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News / Re: Admin approval is now required for all account registrations
« Last post by Spectere on January 10, 2019, 02:08:13 PM »
phpBB 3 was a major overhaul over phpBB 2. Even back when it came out (June 2006, according to Wikipedia) it was a solid product. The reason I didn't use it for any sites is simply because I was already running SMF. I ended up demoing it pretty extensively around that time. If I remember correctly, I was contemplating whether to switch back to phpBB 3 due to the stronger third-party ecosystem or upgrade to the next major release of SMF. Obviously I chose the latter.

I think the main problem with SMF is that it lost momentum. When they were cranking out new releases and bug fixes with relative regularity it was great, but now I'm concerned that the next PHP version is going to break the site entirely. I'll bet a large part of that is simply due to Reddit more or less replacing community forums. phpBB was likely popular enough to ride the wave while the smaller open source forums ended up losing too many resources. I dunno.

Oh well. It was a good run, if nothing else. I might do a test conversion on my dev server at home to see if things convert over somewhat gracefully.
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News / Re: Admin approval is now required for all account registrations
« Last post by Bobbias on January 10, 2019, 12:21:19 PM »
I... I don't even know what to say to that. I'm not comfortable with the idea that phpBB might actually be better than SMF now.
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News / Re: Admin approval is now required for all account registrations
« Last post by Spectere on January 08, 2019, 01:50:25 PM »
Yeah, that's what I figured. Considering the last legit-looking registration was from late 2017, I'm not too worried. I'll check it periodically, but I don't think it's going to require much in the way of maintenance.

I've also strongly considered jumping ship to another forum given SMF's frighteningly slow development pace. The last bugfix release of SMF 2.0 came out in November 2017. That's a long time for a PHP application to go without security fixes, and I constantly worry about having to deal with more than a few spam bots. I do have Apache running under its own user so I'm not too worried about someone rm -rf'ing my server, but you don't need root to make legit servers do some nasty things.

What's worse is that they aren't even keeping pace with PHP. I dare not ask how much many times the string "8192: Function create_function() is deprecated" appears in my SMF database. That was deprecated in PHP 7.2 (which was released over a year ago) and Simple Machines seems to have no plans to fix the issue. Sigh.

Upgrading to SMF 2.1 is also not a viable option, since the latest packaged beta was released even before 2.0.15 (June 2017). Sure, development is active on GitHub, but I'm not going to go through that song and dance.

So I dunno. Maybe I'll flip back to phpBB. I never thought I'd say this but that seems like a far better option at this point. They're actively releasing builds and third-party support for it has always been strong. I remember testing phpBB 3 when it was still fairly new and it was pretty solid (far better than the mess that was phpBB 2...woof), and I can't imagine it would have gotten worse over time.
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News / Re: Admin approval is now required for all account registrations
« Last post by Bobbias on January 08, 2019, 12:30:30 PM »
Well considering what this site actually is, I'd say it's not a big deal. If someone from years ago shows up, either they have an existing account or they make a new one. If they make a new one, and actually care about posting I'm sure they will find a way to get it activated.
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News / Re: Admin approval is now required for all account registrations
« Last post by Spectere on January 08, 2019, 04:27:51 AM »
Turns out these spammers also will occasionally register accounts and then keep them on the DL for a few weeks before posting with them. I dealt with that in a heavy-handed way by doing a comprehensive member list purge (i.e. anyone with zero posts whom I don't recognize). For the first time in quite a while the member count here is actually accurate!

Also, it's kind of surprising to me how many accounts were waiting in the e-mail approval filter (4200 over the span of two years!). I went ahead and purged that.
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News / Admin approval is now required for all account registrations
« Last post by Spectere on January 07, 2019, 10:05:08 AM »
I honestly never thought the spam situation would get bad enough for things to come to this, but I've had it with this bullshit.

It doesn't help that SMF's development is pretty much glacial at this point, to say nothing for the plugin ecosystem, so trying to combat this by tweaking the settings or installing an addon has been pretty much futile. The methods that I used to use no longer install cleanly into 2.0.15 and I was pretty much over manually installing mods all the way back in the arch0wl.com days, so this is about the best "compromise" I could come up with.

All in all, I suspect it's going to be way easier to mass-delete inactive accounts every few days than deal with "hot fortnite xxx cock pussy creampie viagra" threads popping up daily, so that's the route I've decided to take. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Gaming / Re: 10 games for 2018
« Last post by vladgd on January 01, 2019, 05:01:28 PM »
I guess since year's over, I could do a small year end review of the work I put into this thing 2018

1- earthbound
2- monster hunter world
3- smt nocturne
4- smt 4
5- south park fractured but whole
6- xcom terror from the deep
7- persona 5
8- deus ex mankind divided
9- metroid: samus returns
10- dragon quest xi
11- smt 4 apocalypse
12- advance wars 2
13- disgaea 5

October/November 2017 I was thinking about how I haven't been beating many games and I made some list of 10 games I wanted to complete in 2018. apparently I made a list of 5 in October...



...yeah...didn't even touch any of those...but my goal of 5, arbitrarily turned to 10, and I wanted to only beat unbeaten games...I OBLITERATED IT.

Less pc time, more games being beaten, my back feels fantastic, and I have been tackling some of those naggling games. Let's try and categorize some of this away for a wrap up of my 2018 vidya experience.

Favorite Game/2018 GOTY
Monster Hunter World.
Not much to say, I had a thread about it. Monster hunter was a fantastic series hampered by the platforms capcom released it on...this game fixes that...nuff said. I haven't had this much fun playing a videogame...in...a...long...time...I honestly can't remember the last time I fiended for a game as much as when I was in the middle of my hunter addiction. Not to mention the first time in a long time I played online with irl friends of mine for long periods of time. Good friend of mine whom I havent played games with online since...modern warfare 2...ended up putting at least 100+ hours of my 200 hours played in this thing.

Runner up favorite
smt nocturne
My introduction to Shin Megami Tensei, and having had experienced it...it's knocking its way on the door to my favorite jrpg. Might need some more time to simmer on it, but I really REALLY like this game. Light on story, heavy on atmosphere, great battle system, great challenge, great music. I still listen to the OST at work damn near every week, I only wish...the sequel was better...

Least Favorite Game
Shin Megami Tensei 4
This game refines a lot of things of nocturne, which is great...except the game itself...kinda...it's not bad..just...not good? Take the first "tutorial" dungeon of the game, make it the hardest jrpg dungeon I've ever played no exageration, and then make the rest of the game very easy, with a horrible starting atmosphere and an even worse story until near 80% through the game, it's just disappointing. I am confused as to why the smt community recommends people start with this game, at least smt4 apocalypse has a balanced difficulty curve, but the story in that game is just straight anime weeb stuff, which is fine...just not in the context of shin megami tensei. Play nocturne, then play this, you'll know the difference in tone real quick. Cutesey anime "LETS GO ON A PICKNICK!" just out of place in a game like this.


Most rewarding game to complete
xcom terror from the deep
Played this game a few years ago, it utterly defeated me. I savescummed like a bitch...and it still beat me. This game is HARD. Hardest game on my list this year, one of the hardest games I have completed. But it's xcom, underwater, and that's AWESOME. Like the original, but want shittier weapons and stronger aliens(well yknow till you get molecular control, and soldiers skilled to use it...then you can kinda just kinda obliterate everything...but yknow, good luck surviving that far with enemies who can take rockets to the face without even flinching)? I guess this is up your alley, had a blast playing it from start to finish, and I am extremely happy to knock this fucker off the backlog.

Biggest surprise
dragon quest xi
I thought this game was going to be some open world skyrim like game, and it wasn't. This is a dragon quest ass dragon quest game with a shiny coat of paint, and after a slow start, it plays great. All these great jrpgs ive been exposed to this year alone, and to end it, square enixes own NON final fantasy game just killed it this year. I don't even have any intent to play final fantasy 15 anymore, I think im done with that whole franchise at this point, but dragon quest...I got what, 9-10 others to try out since this was my first one? Getting excited of which one I'll knock out in 2019! Highly recommend this title to jrpg fans who like that OG style with a fresh coat of paint.

Seems like jrpgs and turn based strategy games on my plate for the most part, we'll see what 2019 comes to bring. Not sure if I'm committed to going crazy on vidya in 2019, but we'll see what the year brings. Change is usually slow for me so I'll probably pile on a few games before I focus attention on more important uses of my free time, so we'll see.

Good games 2018.
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Computing / Re: How the FUCK can I start livestreaming on Youtube or twitch.
« Last post by vladgd on December 30, 2018, 08:55:10 AM »
You may have misunderstood my last post, but let me clarify.

Im on my PC less than 2 hours a month now a days, the last time I was on my computer was last Wednesday, which ended in back pain I haven't had since February.

Im literally afraid of being on my PC for longer than 30 minutes due to the back problems.
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Computing / Re: How the FUCK can I start livestreaming on Youtube or twitch.
« Last post by NewF on December 29, 2018, 10:55:51 PM »
Well, I tried adding you. It says "Friend request sent" but then nothing happens and you dont show up in any friend request. Did you BLOCK me??  AHHHH!!! :(
Just ad me.
Newf
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Computing / Re: How the FUCK can I start livestreaming on Youtube or twitch.
« Last post by vladgd on December 29, 2018, 12:02:07 AM »
I think it's still vladgd, but I've barely on my PC due to back issues. Literally back pain mostly gone, because the time I've been on my PC in the entirety of 2018, is the time I was on my PC in a week in 2017. Recliner in the living room has been heavenly.

Contemplating getting a living room setup for my PC or laptop, but that's a topic for another thread. Would love to get back into fightans again, but in the current climate, favoring tekken 7, even though im horrible.
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