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8 years 10 months ago #1040 by AnubisTTP
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What system are you using to get the data from the computer to the display? Do they actually sell scriptable USB-enabled LED marquee displays now? The last time I had to use one, they only came in red and you had to type in messages using a membrane keyboard that was as comfortable and user friendly as a vicious zombie attack.

Now if only there were some sort of script you could run that would use the scrolling LED display as a club to bludgeon the spammers into unconsciousness...

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8 years 10 months ago #1041 by Stuckey
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I'm using a product called Kitchi - it sits as a Windows service and updates the display. It pulls down the RSS feed from this forum and uses it to populate the display. It can also read flat files and other data sources. Every few minutes, I have it reload the feed, blank the display for ~5 seconds and load a new message.

www.kitchi-rss.com/overview.html

The display itself is a BetaBrite Prism USB display that I found for dirt cheap on eBay and won with a low ball bid :)

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8 years 10 months ago #1042 by Accutron
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That's pretty awesome. It must be working because I've been deleting much fewer spams the past few days. Hey wait a minute, I've been replaced by a machine! Well don't come complaining to me when your LED marquee becomes self-aware and decides that you'd be a suitable chemical fuel cell to power its war machine.

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8 years 10 months ago #1112 by Accutron
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I had a thought, is there any way you can write a script to automatically block posts which begin with a particular text string? Every single spam I've deleted on here began with the word 'empty', all lower case. How many real posts are going to begin with that?

While I'm on the subject, here's the latest list of violent offenders...

HokeAidepttit
immansignug
Sperpeninia
HiffutFurnKit
ABINGGAGFOM
Valeriana
Coattymah
wetsuitman
gueshyNommomo

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8 years 10 months ago #1116 by Stuckey
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@Accutron thanks for the list - locking their accounts immediately after this post.

As far as a filter goes, this forum doesn't support it out of the box. I've found some nasty hacks but they don't seem to work reliably when I test them out.

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8 years 8 months ago #1319 by Stuckey
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Howdy -
I switched the theme on the registration form to an alternate layout. There is an apparent conflict between the theme and Joomla which is preventing passwords from validating.

This theme has been very problematic for the forum and for the site so I will probably be updating it in the near future. The site will look a little different but the content should stay the same.

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