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Myles
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Post 15-11-10 19:57
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Countries Banned - China and Vietnam

Due to the persistence of human spammers we have carried out an audit of the member registrations.

The findings were as follows;
  • 32 China
    • 31 human spammers
    • 1 genuine member (this member joined on 20th July 2009, posted once, last visit 22nd July 2009)


  • 10 Vietnam
    • 10 human spammers


Due to a combination of the fact that these two countries have produced;
  1. no members who have integrated into the forum community
  2. contributed to 90+% of the human spamming on the forum

We have decided to ban these two countries as a last resort.
This means anyone originating from the IP ranges of these two countries will not be able to register/login. Visitors from within these IP ranges will still be able to view the forum as a guest.

We understand this can raise the contentious issue of freedom of the internet, and whether an administrator's job is to moderate rather than take the 'easy way out'.
However, we do not have the time nor resources to deal with the lack of action and laziness from Internet Service Providers (ISP's) that cover these IP ranges.
While these ISP's can't do everything, they are clearly doing nothing.

Due to the fact that geolocations of IP ranges was ineffectively enforced in the earlier half of the internet era (though it is much better now than 10 years ago) there are still some stray IP ranges hanging around so we can not guarantee that every computer in these two countries will be banned, and for the same reason we can not guarantee that every computer outside of these two countries will not be banned, so if you can not login then email us and we will unban your IP range.

I can assure you this measure was not done on a whim, and likewise we will never ban a country from where an active member of the forum originates even if that country contributes many human spammers in the future, instead we will just put up with the increased moderation rather than ban even one active member.

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Post 30-11-10 14:51
Quote's linking to original post

The quote function has been changed so now you can click on the word "wrote" beside the username, and it will take you to that username's original post.

Example: If you click on the "wrote" below it will take you to flotron's original post earlier in the thread.

flotron wrote:
van Basten wrote:
flotron wrote:
Just noticed that this forum comes up 2nd when you google "football forum", still not noticed a massive influx of users though....


Appears on the third page of a google search for me.


Google search is a mysterious beast, if i search by typing in "football forum" then it appears 2nd, but if i highlight the phrase in firefox, right click and search from there then it is on the third page.

The same thing happens if I log out of my google profile and then perform the search. Google must custom the search based on what it knows about me... hence it comes in 2nd

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Post 14-07-11 17:58
New Domain Name

The forum will be marketed as footballitaliaforum.com

In otherwords, google search engine has been instructed to pick up on it, the main banner links to this new domain, the forum twitter a/c links to it and we would prefer if you use this new domain when linking to the forum from other forums or blogs (but it's your choice obviously). New visitors may land on the new domain. Basically, members posting links to other threads might post the new domain, but now you know why, so there shouldn't be any confusion.

The sub-domain, footballitalia.myfastforum.org will always still work so you don't have to change your bookmarks.

You will have to login for the first time on the new domain if you want to use it, because your browser will then have two separate cookies, one for each domain, though identical.
Edit: if you switch between domains the status of unread threads will still be correct for you.

This does not require any action from members, you continue 'as is', (unless you want to login to the new domain).

If you have any questions please ask, no matter how silly you might think the question is, because chances are someone else wants to know the answer as well.
Edit: i'm away for the weekend so questions will be answered on Monday.

We are just trying to come across as more 'official'.

Also, despite the recent closure of a few other italian football forums, we are going nowhere, the forum is low cost, almost as cheap as Ryanair!

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Post 17-08-11 21:04
Myles wrote:
New Domain Name

The forum will be marketed as footballitaliaforum.com

In otherwords, google search engine has been instructed to pick up on it, the main banner links to this new domain, the forum twitter a/c links to it....


Slight change... instead of the main banner in the header always linking to footballitaliaforum.com/index , instead the main banner will link to the index page of whichever domain you are logged into.

So the banner links to either; footballitaliaforum.com/index or footballitalia.myfastforum.org/index depending on which domain you are logged into.

This eliminates the problem where those logged in on footballitalia.myfastforum.org were getting logged out when they clicked on the main banner.

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Post 28-09-11 17:53
Link & Signature blocks

The lenghty orange sentences (Link blocked & Signature blocked) that appeared instead of links and signatures on new members posts have been removed. Links and signatures for new members will appear blank in their posts until they reach the threshold. The admins deemed the orange sentences to be too intrusive on posts.

The orange sentences have instead been moved to the profile page so new members still have an explanation as to why their links and signatures are not initially appearing.

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Post 29-11-14 00:49
Adverts
The ads were removed earlier today, i know they weren't intrusive but they did slow the page loading times so the site will load the webpages quicker now and the speed of the forum is always the priority as usual.
So the forum is also public again now.

Search
The internal search function isn't good enough as it doesn't search common keywords, which makes sense in certain situations as there is no point in searching something like 'forum' but the problem is that also some of the club names are too common so if you include 'Juventus' along with other terms like 'Juventus against Cesena' it will only search 'against Cesena' instead because 'Juventus' is considered too common. Obviously this isn't good enough and doesn't make sense for an italian football forum so i'll look into using google as the search engine to search the forum instead. So basically it will probably result in getting rid of the current internal search engine function and replacing it with just a field box (powered by google), maybe above the thread list beside the 'Mark all topics read' link on the forum1.php page, or floating to the right of that so it'll be where the old 'addthis' function use to be.
I'm not a big fan of using third-party features because they tend to slow the page loading times, like addthis, facebook and twitter buttons use to do when we had those on the site a few years ago, but i think google should be good by this stage so we'll see how it goes. I'll do this over the next few days and let you know when it's permanent (on a beta/testing level).

Facebook/Twitter
Had these on the site before, or definitely had twitter on the site before, but their servers were terrible at the time. They have since improved this and i said i would revisit it in 2 years so now is the time to test this again. Probably looking at January for this as i want to see google search go for a few weeks first rather than implement everything at the same time and not know which, if any, are the cause of slowing page loading.

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Post 29-11-14 02:14
New members registration
The registration page has been shortened so it only requires new members to enter username and password so that the registration is quick and easy as possible. Then once their account is activated they will receive an email telling them that they can enter other info i.e. clubs, etc. The only extra is the visual confirmation which was re-implemented in the last few days to stop robot (spam) registrations. So registration is quick and hassle free for new members.

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Post 29-11-14 09:35
Thanks Myles & I'm loving that avatar!
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Post 29-11-14 15:32
Thanks for the update Myles.
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Post 30-11-14 17:53
Lupo Pazzesco wrote:
Thanks Myles & I'm loving that avatar!

Got it off the Juve page on Wikipedia, first team photo 1898 apparently.

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Post 05-12-14 01:19
Bit of an auld dilemma on the search engine front.
Not sure what you guys would prefer, you might find one or other annoying, i dunno, so i'll do two different examples and see which you prefer. I'll post them in next few days.

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Post 06-12-14 01:55
What's the story, the page loading is still a bit slow, especially when submitting a post. That's annoying. I'll check with the hoster tomorrow.

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Post 13-12-14 01:10
Its Christmas Myles, fake snow is needed.

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Post 13-12-14 17:44
I don't have time tonight so I'll throw them up tomorrow.

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Post 18-12-14 20:32
Ctrl+F5 will load the Christmas decorations.

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Post 22-08-15 00:02
Adverts

Sorry about the ads and the pages jumping up and down when loading. This is due to the hosters ads. I planned to get rid of these before the start of the league but I can't until o find my passport. Eh? You ask! The adfree package can only be paid via paypal and they've blocked my spending until I send them a copy of my passport.  Why? Because my PayPal account was accessed from China so they blocked it on suspicion which is fair enough and good on their part too. The funny thing is, it was accessed from China because I logged onto paypal at halftime of the super cup and i was using a Chinese proxy on my LAN settings to watch the match from a local station because no one in europe seem to be showing it. Dumb mistake on my part.

As soon as I find my passport and sort out the paypal account I'll get rid of the ads...and I'll be able to book that holiday to zakyinthos in fast approaching September.

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Post 22-08-15 06:19
Thanks for the update, Myles. Do we need to have a whip round to help with the costs?
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Post 22-08-15 15:30
Nah it's no big deal, only 25-30 euro every 6 months, cheers though.
Once i get the paypal account sorted i can pay it.

I don't understand the logic of the finance law that states i have to provide a photo ID to an online company that will never see my face so can't even verify the photo is me! The reason it's logical for banks is because you have to go into the bank in person to show a photo ID.

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Post 25-09-15 23:46
Adverts

Ads were removed this week.


Search feature

Trying to get this to function seemlessly on the forum1.php page but because google loads after the internal pages it makes the forum1.php jump before it settles which is a shame because everything else about the google custom search works much better than the internal search engine. You probably notice when you load other load-heavy websites (like online newspaper websites) that they jump up and down and load-stop-load before settling, that kind of thing is annoying so that's what i'm trying to eliminate on the search feature before putting it on the forum1.php page. So a few more days on this and then it'll either be on the forum1.php page (if seemless) or on an alternate page if still not so seemless.

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Post 26-09-15 03:28
thanks

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