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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:38 am    Post subject: Damn bots fall asleep... Reply with quote

Everything's so far looking good here but I noticed when posting to the forum that the "anti-bot check" 'image' script thing has no refresh button, nor does the image expire regularly as one might expect if it's working correctly. One can spend a while writing a post and the thing will remain the same throughout, until it's time to post...or one can write, post...then 5 or 10 minutes later write and post again - and the SAME image is still there waiting! What's the point of that? At the very least if there was a refresh button for the thing, it'd save the wasted time TRYING to enter all possible visual variations of an otherwise unreadable code only to be repeatedly met by some error message effectively saying 'try again'. Kinda frustrating..
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do accept that this aspect is a somewhat Heath Robinson solution to the particular issue of spam on this forum... Unfortunately, this is necessitated by it being shoe horned onto a particularly old version of PHP which, due to the specific nature of the modifications that Mario has made of the years to cater for the fairly unique and specific requirements of this particular forum makes it quite difficult for it to now be upgraded to a more up to date version while retaining the features we have grown to rely on.

Accordingly, I think it's unlikely to improve greatly in the manner that you suggest anytime soon. I hope you are able to handle the undoubted frustration this causes and continue to be able to contribute regardless...
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks again for the input - interesting. I see that the SAME image code exists to clear THIS post as it did on my last post about half an hour ago, despite it being an entirely different thread! Yep, seems kinda 'antique' - though I do appreciate that my earlier post might have seemed like a bit of a whinge when it was probably more of a point of reporting a bug in the system. I understand however the NEED for an anti-spam feature of some kind on here, just like many sites nowadays, so creaks, bugs and cobwebs regardless of wherever they are, if it works, it works. It's just that when it didn't, I had to log off and back on again to get the thing to refresh so the system then accepted the fresh code.
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