Updated anti-spam measures on the forums

We have upgraded our anti-spam measures we use on the forums to help cut down on the number of spammy users and posts. While you don’t see the posts, due to a previous change, there is a lot of overhead for us to manually approve good and bad posts – and it also means that your perfectly legitimate threads and posts may take a while to appear, due to the approval system we have in place currently.

Now, we will automatically look up usernames, email addresses and IP addresses against the Stop Forum Spam database, and if a match is found then the user will be automatically banned.

If this does improve the situation, we may be able to lax our previous measures, but this all depends on how this new solution performs. On a similar note, therefore, if you are banned by the new system inadvertently, please contact us at support@thebuggenie.com, and we will reactivate your account and tweak the system.

Forum spam and countermeasures

Unfortunately, the last few weeks we’ve seen a sudden increase in forum spam and fake postings. We’ve waited to see if it would pass, but apparently it isn’t. To try and stop this, we’ve put some restrictions on new users forum posts – all forum posts from newly registered users will have to be approved by a forum moderator before it is shown. We will try and approve these as fast as possible – and as soon as we moderate a “real” topic, we will move the user into the non-restricted users group. Hopefully, this won’t have a huge effect on forum usage, and it will *not* apply to existing users.

This also means we are looking for more forum moderators. If you’ve been frequenting our forums and want to have a go, drop us a line ( support@thebuggenie.com ), pop by the live chat, or use the feedback form ( http://thebuggenie.com/feedback.php ).

Check out the wiki

You may have noticed that we have installed a Wiki over at thebuggenie.com. Soon we will be moving over all of our documentation and FAQs to this, but there are a few things available now you might be interested in!

  • Fully updated documentation for the VCS Integration module (which will also apply to SVN Integration) will be put up soon, and will fix all the issues reported with the old documentation
  • A fully updated version of the Version 3 TODO list – now updated on a more frequent basis and with more entries. The TODO list up now is not complete, and there are still items to add – but what you see there is a much more accurate picture of what needs doing in The Bug Genie 3 than the old one!
  • SVN access details for The Bug Genie 3 – many of you have asked to check out the development repository and try out the latest code for a while now. This has always been possible but the instructions not really that readily available – they are now available for all to see on the TBG3 FAQ page.

There is still a lot more to come in the Wiki – as well as moving and updating all the documentation; we will be adding plenty more on The Bug Genie 3, including downloadable modules, API documentation and much more.

1000!

1000 forum posts reached

We now have 1000 forum posts!

After launching our new BBforum based forums, we’ve now reached 1000 posts. That’s more in less than a year than we had in the sourceforge.net forums in over 6! We’re always lurking around the forums, so keep posting, and we’ll see you around!