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3 points by shader 969 days ago | link | parent

Yep, improving the forum would help a lot, in a lot of ways.

I've often thought that the structure of the news.arc forum is rather unhelpful for the arc community, especially now that we're so small and lethargic. Conversations can go extended periods of time without comment, so they get locked. Or they fall off the front page, and hard to find again. Neither is conducive to long-term development and improvement; we probably lose a lot of valuable work and ideas that way.

One thing I'm considering as part of developing a new community site is collecting and archiving all of the content, so we can actually access it. And preserve it, if the site goes down.

But I end up wasting all my time on discussion, instead of actually making progress on that...

3 points by shader 967 days ago | link

Somehow i managed to trip the DoS prevention, and now my home IP is blocked. I almost thought the site actually did go down...


3 points by shader 959 days ago | link

Anyone know how long an IP stays banned? Or what I can do about it? Rather inconvenient not to be able to check the forum from home...

I suppose I could set up a proxy or something. And I was planning on scraping everything to a new community site anyway, so maybe I should take this as the incentive to do so.


3 points by i4cu 959 days ago | link

Looks as though it ranks how bad you are and always keeps the baddest of the bad-asses in cache, while never deleting any from disk. In a low volume site like this I doubt you'll get out of it without contacting them.


2 points by hjek 959 days ago | link

Amazing you managed to get your IP banned!

Hacker News has an IP unpanning procedure[0] but I don't think Arc Forum has one.

In the Arc 3.1 code there is a function `set-ip-ban` for unbanning users, but no `unban` op.

(Someone should add that to Anarki, actually.)



2 points by akkartik 959 days ago | link

Hmm, I wonder if it stays banned until they restart the server. I'd ping


2 points by hjek 958 days ago | link

Looks like banned IPs are written to the disk even:

    (def set-ip-ban (user ip yesno (o info))
      (= (banned-ips* ip) (and yesno (list user (seconds) info)))
      (todisk banned-ips*))


2 points by akkartik 968 days ago | link

I did ping the HN admins about the lock period a year or two ago, and they were kind enough to extend it for us. It's now 90 days, if I recall correctly.