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Shoutbox archive
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The guest counts have been pretty high in the past, but it's not much of a concern as long as they don't manage to register. It has had next to zero impact on our server load (thanks to our amazing host), so it hasn't been as bad for us as it easily could be.
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Believe it or not, we actually do a pretty good job keeping them from registering. I get about 2 new spambot registrations a week, and I just use MyBB's purge spammer feature to get rid of them as they register. The problem we had before was with guest posting, where the ONLY mitagation we had was the captcha. They didn't have to answer registration questions, get through the hidden fields, or anything else, so they were able to breach us much more easily.
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Tongue when the methods of today don't work, sometimes it's better to look at the past, because your enemy will never expect to need to prepare for something they themselves have likely forgotten or removed from their methods.
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Something like that may actually work... Nice.
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That's a good idea. Might look into setting something like that up.
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found it on an old slashdot post, might still work.
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Set up a honeypot. Disallow a certain directory with robots.txt, and ban all IPs that find their way there. Include an invisible link to the disallowed location and see what falls in the trap. Remember that blacklist you started earlier? Add (and share) these IPs! Finally, let your community know what you are doing. They will appreciate the effort (If you have noticed the spam, so have they). Set clear guidelines, and encourage community vigilance. In the end, remember: spam is beatable.
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hey darth... what about this idea?
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@ Darth: IKR? lol, some day... someday I'll figure out how to use my limited access to IBM Watson to track down the IP's of hordes of bots and strike... but sadly that day is not today.
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happy birthday joe
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Yep. And sadly a lot of it is truly out of our control. Finna
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the number of bots have decreased again, it seems stable at around 50 to 65, this is good lol.
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FIRE THE EMP! Tongue
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noone is here except me and bots.. hi bots
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0_o XD
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Baffles me Rolleyes
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Same thing happened with Chatcave. Crazy ain't it? Finna
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nvm deleted it all, 1 forum had over 45,000 threads though 0.0
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250 accounts awaiting activation too Finna
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I don't get this, my main forum has been up for so much longer than my demo board, and I've had next to no trouble with spam posts - without any protection, even a simple captcha as I'm against them. Tongue Same setup on demo board, but look how popular this forum is!! 0.0 http://demo.forumonic.com/
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I don't understand how they work either. Tongue And ooah thank you darth Tongue
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They are just... around. Trust me. Nobody ever has the slightest clue. Finna
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too many, where are all the spambots coming from anyway?
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112 guests. Huh
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Also @Harry K. I added the link to your website in the footer. Gonna try to use that space to promote user websites around here. (It's not on the development version of the theme yet but it will be shortly! )
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28 bots at once?? Glad MyBB has a purge spammer feature... Finna
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Seems like makestations lost some of the spam bots only 30 guests now.
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28 spam bots decided to sign up for the first time today, first time they've really targeted me. Not a single post, just randomly signed up.. all around the same hour.. no website or anything. How wierd Tongue
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Smile
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Sounds good. I've disabled guest posting. As long as they don't register I think we're okay. Big Grin
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Could be, I'd see if what you have done works first.
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Would it just be the thread name that has to be changed or would "finance" terms have to be reduced? So weird...
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Yep we now have 100 guests. I'm not too worried as long as they can't post. Our server can more than handle the load. But jesus...
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Still in the 90's for Guests, spooky I'd serisously suggest changing the name of that thread. I can't imagine how many spam bots his actual forum gets. 0.0
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Cool yeah, real odd, still have a lot of guests kinda floating there probably bots looking to post, 98 as of this one, but hopefully this chills out soon.
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⛰?
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Bit of a spam attack here the past few days... All in one thread. Never seen that one before. Finna
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A 404 page that has a 404 generating itself? Finna
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What scooby doo reference? >,>
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@ harry K. Love the scooby Doo reference Tongue real copacetic man! Big Grin
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The eyes move!
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Did you get a Zoinks page? If so, the url took you to the page I intended it to send you to, thus the url works and shoutbox is re-opened. YAY!
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That URL doesn't work, therefore the shoutbox is hereby closed.
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How cool is this page 0.0 https://imgur.com/1725e1f2-a122-4f2d-ad43-61360c5b2d97 I wanna do something like that Big Grin
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sry bby
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No. No more trolling.
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no more shoutboxing
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Sorry didn't realise the shoutbox had been closed /s Tongue
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+1*
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~1 for the borg emoji aslong as it doesn't try to take over the human race. o.o
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shoutbox is not closed lol
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?
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erm wot?
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The shoutbox is hereby closed!
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#Borgmoji! Tongue
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Change of subject Big Grin #letsGETpeachy! http://makestation.net/showthread.php?tid=2090
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I'm interested how you managed to get sex, from my new eggplant emoji. Like wut? Where did this sexy peach come from? +1 for another new emoji. I had to look up phallus, google decided images was the best option.. Thanks! and if what you're saying is true eggplant = ...a fake one, then peach = ...a fake one so put two and two together you got something but it definitely isn't sex! Finna also you put images in the shoutbox like so: Eggplant Tongue .P.S. I were asking for someone to demonstrate ON not someone to explain to me, however I get it now Big Grin and I hope this message mind boggles and throws off anyone reading this shoutbox like wtf did I just say /s
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basically eggplant + peach = sex.
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and I don't know how to put images into the shoutbox lol.
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Zalost? Tongue Darth? Anyone care to volunteer? Eggplant
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Demonstrate... one anyone but me. Tongue
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Would you like me to show you? Big Grin Eggplant
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What do they use it for? Blush
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Hi all. Big Grin
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lol
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Zalost, oh I know Eggplant
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yo darth, wazzup man?
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Blush
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nevermind I think I get the joke now lol
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eggplant? umm... harry do you know what teens use that for in the US?
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HAHAHA!!!!
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I think I found my new emoji Eggplant
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woah ho ho!
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hmm... it's too bad there's all those spambot hosts and hacked PC's... otherwise I'd release some kinda worm that tracks code in commonly used one's and delete's them... hell I'd even call it the pacman anti-bot worm... gobbling up them ghosts.
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Yeah, it's crazy, but there's nothing really to be done if we want to benefit from it.
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Regarding official bots (like Baidu, Google, etc.) we don't want to chase them off. They index the site for their search engines. The rest, all of the spambots, etc., well they don't look at robots.txt anyway so the only thing that would really do any good would be disabling the site for guests... Finna
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so why so many bots all the time? and is there a way to edit the robots.txt to chase them off?
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quick somebody set off an EMP!
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If only the 43 users active right were members. Cool
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and 39 lurkers. Angel
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Hi Google, oh and late Hi to VSS Tongue
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whos online with me? google, baidu and bing bots... hi bot friends
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Tongue]
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ah ha noone is one now. time to go streaking.
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Xrumer bots?
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Yes I do actually! It has been quite a while since I have been able to really log on and check them out. A lot of it is probably Xrumer bots trying to get in but I will definitely look into it!
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@"Darth-Apple" You get a lot of Guest traffic here, do you have analytics set up? Anyway of telling if they are bots or actual people. Would be nice to learn where they are mostly coming from and to enhance on that
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That’s a point, Facebook advertising is cheap as.. has great analytics, I used it a few times around last year and it really did work! (I advertised my fb page, which in turn people went to my store)
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@ Guardian: yeah unfortunately everybody is more into social media... speaking of does makestation have a Facebook page?
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I've never had those campaigns work in the past. Just drained REAL quick. If you can't target a forum-accepting audience, it would probably be a waste on today's internet.
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I wouldn't put that sort of money into advertising yet, IMHO if you have that sorta money spare for makestation, I'd use it on maybe a custom theme, getting some proper graphics done, get this place all tweaked out then find a few forums that offer advertising to a community that will appreciate make station at the same time as maybe a community referral competition? Tongue
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hey darth, just keeping an occasional eye on things from my work lol, welcome back btw.
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Hope everyone is well this monday evening!
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So I just got an email that google is going to give me half off advertising if I spend $150 on it and give me $150 free. It sounds enticing but formal advertising literally did next to nothing for us before. Tongue
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sounds very handy and a nice upgrade indeed.
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We haven't had any issues thus far, but Spork ran an image host for years, his advice is worth heeding. Finna If people outside the community start using it, I can't afford 1TB/day lol. I'm looking into just making a plugin that makes a MyBB-integrated host. It'd have the plus of being very convenient from a user-standpoint, and it could be set to only serve images to this domain as well. If we run into issues at all, that should pretty much absolve them. Tongue
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@darth: hey I won't tell anybody, makestation is sacred yo.
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@Spork: That's something I'm a tad bit concerned about. Really hoping that it that stays within the MS community...
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diggin up them holes... gunna dig up them graves... just gotta keep diggin all day, just keep grave digging all day.
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Darth, when I was doing image hosting, I was pushing over 1TB per day. It will add up fast when it catches on, just a heads up Wink
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Great NECRO!!!!
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Necromancy necromancy all for the necromancy lol.
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just popped in for a bit...now im off. cheers makestation ghosts
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new thread ISP's and the CSR's that ruin your day, for those who want to share or are interested in just how bad CSR experiences can get.
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@VSS and a good day to you too sir!
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however the first mainly used chat was IRC, and you could link to it from BBS's (Bulliten Board systems, basically proto forums), you coudl also telnet into an IRC chat room in leu of an actual client.
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theres spooky bro sup have a nice day
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@"Darth-Apple" the precursor to chatrooms? well there was AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ, IRC... and then there was a sort of chat in the original BBS's as well but if you go back far enough, there's a command to send a message to someone else on the same server in unix... so back in the old school arpanet.
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VSS is live, dont adjust your screens...actually i need to go again, its after 1:43am here
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So I was a little bit worried about doing image hosting here being that the bandwidth requirements are pretty robust. Turns out that so far, the entire community only uses about 30GB of the 2TB of bandwidth we have available on a monthly basis. VPS hosting for the win! Finna
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Good night VSS!
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time to go, have a nice night...or day iam on west coast, cheers
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Cool
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Board reorganization in progress as we speak!
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* Darth-Apple petitions spookyzalost to inform me as to what the precursor to chat rooms and shoutboxes was
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Say what, I didn't know that either. Tongue
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You can even collapse it!! Click "Shoutbox". Oh Devilshakerz why do you hide these features Rolleyes
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My guess is somebody abused this somewhere along the line and the developer disabled it... Finna
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why does it change the formatting lol this shoutbox kills me. Rolleyes
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Have fun VSS, you too!
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have a nice day makestation fanatics, time to do some errands
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ok that didnt work
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That is a brilliant suggestion! Care to make the move? Tongue
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we totally need just a random meme thread or something... unless we already have one?
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Same, was funny. Finna
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I loved the Soviet Russia image for the count before staff thread. Tongue
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Tongue
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so... like this?
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It's an online generator thing
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0_o rofl
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Did you actually name a pokemon that or was that a photoshop lol?
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Lmao Finna
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Perfect! Tongue
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LOL
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I guess I'm special. Again. Tongue
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@spork985 @"Harry K."
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HUH? Why no quotations?
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@Guardian That tag thing kills me. Tongue
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@"Harry K." Need a Master Ball.
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*POP* A wild ultra-rare spork appears
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Tongue
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Hello
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Hi Spork! Finna
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Guardian! Smile
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Spork!
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test
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It being a part of the core build would be great! It's another feature forums need to catch up to social media on.
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@SpookyZalost MyBB have plugins for it and are considering it in a later version, but it isn't core yet
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I know it can be done beceause it's been done over at this forum I frequent called spacebattles, but that's based on xenforo not mybb
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I know at this other forum called spacebattles it can be done, but that's based on xenforo not mybb.
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hmm, I wonder if it's possible to tag someone in a thread post other than quoting their post?
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It's not a plugin at all if I recall. It's just a feature of the shoutbox. I don't have myalerts or anything so there is nothing for it to really hook into I believe.
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I used /me in the counting tread I think Tongue I wonder why it does the tagging name when clicking avatar but doesn't actually tag? What plugin are you using Darth?
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nice!, hey did anyone notice that the /me command works in the forums? lol.
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I suppose that settles that one... Finna
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@"Harry K." Does that work? Tongue
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Haha click my avatar?
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Nvm?!?!
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@"Darth-Apple" did you forget you could actually tag people? :o
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And yeah believe me it's a team effort! I can't even really take the credit. Needless to say things have been going very strong lately here for us.
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haha welcome back @e2shock! I got your memo about the featured content, couldn't tell if you were serious or not. Finna
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It is impressive!
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Amazing how you guys brought the forums back from the dead.
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Tongue
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I believe my name should be the same colour as Darths. >Smile
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Ahahaha i didn't even notice Leo's name until now. Finna Y'alls guess is as good as mine on that one, but it could be because he's in a special usergroup since he's the leader/moderator of the RPG section.
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Good, that's good. :p
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Man I don't need a colour to know I'm special don't you worry Rolleyes
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Just not in the case of username color HERE. Different color on IB...
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Of course you are Harry. Cool
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Oh.. So.. So I'm not special? Sad
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It is, but that's because Spooky's is a little darker than everyone else. Tongue
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I feel special Rolleyes
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Is my name slighly blue(er)? :ooooo
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yo! welcome back to makestation!
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What's up Harry!
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Hows it going? Wink
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yeah no worries man, we all know you're busy with IRL... gods so am I at times lol.
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Sounds good Darth, we're keeping busy around here! Smile
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Been terribly busy the past few days, but fear not, I'm not absent. I will be back around more within a few days!
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he's offering to manually up views/generate traffic for station cash bben.
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I will view your YT video for at least 30 seconds.
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sorry I am still have trouble understanding Guardian
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so if i chose U tube view as the example, what exactly would it be a video of ?
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Just trying some simple things to get the marketplace some action.
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You pay Station Cash and I will complete the service offered.
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sorry im not sure how the guardians shop works ?
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Sweet! Have to wait for the baby to wake up before I can hear it. Can't wait. Tongue
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Heads up, posted the first of my karaoke vids
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Haha, that's funny. O sure do hope so. You're on a good pace to do so.


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