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Postby CommanderFish » Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:43 pm

Yep, it's working for me now, too. Thanks!
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Postby IronEvangelion » Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:10 am

Whenever I go to the forums, Chrome is giving me security certificate errors. Says the connection is not secure and the site couldn't prove it was Evageeks. Started last night, and only happens with the forums here.
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Postby pwhodges » Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:38 am

This has always been so, but browsers are getting more intolerant. To avoid it use http instead of https. We are working on getting a proper certificate, now that they can be got for free.
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Postby Shamsiel-kun » Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:28 am

The actual problem is that Google (Chrome's maker) has unilaterally decided that any site not offering a secure connection, or a incorrectly configured secure connection, is inherently dangerous, even if there's nothing on the site that could potentially harm anyone or anything. This means users get warned for potentially present danger when there may be none, probably only increasing the number of people who click through security warnings without reading them (:| .
New versions of Firefox have the same issue, as does anything based on Chromium. Don't know about Microsoft's stuff, I don't use it.

If/When the forum gets its own free certificate, I'd be interested in a tale recounting the procedure, because as I understand it it has some pitfalls that still make it difficult to use.
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Postby pwhodges » Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:55 am

Let's Encrypt provides free certificates; but they only have a life of 90 days, so they are only practical with an automatic update process. There are packages that can, I believe, do this in an Apache environment, and we are looking at that. I use a webserver (Caddy) that has the process built in and used on every site by default, and using this as a reverse proxy in front of an unchanged Apache setup is another option (which I use for those of my own sites which use Apache facilities not currently in Caddy). I have not come across any pitfalls or difficulties in the Caddy implementation; but adding such a thing to a live working Apache setup needs to be cautiously prepared for.

Meanwhile I doubt that there is anything in the forum that makes using the http way in a significant risk for anyone.
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Postby Ray » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:36 pm

Something went wrong and my account was made 'inactive'. I don't know why. Fortunately I got an email to reset my account so I'm back.
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Postby DarkBluePhoenix » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:39 pm

Ray wrote:Something went wrong and my account was made 'inactive'. I don't know why. Fortunately I got an email to reset my account so I'm back.

Wow, that's a pretty crazy error. And I thought not getting notifications a while back was bad...
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Postby silvermoonlight » Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:13 pm

View Original PostIronEvangelion wrote:Whenever I go to the forums, Chrome is giving me security certificate errors. Says the connection is not secure and the site couldn't prove it was Evageeks. Started last night, and only happens with the forums here.


Just wanted to say that I've had this same error with Firefox 54.0.01 and the version before it saying that the forum isn't secure. Just wanted to pass that on in case it means you need to alter the certificate in some way.
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Postby pwhodges » Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:06 pm

Nothing has changed. The security certificate is self-signed. It's on my job list to deal with (and I know exactly what I'll do), near the top, but I keep getting too busy! Meanwhile, use http rather than https and all is fine.
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Postby imprimatur13 » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:52 am

Just to report: When I write "KO-waru" (without dash) it shows up as "Kaworu". Auto-spellcheck? Or weirdly specific virus? I do not know.

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Postby pwhodges » Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:14 am

The forum software has the facility to replace specified words or phrases; I imagine correction of this common typo has been set up (I've done the same on another forum).
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Postby Mr. Tines » Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:22 am

Yes -- we apply corrections to common mis-spellings of character names through the word-filter mechanism

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Postby imprimatur13 » Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:43 am

Ah, thanks! I was trying to write how they pronounced Kaworu's name in the DR commentary :).

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Postby Ray » Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:00 pm

I couldn't get on the forum last night. What happened?
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Postby imprimatur13 » Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:15 pm

Iruel? I always blame Iruel.

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Postby Monk Ed » Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:19 pm

The machine that hosts the site's Linode had a hardware failure.
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Postby DarkBluePhoenix » Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:22 pm

imprimatur13 wrote:Iruel? I always blame Iruel.

That seems like a logical argument. Although I am glad the issue was fixed.

However, I do have a question about the bookmarks feature. I still get notifications for everything I'm bookmarked to, but the bookmark function itself (adding and removing) seems to have stopped working. I tried getting rid of the bookmarks, but it keeps giving the same error whenever I try to either add or remove a bookmark. Error message is below.
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Postby Monk Ed » Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:45 pm

That error shows up as a result of my custom URL-writing code not handling certain cases correctly. Looks like another such case has popped up.
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