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New FREE Mod, DBSEO v1.0.11, Thanks v3.5.2 PL2, vBShout v6.2.2

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Hello Dragons!

This week we have a new completely FREE mod called "Recommended Threads", alongside an update for DragonByte SEO, Patch Level 2 for Advanced Post Thanks / Like and a new version of vBShout.


News

Announcements

We're releasing a brand new FREE mod called Recommended Threads, a mod dedicated to improving your content's visibility by taking keywords from your threads' first posts and generating recommendations. This works in addition to vBulletin's "Similar Threads" feature, which only works on the thread title.

Recommended Threads are generated with a cron job, with advanced caching features designed to minimise the impact on your site's performance. On install, recommendations for all threads in the past 6 months is generated, and older threads will have recommendations generated if they receive new visitors.

If you're looking to increase the relevancy of the "Similar Threads" area on your threads, this mod is perfect for you, and is available immediately for FREE!


New Releases

Recommended Threads v1.0.0 has been released. Read the full details here.


Updates

DragonByte SEO v1.0.11 has been released, adding a "Legacy Forum URL" setting for people who didn't use forum ID in their forum URLs before importing from vBSEO. Additionally, all outstanding bugs have been fixed. Read the full details here.

Advanced Post Thanks / Like v3.2.5 Patch Level 2 has been released, fixing an issue with content that had a large number of button clicks. Read the full details here.

vBShout v6.2.2 has been released, fixing a bug with the Project Tools issue links as well as making CSS/JS only load when required. Read the full details here.



What's Going On

@Belazor is working on DragonByte SEO updates
@Dylan is working on a secret project.
@bszopi is on a general leave of absence
@Mokonzi is working on Classifieds and vBDonate updates
@the-danzor is working on vB5 skins



Coming Soon

DragonByte SEO updates in the coming weeks
Classifieds updates in the coming weeks
Secret project in the next few months
More Focus Group Surveys & Prizes
Several more vB5 Ports in the coming months



Belazor's Corner

I don't have anything particularily interesting to share with you development wise, so instead I'll tell you a rather hilarious story that happened today.

We received an email to our Legal Department email address saying that our server was engaging in a flood attack against another server and that if we did not cease this activity, they would respond by attacking us. Immediately I began worrying that someone had silently gained access to our server and was using it to flood another server, so I asked the person to show me their connections list.

What I received was not exactly what I expected; their server had nine unclosed connections to our server open. From the IP address they provided, I was able to determine that they were actually a spammer who had their IP address banned in our firewall for attempting to post spam on our forum.

In short: A spammer contacts the legal department of a company they were attempting to spam, to notify us that if we did not allow them to connect to our server, they would engage in (further) illegal activities against us. I'm just going to give you a minute to properly process that information.

I'm actually not even sure whether they legitimately have no understanding of how network connections work, or whether they actually expected us to unblock their IP address. I simply told him to restart the networking service on his server, along with the exact reason why their IP address was blocked. I haven't heard back from them yet.

PS: Matt ( @Mokonzi ) will be working reduced hours for the next few weeks, so the support response times on his mods may be a little slower than usual. Chances are it will be mostly unnoticeable, though.


Thanks for reading,

Iain & The DBTech Team
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  1. Papa Bear's Avatar
    Interesting..I had a similar problem with a spammer about a year ago..
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