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Posted by: @dronebot-workshop

I'm trying to avoid modifying the forum's internal code, I modified it last year to block people from registering but with the new version I was able to do this by adjusting settings.

When you are self taught, you learn many things the hard way - RULE 1 (for me) Never modify the original code - of the Application or Plugin or even the Theme - if possible create a child theme (the best that we can do on the WordPress) or recreate the plugin of your own. Even tried attempting it on XenForo and failed. Since then, no more mods on the codes from the providers.

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@sid  I do use a child theme, but this is a plugin so I can't create a "child" of it.  And I can't really clone it as it has four Addons that I purchased and licensed, so they need to be attached to the original plugin directory.

The best I can do is do all the modifications on my clone site (I have "clones" of both the forum and my website) and then document them, so I know what to change when the new version comes around.  As a former WordPress plugin developer, I'm fairly confident that I know what I'm doing.

But at the moment neither the forum nor website has any custom code outside of the child themes because, as you say, it's not a good practice. I just didn't have another choice with the previous version of the forum software, so I made the mods myself and submitted it as a feature request, which the plugin developers fulfilled in the latest version.

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Bill

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Photo Bud
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Just got the red flags again this morning. May be user error (partially). I had entered my user id and navigated away from the page to double check password, went back to logon screen, entered password successfully but got red flags and logon screen reset to blank entries on both id and password.

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@photo-bud @sid  I have found a setting in the security plugin that may have been the culprit, and have used it to set the "cooldown" period to 5 seconds (it was originally set to 10).

Please let me know if you continue to experience this issue.

@codecage I'm not sure if your issue is the same Steve, as you are an administrator. I'm looking at some other settings that may apply to your situation, I'll send you a private message to confirm some information.

Thanks, everyone for your assistance!

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Bill

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@dronebot-workshop

I've been getting those red warnings and "cooldown" for months. I didn't mention it cuz I assumed it was due to whatever security settings were on my browser (considering how my browser refuses to show ads in youtube, obviously something is functioning security-wise on my end) But now that others are seeing it too, I guess maybe it wasn't on my end

Oh, I forgot to mention... The error on my end only shows up when I try to log in


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@spyder Actually you've just provided a very valuable piece of the puzzle Spyder, you're the first person to tell me that this has been happening BEFORE I did the updates.  Before reading this I had assumed that the problem was due to a conflict with some of the upgraded software.

See if it still happens going forward after I reduced the "cooldown period" yesterday afternoon (EST). 

I can also remove the cooldown function, but it serves a purpose. It prevents bots from doing a mass-attack to try and guess a member's password, having to wait between tries severely limits their ability to do so.

Thanks for the update!

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Bill

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Posted by: @dronebot-workshop

@photo-bud @sid  I have found a setting in the security plugin that may have been the culprit, and have used it to set the "cooldown" period to 5 seconds (it was originally set to 10).

Please let me know if you continue to experience this issue.

Well, I haven't received any of those (red alert boxes) since yesterday and I have logged in at least five times (including the two I did today).

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@sid  That's great to hear, hopefully, the new setting has resolved the issue.

Thanks for letting me know.

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Photo Bud
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Just signed in with no issues!

Photo Bud (aka John)The Old Curmudgeon!


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DroneBot Workshop
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@photo-bud Really happy to hear that, as it seems it was affecting you a lot. Changing a setting was certainly easier (and cheaper) than my alternate plan, which involved moving the forum onto another server!

Thanks for letting me know.

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Bill

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