crabpaws

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  1. crabpaws added a post in a topic: Any reason not to block Amazonaws?   

    I have a support Web site, nothing's being sold, is there any reason not to ban the traffic from Amazonaws?
    (I'm on IPS hosting, which charges by number of users. I don't see why I should pay more to get hits from Amazonaws.)
  2. crabpaws added a post in a topic: How to trace a spike in page views?   

    According to IPS Hosting, my 48-hour average active users count is 51-55. A spike can be 100 or more -- which elevates my average user count and sends me into a more expensive hosting bracket. IPS Hosting is not very forgiving of these spikes, and I don't want to pay extra to give bots a place to play.
  3. crabpaws added a post in a topic: Forum Statistics in next upgrade?   

    ​Which free tools do you recommend, Matt?
    I am on IPS Hosting, which charges by number of users over a 48-hour period, so I am very concerned with keeping out bad bots, spiders, etc. Can I install something on the IPS server to help me do this?
  4. crabpaws added a post in a topic: Where is the Feedback and Suggestions forum for IPBoard?   

    Sorry to be obtuse, but I'm confused. I was looking for the IPBoard feedback forum and couldn't find it. A lot of things have been lost or rearranged recently.
    I still don't get that the Suggestions and Ideas forum, which has two major subforums, one of which is for Company Feedback and the other for Community Suite Feedback , is for IPBoard. The hierarchy doesn't make any sense:
    Suggestions and Ideas (aka IPBoard)
        Company Feedback
        Community Suite Feedback
            - IP.Blog
            - IP.Content
            - IP.Downloads
            - IP.Gallery
            - IP.Nexus
    This hierarchy suggests that IPBoard is the largest entity, the company (IPS) is a subunit.
    If this is the way IPS wants it, changing the Suggestions and Ideas forum title to IPBoard would forestall the confusion I experienced.
     
  5. crabpaws added a post in a topic: Sort Users Online by IP address to find bots, spiders, etc.   

    Like almost all admins here, I'm concerned with floods of bots, spiders, etc. visiting my site.
    In addition, I am on IPS Hosting, which charges according to user load measured over a 48-hour period. I have had my monthly hosting charges kicked into a higher (very expensive) bracket because of a single huge spike due to bots, spiders, etc.
    I have been directed by IPS Support to monitor IPB's Users Online list for suspicious activity. This is made particularly difficult because the Users Online list cannot be sorted by IP address. (Duplicates and clusters of IP addresses are highly suspicious.)
    IPB's Users Online list can be sorted by Member Name (exclusive of IP) and Last Click -- parameters I've never found useful -- but not by IP address, although IP address is displayed to admins.
    I strongly suggest the ability to sort IPB's Users Online list BY IP ADDRESS be included in the tool to enhance its usefulness.
    (The parens around the displayed IP addresses are unnecessary visual clutter and could be eliminated.)
    Given that so many admins have problems with bots, spiders, etc. and for years have been directed to IPB's Users Online list, I wonder why this hasn't been done sooner!
     
  6. crabpaws added a post in a topic: Where is the Feedback and Suggestions forum for IPBoard?   

    Company feedback = IP Board feedback? That doesn't compute at all.
  7. crabpaws added a post in a topic: How to trace a spike in page views?   

    How can I recognize Baidu?
    IPS Support says Baidu is already blocked in their firewall (I am on IPS hosting).
    Can you recommend a third-party analytics tool?
    The Online list does not sort by IP, it's very hard to see duplicates and related IPs in that list.
  8. crabpaws added a post in a topic: Where is the Feedback and Suggestions forum for IPBoard?   

    So all the other community suite feedback forums are subforums to the IP Board feedback forum?
  9. crabpaws added a post in a topic: Client Link Gone?   

    I'm having a hard time getting around, too.
    Also quite surprised that the link to cPanel has disappeared in my Client Area.
  10. crabpaws added a post in a topic: Where is the Feedback and Suggestions forum for IPBoard?   

    Or has that been subsumed into some Community Suite product????
  11. crabpaws added a post in a topic: How to trace a spike in page views?   

    Hello -- From time to time, my site gets a big spike in page views, most likely bots or spiders or spammers, etc.
    This kicks me into a higher hosting bracket on IPS, which gets pretty expensive.
    Naturally, I don't want to pay higher rent for bots.
    How can I find out where these spikes are coming from? What logs would I look at and how would I analyze them?
    (The Online Users list is not very helpful for this. It would be more useful if entries could be sorted by IP address.)
  12. crabpaws added a post in a topic: Blocking Bad Bots via htaccess   

    Where in the .htaccess file do you insert the list given in post #1?
    (The lack of numbers for posts in the new design makes it difficult to give a reference.)
  13. crabpaws added a post in a topic: Page views per month? Count for unique users?   

    At one time, I could find the number of page views per month. I don't remember where this is now. Anyone know?
    How do I get a count for unique users per month?
  14. crabpaws added a post in a topic: How to display a Vimeo video?   

    Here's an example of a Vimeo link
     
    <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/81584778" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>
     
    As you can see, it doesn't display as a video or a clickable link.
  15. crabpaws added a post in a topic: A question about Warning Actions and Suspension   

    Good question. I'm also looking for more detail about this.
     
    I believe Suspend is preferable to Ban because if a member is banned, the screen name appears as Deleted_Member or some such in all posts -- very messy. Maybe Suspend maintains the screen name?
     
    Also, I had set my ban rule to 3 warnings in the prior IPB version, this seems to have gotten wiped out.

    Now I have a member with 4 warnings aka points. I just set Warnings > Actions: Get 3 points and you get Remove ability to create content permanently plus Suspend permanently.

    Is the system going to search for this 4-point account and take the action?

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