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Message 1568 - Posted: 19 Apr 2010, 12:58:58 UTC
Last modified: 19 Apr 2010, 12:59:27 UTC

Due to the large amount of spammers creating profiles with stupid ads, I had to enable server's built-in spam protection - right now it requires the user to have certain minimum of credits to create profile, I've set it to 100.
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Message 1569 - Posted: 19 Apr 2010, 12:59:35 UTC
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Manually deleting all these profiles takes too much time - each profile and account has to be reviewed, to avoid false positives and they usually come in bulks.
Also, large amount of spam significantly reduced the server's performance, because of the relatively low upstream and limited number of connections that the http server can handle simultaneously. Spam profiles were often linked on large websites and during last 2-3 weeks the project website went down at least few times due to the http server overload.

I hope that the automated protection will help to keep profiles clean. If you don't have 100 credits and you want to create profile, please PM me (unless you're a spammer, then unfortunately I won't help you ;-).
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Message 1576 - Posted: 1 May 2010, 23:38:59 UTC - in response to Message 1569.

Okay, that might not be working as plannned. Is it 100 or 1000? Because I have more than 100 credits (971) and my profile is not showing unless I sign in (http://www.enigmaathome.net/view_profile.php?userid=9304) maybe a typo on the code? Have fun debuggin or updating the site.

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Message 1579 - Posted: 3 May 2010, 14:27:40 UTC

The credit limit applies only to creating profile:





unless there is a bug somewhere in the server code.

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Message 1652 - Posted: 17 Jun 2010, 18:26:34 UTC - in response to Message 1579.

Hmmm, I have more than 100 credits and I still get that message when I try to create a profile =O

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Message 1653 - Posted: 17 Jun 2010, 18:28:20 UTC - in response to Message 1652.

Ohhhh, I guess the keyword is "average"...I'm not even sure what that means =)

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Message 1663 - Posted: 29 Jun 2010, 13:29:16 UTC

Doesn´t it need to be 100 credit in total and not average credit? By looking in my BOINC manager I can see that I never reach an average of 100 crefits in any project.

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Message 1664 - Posted: 30 Jun 2010, 13:06:06 UTC

The documentation says 'credits' without mentioning average or 'RAC'.
I'll check that again today, if the server code requires minimum RAC I'll change setting to 1.


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