Articles tagged in fucoder

  1. is closing shop

    Due to personal committment elsewhere, I have not been able to blog as much as I would like to so I am in the process of merging existing blogs that I have. I shall be closing down, which was started 2 years ago, migrating all the posts back to my personal blog, and continue to write technology and programming related topics over there.

    So long, and thanks for all the fish.

  2. Forum Spammed

    While it has been pretty quiet around here lately (busy busy busy), it does not stop the FuCoder forum getting spammed. I am having not-so-fun time deleting hundreds of posts over the last two days (while my home Internet connection is down). Actually I didn't click on "Delete" on each of them but a single SQL does the trick, but it is annonying nevertheless.

    It turns out PunBB has pretty much non-existing spam protection. Neither are plugins of any use. The forums were opened for guest posting so people asking questions do not need to create an account, but it has been abused by the spammers (or spambots?) to flood their junks on my website.

    So for now, no more guest posting on the forum -- you need to register a user. It has certainly slow down the littering rate, but I know it also introduced inconvenience to those who just wish to ask one question...

    Any other good light-weight open source forum software that has good spam protection?

  3. Site Update -- WP 2.0RC3, Forum

    Ryan has announced the availability of WordPress 2.0RC3 on their developer blog. Matt has also hinted the up-coming 2.0 release to be on either Wednesday or Thursday, depending on the phrase of the moon.

    So there you go -- I downloaded the latest WP RC, unpack the tarball, run the upgrade script, and bingo! is now running the latest and greatest of WordPress. Thanks to the trouble free upgrading.

    So far so good. The new interface is very much, with all those Javascript and/or AJAX goodies. Fortunately it also falls back gracefully as I spent half my time posting under a text-mode browser. No significant functionality that I can spot by browsing the new admin interface. Maybe the real changes are under the hood.

    It also broke some plugins, notably my Permalink Redirect plugin. I have quickly hacked a 0.4.2 patch and it is now working fine again for me. YMMV.

    Another new addition to the site is the forum, powered by Lussumo Vanilla. I am afraid that a blog software is just not suitable for taking support issues, as people kept on leaving comments on my pages. Some of them have resolved, and some of them are still pending -- and being in the comment section doesn't help me organising those issues.

    Anyway, now there's a forum -- leave your enquiries there.

    Update: Site is currently running latest WP from SVN. Forum has been changed from Vanilla to PunBB. Well, I love Vanilla, but (1) some of the extensions do not appear to work and I don't have time to look at them (2) won't work on PHP5 which I am moving to. PunBB does not have the discussion view, but still simply enough to manage and install.