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Moving a community...

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Oy Vey this should be fun!

 

Okay so here's the long story - short ;)

 

4 yrs ago I started an Alumni board for my old classmates (about 6 of them are members here too)

 

The board started out as an Invision Power Board (IPB) then switched over to phpBB after a stupid lil script kiddie crashed the site (lost about 5k posts too) So then phpBB had some security problems... and I upgraded to phpBB2 (which is the current version)

 

However with all the dang sploggers (spam bloggers) I'm having to delete, and ban 35 new members a day! And it's time for a move...

 

Not only do I have WAY more posts (around 18k now) but I want to keep everyones emails / usernames / login's etc... in tact so that I don't have to do mass emails and get everyone to sign up again and loose all of those posts / threads...

 

So I'm also doing one more thing in the process... I only used http://www.neo-1.com as a domain name because I really liked it... but it has nothing to do with the FHS Alumni so I bought a new domain yesterday http://www.TeamFHS.com this way I can use neo-1.com for something more geeky ;)

 

I've installed Dolphin (which unfortunately is a dating / interactive script) and we don't need the dating crap on there... as we're all buddies ;) not looking to date each other... it also has Orca which integrates into Dolphin...

 

Only problem I see with trying to make this work is that http://www.Boonex.com doesn't seem to have any free templates / mods (everything costs at a minimum of $10) I'd like to use this software as it's really cool and all web 2.0ish

 

If all else fails... I'll probably just buy a vbulletin license and merge my existing db into that... and put it all up at teamfhs.com

 

But as I'm doing this... I only want to do it once... I don't want to have to come back at the end of the year and do it all over again... so I guess I'm looking for advice?

 

What do you guys think?

 

it's a big move and I'm not looking forward to it... but it has to be done and SOON!

 

NeO

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Do you have the mods that you can use that will help out with the spammers? Reason I ask is I heard that there are a few mods that one can install that will help fight this.

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Take a look at the Katrina site. I believe one of the mods you might want is on that site. Spam is way, way, way down on it now.

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That might just be the ticket... :) Thanks Doug!

 

Then I'll just be moving a site and not re-doing everything... I suppose I could leave up a 301 for a few months till everyone gets their new bookmarks lined up :)

 

NeO

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Neo, i might have the mods i added to that katrina site for you on my harddrive (although i keep clearing it, so they may be long gone!)

 

Let me take a look, if i find them i'll email them across, is your email address easy to find? If not PM me it!

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I had this same problem, the links the spammers where giving was way out there, like rape links and such. I was also deleting 25-40 account signups a day. What I did was deny access to the member list and make all the profile links not work unless there is a post from that user, it only shows the name of the newest member, no link to the profile to see the spam link. I have to approve all signups, I check their links (if any) to make a judgement on that user.

 

It saves on the time deleting accounts on a daily basis (so that the terrible spam links are not shown on your site), you can then get a bulk delete hack and do it all at once, in the mean time no one could see the bad spam links. That humanizer could also help, but I haven't used it yet.

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