Hey Everybody!!! Forum Software Upgrade in the Works

Discussion in 'Dancers Anonymous' started by DanceMentor, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. mindputtee

    mindputtee Well-Known Member

    Tapatalk hasn't been able to log into the forum lately for me.
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  2. Dupont

    Dupont Member

    To protect users' passwords, data in transit, overwritten texts, and for variety of other reasons.

    In our times, it is very irresponsible to take in users' passwords without some protection of the password in transit. I am sure that some DFers use the same password elsewhere - the one that can be captured during logging into danceforums and exploited on some other web site. The victim would not know how his account was hacked.
  3. DanceMentor

    DanceMentor Administrator

    It was a strange side effect. I did not ask for the change, but the developer that did the upgrade somehow did it. I agree it is more readable, so maybe going to let it roll for now. Other than not being artistically amazing, the main thing is we have a happy community that can read and communicate with each other. Blue so often is thought to be the color of communication.
  4. DanceMentor

    DanceMentor Administrator

    Noted. If we do some more development and it is easy to do, maybe we will include this change in the future. Up to this point, I'm not aware of anyone getting hacked, either here or on their computer as a result of the current system. I personally have a separate password for things like Dance Forums that is quite different to something like banking or even Facebook, and I'm sure most people also do this too.
  5. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    Using Chrome here. Does anyone else have an issue where you'll scroll down a forum list, pick a topic, read it, then hit the "back" button, and Chrome refreshes the forum list page from the top, then has to shift down again to the previous position?
  6. mindputtee

    mindputtee Well-Known Member

    Yep, but it does that on other sites too, so I don't think it's a dance forums specific thing.
  7. raindance

    raindance Active Member

    When I click on the auction link at the top of the page, it takes me there but I am no longer logged in, despite having checked "stay logged in" when I first logged in. I haven't had the unintentional logout problem in other areas recently, so I thought I should mention it.
  8. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

    I am not entirely certain it is a DF issue. I am unable to access another forum I haunt via tapatalk...
  9. Dupont

    Dupont Member

    Good choice made!

    Several forums (not dance-related) running vBulletin software were hacked recently. Some forums were very large and for technically advanced users.

    The way of hacking is not known for sure, but possibly a vulnerability in vBulletin's software was exploited.

    Stolen were users' data, including password hashes. It is possible, especially for simple passwords, to find out the passwords using the hashes.

    DanceForums uses XenForo's software, which can roughly be decsribed as forked version of vBulletin. They have common roots. It is unknown how reliable XenForo's software is compared to vBulletin's.

    DF transmits users' names and passwords in open. This means that the data is available to anybody with the technical means. But if a hack occurs, the user data will be stolen en masse, which is more interesting to hackers.


    Here is my advice to users of DF to minimize the potential damage.

    * DON'T USE YOUR DF'S PASSWORD ANYWHERE ELSE! This is what the hackers are after. Consider the password public knowledge.

    * Use complex passwords. Beginning certain level (at least eight characters, no dictionary words, even misspelled ones), passwords become difficult to guess using stolen hashes of them.

    * Assume that all reading and writing on DF is done over an open, public channel.

    * Even though you may not have given your name, by combining pieces of information, it is possible to figure it out, with high degree of certainty.

    * Don't give your main email to DF. In case of a hack, it will be likely sold (for a very small price), spammed and abused in other ways.


    Well, one may not complain... Forum by definition is a public space where open discussion occurs, isn't it?
  10. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

    I am very happy with the more contrasting colors. SSSOOOOO much easier to read on a small mobile device!
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  11. clumsy fellow

    clumsy fellow Active Member

    AGREED! Nice job...
  12. Hedwaite

    Hedwaite Well-Known Member

    Doesn't hurt my eyes on a mobile as much.
  13. DanceMentor

    DanceMentor Administrator

    Thanks. I have a couple more small changes coming, and mobile will be quite friendly. If you look on Salsa Forums on mobile, we will do the same. Notice for example how the top menu collapses partially to a button.
  14. mindputtee

    mindputtee Well-Known Member

    One of the recent changes I don't care for is the disappearance of the easy navigation links that take you back to the forum you were viewing from a thread. There's still a little link at the top of the thread, but it's light and small and easy to miss.
  15. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    In Chrome, at least, the background of the alerts dropdown appears to be transparent.
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  16. DanceMentor

    DanceMentor Administrator

    Yes, I saw that too. We always try to be transparent here. :) (bad joke)
  17. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    I'm seeing the same thing in Firefox.
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  18. Angel HI

    Angel HI Well-Known Member

    I have used 2 browsers, and was blaming my connection/computer for this. Yes, this transparency thing is a wee annoying.
  19. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    Actually, the other two menus next to Alerts are also transparent.
  20. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    Yup, same over here.

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