the weekend I - and even more important - my site developer (the technical brain
behind everything you see here) spent some time for some important forum
maintenance and house keeping.
First of all, we faced some serious spam problems during the past weeks where
spam bots and zombie PCs posted a huge amount of spam into the forums.
Basically, this is pretty easy for spam bots and zombie PCs because they fake
the submit command in HTML codes without being physically on the site.
Nevertheless, this works - for spammers - pretty successful and I had a lot of
work to get the spam cleaned out again since it was annoying and sometimes even
As a result of this spam bots and Zombie PCs, I've locked the forum last week to
only allow posting for registered users. However, I'm not a big fan of locked
forums, especially if it comes to article comments since you have to create an
account first to add a valuable comment to a story. I prefer anonymous
commenting way more and therefore we've worked on a code change to make
anonymous posting available again but still keeping bots and zombie PCs away.
Well, we have the code running for 3 days now without a single spam and
therefore I think it's safe to say, that the code change works! :-) For sure,
I'm not going into details but if you are just a normal reader of the::unwired,
you shouldn't care anyway.
In addition, I'm also unlocked the other discussion forums again (which I locked
some time ago - also because of the spam) which means you can access all forums
now again, to post your questions, tips and tricks - without registering first;
even if registration has some benefits but it's up to you if you like to do so
By the way: The changes were also tested with Windows Mobile devices and it also
works fine in the mobile version of the forum. :-)
While we did some house keeping, we have merged some of the old forums. In the
past, I had dedicated sections for different HTC Pocket PC Phone Editions and
Smartphones. However, while some of the old forums weren't used anymore (who is
still using an HTC Wallaby or Canary today) some others were used even more. Now
we have merged everything into dedicated HTC Pocket PC and Smartphone forums as
well as merged some other forums. Nevertheless, we haven't deleted a single
posting so you should still find older information you might still want to
Last but not least we have added an auto close functionality for postings. This
means, that from now, a topic is closed 30 days after the first posting was made
(it also includes article comments) and I would like to get your feedback: Is 30
days enough or should I extend it to let's say 45 days or 90 days?
The reason, topics are auto locked now is that older postings were "hijacked" in
the past and visitors posted their question into any threads - doesn't matter if
appropriate or not. To keep the forum clean, I've decided to auto lock older
threads to make sure a new thread has to be created. At the end it means
information is way more structured and easier to find. What do you think?
Finally I've also added a new category for Windows Mobile based Palm Treo Pocket
PCs which is empty now (especially because the Palm Treo 700w is on sale in the
US only) but with the soon awaited release of the Palm Treo 750, I'm sure we
will fill up this forum soon as well. Nevertheless, if you already have a
Palm 700w, feel free to start using the forum already.
That's for now. Please let me know how the changes works for you.
Cheers ~ Arne