server would slow to a crawl. After connecting to the board via the web host manager or via PuTTY (if I could do either) I would see a system load of 50, 90, even 300+ at one point. When I say system load I am talking about the top-line number from the “top” command. In theory with a four-cpu box my system load should never be higher that 4.0, so a load of 300+ is quite… disturbing.

I checked and changed my apache settings. I checked my database settings. I kept checking and checking and tweaking and nothing made a difference. I finally resorted to blocking IP addresses that exhibited this behavior.

I think I may finally have figured out what was causing my problem. Believe it or not, it was some code in phpBB2. More…

Comments March 23, 2008

Any More phpBB2 MODs?

Filed under: MOD Writing, phpBB — Dave Rathbun @ 12:26 pm CommentsComments (9) 

I have been taking some grief from other phpBB.com team members over the fact that I’m still running version 2. I can understand why. :) I’ve been taking even more grief from some other folks because I’m still writing code for and updating my phpBB2 boards. Which I can also understand. But I’ve been working on a MOD that I really like, and I’m wondering if there is enough interest in phpBB2 MODs anymore to make it worth the effort to write it up, release it, and support it.


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