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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance - Page 14 EmptyThu 07 Mar 2019, 15:43

Just as a matter of interest, the other day when I first posted the thread about 'witches marks' I had to go through several minutes identifying pictures of busses, bicycles, fire hydants, traffic lights, etc, to prove I wasn't a robot before it would post. It's the first time I've had to do that on this site, except that when I editted the same post I had to do it all again. I haven't encountered it with any subsequent posts in other threads. My original posting was quite long so took a while to compose, with several pictures and a link to a regular (tourist/museum) site, but otherwise there was nothing particularly unusual about it. So why the extra checks I wonder? Still, I learned the French for 'fire hydrant'.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance - Page 14 EmptyThu 07 Mar 2019, 16:29

ReCaptcha kicks in on Forumotion forums if their spam filter reckons something in the post could be spammy - though for the life of me I can't see what might have triggered it for that post. It could be simply the number of images, but then all the quizzes we've done would have triggered it too, I'd reckon, and they never have.

The other trigger can be certain words associated with spam - but again I don't see anything too weird in the text.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance - Page 14 EmptyThu 07 Mar 2019, 20:23

MM, when I change in the Preview, every some seconds the window to introduce something I have put in favourites and then some seconds later introduce another one, and then every some seconds copying a picture that I have in one of the said favourites, then the "Res" site seems many times to turn tilt (they translate in the dictionary:hit the roof, go up the wall).

Also, although nordmann says that one can't find the real stuff on google, when I insist up to the sixth page to a searching term, and then immediately start another combination, sometimes with words between "" and in that process changing windows every few seconds, if I see that the entry is crap (nonsense, in the paperback Collins stays also "taboo"?: faeces. I looked in the abbreviations, but no "taboo" mentioned).

Then many times google sends a message, where I have to prove with a "v" that I am not a robot...and I have to restart the computer, because even after proving to be not a robot, google works extremely slowly...punishing me to have taken to many bites in a short time?

I have still to learn those computer lessons for dummies...

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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance - Page 14 EmptyMon 01 Apr 2019, 07:50

Today and tomorrow there will possibly be a few interruptions (site not available) as I implement IP blocks to stop certain methods of accessing the website, especially those being employed to generate multiple PMs addressed to the administrator. This is being done in conjunction with Forumotion who will automatically detect any such accesses in real-time and impose a denial of access on their sources, something which is anticipated to be a bit time consuming as the sources utilise quite an array of IP addresses supplied by botnets for the purpose. The information will be forwarded to global blacklist services so we have to be careful not to confuse genuine access with bot-originated access.

Apologies in advance if this leads to problems when accessing the site.

For the record, the number of abusive posts has now exceeded 500 and rising, with about 3,000 apparently having been blocked on the way by the service provider's own security. All of them have a "Brexit theme" - so it is obvious that this site has been identified by someone who (let's be generous) is pro-Brexit, to put it mildly. It is also a party (or parties) who have availed themselves of "abuse for hire" facilities kindly extended by some of our less pleasant brethren on this planet, one variety of which is automatically generated multiple generic "messages", using various combinations of phrases and references, sent by fake users/guests to message boards. This kind of assault is normally associated with blog-sites and YouTube commentary fields, etc, but unfortunately it works just as well with sites like this that provide a method to allow anonymous guests to send messages to appointed administrators.

So, while I'm actually flattered to have been identified by these robots as a "gay, liberal, anti-Brexit individual (substitute any profane euphemism for "individual" here), who - to my credit at my age - is not afraid to pursue the boundaries of permissible sexual congress, even with pets", I fear that I am only receiving this, as administrator, on behalf of all our regular users too. Apologies if you don't recognise yourself in the description above, however having been that character for over a week now in these robots' eyes, I can only say that I have grown more comfortable with the identity as the abuse has proliferated, and by now heartily recommend it to all of you. It's never too late in life ....

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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance - Page 14 EmptyMon 01 Apr 2019, 09:34

Such abuse is shocking, nordmann.  It's not as if anything we say here is going to have an effect one way or the other on whether Brexit goes through or not.  The internet is like any tool - it can be good and it can be bad.  I am glad you are staying reasonably cheerful.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance - Page 14 EmptyMon 01 Apr 2019, 10:15

As a homosexual/bisexual/transvestite liberal (I assume I alternate these subtly disparate personas - doing all together would cost me a fortune in makeup repairs) with fond leanings towards the EU (in a good way) and towards my cat (in a very weird way), and whose previous rather heterosexual lascivious designs on my mother has resulted in me being the illegitimate offspring of (presumably) myself, I see no reason to be depressed at all. And when one throws in the added qualities from some northern correspondent(s) that I am pursuing this feline/maternal sexual rampage while waving a tricolour, pretending to an Irish version of "Timothy" as my main identity, and who is bound for summary execution by those who place their "Britishness" ahead of their own sanity (such a large group these days that unless they use their proper UVF/UDA codenames on the occasion I might well mistake my executioners for hedge-fund managers in balaclavas), then I can absolutely guarantee that I will be giggling right to the end.

Anyway - no worries. I reckon the site might well be closed for an hour this afternoon. We have a database clean-up (in every sense) that has to be done as soon as possible so we can properly identify the new stuff coming in today.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance - Page 14 EmptyTue 02 Apr 2019, 08:40

Wrong thread - sorry.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance - Page 14 EmptyMon 20 May 2019, 08:51

Hi folks - over the last 12 hours Forumotion have experienced several drops in service that left their hosted websites (including ours) unfortunately unavailable for considerable periods.

If you're reading this you've obviously got back into the site. However we now have a situation we had before whereby we must wait for all global DNS referral services to "catch up" with the newly configured access to IP addresses used within Forumotion's scope. In other words, if over the next two days or so you find you are directed to a Forumotion home page or everything "hangs" when opening the first page of this site, then a deletion of your browser cache may help - it at least forces a new DNS request the next time you click on "Res Historica".

A deletion of your PC's own local DNS cache is an even better way of ensuring this, but such is not an operation you should embark on unless you know what you're doing. Smile

If you don't do anything the situation will resolve itself over time in any case - it's a good time of the year to be taking "gardening leave" anyway!

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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance - Page 14 EmptyMon 10 Jun 2019, 23:57

nordmann, I don't know what happened with the WWII liberation thread...can you edit two of the three, please...I think as I after each correction tab on "preview" ( a hundred times or more) that the mouse sends sometime to the "send" tab too...will be cautious in the future...and Temperance said that you could edit your message...perhaps only a certain time?...

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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance - Page 14 EmptyTue 11 Jun 2019, 05:41

Done.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance - Page 14 EmptyTue 11 Jun 2019, 14:38

nordmann, thank you so much.
I think to know now what happened. There seems to be a flood control overhere. And perhaps as I am so busy with my corrections in the preview, each time activating again the preview, this floodcontrol is activated? 
And at the end I pushed the tab send, and then I had a message: floodcontrol is activated, you have to wait for at least 10 seconds to try again. 
I waited ten seconds and then pushed again on the send tab, and again the same message of the floodcontrol. Thinking it was not got through I waited again 10 seconds and pushed again and so a third time.
What I had to have done, was copying my message to be not lost in case...and veryfying after the first "send" if the message appeared in the thread and if not, could always reinsert my copied message afterwards...
In any case, thank you again nordmann for the quick reaction.

Kind regards from Paul.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance - Page 14 EmptyTue 30 Jul 2019, 22:37

nordmann, can you guess what happened to my two messages on the "religion" board?
A lot of "work" lost after the end of my "ten hours working day"... Twisted Evil
https://reshistorica.forumotion.com/t874p900-religions-the-benefits

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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance - Page 14 EmptyWed 31 Jul 2019, 21:16

Sorry to hear that you lost your post, Paul, but I suspect it is entirely down to your own internet connection rather than ResHis. 

And as has been advised before, if you feel it's important, then you should always either copy the post immediately before sending (perhaps by highlighting the text and then with control-c copying it to the temporary clipboard), or just initially writing the text in a separate file (using Wordpad or Word etc), before copying into the text box on this site. Seriously, would you ever just type and send a tax-return; a carefully composed love letter; a detailed devis/quote for work; or a business letter of complaint - without first taking a copy before sending? If it's not that important to you then by all means don't bother taking a copy before pressing 'send' (and note that 'sending' is entirely dependent on the vagaries of your own internet connection, not that of the receiver). But then in that case, if you haven't bothered to make any record to cover the eventuality that it might not work perfectly the first time you press 'send', then you really cannot complain if your message gets irretrievably lost.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance - Page 14 EmptyWed 31 Jul 2019, 22:22

MM, thank you for your empathy.

And yes, now cooled off, I realized that it had occasionally something to do with my internet connection..it was just bad luck that it happened this very moment...
As now, I am on the Res Historica as "Post a reply", but I am still linked to the Res...to have to be disconnected I have to go to my documents to copy and past this...and when I write something new do it again...as I now do..
yes and it works, but it is a bit..."bewerkelijk" (laborious? cumbersome?)...
But I will do it for the more "essential" messages...

And MM, thanks again for your sympathy and helping hand.

Kind regards from Paul.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance - Page 14 EmptyFri 02 Aug 2019, 22:41

MM, I had just ago again the same incident as on 30 July with my new thread. I received a message that the site couldn't be reached and one had to try a bit later...lucky that I had copied my message before, otherwise it was lost (in Dutch "boodschap" is a she. As in Dutch, French and German and I suppose also in Russian the question returns always: is it female or male? The neutral "het" is the most easy. It is even difficult for the natives. But my first thought was right, even as a native in Dutch...I was right..it was a she...I checked it).

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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance - Page 14 EmptySun 08 Sep 2019, 22:11

nordmann,

it seems the search engine works only with topics and posts, but no words. And my statistics go only to one year ago. I tried all the fora for subjects, where my topic about the pointed arch versus roman arch, the reintroduction of the brick in the 12th century, ogives, vaults, could be located...I think I made the study as usual disgressing Embarassed from a topic, but I even found  no related topic or post...

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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance - Page 14 EmptyMon 09 Sep 2019, 08:39

Yes, the Forumotion search facility is pretty crap. It's a database search so really only reads headings when looking for matches (a table search, not a record search).

However Google is your friend here. It searches known HTML content so will find any stuff that was ever displayed on any page (and even stuff that wasn't, such as metadata) -

Go to Google's main search page and paste your search term along with the website name into the search box. (for example if you want to find "roman arch" then type - roman arch "https reshistorica forumotion com")

This then gives you a result from any page previously trawled by Google (all of them since the site began) in which "Roman" or "Arch" was displayed, starting with the best match available (both words in that sequence).

You can also go to Google's main page, enter www.reshistorica.forumotion.com in the main search box, and then don't hit "enter" but go straight to "Settings" and "Advanced Search". There you'll find a whole plethora of refine options available, including a search for specific terms, a search for partial matches, a search for a match that excludes another term, and so on.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance - Page 14 EmptyMon 09 Sep 2019, 19:57

Thank you very much nordmann. It all worked as you said. It is the same method, as for reading my old messages from the ex-BBC history messageboard, which is sadly now disappeared.

Kind regards from Paul and thanks again for your valuable help.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance - Page 14 EmptySun 13 Oct 2019, 15:49

nordmann,

I have yesterday posted after midnight a message on the Tumbleweed to LiR starting with the question how it now was with her house. And seemingly I received an answer this morning at 10 and so on AM from her. But nothing appears on that forum in the "14" part???

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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance - Page 14 EmptySun 13 Oct 2019, 16:17

Check the "moggy thread". It might have had feline content.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance - Page 14 EmptySun 13 Oct 2019, 22:58

@nordmann wrote:
Check the "moggy thread". It might have had feline content.

Sorry nordmann, to not have checked it myself this afternoon and while I was believing that I made the message in the Tumbleweed suite... Embarassed Embarassed ...I have but to blame myself and sorry for the trouble I caused to you to do the research.

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PostSubject: Edit: this issue has now been resolved.   Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance - Page 14 EmptyFri 18 Oct 2019, 15:59

I was going to start a Miscellaneous or General thread but I can't see the button to do so.  That COULD be a problem to do with this laptop not being terribly powerful I suppose.  I clicked on a forum button and received an invitation to start a completely different forum (site) on forumotion.


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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance - Page 14 EmptyFri 18 Oct 2019, 16:24

Deleted as problem is solved.


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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance - Page 14 EmptyFri 18 Oct 2019, 16:27

Yes thanks, Nielsen.  I've edited my previous post to say the matter has now been resolved.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance - Page 14 EmptySat 19 Oct 2019, 08:52

What matter?
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance - Page 14 EmptySat 19 Oct 2019, 10:40

At one time I couldn't see the button for starting another thread - Nielsen answered the question so the post is redundant - I did edit it to say the matter had been solved - if anything similar happens (i.e. I have a query which is then solved) maybe I will delete the original post.
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