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UGN Security: Site News Headlines

To move forward...
Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas!
Forum Upgrade - 7.5.6
Mailings - May 2010
RSS and JavaScript Syndication
New Staffing Requests
Norton Safe Web Results
2010 Spring Clean Changelog
A Setback...
Article Population
IP Shuffle!
UGN Security - Summer Code Announcement
Review Update
Upcoming forum beta period
Search Update Coming...

UGN Security: Site News Stories

We removed public access to the old Archive system due to it having several vulnerabilities that we just didn't have the time to patch; I felt that if we had to go and patch something that I might as well just make something secure from the get go, and that's precisely what I did...

The downside however is that I had a lot of help from the old members inserting the old (ancient) data from the original design from BlackBeard into the old system; and I just haven't had the resources to add it all into the newest system.

I found out today that they finally patched (well, a 3rd party developer) most of the exploits for the old system... So, we're going to be re-activating the old archive and old kbase until all of its data can be added to the new systems.

It'll take some time for the areas to be re-crawled by search engines, but it'll have to do for the time being.
Posted on Mon, 10 Jan 2011 03:32:00 EST

We'd like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season; Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Posted on Sat, 25 Dec 2010 23:09:19 EST

We'll likely be preforming the UBB.Threads upgrade (from v7.5.3 to 7.5.6) sometime this afternoon. There will be a small "hiccup" period as this upgrade is pushed out.

'eh decided that since I had already hacked the files this early that rolling out the update wasn't really too much of a hassle...

So, upgrade to what should be the last in the UBB.Threads 7 Series is now complete.
Posted on Mon, 23 Aug 2010 13:44:30 EDT

We've just sent off a message to our mailing list regarding the new updates to the site. We'll also be sending this message off to users of the forum who've elected to allow us to contact them.

This mailing is as follows:
If you haven't had the time to stop by and check out all of the updates I'd like to invite you to take a look at our 2010 Spring Update topic on our forums which can be found:

A lot of things have been changed, updated, and added; the short list:
* Recommended Reading - New system in place, planned to hold book recommendations and short reviews.
* Links Maintenance - now has a backend for managing site links and link data.
* File Sharing - Reworked the system to make management easier.
* Caching - Speeding up the site has been a big thing to us, items are now cached for frontend viewing.
* RSS/Javascript - All new sections have Javascript and RSS syndication options available.
* Reports - Users can now report invalid information and outdated links.

There are many, many more items that have been added; stop by and take a look!

You can subscribe to our mailings on the main page. We rarely send anything out, and we never share our user database (as that'd be a pretty douchie thing to do).

Also, the mailing list has been down for a couple of months while we where doing system updates, the system is fully functional as of today (and hence today's mailing lol).
Posted on Thu, 20 May 2010 04:10:56 EDT

We now allow syndication of all new content (short of the forums) created on the site through both RSS and JavaScript feeds! See an example on the forums on the left side "Latest Reviews" island (which grabs the feed of the last 10 posted reviews).

This FAQ Entry will give you some information on our syndication options.
Posted on Sat, 15 May 2010 03:51:48 EDT

It's no secret that we've been working long hours revamping the site, new sections and tons of new code all make for may new options.

While we wait to get the jobs system revamped, I'd like to take the time to let you know that we're going to do away with the "News Staff" job title and instead replace it with "Content Providers".

The "Content Provider" job will have plenty of options, either you'll monitor news posts on the forum (by our content aggregation bot) and prune duplicate items, or you'll post new content that you find on the web.

ANYONE can post new items, but "Content Providers" are those who will basically pledge a couple of hours of their time per week to add new content to the site; the site is after-all a marriage of everyone's time and effort, from users old and new.

To add new content you can find a "Submit" link on all of the main pages, or the "Submission" section on the navigation bar of the main site.

A couple of sections we'd like to focus on (for the time being) is Video Syndication (with videos from Google, Yahoo, YouTube, and MySpace) and Site Articles.

We're also going to be working on porting all of the content from the old archive to the new archive (and the new articles system) later on in the year (as there is a lot of content to be ported over).

It's my goal to dramatically increase our web presence by the end of the year; it was drastically reduced over the last year while we coded the new systems, but with the new systems we're feeding new data to Google as it's added to the site (via SiteMaps).

So if you've got some time to spare, we'd love the help! Just let me know if you're interested, and what type of items you'd like to help with. My EMail and Private Messages are always open to you.
Posted on Thu, 25 Mar 2010 11:06:47 EDT

Looks like our Norton Re-Evaluation has come through, and we've even gotten their certification for ecommerce for the store in there :P.
Posted on Mon, 08 Mar 2010 03:17:16 EST

I'd just like to add to this changelog that we've added RSS and JavaScript syndication options which where posted about here.
Posted on Mon, 01 Mar 2010 12:12:02 EST

Hey guys, I had hoped to have more of the data population done on the new Archive and Knowledgebase systems but unfortunately some medical issues came up and I'm not really able to work on them for the time being.

On Friday October 23rd I went in for surgery on a tumerous growth and am unable to walk for several weeks; now normally I'd have the perfect opportunity to work on things under these conditions, however the pain medications make it difficult to format the data and troubleshoot any potential issues that can come out which would result in having to do some slight recoding.

So, for the time being, since I'm the only one working on the data population and coding, I'll need to place those projects on the back burner until I'm no longer on pain medication and the medical issues have lightened up.

I'm expecting this to only take a couple of weeks, so it shouldn't be too large of a dent in the grand scheme of things. I'll take the downtime to submit all sitemaps to Google Webmaster Tools to ensure their cache of all data is up to date.
Posted on Thu, 29 Oct 2009 04:04:47 EDT

It's been a while since I finalized version 1 of our new articles system this summer. I'm glad to say that I've begun populating the systems (finally) with the old data, so we should be having everything in a much easier to access and easier to read area soon.

Since I am doing this all solo it'll take a while to get all of the old stuff in, but if you've got some new stuff you'd like to see added, feel free to submit it! Each new system has a "submit content" page built right into it, so anyone can add their stuff (though only an admin can approve it).

It's my hope that I'll have all of this done by mid-October as a large portion of our Autumn update; I'm planning to work on the Archive as well, but that'll wait until after I've finished with the Knowledge Base (Articles).

If you have any ideas for improvement in the systems, feel free to let me know!
Posted on Mon, 28 Sep 2009 01:28:41 EDT

Well, we've just been alotted a new set of IP Addresses for the server that we pushed through this AM (having only 2 hours sleep!).

I had a small problem which caused a 2 hour downtime due to a 4 minute edit lol; it's up and running now though.

Our old subnet was: 38.99.95
Our new subnet is: 68.68.100

The technical details of the problem where that I did not go in and check the interfaces manually; i trusted Webmin had updated them for me in the config options in the control panel...

Lesson: always double check, otherwise you get to learn how to use a virtual console and alternative text editors just trying to get things back up and running, and it'll take you 3 hours lol...

But all is changed, all is fixed, all is fine!
Posted on Mon, 20 Jul 2009 18:46:46 EDT

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Posted on Thu, 28 May 2009 07:08:00 EDT

I've spent some time today touching base with how the review system outputs data, specifically with different types of reviews and their relation to what displays genaricly.

I've added some subsets to the code that will differenciate on different sections on weather you're looking at a video review, or software...

Basically, you won't see a price of $0 on a video review, or a delivery method, as these are for product reviews. Instead, you'll just see what pertains to the section you're in (director instead of producer, etc).

I've also made it so the "body" of the review shows under the ad, it should help with visual real estate and give you more room to more easily view the review. The other sections of the review will continue to be to the right of the page advertisement.
Posted on Sun, 17 May 2009 03:07:27 EDT

You know I will help wink
Posted on Wed, 01 Apr 2009 01:00:18 EDT

Well, the search script will be getting some love in the coming weeks; I don't like that it doesn't match the site design and goes off to an oddly designed Google page... Just wanted to warn you if you're using the page wink...

We'll also push out a "web scan" page and drop the "news scan" (as the news scan will hit both the site scan and forum scan).
Posted on Sat, 21 Mar 2009 07:49:25 EDT

- v5.0