THR Website acting funny...


November 30, 2008, 03:34 AM
Has anyone else noticed the site acting kind of weird lately? For example, making double, triple, even quadruple post without us actually doing so and then not letting you see your post among other things? I have noticed the website acting really strange lately, at least for me. Is anyone else having issues?

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November 30, 2008, 03:40 AM
It does that periodically

November 30, 2008, 03:50 AM
Yeah, and won't let me search topics.

November 30, 2008, 04:03 AM
Hmmm...I wonder why?

November 30, 2008, 04:06 AM
Got me tonight with an octuplet. Kept getting those wait....seconds and try again, so I followed the directions, until I got to see the 8 posts in a row. Made my night. :)

November 30, 2008, 04:14 AM
I think antis have hacked the site and are trying to shut us down.

November 30, 2008, 04:20 AM
^^^LOL, while this is funny you never know LOL. I do know that the BATF monitors this site 24 hours a day (not that I really mind but yeah...) so you never know who is lurking around on here.

November 30, 2008, 02:05 PM
No, here's what happens:

When there's Internet slowdowns (usually on your end, but occasionally with the site), and you try to post, the website might not respond and time out. If it doesn't receive a response, your browser keeps trying to send the information until it finally receives a response or gives up. In MANY cases, the information was actually received by the website (and posted), but because your browser did not receive confirmation of submission it keeps trying over and over again, potentially resulting in multiple posts until the site reply finally goes through.

It's a known issue that affects many boards, particularly vBulletin-based ones (including commercial derivatives such as IPS). It seems to have something to do with how their database works, as vBulletin boards are particularly prone to database deadlocking which can result in delayed browser responses. When this happens, requests and submissions are queued for several seconds or even minutes.

Note that an anti-spam system that restricts how often a person can post (once every 15-30 seconds or so) is VERY effective at stopping this, as the forum simply will not accept new submissions in that time.

November 30, 2008, 02:58 PM
^^^Interesting. Thanks for the explanation.

November 30, 2008, 03:40 PM
No problem. I administrate a phpBB3 board and used to moderate a very large IPS board. IPS is very obviously vBulletin-based, and it likes to do that, too. You don't get that with phpBB3 nearly as much. You also don't get nearly as much spam with phpBB3 if you set up the CAPTCHA properly (read: none). vBulletin in general is a bit more primitive.

When we ran phpBB2, the site was getting hit by spambots nightly, and it eventually got to the point where they automatically exploited security flaws and were posting porn without even having an account, despite having admin activation required for all new accounts. After switching to phpBB3, we haven't had a single spambot post and were actually able to remove the admin activation requirement. It took me 2 weeks to fix the website after making the changeover, but damn was it worth it.

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