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2 October 2019
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Right, sorry everyone. I think everything is fixed now, but the setup of this site is quite complex so it's hard to be 100%. I'm reopening the forum because as far as I can tell we're all on the new server. Thanks for your patience.

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Yayyyy it's back!

Thanks Joe, for this and for all your hard work.heartapple01

I hope it's all working properly, but I'm sure it is. If we find anything broken we'll let you know

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Yayyyy!!! heartheart

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Looks like it was a success

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I've started adding Wikipedia-style tables of content to the articles on the site (songs, albums, people etc). It'll take a while to add them to all the features (there are hundreds), but it should make it a little easier to jump to sections of interest, and for search engines to index the content.

Here's an example from Double Fantasy :

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29 June 2020
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The site (and others that I run, or which live on my server) has had multiple instances of downtime in the past two weeks due to bots trying to log in. They do this through automated attempts known as brute force attacks. There have been so many that often the server gets overloaded and goes offline.

I've had to add some brute force protection to stop this happening again. It should block known malicious IP addresses. However, it might also block some legitimate users. Hopefully this will rarely happen.

If you experience this, firstly I'm sorry, and I hope you understand why I had to introduce the measures. Secondly, if you're locked out I believe you'll get an opportunity to request a review. I don't handle these reviews; they (and the blocking) are done by a third party called tinyShield. If it happens to you, please be patient, and if it persists please contact me (using the contact form), send me your forum username and IP address, and I'll permanently whitelist you.

If it's locking everyone out, that's obviously not good and I'll try some different brute force protection. Feedback welcome!

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29 June 2020
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I’m not sure if this is unique to me, but i’ve gotten locked out pretty much every day, so we will see if it persists. I may ask for a whitelist if nobody else is experiencing it this much. 

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29 June 2020
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@Joe has only just added this tool, @sir walter raleigh, so if you've had trouble logging in previously that's down to something else.

Hope this does the trick, Joe, and doesn't cause too many lockouts; it's been annoying the amount of downtime there's been in recent weeks so it's worth seeing if this works as a fix rather than hindrance.

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30 June 2020
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@sir walter raleigh said
I’m not sure if this is unique to me, but i’ve gotten locked out pretty much every day, so we will see if it persists. I may ask for a whitelist if nobody else is experiencing it this much.  

Hi. What happens when you get locked out? Is it mid-session, or when you try to log in? Give me as much info as you can and I'll look into it.

As RN said, it'll have nothing to do with the new measures, which were only introduced yesterday.

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Greetings Joe, 

Is there a cause for the issue of sometimes not being able to log in from the default fab forum menu? I've had several instances of this occuring. Though it is admittedly a minor problem, it would be nice if I could hear about it from yourself.

Side note: Thank you for working so much to keeping the site up and running. I, as well as others, appreciate it immensely.

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Is it a problem on mobile, or other devices? I know @meanmistermustard has struggled to log in on mobile, and I'm looking into it.

If you could let me know what happens (error messages or anything else) when you try to log in, it would help me isolate the issue.

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Joe said
Is it a problem on mobile, or other devices? I know @meanmistermustard has struggled to log in on mobile, and I'm looking into it.

If you could let me know what happens (error messages or anything else) when you try to log in, it would help me isolate the issue.

  

It is when I try to log in. I’ll let you know if it keeps happening after your fix and post a screenshot. Thanks @joe

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22 February 2021
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I've made a couple of minor changes to the non-forum part of the site, which I've been meaning to do for a while. php code included for reference.

People sometimes ask for publication dates for my articles, normally for citations in papers etc. I've added a couple of lines of code to display this, just below the page title:

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<?php echo "<strong>Published</strong>: " . the_date( '', '', '', false); echo " | <strong>Last updated:</strong> ". the_modified_date( '', '', '', false); ?>

For the historical blog posts I couldn't use the same code, because I amended the publication date so it looked as though they were published in the 1960s etc. So those don't show a publication date, but do have the last-updated:

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<?php echo "Last updated: ". the_modified_date( '', '', '', false); ?>

Potential search terms: add last modified date updated wordpress publication date php code template php

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