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Forum traffic, possible attack
Jul 23rd, 2013 at 10:39am
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For quite some time I have the very big problem that someone, either one or maybe more people seem to try archiving the complete page including the forums. Since the forum (www.oldunreal.com) grew pretty much over the years this causes a lot of traffic. I don't want to disable guest access but I need to something about it.
Is there a way to limit access to the topics somehow? Just like it is done maybe for posting restriction, how many topic can be opened within a given amount of time?
  
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Re: Forum traffic, possible attack
Reply #1 - Jul 23rd, 2013 at 1:33pm
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Hi Smirftsch,

The only thing similar to what you are asking is the Guest Topic View Limit mod:

http://www.boardmod.org/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1335212467

But it does rely on a cookie and won't affect search engine bots, or any other bots which ignore cookies, so if the people archiving your site are  actually robots it might not work.

There's also no way for a custom time frame. You would need to see this post to modify when the cookie expires:

http://www.boardmod.org/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1335212467/21#21

  
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Re: Forum traffic, possible attack
Reply #2 - Jul 23rd, 2013 at 6:55pm
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Smirftsch wrote on Jul 23rd, 2013 at 10:39am:
... seem to try archiving the complete page including the forums.

You may already know that websites are archived all the time such as with the Wayback Machine. Out of curiosity, why is the archiving of your site (and forum) a "very big problem" for you?


  

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Re: Forum traffic, possible attack
Reply #3 - Jul 25th, 2013 at 1:17am
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Smirftsch wrote on Jul 23rd, 2013 at 10:39am:
For quite some time I have the very big problem that someone, either one or maybe more people seem to try archiving the complete page including the forums.

i just have one question as you don't say why you think one or more people seem to try archiving what makes you think this?.
  

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