CloudFlare check sucks by binaryblob in AskSaidIt
[–]magnora7 4 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 1 fun - 2 months ago (0 children)
I'm saying it's potentially knowable, but any way to actually do that is extremely unlikely unfortunately
[–]magnora7 5 insightful - 1 fun5 insightful - 0 fun6 insightful - 0 fun6 insightful - 1 fun - 2 months ago (0 children)
Either that or the ISPs trace the malicious packets back to their sources, which they basically won't do
[–]magnora7 1 insightful - 2 fun1 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 2 fun - 2 months ago* (0 children)
Haha you nailed it
[–]magnora7 7 insightful - 1 fun7 insightful - 0 fun8 insightful - 0 fun8 insightful - 1 fun - 2 months ago (0 children)
Yeah. I mean literally every big government has an online hired presence, at this point. As do most big corporations.
For example, Monsanto (now Bayer) is known to have a hired shill pool that is running forums 24/7. They look for negative mentions of their company and products, and then their shill network works those threads to make Monsanto and their products look better. Including forum-sliding negative comments and posts.
Now multiply that across hundreds of companies and governments, with thousands of incentives. And basically you get a ton of noise, that is trying to drown out real discussion. And now with AI bots, this process is automated.
[–]magnora7 12 insightful - 1 fun12 insightful - 0 fun13 insightful - 0 fun13 insightful - 1 fun - 2 months ago (0 children)
Yeah basically every forum is under attack, by lots of different groups, all the time. Especially now with AI commenting bots that can flood forums with nonsense. It's just how the internet is now, and I'm frustrated by it tbh. A far cry from the internet in 2003.
/u/cunninglingus shared this, this is basically the graph you wanted showing the number of attacks: https://radar.cloudflare.com/security-and-attacks
Saidit entry on InfoGalactic by LarrySwinger2 in SaidIt
Shouldn't saidit have a little wikipedia article by now? I think one of the qualifications to have a wiki article was having a mention in a mainstream press article, and we've been mentioned in a few
[–]magnora7 19 insightful - 2 fun19 insightful - 1 fun20 insightful - 1 fun20 insightful - 2 fun - 2 months ago* (0 children)
Saidit gets about a third of a million page load requests a month, and probably half of those are fraudulent (originating from malicious DDOS attacks). During a heavy attack day we might have 10x the page load requests of normal, during which probably 98% of the page requests are fraudulent. Cloudflare ensures (most of) those fraudulent connection attempts stop at cloudflare and don't hit our main server, which is how we're able to stay online.
We've been DDOS attacked multiple times daily for 5 years now. As a result we can never turn our DDOS protection off. So someone out there is setting aside resources on the regular to do this. For years.
I remember the day saidit opened to the public, before we had a registration captcha set up, someone used a script to register all the active usernames from the subreddits where I showed people saidit, and then they auto-registered thousands of usernames, and stole everyone's usernames who might've migrated. Just to frustrate migration and growth of this site. They did this literally hours after we opened the website, they had an automated script ready to go.
This place has been under nonstop attack since day 1, via every method possible from hardware attacks to social engineering, it has honestly surprised me how bad it's been over the last 5 years, I would've never guessed it was this bad. Whoever these groups are, they really don't want forums like saidit to exist.
Given that the Internet infrastructure is being more and more bought by the usual monopolies (MS/Google/Amazon), Internet is becoming less distributed at its root, so less weak points but way more impactful.
Given that the Internet infrastructure is being more and more bought by the usual monopolies (MS/Google/Amazon), Internet is becoming less distributed at its root, so less weak points but way more impactful.
Yes I agree in theory. But in practice, the internet backbones are already owned by a small handful of "Tier 1" Internet Network Service Providers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tier_1_network#List_of_Tier_1_networks
L3 Technologies being the biggest, and has been for a long time. Every backbone cable is owned by these big companies, and they all have government connections and so on.
And it's known companies like AT&T basically have "black rooms" set up at the internet backbone connection points, where the three letter agencies have their own equipment set up to sniff and intercept traffic, and AT&T isn't allowed inside. Read about this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Room_641A
Anyway, things are bad, but it's not futile. I wouldn't be running saidit if it was futile.
But in the short term, things will probably continue to consolidate (or remain consolidated) and it makes me honestly question the usefulness of the internet over the next few decades. It may eventually just turn in to TV, where you can't really interact with it in a serious way, it just pushes ideas at you all day. That seems to be the direction it's heading. And the AI bots now flooding every forum with garbage content isn't helping, so even websites that don't want to move in that direction are being forced to by malicious traffic.
But on the main point, I'm sure the current cloudflare thing will be fine over the next few weeks and months. Cloudflare seems competent and motivated. The long-term direction of the internet as a whole is concerning though, to say the least. Thanks for the chat. Have a good one!
Yes, in the long term either cloudflare will improve, or an alternative to cloudflare will arise. But in the short-term there is a cat-and-mouse game going on which is impacting the whole internet.
The DDOSers are too powerful, and nothing is reigning them in. I think attacking public communication lines repeatedly should be a jailable offense. I mean if someone went and cut the internet fiber lines, they'd rightfully go to jail. So why is jamming them with made-up data packets 24/7 so no one else can use them any different?
Anyway, things will probably be back to normal in a day or two, I'd guess. Have a great Sunday!
[–]magnora7 6 insightful - 1 fun6 insightful - 0 fun7 insightful - 0 fun7 insightful - 1 fun - 2 months ago* (0 children)
In the future, this means that if cloudflare were to suddenly disappear or go out of business one day, then basically every forum site including saidit would be exposed to endless DDOS and go down forever until a new cloudflare alternative arose and people switched over and got everything set up again. And there just isn't a good cloudflare alternative. They basically have a monopoly. It's a pretty weird and precarious situation. Not great for the future of free speech, or the internet in general. But no one has really made a viable cloudflare alternative, because it requires owning tons of bandwidth which costs a lot of money.
[–]magnora7 6 insightful - 1 fun6 insightful - 0 fun7 insightful - 0 fun7 insightful - 1 fun - 2 months ago (0 children)
Thanks for being patient.
I went looking for more information and was able to find this: https://www.securityweek.com/cloudflare-users-exposed-to-attacks-launched-from-within-cloudflare-researchers/
Looks like maybe the problem is this recent popularization of a new attack method of generating the DDOS attacks from within cloudflare's trusted network. So cloudflare is having to clamp down to counter this new type of attack, hence all the weird new little authentication stages and whatnot.
[–]magnora7 6 insightful - 2 fun6 insightful - 1 fun7 insightful - 1 fun7 insightful - 2 fun - 2 months ago (0 children)
A few years ago we were hosted in Switzerland and our server company there actually forcefully dropped us as a client because the nonstop DDOSes were so bad it was impacting their entire server farm and eating up all their bandwidth. Like we were breaking their whole company.
Running a forum is surprisingly heavy-duty. Saidit is a fortress. And forums that aren't, get destroyed. It's a real problem for free speech
Between the DDOS and the cloudflare, we are between a rock and a hard place. Like most forums these days. And as the election approaches it will only get worse, as more botnets and shillgroups are paid to do their thing.
Yeah I had the same issue with posting comments returning a 403. Refreshing the page and commenting quickly seems to fix it. They must've added some sort of timeout. They must be having a particularly bad attack, I've not seen some of these limitations before
It seems to be hitting all forums, and the only ones that can keep their heads above water without cloudflare these days are the forums that have their own massive server farms and nearly unlimited bandwidth like reddit
That's a great question, and I wish I had a great answer. Unfortunately as a user I don't think there's much you can do other than to be patient with the cloudflare stuff, and keep an eye out for bad actors. And help others with these things.
The problem is with the fraudulent traffic, and I don't know how an average user could help that. Push for legislation to prosecute DDOSers? Run a new forum website using the saidit open source code? That's all I can think of. If anyone has other ideas, I'm all ears
[–]magnora7 37 insightful - 5 fun37 insightful - 4 fun38 insightful - 4 fun38 insightful - 5 fun - 2 months ago (0 children)
Just FYI this setting is automated by cloudflare and means we're under attack big time. I also noticed another big forum I frequent is also in lock-down mode today as well, so it's probably internet-wide. I wonder if it's election bots/shills getting started for this upcoming election.
It is frustrating, but the alternative is that we get DDOS'd so hard the site goes down. So I know it sucks, but just be happy the site is up at all, because most websites in our position wouldn't be online anymore.
Magnora7, please add more content admins. by LarrySwinger2 in SaidIt
[–]magnora7 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun - 2 months ago (0 children)
Yes I will be looking for long-term users with a good track record of high-quality comments and posts regularly over a long span of time. If anyone is interested in helping to remove spam from saidit, PM me.
Mods who abuse saidit mod rules will definitely still be removed. A well-known user was removed from his mod positions just a few months ago because he refused to reduce the number of subs he moderated to below 40 after dozens of polite requests.
[–]magnora7 4 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 1 fun - 2 months ago* (0 children)
Noted! Any help is appreciated, doesn't have to be daily.
[–]magnora7 8 insightful - 2 fun8 insightful - 1 fun9 insightful - 1 fun9 insightful - 2 fun - 2 months ago (0 children)
Okay, I will do that, but it's going to be a couple weeks at least.
As much as we give this website shit we can't deny it's a breath of fresh air in this era of aggressive censorship by zherka in SaidIt
Thanks man, you're cool too
New British government data showing mRNA vaccinated dying 52% more than unvaccinated - aka 1.5x accelerated death rate - global public health disaster by magnora7 in news
[–]magnora7[S] 20 insightful - 4 fun20 insightful - 3 fun21 insightful - 3 fun21 insightful - 4 fun - 2 months ago (0 children)
This data doesn't even include deaths that died within 14 days of getting the shot, as they weren't counted as "vaccinated" so the numbers are likely much worse!
And furthermore, the spike protein and mRNA was supposed to go away in a matter of weeks. Instead they're finding the mRNA is put in to DNA through an enzyme called reverse-transcriptase.
They said it would stay in the muscle cells near the injection area. But (especially without aspiration) it will get in to the blood. And because of the nanolipids it's coated in to get it inside of cells, it can also cross the blood-brain barrier.
So people are having mRNA go in to their heart cells, and brain cells, and begin making spike proteins.
And studies now show that in some percentage of people, the production of spike proteins NEVER ENDS.
So any health condition, such as amyloidosis, that can be caused by too many spike proteins coagulating in one area, will just get worse and worse. (Although I have read NAC, Nattokinase, and bromalin (aka pineapples) all help break these spike proteins down, so that might help if you are having weird heart or circulatory issues after getting the mRNA shots, but I am no doctor, I am just repeating what I have read so do you own research.
Furthermore it seems in some people the body adapts to the spike proteins, and begins to see them as part of the body so the immune system ignores them. Then upon infection of a new strain of covid, they get it REALLY BAD. This has to do with the igg4, and the disease is basically ADE (antibody-dependent enhancement) which people warned about from day 1. That's what the ferrets in the mRNA injection studies died from. ADE upon reinfection.
Almost as many people have died of the shots as have died of covid. That's what this video is saying. 150k died of the shots in the UK, and about 200k died of covid in the first year and a half of it in the UK. So the medicine has almost killed as many as the disease, and the death count overall is nearly doubled.
Yet even despite all this data, governments and corporations are STILL recommending this? It's truly unreal. The data is out. This is no longer a matter of question. This is a public health disaster, perhaps the worst in history. It's time to speak out.
Why was sneako banned? he was the best poster on this gay website by andrewtate1 in AskSaidIt
[–]magnora7 7 insightful - 3 fun7 insightful - 2 fun8 insightful - 2 fun8 insightful - 3 fun - 3 months ago (0 children)
Vote manipulation is a bannable offense and he got caught doing it repeatedly
[–]magnora7 12 insightful - 7 fun12 insightful - 6 fun13 insightful - 6 fun13 insightful - 7 fun - 3 months ago (0 children)
Got caught doing blatant vote manipulation on multiple posts to try and take over the front page. Not allowed on saidit.
Found saidit on reddit's WayoftheBern by PeasantGround in Introductions
[–]magnora7 5 insightful - 2 fun5 insightful - 1 fun6 insightful - 1 fun6 insightful - 2 fun - 5 months ago (0 children)
WayOfTheBern using reddit shadow banning on saidit by Dragonerne in censorship
[–]magnora7 7 insightful - 1 fun7 insightful - 0 fun8 insightful - 0 fun8 insightful - 1 fun - 5 months ago* (0 children)
Ok thanks to everyone for bringing this to my attention, I will talk to the mods and try to understand exactly what their automoderator is doing before making any changes. If it's breaking saidit rules they can leave /all, or adjust it to be within saidit rules. I will have to evaluate the situation and talk with the mods which will take a few days.
Jason is right, Saidit will never grow. At least in its current state. by bucetao6969 in SaidIt
[–]magnora7 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun - 5 months ago (0 children)
Most other alternatives that put in "quality of life" additions are simply adding features that we already have and have had for years. What sort of quality of life things specifically do you want that you don't have?
[–]magnora7 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun - 5 months ago (0 children)
Glad to hear it, no problem. I think there is a guide already written for these features floating around that some people post from time to time
[–]magnora7 6 insightful - 2 fun6 insightful - 1 fun7 insightful - 1 fun7 insightful - 2 fun - 5 months ago (0 children)
I understand your concern, but this is the reason why: https://saidit.net/s/whatever/comments/ay50/reddit_blackout_welcome_thread/12iw0
They instead often see something worse. We have it this way to help put our best foot forward.
[–]magnora7 5 insightful - 1 fun5 insightful - 0 fun6 insightful - 0 fun6 insightful - 1 fun - 5 months ago (0 children)
Thanks for the inquiry, I discussed why we can't do that here: https://saidit.net/s/whatever/comments/ay50/reddit_blackout_welcome_thread/12iw0
[–]magnora7 36 insightful - 12 fun36 insightful - 11 fun37 insightful - 11 fun37 insightful - 12 fun - 5 months ago* (0 children)
It seems your main complaint is that we don't advertise enough.
Then help us spread the word! You don't have to be an admin to do that.
Changing management isn't going to suddenly create more advertising buzz... if anything the opposite, because I've been promoting this site endlessly, for free, for years now. You won't get a better deal than that. This site operates on $102/mo, all of which goes to server costs, so any growth has to come from word of mouth, from users like you.
Also saidit grew a lot today, we had 1280 comments in the last 24 hours, which is a higher number than I've seen in a long while.
The U.K. Just Banned Chemical Castration For Kids. America Should Do The Same And More by P-38lightning in news
[–]magnora7 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun - 5 months ago (0 children)
Don't advocate violence on saidit.
LOL! WotB is totally dominating Saidit! by [deleted] in WayOfTheBern
[–]magnora7 6 insightful - 1 fun6 insightful - 0 fun7 insightful - 0 fun7 insightful - 1 fun - 5 months ago (0 children)
Yeah I could add it to the front page, we'll see how things are going in a week or two.
There has been a few nice donations lately to support the site, and I'm very thankful to those who support saidit in this way!
The reddit blackout is a good opportunity to grow saidit by Vulptex in whatever
Yup exactly, we are in a position where things are balanced the best they can be from an admin/mod perspective, so now it's up to the users.
It's just not one of the default subs because it historically hasn't been active enough to warrant being a main sub
Reddit CEO: We’re Sticking With API Changes, Despite Subreddits Going Dark by Inuma in WayOfTheBern
Of course they are, they're getting IPO investor money that dwarfs whatever losses they're incurring. Also they can't go back on their decision or they'll look weak to investors. So I'd be incredibly surprised if reddit changed course
Reddit suffers a major outage after thousands of subreddits temporarily shut down - The company blamed the protest for causing issues across its website and mobile apps. by neolib in MeanwhileOnReddit
[–]magnora7 4 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 1 fun - 5 months ago (0 children)
That's a good point. I thought reddit screwed this up when they moved to the redesign, but their smart move was keeping old.reddit.com. If they got rid of that during the redesign several years ago, we probably would've seen a digg situation. Smart move on reddit's part to keep the legacy design accessible.
I spent a total of 3 hours clicking CloudFlair check-boxes trying to be allowed to login to SaidIt today....like usual by SoCo in whatever
[–]magnora7 4 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 1 fun - 6 months ago (0 children)
I mean fighting in the sense of arguing and posting tons of comments and posts that hijack entire threads and forums. Like for example, a thread might have 90 comments, 40 are russian shills arguing the pro-russian side, 40 are US shills arguing the US side, and then 10 are actual real people. Because the different shill groups try to shut each other down they get caught in arguments with each other, and those arguments end up making up the bulk of some threads. Especially if it's a contentious MSM hot button current issue for both sides, then it goes wild and normal folk can barely get a word in edgewise.
Reddit Blackout Welcome Thread by [deleted] in whatever
[–]magnora7 15 insightful - 2 fun15 insightful - 1 fun16 insightful - 1 fun16 insightful - 2 fun - 6 months ago (0 children)
No, sorry but I can't make that change. Unfortunately, what happens is people make subs with very questionable names and then upvote themselves and those subs to the front page daily for weeks, and begin posting actual legitimate news in those fringe subs like it's the main sub for the whole saidit website, and then over weeks and months new users see awful sub names on half the posts everyday and it absolutely drives people away.
It's a way to subvert the website, by making one fringe extremist sub take over the front page. And it's very hard to get rid of once it takes root. This has happened twice. So we have it this way for a reason. I wish we could have it defaulted to /all without this problem occurring. However I totally understand the desire for easier access to information.
That's why we added functionality so users can change their frontpage to 'all' by default in the 'preferences' button by your username. Guests without a username who want to view it can go to https://saidit.net/s/all as well. Thanks.
What if the whole "2 day blackout" was engineered to allow admins to test some new features with a protest being a convenient excuse? by neovulcan in MeanwhileOnReddit
[–]magnora7 5 insightful - 1 fun5 insightful - 0 fun6 insightful - 0 fun6 insightful - 1 fun - 6 months ago (0 children)
I think some people who a 3rd party app is their only access point, might leave for good, especially if they're already on the edge of leaving.
[–]magnora7 9 insightful - 2 fun9 insightful - 1 fun10 insightful - 1 fun10 insightful - 2 fun - 6 months ago (0 children)
Interesting point, makes a lot of sense, especially if they all keep attempting to access repeatedly after the first failed attempt
[–]magnora7 7 insightful - 2 fun7 insightful - 1 fun8 insightful - 1 fun8 insightful - 2 fun - 6 months ago (0 children)
Agreed, although I'm not even sure what a decent compromise would honestly look like in practice. Just a complete walkback of everything they stated in the last few months? Even then, the problem still persists that made them try it in the first place, the motivations and people that caused it are not changed at all. Leaving reddit and planting roots on other forums is the only true way forward, imo. The huge power reddit has over the information flow of the current internet is insane, and that is the actual root problem underneath all the other problems. It's too centralized, and the power is being abused. Instead there needs to be many more forums that are all frequently used. Putting all our eggs in one basket was never a good idea.
I have to say the current strike method has succeeded in generating quite a bit of conversation though, which is good.
[–]magnora7 8 insightful - 2 fun8 insightful - 1 fun9 insightful - 1 fun9 insightful - 2 fun - 6 months ago* (0 children)
Monthly is a good idea too. Also a strike should have a goal and if the goal is accomplished the strike should end. I assume the goal is "end the API request fees" but several 3rd party services have already been killed off, so I'm not sure what a win looks like at this point.
I think the only real win is migrating off of reddit, because reddit is obviously culturally broken at the root, and it's not like the CEO is magically going to start behaving properly because of this strike. We know where reddit stands, and it has been this way for a long time, so we should be acting on it by migrating to other platforms.
[–]magnora7 16 insightful - 2 fun16 insightful - 1 fun17 insightful - 1 fun17 insightful - 2 fun - 6 months ago (0 children)
Minus the bots and shills, I really wonder how many human beings are active on that website every month. I bet it's 1/10th of their stated number, they're trying to drive up valuations and metrics with bot activity, and reddit has done this from day 1 when they made tons of fake accounts to make reddit look popular, until it actually was. Saidit never did that. So reddit has a long long history of fluffing itself up to make it look like more than it is.
But overall I agree with the strike. I just think that a strike shouldn't have a fixed ending date, or they'll just wait it out and go back to normal. Also this should've happened years ago, there was just never enough of a unifying event until this API fiasco.
[–]magnora7 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun - 6 months ago (0 children)
True, or it even could be just someone from a subreddit that hates one of the subs that migrated to saidit... could be a lot of things, but what is clear is that the attacks are sophisticated, and basically every forum these days suffers from these attacks. So really I think it's something more about controlling discourse on the internet, than about reddit specifically. Which would make sense that governments would have such programs, it's not expensive and yields a high return in terms of social control. And the JIDF, shareblue, Cambridge Analytica, Chinese shill groups, russian shill groups, Langley Air Force Base groups (which I believe one day was found to have generated 60% of reddit traffic), and so on are well-known to exist and operate across many forums, and they are all trying to control the whole thing of course so they can control the narrative. And they're all out-competing each other, and meanwhile normal people are drowning in propaganda and nonsense generated from all this activity. And the whole internet is slowly being ruined in the process, because the signal-to-noise ratio is going to crap with all the deliberate nonsense being posted so often.
[–]magnora7 5 insightful - 2 fun5 insightful - 1 fun6 insightful - 1 fun6 insightful - 2 fun - 6 months ago (0 children)
I agree, but it's also good to get those niche hobby subs started with some seed posts, so when a switchover happens it's not a cold-start
[–]magnora7 12 insightful - 1 fun12 insightful - 0 fun13 insightful - 0 fun13 insightful - 1 fun - 6 months ago (0 children)
Also free advertising, literally every news media outlet is talking about reddit right now.
Yet so few are actually talking about reddit alternatives, and how to actually leave the reddit plantation.
[–]magnora7 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun - 6 months ago (0 children)
Could very well be, especially since this is a fork of reddit's open source, and the attackers seemed to know the software inside-out on day 1, and exactly how to exploit it. And it would make sense that reddit would want to stifle competition.
[–]magnora7 6 insightful - 1 fun6 insightful - 0 fun7 insightful - 0 fun7 insightful - 1 fun - 6 months ago (0 children)
Interesting technical analysis, I will think about that some more, thank you. They are obviously somehow able to get replies despite the IP changing with literally every request and jumping beyond any normal IP bounds of any service like tor. I don't know exactly how it works. Honestly it's beyond anything I've ever seen, it may be some gov't tech, who knows. It's quite obviously not some dumb script kiddies, there's no question about that. They know what they are doing and have lots of software specifically for this. I have also seen they have software that does automated account registration, and automated comment and post deletion after a saidit account is banned. They're quite obviously well-prepared, and a lot of this was unleashed on day 1 of saidit's launch, wherein a group on reddit literally scanned /r/conspiracy for regularly-commenting usernames and then registered all those usernames on saidit in order to frustrate the migration and scare off new users. They registered something like 5,000 accounts in under a half-day, on saidit's opening day, before we turned on a more advanced captcha system.
Saidit basically had to become a cyber-fortress just to exist, I probably personally spent over 1000 hours just on saidit cybersecurity alone. I learned how to write Cloudflare API bash scripts that send self-autogenerated IP ban lists (which I also wrote a script for) from our server to the cloudflare server, without having to use the paid service, just to save money. D3rr and I used every trick we know to get saidit as secure as it is, and he's even better with this stuff than I am.
Basically my point is, this is a very high hurdle to jump over, and it's little wonder a lot of reddit alternatives implode quickly. You have to absolutely have your stuff together from day 1, or the site will be taken down from malicious attacks that are just free-floating around the internet. Most people can't do this, and most forums fail. Especially if the forum is related to anything controversial.
This itself is a way to stifle the free speech of the masses. You literally have to be a cybersecurity expert just to run a dang forum in 2023. And that's not even mentioning the actual code of just getting the thing running in the first place. And then the critical mass problem of attracting enough users. The hurdles are too high, so it's little wonder there are so few viable reddit alternatives. It's not a good state of affairs for the internet and culture in general. And with with the improving quality of automated AI posting and commenting on top of that, I worry about the future of anonymous text-based forums.
I'm rebooting Rabbit Hole. Who wants to be involved? by LarrySwinger2 in Cassy
The more forums the better! I hope it works out, best of luck
[–]magnora7 16 insightful - 3 fun16 insightful - 2 fun17 insightful - 2 fun17 insightful - 3 fun - 6 months ago (0 children)
I think it's important but I also kind of agree. To me, it was obvious reddit was wrecked 5+ years ago, which is why I made saidit. It's kind of been blowing my mind how slowly reddit has collapsed, especially compared to digg which basically imploded overnight. Reddit did a good job containing the damage of public revolts compared to digg, despite all their other failures
[–]magnora7 11 insightful - 4 fun11 insightful - 3 fun12 insightful - 3 fun12 insightful - 4 fun - 6 months ago (0 children)
As someone who does know what this looks like server-side, I can't understand why they would have an outage due to low traffic either. Unless they have some system that depends on bot activity that they're suddenly not getting or something like that, but it seems highly unlikely. My guess is they're probably panicking trying to compartmentalize and contain the damage from the strike, and making technical mistakes in the process, and blaming it on users
An actually pretty sad explanation for why Ellen Page has turned out this way by hfxB0oyA in whatever
Banned for advocating violence and making alt accounts to bypass a previous ban.
Probably because we're getting attacked and the attackers want us to make new holes for them to get through
Oh that's interesting, I didn't know that was an issue but it makes sense
I'm pretty sure it's the former, not the latter. Also could work for reddit, shutting down competition. Although reddit is basically fed owned at this point too, so the distinction probably doesn't matter that much. Also there are Russian and Chinese shill groups, and many more... it's quite frequent the shill groups will even fight each other. The internet is truly a different place from 20 years ago
ddos has nothing to do with de-anonymizing users. What it does is eat up the bandwidth so no one can access the website. It doesn't grant any access to anything
It's worse than that, these attackers can spoof any IP. Trillions of IPs. They often choose Tor node IP ranges to spoof, it seems, to overlap with real traffic, as a means to try and get us to ban tor and to also cover up their activity. They also spoof other IP ranges, but tor is their favorite.
They're able to spoof IP addresses in the tor node range of IPs, is the actual problem. They're not using tor, they're just acting like they are a lot of times to make the fact their IP changes with every request look less suspicious.
[–]magnora7 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun - 6 months ago (0 children)
I see what you are saying, but VPNs don't actually offer that much security, and we can't make this site more vulnerable to attacks than it already is, and we know for a fact turning it lower causes a lot of problems
Saidit's all time top posts by newguy in SaidIt
I don't want to ban you, I generally like you. I just can't let us get this site in trouble because I'm letting people advocate violence, which could shut down the whole site
That's probably a function of how many tor attacks we have received in the previous couple hours, it tightens the security if there is a DDOS attempt through tor or other VPNs (which we get about 10 daily for years now, and they must be automated because they keep trying yet never succeed)
Well, hopefully you'll figure it out before the rules are broken again.
159 out of Reddit's 250 largest communities are going dark on June 12th by [deleted] in Reddit
Looks like saidit has seen a bit of growth from this. I really thought this type of stuff would've happened years ago
What's baffling is you don't seem to understand what violence is or what advocating means. The denial is strange from someone who seems otherwise smart, but you do you
We have the rules for a reason, so we don't get in trouble and this site can remain online.
You clearly did it twice already, lying isn't helping your case.
I enforce the rules here. If you advocate violence a 3rd time, I will ban your account. I don't want to, because you've been here a long time, but I also can't have people openly advocating violence on this website. I am giving you fair warning so you can keep your account. If you want to break the rules and lose your account, that's fine, but I've warned you many times.
7.000-Year-Old Stone Monuments in France Destroyed for the Construction of a DIY Store. by EternalSunset in NotTheOnion
Or you could just treat this forum like a public place of communication instead of your personal spam dumping ground, like the rules say
What's your opinion about the NOMAP community (Non-offending minor attracted person)? Not to confuse with the MAP community. by bucetao6969 in AskSaidIt
Thanks for fixing it, much appreciated
The checkbox is actually an advanced form of captcha that detects mouse movements and timing to see that they look human, it's not just a random box (even though cloudflare disguised it that way)
Bomb threat emails sent to 2 Lafayette La. Target stores: “You have betrayed the LGBTQ+ community"...... “We will not tolerate intolerance nor indifference. If you are not with us then you are against us." by P-38lightning in TumblrInAction
[–]magnora7 2 insightful - 2 fun2 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 2 fun - 6 months ago (0 children)
Do not advocate violence on saidit, this is your last warning.
Quit posting unrelated nonsense spam
Russian troops are looting homes and supermarkets in the russian province of Belgorod, as anti-Putin separatists advance by Site_rly_sux in Antiwar
You said "go hang yourself"... clearly you did. Don't do it again.
Don't advocate violence on saidit.
The Five Groups of People Who Need To Leave This World by Mcheetah in self
Do not advocate violence on saidit please.
Do not advocate violence on saidit. The rest of the post is fine, but the first paragraph is not allowed per saidit rules.
[–]magnora7 6 insightful - 2 fun6 insightful - 1 fun7 insightful - 1 fun7 insightful - 2 fun - 6 months ago (0 children)
No we can't change it, because turning down tor limitations results in tons of spam accounts and spam posts that make this site even more unusable.
Try having a fixed IP, or just turning off VPNs. VPNs are largely just honeypots anyway...
Woke Marvel Eliminates The Punisher Due To "Problematic" Conservative Fan Base by EternalSunset in Comics
Curious about owners of Saidit how do they make any money from this website? by thomastheglassexpert in AskSaidIt
[–]magnora7 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun - 6 months ago* (0 children)
No data is sold or retained for future sale. I would never do that, that's the opposite of what saidit is for. Saidit is here for communication, not profit.
Thank you MagicMike.
Thank you! Much appreciated. Every penny goes to saidit operation costs.
Not metered, cost is fixed but we can upgrade at any time. About a quarter million pageloads a month
Wise words from Reddit. While it is kind of obvious it needs to be repeated because a lot of people don't get it. by Canbot in MeanwhileOnReddit
[–]magnora7 4 insightful - 2 fun4 insightful - 1 fun5 insightful - 1 fun5 insightful - 2 fun - 6 months ago (0 children)
Don't advocate violence on saidit
Happy Jason Carswell month. by LarrySwinger2 in whatever
User donations pay for about half these days. A couple years ago user donations were covering 100%, maybe someday we could get back to that. Total costs are only $110/mo, thankfully we priced it low as possible with longevity in mind.
At the bottom of every page, on the right side. Crypto is preferred, but patreon is also an option. Thanks!
Socks is still sabotaging these forums with his glowniggering. This account was created two weeks ago and everything he has done since has been to flame and insult random users, drag down the pyramid of discussion and mass upvote his own comments with his other alts. by EternalSunset in SaidIt
[–]magnora7 5 insightful - 3 fun5 insightful - 2 fun6 insightful - 2 fun6 insightful - 3 fun - 6 months ago (0 children)
Do not advocate violence on saidit.
Health details have been revealed regarding Jamie Foxx’s mysterious medical state. The star is said to be "partially paralyzed and blind," in addition to a series of other complications after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, Journalist A.J. Benza claimed after speaking to a source close to Foxx. by Orangutan in Entertainment
Do not advocate violence on saidit.
Family friendly drag show by Oyveygoyim in funny
Please don't advocate violence on saidit
MAN I GOTTA TAKE A BIG SHIT by sneako in whatever
Quit posting multiple posts that are deliberately dragging down the quality of saidit
This is so awesome. The United Shitholes are done. Interest expense is now higher than defense. Everyone across the world is about to have a green light on war. by [deleted] in GoodNews
Do not advocate violence on saidit, this is your final warning.
I had a dream that I was able to berate Klass Schwabb to his face then sacrifice him by [deleted] in GoodNews
Do not advocate violence on saidit.
Why do thumbnails sometimes fail to load? Saidit will display a thumbnail image for a JPG at a given URL on some days, and at other times the thumbnails fail to generate or display. Is it the image host or Saidit that blocks the thumbnail from being generated? by In-the-clouds in AskSaidIt
Yup. It might just be them wanting to reduce their bandwidth usage by turning off hotlinking or who knows, there's a million possible reasons