Ocean West

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  1. Ocean West added a post in a topic: So IPB4 deletes users accounts without warning?   

    i had an account called rss bot - i couldn't find the account in ACP and user profile failed - it was missing the email address - it wouldn't even show up in the member list or staff list even though i could see it from the front of the site - I had to dive in the database to add an email address in order for it to see. I thought it was something each word in user name was 3 characters - or a bug with early release - once i added the email address it worked but.
  2. Ocean West added a post in a topic: Moved Links...   

    I like the "Moved Links" left over in the originating forums when a topic is moved, and the automatic system cleanup routine.
    I would like to see this expanded to add a new notification message inline like a reply but not formatted like a reply, it need not take up a "post", with the avatar and signature of the moderator)
    something like:   Some Moderator has moved this post from Original Forum.  and have it also auto delete with the system clean up routine. 
    Perhaps too the notification could also have a author viewable only notification on the notice that dismisses only once the author acknowledges, or after the timer runs out.
  3. Ocean West added a post in a topic: Sitewide vs Theme (logos & icon)   

    I would think for the sake of branding that an uploaded Logo would be universal unless you manually made a change to a particular theme.
    However each theme has it's own logo upload ( redundant ).
    And yet forum icons are not theme based and yet these would probably clash with a particular theme more noticeably then the site logo.
  4. Ocean West added a bug in Bug Tracker   

    Spam from Inda
    how are spammers getting past the security gauntlet? 
    how are they bypassing posting permissions for a group level?
    why is it queuing up SPAM for deletion or hiding - it should just do it and recache any and all blocks
    as Admin I DON"T want to see SPAM on the front of site as hidden - (pink) the only way is to delete it but i don't want flag as spam to  just delete with out undo.
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  5. Ocean West added a post in a topic: Spammer VOL XVIII   

    gave up and practically banned all of Inda's IP addresses.
  6. Ocean West added a post in a topic: skinny email notificaitons   

    why do i randomly get skinny email notifications?
    is it the user making the post that detriment the dimensions?
    current setting of my browser when the email was generated?
    are not html emails responsive?

  7. Ocean West added a post in a topic: Member Titles   

    if they have permissions to change it it will be in there when they edit their profile.

  8. Ocean West added a post in a topic: Attachments   

    i am just looking at the fall out of upgrading from 3x - 4 there was some initial issues that wasn't discovered until well after i went live, preventing me from downgrading.
    the upgrade process or the changeurl script or move process had totally butchered the file names in the upload folder - in fact it never completed moving files half were left in the root uploads the some were moved to the new /attachments/ directory that I setup. Most that were moved the file name no longer has any value that can easily be traced back to the record in the database or anything identifiable without consulting the database. 
    I was hoping my (escalated) ticket would have been resolved by now - as still files are not 100%;  people have been telling me they can't download this file or that file
    I have been finding them as they come in and comparing the old file paths and then either editing the post and re uploading the file, or fixing the file name via FTP and updating links in the database. (VERY TEDIOUS)
    None of the update scripts modified the "alt" tags on any of the attachments. So the alt tags stored in the database has the old un-altered name along with the altered name
    Sample content - the file name is 1244328669-Before.jpg and 1244328685-After.jpg
    please see the attached; I 'Photoshopped' a vertical rule in the After.jpg file.</p><p><a href="<fileStore.core_Attachment>/monthly_12_2010/_ost-25356-129144.3b6f53ebf9416130876da62dc6268ece"><img src="<fileStore.core_Attachment>/monthly_12_2010/_ost-25356-129144442535_thumb.1ccd75bd9ccceaa3c5c22165f876752f" data-fileid="13027" alt="post-25356-129144442535_thumb.jpg"></a></p><p><a href="<fileStore.core_Attachment>/monthly_12_2010/_ost-25356-129144.60415e667ee259bf6c85e369607afda1"><img src="<fileStore.core_Attachment>/monthly_12_2010/_ost-25356-129144442551_thumb.7d60d38369f892f1a29cee58b803e90c" data-fileid="13028" alt="post-25356-129144442551_thumb.jpg"></a></p>Also another somewhat serious issues that something i had not realized - that since 2010 when i upgraded to IPB only created NEW folders going forward and did nothing with historical posts or file location (but yet changed names and updated post content)
    So i have over 20k attachments in one folder trying to find things in this directory thru ftp is not easy - possibly partly why the move failed? I also discovered < 12 legacy files that had an illegal character like ' or \ and had to use a terminal command to resolve it and then manually fixed the file paths in the database.
    I managed to generate a folder structure on my desktop in the monthly_YYYY_MM format and based on the database I have was able to move the files in to the directory based on their creation date and also generated a unique id and then md5 that so that it matches the current file store pattern. Which i assume is only to allow for the the possibility for multiple identically named files to be uploaded in the same Year/Month.  
    so from this:
    monthly_12_2010/_ost-25356-129144.3b6f53ebf9416130876da62dc6268ece monthly_12_2010/_ost-25356-129144442535_thumb.1ccd75bd9ccceaa3c5c22165f876752f to this:
    monthly_2009_06/Before.jpg.0eaaf5f6b7a22d41baa9bb5b794d8e0a.jpg monthly_2009_06/Before.thumb.jpg.a1dbbdbf0c183ed323a87bdfb4a905d2.jpg
  9. Ocean West added a post in a topic: Attachments   

    Curious why is "ANY" path stored in the post content? 
    When the person makes a post and submits it where ever in the post they designated an attachment / smiley etc. why not just place a MARKER of some sort there with the unique identifier, and type. 
    then when displaying editing the data is translated / exploded out to the given URL / path as needed.
    any storage changes would not ever have to rebuild the content fields. 
  10. Ocean West added a post in a topic: Attachments   

    just fyi these "abstract links" are not present on core_messaging - it's still using hard-coded urls.
  11. Ocean West added a comment: downloading zips downloads html file   

    the file didn't exist - because the upgrade from 3.x to 4 did a number on the file attachment names. 
  12. Ocean West added a post in a topic: Viewing Hidden Content & Spam content.   

    when moderators are allow to see hidden content ( in line ) that is fine because typically its minimal in their current app like VNC or in a forum or topic.
    however when a person is flagged as spammer and 2 dozen items are hidden (not deleted) they still see these in their field of view on VNC and in blocks and forums
    perhaps the "queue" field could be set to 3 for posts that are "SPAM" or have been flagged as spam and in the topics the "approved field" could be set to -2  these items would be hidden from the front of the site and could be seen from the ModeratorCP this will still allow for viewing other hidden content.

    I know i could set the flag as spammer setting to delete all content but that just seems to be dangerous where a rogue or disgruntled moderator accidentally or intentionally flags a real member as spammer it would remove all their content with out an Undo..
    I would like to see you leverage the "archive" function to move any "SPAM" content from the main tables to a "spam archive" preserving it just incase - and then say after some time period has passed auto purge contents of the "spam archive" - it would be better to move the content to another area as a buffer. Then all the other scripts wouldn't have to "exclude" spam from the general queries. 
  13. Ocean West added a bug in Bug Tracker downloading zips downloads html file
    users have been reporting that if they try to download an attachment (zip) they only get some html file. removing the file extension .html does turn it in to a zip but still file is no accessible.
    example http://fmforums.com/forums/topic/29250-poor-mans-recursive-function/?
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  14. Ocean West added a post in a topic: Attachments   

    Would like some guidance and clarity on the file storage and management of the latest version - that gong forward will not require updating post table should url change. 
    I have tested 4 different uploads and how the raw data is stored:
    1. a PNG uploaded and attached to the post, the file path stored in core_attachements is monthly_2015_05/fmf_email.png.e35cee8e01d485cce21eef39b97899de.png
    <p>Attached</p><p> </p><p><a class="ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image" href="<fileStore.core_Attachment>/monthly_2015_05/fmf_email.png.e35cee8e01d485cce21eef39b97899de.png"><img data-fileid="22838" class="ipsImage ipsImage_thumbnailed" alt="fmf_email.thumb.png.296cfaca8390706447e6" src="<fileStore.core_Attachment>/monthly_2015_05/fmf_email.thumb.png.296cfaca8390706447e662d4b1309c3d.png"></a></p> 2. a PNG uploaded and not attached to the post, the file path stored in core_attachements is monthly_2015_05/fmf.png.fbe8f32e05c391187dfcb2ae7d249641.png​
    <p>not attached </p><p> </p> <p><a href="<fileStore.core_Attachment>/monthly_2015_05/fmf.png.fbe8f32e05c391187dfcb2ae7d249641.png" class="ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image"><img data-fileid="22842" src="<fileStore.core_Attachment>/monthly_2015_05/fmf.thumb.png.f16dc8c1c642797da0349166884ebf31.png" class="ipsImage ipsImage_thumbnailed" alt="fmf.png"></a></p> 3. a Zipped file uploaded and attached to the post, the file path stored in core_attachements is monthly_2015_05/fmf_email.png_zip.d20345ef86d340a41e56fc114407106f
    <p>Uploaded and Attached</p><p> </p><p> <a class="ipsAttachLink" href="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=22839">fmf_email.png.zip</a></p> 4. a Zipped file uploaded and not attached to the post, the file path stored in core_attachements is monthly_2015_05/fmf_email.png_zip.30421640ef6d1bbeb877762390412841
    <p>Uploaded Not Attached</p> <p><a class="ipsAttachLink" href="http://fmforums.com/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=22840">fmf_email.png.zip</a></p> you will noticed that in version 4 there is no referential path like  <___base_url___> the current url is hard coded if they fail to attach the file. Thus breaking if the base url changes.
    how are the md5 value generated are they generated based on what values - id / filename / path or some arbitrary value?
  15. Ocean West added a post in a topic: Banning & Force Refresh Cache   

    When you flag as spammer a user - and the rules are to hide / delete - this should also force refresh all cached blocks so offending items are not visible
    some areas of the site (VNC) i still seem to see content from a spammer - even though the rules was to be hidden. the times were not <pink>.