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2013-06-28 08:10:25 -0500 marked best answer Spam in user profiles

We have some users signing up for an account and putting spam in their profile description for the SEO links.

I can already "block" those users, but how can I remove the profile from public view so it isn't indexed?

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2013-01-29 16:35:18 -0500 answered a question Is there a way to set a default karma level on new users

Here are some screenshots I took that follow @Doug5280's procedure for changing the Karma level.

Once you know where to look, it really isn't that hard.

Change upload karma threshold

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2012-11-22 01:26:31 -0500 asked a question Activity indicator when posting a comment

I've had a few people complaining that comments don't work on internet explorer. However I see that statement inside of a comment! What I think might be happening is that the ajax is taking a long time to return after writing a comment.

Until the ajax returns, the user isn't sure whether anything is happening at all.

Can we put a ajax spinner on the comment until it comes back? Is this a good or needed feature?

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2012-09-11 21:28:29 -0500 commented answer Does Math like $f (x) = e^{- x}$ work on askbot?


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2012-08-19 12:52:51 -0500 asked a question Google Oauth request email

The current openauth implementation in deps/django_authopenid does try to request email and nickname, but it isn't the correct way to tickle google if you want to retrieve the user's email.

I've submitted a patch that does two things:

  • correctly requests from google the email so the user doesn't need to confirm it when returning from openid
  • Checks the google returned email address against other addresses in the database and then sets the current logged in user as that matching user (if one already exists). This was because I found that google provides a different openid hash for the same user for different websites. Our website changed hostname, and users were unable to log into their old accounts because the openid hash google returned changed.

2012-08-19 12:42:25 -0500 commented answer External http references in css and js files when serving askbot via ssl

I've found that there are still http references for:

  • gravitar;
  • jquery; and
  • google fonts

I've made a branch from current master that selects the secure version of these:

2012-08-15 11:43:24 -0500 asked a question Comments "see more" doesn't show up in explorer

Hello, I've had lots of comments on a single question but on Internet Explorer version 8 (haven't checked 9) the show/more comments doesn't appear.

There is a javascript error in the this code:

        if (Modernizr.history) {
          // history management works!
        } else {
          // no history support :(
          //hash = unescape(window.location.hash).replace('#','').split("?")[0]
          hash = History.unescapeHash(window.location.hash).replace('#','').split("?")[0]
          if (hash.substring(0,11)==askbot['urls']['questions']){
            url = hash
            url = askbot['urls']['questions']+hash
          if (hash !== ''){
              window.location = 'http://'

        // focus input on the search bar endcomment



It looks like askbot['urls']['questions'] isn't defined anywhere. Anyway, the problem is a little sporadic in Internet explorer. I'm not entirely sure of the real cause, and if that javascript error had anything to do with it.

2012-08-15 11:05:26 -0500 commented answer Allow admin to post questions under faked accounts

@Evgeny switch accounts feature is brilliant. Would really simplify things a lot.

2012-08-10 04:44:52 -0500 commented answer Allow admin to post questions under faked accounts

@Evgeny I like what you've done with the code. Thumbs up

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2012-07-16 17:27:53 -0500 asked a question Do blocked users get email updates?

I use the blocked user to effectively delete someone without their account being actually removed (e.g. they were a spammer). Would that blocked account's email address continue to get emails from askbot?

2012-07-16 17:20:55 -0500 edited answer Suggestions for antispam measures?

I just went through an exercise of removing the spam from the profile sections. Sneaky spammers putting links to really unrelated websites. Here is the query that i used

update auth_user set about = '' where reputation = 1 and about != '';

idea What if we disallow users to edit the "about" and "website" sections of their profile unless they have greater than 1 (or configurable) reputation.

Some alternative/supplementary ideas:

  • Things that can have links like the personal website or profile description when edited could come to the attention of the admin.

  • At the moment, I do a regular manual check myself of the profile descriptions to see and ban people posting spam in there.

  • Banning a user could also delete all of their posts. But that is less of an issue right now.

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2012-07-12 05:22:41 -0500 commented answer Allow admin to post questions under faked accounts

This is how it works:

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2012-07-11 02:16:47 -0500 commented question Tracking user signups with Google Analytics

What about changing the redirect url for sign up to something like /thanks-for-signing-up

2012-07-11 02:02:56 -0500 commented answer Allow admin to post questions under faked accounts

Thanks for the pointers @Evgeny. Will start small (Questions) and build from there.

2012-07-10 12:33:57 -0500 commented answer Allow admin to post questions under faked accounts

If I were to write something that does this (since I need it myself) where is the best place to put the code?

I'd like for it to be contributed back into the mainline - if we agree the feature would be a useful part of askbot.

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2012-07-10 08:13:56 -0500 asked a question Allow admin to post questions under faked accounts

When reddit was starting, the two redditors posted lots of material under faked accounts. They had a special form for admin users that asked for

  • title;
  • url ;and
  • username

and if that username didn't already exist it created it.

They credit this with kickstarting their community. The day they didn't need to fake content is the day they were happiest because they knew the community was taking off.

Is anyone interested in doing something similar with their askbot installations?


Anyone that wants to follow along, this fork has a working implementation for:

  • questions
  • answers

but not

  • comments
  • autosuggest


Here it is in action!

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2012-06-29 10:16:39 -0500 marked best answer feeds/rss path not appended to askboturl

Google just hit our site and all the 404 errors (which turned into 500 errors for another reason) got me digging into the problem....

We serve our askbot instance from a subdirectory url (like /forum/questions instead of /questions)

The correct setting for that is

ASKBOT_URL = 'forum/'

And this works well for all of the urls except the feeds url. The feeds url seems to be hardcoded to /feeds/rss in our installation.

I can see in the askbot/skins/default/templates/main_page/tab_bar.html (link) that there is a conditional that says {{ feeds_url }} while other links use the {% url namehere %} approach

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