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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 1:54 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I know who it is doing this and they have gone has far as registering from library computers, home computers, friends computers...the list is endless, I don't know what do to about it...they are upset of the competition between boards, which I only focus on mine not theirs and have never posted on their board...I was hoping bordem would get them too, but not so far and it's been two months very frustrating when you're trying to run a good and proper fourm.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 2:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok this is what I've done. My forum is open to ALL guests, however, the busiest forum named "The Lounge" visiters can see the forum there, but must be registered/logged in to view the contents of that particular forum. Is that ok?

View it if you like, click the links in my sig
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 3:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Remember there is a difference between allowing guests to post on you forum and actually viewing it. I don't allow any guest posting at all and most of the forum they can freely read as can Google bots and other search engines.
I think the point admin was trying to make is if guests cannot read a forum the neighter can the Search engine bots that cache your forums for listing.
Set you forum permissions to allow guest reading but must be registered and logged in to post.
Allowing guest posting is just inviting trouble trust me been there done that.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 3:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, it's dumb. They would rather see all the forums than just like a locked forum saying join to see the rest or something.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 4:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amelia wrote:
I know who it is doing this and they have gone has far as registering from library computers, home computers, friends computers...the list is endless, I don't know what do to about it...they are upset of the competition between boards, which I only focus on mine not theirs and have never posted on their board...I was hoping bordem would get them too, but not so far and it's been two months very frustrating when you're trying to run a good and proper fourm.

Keep baning and soon they will run out of resources and soon give up. Or file complaint with their ISP and they will contact their mommy Though to do that, I have no clue as I never had to contact an ISP before.

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Remember there is a difference between allowing guests to post on you forum and actually viewing it. I don't allow any guest posting at all and most of the forum they can freely read as can Google bots and other search engines.
I think the point admin was trying to make is if guests cannot read a forum the neighter can the Search engine bots that cache your forums for listing.

That AND people won't sign up just to view your forum.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all your advice and input guys!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 4:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When you ban an IP address, when they try to enter the site, what happens, do they even see the board?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 4:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All they see is you been banned and they can't see the forum or anything.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh okay so can I ban like all the IP's they've used? There is 12
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amelia wrote:
oh okay so can I ban like all the IP's they've used? There is 12

You can buts its not advised. You could wipe out a whole region if not careful
Pm me the Ips and I see what is safe to ban.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I pm'ed them too you Cody, thank you for this.

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My forum ( chosensouls.myfreeforum.org ) is not completly "invisible" to guests. Only the forums that have a low post imput were make invisible to guests. The main forums and ones made for guests are still visible to all. This ensures that the guests get to see the better sections of forums before they can see some parts that may seem "unsucessful". Because of this, I believe that my forum may seem more attractive to guests.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2007 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what about the likes of www.falconryforum.co.uk if it possible to get a small preview like this with MFF?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2007 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can show recent threads on the www pages with the LATEST portal component.

THe forum you are on about is totally visible to guests here:

http://www.falconryforum.co.uk/forums.php
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2007 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

opps lol, wasnt always like that, it use to only let your preview the first line of any post

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