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GlenStephens wrote: 29 May 2023 21:28
Why anyone looks at a Bulletin Board vertically only the Brits can advise. Each to their own. Do you also also turn your laptop sideways, to replicate it? :!:

Most similar things I look at are also screwed up. Cunning solution - turn phone sideways. National Emergency averted. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Looks perfect on my phone. Horizontally, and is the logical way to view Bulletin Boards.

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How you manage to use a phone with a pop-up keyboard in landscape is beyond me but maybe you have a large one?

And if you are reading an e-book do you do it landscape, so that you see two pages - or one very w i d e one - or do you do it portrait, which is the normal way of reading a book?

I've used a tablet for 7 years and most websites - including this one - adapt perfectly well to three formats - desktop & laptop, tablet, and phone. The layout is automatically varied because websites written in modern coding adapt the display because they detect the type of device.

There are even websites which assist webmasters because they show what your website will display in the three formats. I'm sure Yuriy is aware of this and also knows about display adaptation.

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How you manage to use a phone with a pop-up keyboard in landscape is beyond me but maybe you have a large one?
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Works like a charm. Here cellphones are oblong in shape. So reading and typing on Bulletin Boards works best that way. Maybe in the UK they are square or circular? Who knows.

I've never read an e-book, and do not plan to. Too busy working at selling stamps at 2.30am, and keeping this board ticking along smoothly etc. How you read e-books has nothing to do with STAMPBOARDS, or our new upgrade, but by all means start a new thread on the joys of that on your device, if you wish. :lol: :lol:

Anyway, seems like members here can see no REAL world issues, related to the latest upgrade that Yuriy has just done, that he might look at?

The emailing seems greatly improved from what I can see?? What are experiences of others since the upgrade?

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One thing that pops up a lot is the 'place attachment inline' issue with images.

Or rather, newer members not using it, and so posting an image with the white border.

Why not make 'place attachment inline' the default?
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Rigs wrote: 30 May 2023 12:51
One thing that pops up a lot is the 'place attachment inline' issue with images.

Or rather, newer members not using it, and so posting an image with the white border.

Why not make 'place attachment inline' the default?

You are right, it is an issue for a lot of new members, especially the many of whom are older.

I am talking to Yuriy now about how we can reword some of the icons and buttons to make it much, much clearer. I will not say 'dumb it down' - but it is! Watch this space. :D

The phpBB base software constraints, we are largely stuck with, but we can tinker solidly about the edges with such things. :lol:

Let us never forget until 3 years back, it was IMPOSSIBLE to add images here inline. We all needed to use photobucket and Imgur and Imgbox etc to host images posted here. (All now banned here totally of course.)

Photobucket went feral and demanded $US100s a year RANSOM from users so their images could be seen. Many foolishly paid that - so flicking a pizza and beer to Yuriy for getting us set up so well now with totally on-site hosting, is very small change compared to that!

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To make things a bit more intuitive, when posting a new topic, you'll now see an updating indicator showing how many characters you have left for the subject.
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I'll see about making the "place-inline" behavior default for images. I just played with it, and it's not entirely trivial to do.
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Many thanks Yuri - this will be really useful to many members. :D
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Thanks Yuri, that's useful.
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Search Function crashed ... sorry about that.

I've reset it and will investigate what happened when I wake up here in New York.

It ran for exactly 30 days. Maybe that's somehow significant :P
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I've had a couple of "Stampboards is not responding" or "Stampboards took too long to respond" messages in the last few days.
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Marshalrusty wrote: 15 Jul 2023 16:44
Search Function crashed ... sorry about that.

I've reset it and will investigate what happened when I wake up here in New York.

It ran for exactly 30 days. Maybe that's somehow significant :P

Thanks again Yuriy .. was just throwing out this code -

Search failed: connection to localhost:9308 failed (errno=113, msg=No route to host)

Great to see it restored to normality so fast - as usual. :)

Members are reminded the site specific GOOGLE search box at the base of each page is always handy, if the main search box top right plays up. :)

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Marshalrusty wrote: 15 Jun 2023 22:00
To make things a bit more intuitive, when posting a new topic, you'll now see an updating indicator showing how many characters you have left for the subject.

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I'll see about making the "place-inline" behaviour default for images. I just played with it, and it's not entirely trivial to do.

An excellent modification Yuriy, for adding that heading length 'countdown clock' that now means members writing thread headings that resemble short novels, are no more!

Superb job once again Yuriy, wrestling with a complex issue - Yuriy says we are probably the only one of the mega millions of phpBB software Bulletin Boards globally, to have this feature, as he wrote and added the code himself.

Again deservant of a beer and pizza from members here! 8-)

Hopefully the "place-inline" behaviour default for images can be solved or streamlined, as that really is as common issue for new members - and not so new ones!

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Think of just how many valuable things you have learned, shared, swapped etc, and the many new friends made here. All of them worth $US20 or so a year, I am certain. :!: :!:

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Yuriy is one of the head coding and design developers globally of this phpBB board skeleton, used by millions of Bulletin Boards worldwide, most far smaller than this of course, and has customised the back-end of this version entirely for our needs - larger easy to read fonts given our age demographic, added many different navigation buttons, very special attention to the easy adding of LARGE images, and many other features not immediately obvious to the casual user.

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Global Admin wrote: 16 Jul 2023 09:43
Hopefully the "place-inline" behaviour default for images can be solved or streamlined, as that really is as common issue for new members - and not so new ones!

I have this working on my local system now, I think, but want to test more before deploying as it has the capacity to break things.

I'll be on a small vacation in Canada for a week, and will pick it back up upon returning.

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Happy small Canadian vacation, Marshallrusty :D

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Hello Yuriy = Marshalrusty.

Recently I've been getting the following message from time to time when I'm attempting to submit a post I've been editing, even when it subsequently turns out that the submitted post has actually been added. I wonder: are others also getting similar messages, or is it specific to my posting?

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Apologies for posting here — I don't have the suggested detailed documentary data to submit a formal report. Immediately after getting such a message, the preoccupation is with completing the interrupted post, and after that, reconstructing the precise actions which preceded the message is not feasible.

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RogerE wrote: 08 Aug 2023 19:49 Hello Yuriy = Marshalrusty.

Recently I've been getting the following message from time to time when I'm attempting to submit a post I've been editing, even when it subsequently turns out that the submitted post has actually been added. I wonder: are others also getting similar messages, or is it specific to my posting?

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Apologies for posting here — I don't have the suggested detailed documentary data to submit a formal report. Immediately after getting such a message, the preoccupation is with completing the interrupted post, and after that, reconstructing the precise actions which preceded the message is not feasible.

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Yep .. all passed on to Yuri yesterday. :)
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The last 3 or 4 days, I've been getting several Internal Server error messages every time I browse various threads on StampBoards. The latest one was on the "Share the most CURIOUS stamp designs you have ever seen globally?" thread. I refreshed the page, and the text returned but not the pictures. I quit StampBoards and started all over, and everything worked fine. Anyone else have this problem lately? If so, perhaps the Administration needs to know about it.
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A quick Google search seems to say the problem is not an issue with my computer.
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I'm having a similar issue.

We are both in the USA.
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When that happens click on the refresh/reload this page tab. You may have to do it twice.
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Has been reported to Yuriy .. he must have run out of Pizzas. :lol: :lol: :lol:

As he posted above, he has been on vacation in Canada.

'There are no free lunches in life.' Members funding some Beer and Pizzas now, who this issue bothers, will I am sure get this to the top of his list to look at, when he returns. :mrgreen:

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Hi folks,

Sorry about that. I'm monitoring the situation, but so far have been unable to reproduce the exact issue. I've reset things, so hopefully smooth sailing from here. Intermittent problems are the hardest to diagnose.
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Hope you enjoyed your holiday Yuriy. This stamp issue from Great Britain came out while you were away.

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Now NOT seeing Internal Service Error. :D
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Ubobo.R.O. wrote: 16 Aug 2023 12:57 Hope you enjoyed your holiday Yuriy. This stamp issue from Great Britain came out while you were away.

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Now NOT seeing Internal Service Error. :D
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So twice today, I got another error when trying to log in to Stamp Boards.
I put in my name and password, click on the LOGIN button, and this appears:
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Refresh the page, and it logs in as normal.
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Not yet disappeared for me:
In response to
https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=92653&view=unread#unread
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Ever since my last windows update ive been having problems and usually f5 resolves it. Needs to be done each time pops up.

Im also having trouble at work with our payroll software on one of the older win10 pcs after an update.

Doesn't seem to happen on my Android systems.


Blast, ok, now its happening on Android.
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Hi,

I can confirm that there is a load issue. It would appear that the site is currently being DDoSed. It wasn't happening when I checked it last, but there are currently a lot of hits. Working on it.
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Great work Yuriy .. I use the board 18 hours a day, and right now the issue is truly MINIMAL, and a ton better than recent days - many thanks! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Have only seen one incidence of it all day. :!:

Some avatars were not loading, nor some valid inline attachments.

Beers and Pizzas are due from those who many who were complaining about the tech issues this week. :lol:

I've noted the 'visitors' in the past week or so at any time are often about 1,500 or 2,000 - a unusually high number.

For members not aware of what we are experiencing -

'A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack is a malicious attempt to disrupt the normal traffic of a targeted server, service or network by overwhelming the target or its surrounding infrastructure with a flood of Internet traffic.'
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Global Admin wrote: 16 Aug 2023 17:00
Great work Yuriy .. I use the board 18 hours a day, and right now the issue is truly MINIMAL, and a ton better than recent days - many thanks! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Okay, mitigation steps have been taken. Settings have been tweaked. Hopefully that should do it.

I'll be checking on it to make sure all is well.
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I haven’t seen the error message today, but everything is very slow to load for me.
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Yes, I've also been experiencing the very slow loading. Not complaining, just reporting the experience.

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Marshalrusty wrote: 16 Aug 2023 13:08
Ubobo.R.O. wrote: 16 Aug 2023 12:57 Hope you enjoyed your holiday Yuriy. This stamp issue from Great Britain came out while you were away.

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Now NOT seeing Internal Service Error. :D
These are amazing. I'm going to have to find someone to buy and mail me a set.


EDIT: I caught the internal server error. Working on a fix.
Send me your address and I'll get one off to you.

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peterh wrote: 16 Aug 2023 20:40 I haven’t seen the error message today, but everything is very slow to load for me.
Agree. It takes 45-70 seconds to load every page.
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Better now, that took leess than 5.
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I haven't been able to get into the site all day.

Everything loaded as normal and quickly again right now.
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Yet loading the post above took nearly a minute.

Very variable at present, but I'm sure it's being worked on.

Edit: And through like a knife through butter.
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Two screenshots from earlier today:

Due to slow turn-around?
Due to slow turn-around?
When editing my own post
When editing my own post
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Yuriy = Marshalrusty, is it external forces we're battling with, or hardware, or "just" software? In any case, commiserations!

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We seem to be back. Many thanks Yuri- Pizza (money) sent!
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Pizza money, with thanks, sent to Yuriy = Marshalrusty:

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Conversion rates and fees (money to friend) noted :o

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Well done norvic and oldduffer and RogerE ... the board seems smooth and fast for me today. 8-)

Yuriy spends a lot of time in the background on solving these annoying, and hard to pinpoint issues, and has been working with the server host in the USA to sort things out here.

Yuriy is the only one who has the first clue how to do this stuff, so all active members Paypalling a Pizza and beer now and again, is a truly TINY price to pay, for a stable and functioning board, loaded with custom features he has built and added on, as members asked for them.

All totally free of annoying pop-ups ads, and all those irritating distractions one sees on EVERY board Bulletin Board or info website these days - EXCEPT stampboards. :!:

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I still don't have Yuriy's mailing address for the Discworld stamps; if you have it pl send it to me by email.
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A small contribution sent - all clicking along nicely now, cheers!
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Thanks folks :)

According to my monitoring service, this issue appears to be fixed (as of the last 48 hours). If you see that error again, please let us know here.
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Board has been verrrry slow, to very fast in recent days.

Working with Yuriy and the Tech team at our new more powerful server hosts in the USA, we were able to ID some persistent malicious DDOS attacks, from 100 of different IPs, and nuked/blocked them forever, hopefully.

Board seems to be flying fast for me right after we acted decisively on that 15 mins ago - other reports?

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Very slow loading (off and on ) over the past couple of days, but zipping along now.

Any idea who it is that hates us? :lol:
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It might have been Russian mercenary WAGNER leader Yevgeny Prigozhin ... but if so, things will stay normal here. :)

Issue identified. Issue sorted. :!:
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norvic wrote: 18 Aug 2023 04:03 I still don't have Yuriy's mailing address for the Discworld stamps; if you have it pl send it to me by email.
Done, posted yesterday
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Speed has now returned to normal for me —thanks Yuriy = Marshalrusty 👍

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The board has been getting absolutely hammered by bots over the past few weeks, which can be difficult to mitigate. This happens, and is usually temporary. If the issue continues, I'll have to see about implementing a more permanent solution, such as DDoS protection from Cloudflare.

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