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Posted by David Haley   USA  (3,881 posts)  [Biography] bio   Moderator
Date Mon 12 Oct 2009 05:57 PM (UTC)  quote  ]
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It's amazing how much effort some people go to in order to get their cheesy links posted (and promptly removed)...

David Haley aka Ksilyan
Head Programmer,
Legends of the Darkstone

http://david.the-haleys.org
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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (19,631 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Mon 12 Oct 2009 06:47 AM (UTC)  quote  ]

Amended on Mon 12 Oct 2009 06:54 AM (UTC) by Nick Gammon

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Yeah, quite right. The goat's blood is the thing that concerns me the most.

BTW spammers get their IP address blocked, so it isn't in your interest to spam this forum.

That IP address seemed to be on a list of blacklisted mail spammers too, strangely enough. ;)

- Nick Gammon

www.gammon.com.au, www.mushclient.com
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Posted by Twisol   USA  (2,257 posts)  [Biography] bio
Date Mon 12 Oct 2009 06:44 AM (UTC)  quote  ]
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But does it clean goat's blood, Paul?

'Soludra' on Achaea

Blog: http://jonathan.com/
GitHub: http://github.com/Twisol
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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (19,631 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Mon 12 Oct 2009 06:40 AM (UTC)  quote  ]
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Nice try, Paul.

Another bit of spam bites the dust.

- Nick Gammon

www.gammon.com.au, www.mushclient.com
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Posted by PaulMorgan   (1 post)
Date Mon 12 Oct 2009 06:27 AM (UTC)  quote  ]

Amended on Mon 12 Oct 2009 06:44 AM (UTC) by Nick Gammon

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Nice topic.I think Nick didn't put it in out of legitimate fears that some may exploit it as a security hole somehow. I do agree tho that having a way to do links in forum codes would be beneficial tho, so perhaps you could set it up something like this.Let us more details visit at xxxxxx [spam omitted].
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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (19,631 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Sat 21 Jun 2003 11:13 PM (UTC)  quote  ]
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I experimented with this a while back, but the problem is that, if you inadvertently have something like:

<a href=" ... blah blah

with no closing tag, the entire rest of the forum posting either disappears, or becomes one huge hyperlink (including other peoples' messages).

To stop this the display routine would need to carefully parse each message, which it doesn't currently do, for speed reasons.

At present, it simply does a "replace all" of "[b]" to "<b>" and so on. This seems to work reasonably well, and you can always post hyperlinks as text, and a quick copy-and-paste lets you follow them.

- Nick Gammon

www.gammon.com.au, www.mushclient.com
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Posted by Samson   USA  (683 posts)  [Biography] bio
Date Fri 20 Jun 2003 02:38 AM (UTC)  quote  ]
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Or, just stick it in the message in raw form, like so:

<a href="http://www.muddomain.com/imc/index.php">Mud Domain IMC2</a>

Standard method, anyone who knows HTML should be able to handle that, and as was mentioned, risks are fairly minimal. Someone with a rogue script will always find someplace else to post it.

Opening in a new window ( or tab, for those of us who use tabbed browsers ) is usually the norm too.

SmaugMuds.org: http://www.smaugmuds.org - The Smaug MUDs Community Center

"The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth." -- George Orwell, 1984
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Posted by Kris   USA  (198 posts)  [Biography] bio
Date Thu 19 Jun 2003 07:44 PM (UTC)  quote  ]
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The forum administrator in this forum script can give certain users (in this case himself hehe) a permission setting to post in html. I'm guessing that's what he used in this case.

I think Nick didn't put it in out of legitimate fears that some may exploit it as a security hole somehow. I do agree tho that having a way to do links in forum codes would be beneficial tho, so perhaps you could set it up something like this:

[URL]http://www.aethiamud.org/iceman[/URL]

Then the forum could interpret it as follows, where $URL is whatever lies between the [URL] and [/URL] tags:

<a href="$URL" target="_blank">$URL</a>

The only risk then would be someone clicking on a link to a page with some harmful/damaging scripts and whatnot. But then again, the same risk exists if someone just copies/pastes the non-html url into his/her browser window.

There may be other problems with it tho that I'm not aware of; you'd have to ask Nick about that hehe :)

--Kris
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Posted by 1of10   Canada  (54 posts)  [Biography] bio
Date Thu 19 Jun 2003 09:06 AM (UTC)  quote  ]
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I've seen a few actual clickable URL links in some message posts in these forums, but it seems most are just plain text. I've also noticed there is no forum code for a URL. So, Nick, when you post a message and give it a clickable link, do you edit the post by hand to add the link?

My suggestion would be to add a forum code to create a clickable link, since it seems URLs are posted in quite a few messages. At least five messages that I've last read. It would make it easy for users with questions to provide a clickable link to a screenshot of what problem they're experiencing... It would also make it easy for you, Nick, to add a clickable link to a different forum message or other Gammon Soft web page for reference purposes.

A good idea, if you chose to implement it, would be to have the link open in a new browser window, so the user browsing does not loose their current place while referencing something else.

One of Ten
Secondary Adjunct of Unimatrix Z03
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