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Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Mar 18, 2013 5:38 pm

As many of you know there have been several glitches in the software, with more and more recurring ones. As one gets fixed, another pops up. We have been using the phpBB software to run this forum. So now we are looking into upgrading to V-bulletin. It should have some better features and then there should be the ability to subscribe to your postings too, which never worked here. We will possibly be doing this upgrade within the next 2 weeks. I'll keep you posted.

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Postby SamKR » Mon Mar 18, 2013 5:51 pm

Vbulletin should be much better. It is not free but has many features.
Thanks for this upcoming upgrade.

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Postby appicchato » Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:03 pm

:thumbsup:

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Postby Modus.Ponens » Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:17 pm

Thank you David. :anjali:
He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)

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Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:44 pm

Here are a couple of examples of forums using V-bulletin:

http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/forum.php (this forum has lots of ads, but we still won't have any)

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/

Although you may have to join to see the full effect of the features. The security code for the skyscraper forum shows a picture where you must enter a sentence to register; which should prevent a lot of spammers.

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Postby Nyana » Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:56 am

My goodness -- there's a forum for skyscraper enthusiasts!... And it has 3096 current active users online!...

:jumping:

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Postby LonesomeYogurt » Tue Mar 19, 2013 1:41 am

I don't know about you, Ñāṇa, but I take my skyscraper enthusiasm seriously.

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Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta

Stuff I write about things.

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Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:20 am

Ñāṇa wrote:My goodness -- there's a forum for skyscraper enthusiasts!... And it has 3096 current active users online!...

:jumping:


But, of course! Skyscrapers are cool.

1. They are beautiful.
2. They are an efficient use of land.
3. They are an efficient use of resources.
4. They can reduce transportation costs with one office doing business with another in same building or very close by.
5. You can take the stairs for some great exercise.
6. The views are great.

A good architect must be good at science, mathematics-engineering, and the arts (creativity); sort of like chess.

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Postby Dmytro » Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:01 am

Hi David,

V-bulletin is a good choice.

My friend runs such a Buddhist forum for years, and I worked there as a moderator:
http://board.buddhist.ru/forum.php

Please feel free to ask for assistance, if necessary. Though there will be an official support.

David N. Snyder wrote:The security code for the skyscraper forum shows a picture where you must enter a sentence to register; which should prevent a lot of spammers.


Well, textual captchas can be automatically recognized.

Free KeyCAPTCHA is available for V-bulletin as well:
https://www.keycaptcha.com/captcha-for-cms/

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Re: V-bulletin

Postby robertk » Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:40 am

vbulletin and invision are the most hacked boards . There will be attacks on a weekly basis, so be sure to make backups almost daily.
It also means regular updates where admins will have to upgrade the board as new hacker holes are found.

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Postby Dmytro » Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:51 am

V-bulletin is often the target of hacking attacks, yet it is way more secure than PhpBB.

One can use additional security measures such as CrawlProtect, and follow the rules:

"Here's some things you can do to increase the level of security for your forums:

Always upgrade to the latest stable version.
Do not install any unofficial hacks or plugins as they are not written or reviewed by our developers.
Password protect your Administrator and Moderator Control Panels directories as well as the install and includes directories using .htaccess/.htpassword http://www.javascriptkit.com/howto/htaccess3.shtml
Make sure the tools.php (vB3) file is NOWHERE on your website.
Remove the ImpEx files if you had used this import system.
If you have phpMyAdmin make sure it's password protected.
If you suspect a hacking attempt, ask your host to change the login password for your web account.
Make sure all the Admin and Mod passwords are secure. Change them if you have any doubts. And use hard to guess passwords.
NEVER allow HTML in posts, PMs or in sigs.
Make absolutely sure there are no viruses, trojans or keylogger spyware on your PC. Any of these could steal your password and other personal info.
Do NOT upload the directory called do_not_upload/
Use a different password for each forum you sign up with. Use a different password for your forum as you do for the .htaccess directory password.
Update the config.php file and set yourself as undeletable user so they can't touch your admin account.
Do Not Upload config.php.new when upgrading your forums.


Note your forums are only as secure as the passwords you use and the server it is on. If the server is accessed then there's nothing vB can do to prevent potential security violations."

http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/forum/vb ... ore-secure

In worst cases, one can use http://www.cloudflare.com/ .

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Re: V-bulletin

Postby Mawkish1983 » Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:26 pm

I look forward to seeing how the changes pan out. Thanks for keeping this place running!

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Postby Cittasanto » Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:55 pm

:anjali:
Thank-you!
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"Others will misconstrue reality due to their personal perspectives, doggedly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our own personal perspectives, nor doggedly holding onto them, but will discard them easily. This effacement shall be done."

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Postby iforgotmyname » Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:55 pm

V-bulletin is far superior to phpBB. phpBB while it is pretty great, had a lot of security issues and such (maybe they've improved now). V-bulletin is really well maintained. There must be some sort of migration path from phpBB to V-Bulletin that makes things easier.

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Postby iforgotmyname » Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:57 pm

Dmytro wrote:V-bulletin is often the target of hacking attacks, yet it is way more secure than PhpBB.



This is true, because V-Bulletin is used by lots of people, hence targeted more. But still the guys at VB are quick to issue patches and if you keep the site up to date and follow some good security practices it should be ok.

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Postby Kumara » Sun May 19, 2013 10:03 am

Is it ready yet?

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Re: V-bulletin

Postby Ben » Sun May 19, 2013 10:08 am

Kumara wrote:Is it ready yet?

No.
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

Taṃ nadīhi vijānātha:
sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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Re: V-bulletin

Postby Helyron » Mon May 20, 2013 7:36 am

Strange. I'm in a few other forums with phpBB and everything works perfect.

I'm not that fan of vBulletin cause I'm a free software enthusiast and I also do not like the GUI of Bulletin.

But however, if you think that you cannot get this bugs fixed ... I'm most happy with phpBB.
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Postby mikenz66 » Mon May 20, 2013 7:41 am

Hi Helyron,

The problem is not with V-bulletin itself, but the process of moving the database from one system to another without messing up something. We did have it up and running at one point, but the passwords did not transfer properly, which was a bit of a show-stopper...

:anjali:
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Re: V-bulletin

Postby Helyron » Mon May 20, 2013 7:45 am

I've just written that I like phpBB most. :smile:
Or on which part did you answer? I cannot see a connection.
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