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#1 Joolker

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:04 PM

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In the past several months, there has been a rash of attacks where people use images hosted from malicious websites to get other users' IPs without their knowledge. These people then use the information for launching DDOS attacks and other very bad things against that person. We don't like seeing that happen one bit, but there wasn't really anything we could do about it except clean up when they're reported to us.

Today, that changed.

We've created an image host whitelist for the forum. Basically what this means is if you want to post an image, it has to be on an image host that we've approved. The change may be a slight inconvenience to some people initially, but it completely eliminates the ability to use images for bad purposes. We think this change is worth it, and we hope you'll agree.

At the moment, the list of 'approved' image hosts includes [but is not limited to] the following:

zybez.net
imgur
tinypic
imageshack
photobucket
leetscape
deviantart
min.us
tumblr
runescape.com
jagex.com
draynor.net
wikia
runeweb
rsbandb
...

If you think we have missed any, post below and we will consider it.
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#2 dotLee

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:06 PM

Why only certain hosts?

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#3 Ducks108

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:06 PM

Nice addition! I'm guessing that links won't be "blacklisted"?

Edited by Ducks108, 08 June 2011 - 09:43 PM.


#4 Scott

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:07 PM

Glad to see this was finally implemented.  

Could I make a personal request to get steamcard.com added, so my signature works again?  It's just an underbanner displaying my Steam username / hours played.  If not, it's no big deal.  I don't mind changing my signature.

Edited by Scott, 08 June 2011 - 09:07 PM.

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#5 SnaptiK

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:07 PM

Didn't know there was so many  :lol:. I'll just stick to imageshack.us.

E: They looked better in [code] tags  :lol:

Edited by SnaptiK, 08 June 2011 - 09:11 PM.

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#6 bolsh

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:15 PM

View PostdotLee, on 08 June 2011 - 09:06 PM, said:

Why only certain hosts?
Most likely to stop people from posting harmful images via other sites. Such as making false links with different names, in order for people to think they're legit, and when you click on it, it's a trojan. boom.
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#7 No1

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:15 PM

View PostdotLee, on 08 June 2011 - 09:06 PM, said:

Why only certain hosts?
Security. This allows us to ensure that no users will be posting images to grab your IP or do other such malicious things. If we've set up the whitelist well, most people will never notice a difference.

View PostDucks108, on 08 June 2011 - 09:06 PM, said:

Well I like to upload random pictures from my host, doesn't matter though. I'm guessing that links won't be "black listed"?
Correct. Images are just a bad case because they're loading content directly from another server when the page loads, and there's no form of accountability [until now, at least].

View PostScott, on 08 June 2011 - 09:07 PM, said:

Could I make a personal request to get steamcard.com added, so my signature works again?  It's just an underbanner displaying my Steam username / hours played.  If not, it's no big deal.  I don't mind changing my signature.
Done; resave your signature and it should work.

View PostSnaptiK, on 08 June 2011 - 09:07 PM, said:

At your prior question: I just thought it better to not be giving our actual URL filters. :-) This gives you a pretty good overview, although there are a number of other random sites we've also allowed.
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#8 Gladz

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:19 PM

Very nice addition. Those IP grabbers are nasty.  :lol:

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#9 Scott

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:19 PM

View PostNo1 1000, on 08 June 2011 - 09:15 PM, said:

Done; resave your signature and it should work.
Thank you!  :lol:

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#10 Hemlock

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:20 PM

Well done.

If you see a bunch of broken links coming from a specific person with a very low number of total posts, feel free to let us know about them and we'll look the posts over. Your security has always been our greatest mission and if people aren't plucking IPs from images you'll see DDoSers against Clan people drop quickly.

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#11 GODSTATUS

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:21 PM

Can LulzIMG.com be added, its an awesome Image Hoster in my opinion.

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#12 Slam

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:21 PM

Great news for clans, as IP grabbing will hopefully be eliminated, if not severely hampered by this. As stated if you know of any other reputable images hosts that you would like to have on there (though that list is rather lengthy and covers most image hosts), let us know. If you don't use these hosts now we suggest you start or your images won't work.  :lol:
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#13 GODSTATUS

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:26 PM

I still get this error: [#10213] You are not allowed to use that image extension on this board.

When adding a RuneScape Stat Signature from Draynor.net
I tried using their BBCode Link & Direct Link.

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#14 rika

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:28 PM

could www.w70.me/i/ be added?
it's a simple image uploader without the bloat

#15 No1

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:31 PM

View PostG0DSTATUS, on 08 June 2011 - 09:26 PM, said:

I still get this error: [#10213] You are not allowed to use that image extension on this board.

When adding a RuneScape Stat Signature from Draynor.net
I tried using their BBCode Link & Direct Link.
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Works for me. Could you post the link you're trying to use?

_emote_: Sorry, but sites run by members of our own community are just what we're trying to avoid with this change.
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#16 J36

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:32 PM

Interesting changes.

#17 Jim Morr1s0n

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:33 PM

View Post_emote_, on 08 June 2011 - 09:28 PM, said:

could www.w70.me/i/ be added?
it's a simple image uploader without the bloat


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#18 GODSTATUS

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:37 PM

View PostNo1 1000, on 08 June 2011 - 09:31 PM, said:

View PostG0DSTATUS, on 08 June 2011 - 09:26 PM, said:

I still get this error: [#10213] You are not allowed to use that image extension on this board.

When adding a RuneScape Stat Signature from Draynor.net
I tried using their BBCode Link & Direct Link.
http://www.draynor.net/stat/default/male...

Works for me. Could you post the link you're trying to use?

_emote_: Sorry, but sites run by members of our own community are just what we're trying to avoid with this change.

Heres the Code:
[url=http://www.draynor.net/][img]http://www.draynor.net/stat/grotto/male/hd_defencecape_1/IG0DSTATvery.bad.urlg[/img][/url]

I tried to put it in my "About Me" page in My Settings

Edited by G0DSTATUS, 08 June 2011 - 09:38 PM.

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#19 Gladz

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:38 PM

http://www.rsbandb.com/

Another stat signature site that I've seen in signatures.

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#20 No1

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:42 PM

View PostG0DSTATUS, on 08 June 2011 - 09:37 PM, said:

I tried to put it in my "About Me" page in My Settings
There was a word filter interfering; it should work now. Sorry about that.

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