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General Chat / Google now using Site Speed as a metric
« on: April 09, 2010, 03:16:46 pm »

Well, check it out. Site speed is now used to help rank websites. They seem to mostly be using it to put pressure on websites to speed themselves up. Though apparently it is a weak metric, meaning it shouldn't be affecting search results in any dramatic way.

Though, can't hurt to speed up your forums though. Sometimes it feels like half of the complaints about slow loading forums comes from people whose forums are badly designed. Allowing your website to have a ton of large graphics on it, large animations, threads with too many pages or heavily nested quotes will slow your forums down.

Sounds like a good thing to me, coming from Google, but being so softly weighted isn't going to change much on the web :)

General Chat / MOVED: how do i make one
« on: May 19, 2009, 02:52:21 pm »

Advertise Your Board / MOVED: Game
« on: April 21, 2009, 09:42:23 pm »

General Support / MOVED: Request for post icons
« on: April 18, 2009, 04:45:03 pm »

General Support / MOVED: help
« on: April 16, 2009, 11:12:46 am »

General Chat / MOVED: Consoles
« on: February 04, 2009, 08:06:14 am »

Guides and Tutorials / [Guide] Dealing with Spam
« on: November 11, 2008, 09:12:32 pm »

If YOU have noticed spam on your forums, pay attention.

Spam defined as Stupid, Pointless and Annoying Messages. If you find advertisements for porn, other websites or just general crap on your are likely being 'spammed'. If these messages are coming from people who don't stay on your forum and don't say anything else act behave like a lifeless robot, you're likely being spammed.

Spam is usually created by bots. Bots are computers running a program designed to leave these advertisements on your forums. And behind all of this is someone making money off the advertisements left on your forum.

In order to stop must trick these bots. The bots are designed to register for your forum and post these advertisements like any user. But like any bot, they're extremely stupid. Now that you have a sort of idea of what is going on....

Tips to Stop Spam

SMF For Free has some built in functions to help you combat spam. For now I would like to recommend that everybody takes at least a few of the following precautions, regardless of if you are being spammed right now or not.

1) Admin->Registration->Click the "Settings" tab.

2) Find "Method of registration employed for new members"
Set this to "Member Activation"

3)Find "Complexity of visual verification image:"
Set this to AT LEAST "Medium", or "High" if you are willing to.

4) Click "Save" at the bottom to save these new settings.

This will assist you in preventing many spammers from accessing your forum.

If You Are Spammed

1) Delete the topics right away. Most spam bots don't post more than 3-4 topics/post across the board. They're pretty quick the bot might have already left before you have a chance to clean up and stop them.

2) Ban the bots username.

3) If this isn't your first bot...check for certain patterns. If you use the same e-mail, ban it. If they use the same IP, ban it. If they use the same words in their username, ban the word under the restricted usernames.

4) Consider raising the security of your forum. Make the Visual Verification Image more complex (See Step 3 under Tips to Stop Spam). Set your Registration settting to require Admin Approval for new members. Then you have time to inspect the profiles of new users for the telltale signs of a spambot (weird e-mails consisting of mostly random numbers or letters for example)

5) Confuse them even more.  Set up a Custom Profile field - a field on registration that is mandatory.   Seems to confuse them when they try to register.   Custom Profile Fields

6) Click the Report Spam link in their posts.  It will send a notice to SMF for Free.

If you are spammed and need help stopping them, let us know.

General Chat / SMF For Free IRC Channel?
« on: October 09, 2008, 07:58:34 pm »
Hey SMF For Free,
I've set up a little IRC channel for us.

It's not an "official" IRC channel, nor is it a support channel for SMF For Free. So don't expect too much from me. It's just a channel for some of us to chat in.

For People Familiar with IRC:
Room: #smfforfree

If you have never used IRC before:
Here is a simple way to get onto the chat channel
Note: /nick newnick changes your nickname.

I am the only person staffing the channel, so I expect respect from you all at least. Ya know, just chat nicely.

General Chat / IRC Chat
« on: July 29, 2008, 09:14:43 am »
I am kinda interested to see if there are many IRC users around here. If there are I think it would be interesting to start up an IRC room. Just to chat about whatever, related to this service or not.

If there aren't many of us IRC users, then bah! You're all boring!  :2funny:

Let me know if any of you frequent any IRC servers.

General Support / Server 3 Move Information
« on: May 14, 2008, 08:04:51 pm »
I have created this topic regarding support, questions and other details regarding the Server 3 move.

You are on server 3 if your forum ends with

If you have a custom domain, do not update the IP to the name server until AFTER the move. If you have no clue what a custom domain is, don't worry about it ;)

The move is going to occur
Friday May 16, 2008

Please note: That is a United States date, due to servers being located in the US.  Make any adjustments necessary due to your personal location.

The move should take no longer than 24-48 hours assuming that nothing odd happens. It will likely take less than 24 hours.

General Chat / How to Play the Guitar
« on: March 24, 2008, 12:46:36 pm »

General Chat / Back in school
« on: January 07, 2008, 06:20:00 am »
Many of us probably just returned to school today.

Exams in two weeks for me. AGH! :buck2:

General Chat / Happy Halloween!
« on: October 31, 2007, 05:23:38 pm »
It's hard to scare people over the internet, beyond those screamer pictures and nasty we can simply celebrate Halloween by bragging about our loads of candy, crazy costumes and horror stories.

Pass 'em around, I'll give you the flashlight ;)

General Chat / FreeRice Game
« on: October 20, 2007, 08:35:17 pm »

Interesting word game. You play the game and for every question you get right they donate 10 grains of rice to people in need.
Play the game for fun, help the hungry.

I got to 500 grains of rice, can anyone beat that?

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