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Bugs, Issues, and Changelog Anonymous Board owner 09/02/2019 (Mon) 15:52:13 No. 18
If you notice something wrong that isn't "it's slow", post about it here. If something is fixed or changed, it'll be posted here.
An /otter/poster noticed that thumbnails on multiple post images were running into one another; a CSS problem that has just been fixed.

A board requestor noticed that confirmation emails were not working, a server configuration problem that has just been fixed. The behavior wherein failures to send confirmation emails still sets the confirmation email standoff timer has been submitted as an issue upstream.

Attribution for geolocated flags has been added to the attributions page.
Could it be that the board user counter is somehow stuck?
I'm inclined to believe /cuckquean/ has more than 3 users.

Also, a [Return] button for threads would be nice.
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>Also, a [Return] button for threads would be nice.
That got me too at first. The return button is actually at the top right of the screen on this software. Pic related.
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Just noticed spoilers don't get spoilered in the front page preview. Might be an issue for spoilers.
Also, I think /cafe/ should be a SFW board.
Thank you for reporting it. I noticed too. It has been submitted as an issue upstream.

I had the same thought about /cafe/. /cafe/ is a SFW board in spirit, but I also felt that people should be able to post nudity behind spoilers if their discussion happens to involve it. /cafe/'s rules will be amended to allow mild nudity behind spoilers but no explicit content. I feel this still harmonises with the spirit of the SFW global rule. We'll see how it goes.
Some minor tweaks have been made to the appearance of the front page.

We're trialling only showing SFW images on the front page. Feel free to post in >>21 if you have an opinion about this.

The issue mentioned in >>20 has been acknowledged but refused a fix upstream. Since it is minor and can be worked around, it will not be patched on this instance.
I've noticed links vch.moe boards (/tv/, /v/, /bmn/, /sw/) are not on the boardlist. Not really a bug, just an oversight.
They don't have our boards either.
Mark hasn't set up the webring plugin correctly so it doesn't learn new boards.
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Don't know if this is the place to post it but I dig using the overboard feature for slow imageboards. Sadly this site doesn't show up from which board is each thread on this feature, I'd like it if this was addressed. Thank you very much.
It's mostly obvious which threads are from where, but yes that would be good. Also to be able to filter boards.
That's a good idea, but it cannot be done by altering frontend templates and requires the backend LynxChan engine to be modified. We'll consider installing a suitable addon to do this if one is created and passes scrutiny.

>Also to be able to filter boards.
As above, LynxChan does not natively provide this capability. It does have the capability for a SFW overboard, which will be enabled shortly.
The SFW overboard has been enabled and is now visible next to the normal NSFW overboard. Boards shown i the board list that have been pulled in from the webring are now marked by lozenges (thanks to CSS based on Robi Pires's XanderLynx fork of PenumbraLynx).
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Even if this is not as much as the two posts you replied wanted, I appreciate it.
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How do I change my board to be SFW?
You ask a global admin to make it SFW. Your board is now SFW.
Ah, got it. Well, could you set /agdg/ as SFW then? Thanks a lot and sorry for the trouble I may have caused.
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Would you be so kind as to allow VPNs to post?
I keep getting the "Your IP was recognized as a known spammer" message, and it's a bit annoying.
I'm not gonna post here using my clear IP.
I’m posting using a VPN right now. Maybe your VPN is used enough by spammers that it’s on a blacklist. Most VPN services provide lots of different servers in many different countries, so maybe try switching your public IP that way?
>Most VPN services provide lots of different servers in many different countries, so maybe try switching your public IP that way?
Yeah no shit, but I have to do that a dozen times before getting one that works.
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After careful consideration, changes have been made to the anti-spam and Tor settings.

Posters whose IPs appear on the Stop Forum Spam list may still post, provided they pass a block bypass CAPTCHA first. This should ease life for those whose VPN services are used by abusers.

Those using Tor may now post files.

If either of these changes are abused - and they may be, despite the best intentions of those who intend to use them properly - then this will be reconsidered. But for now, we've judged that the benefit to posters outweighs the risk.
I agree with this, thanks.
On the homepage, image previews are oldest to newest from left to right, but post previews are from right to left.
Why is it done this way? It's not a big issue, but it's a bit confusing.
We now run LynxChan version 2.2.14. Fixes from the latest version of PenumbraLynx have also been merged to our frontend.

IP address retention is a topic of great interest to privacy-conscious posters. By default, LynxChan retains IP addresses for all posts and uses it to display IP hashes to non-root users until those posts age out or are deleted. There is presently no way I know of to turn off this behavior or force storage of hashed IPs only (feel free to request this from LynxChan upstream), but Anon.cafe's instance will now purge a post's IP address information after the post is three days old. Unfortunately, this means that such posts will no longer display IP hashes to owners or volunteers. This should be long enough to assist volunteer and janitorial duties while still allowing posters peace of mind. Note that backups taken will still contain the unexpired IP address information that was in the database at that point in time, so the information will technically be retained until such time as the backup sets automatically age out and are deleted.

The about page has been updated with board creation and donation information.

The issue where spoilers are visible on front page post snippets (and other formatting marks are visible as plain text) was refused upstream as an "edge case", see https://gitgud.io/LynxChan/LynxChan/issues/25
Edited last time by root_admin on 09/23/2019 (Mon) 16:37:34.
Please increase the text limit. Trying to port over some /hgg/ threads just in case and some of our OP pastes are too big to be posted.
Increase it to how much?
Nevermind, I just realized how bloated the FC pasta was and decided to pare it down.
In the accepted files list .jpg is listed twice and .jpeg isn't on there.
The limit on 8chan was 5000.
Thread doesn't show the .gif I uploaded as the OP image for /hgg/'s /hgdg/ thread.
Can invidio.us and bitchute embeds be added? plzthx
Can the Robot 9000 feature be added?
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It's been increased to 5120.

That feature has to be added upstream in LynxChan itself. We can add it to our list but it takes a lower priority to other things in the anon.cafe queue. If you'd like to create an addon or submit a patch to core please feel free. If one already exists then please point it out and we'll consider enabling it.

This already exists. It's in the board settings as "Unique Posts". Pic related.
Login seems broken. Keeps saying 'Login failed' despite entering correct username and password.
Hey, is there a chance we can get custom board pages like on 8chan? Or does Lynx not allow it?
I don't think Lynxchan allows it. Good luck getting that feature into the codebase.
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What's going on here? Catalog seems messed up.
Using otter browser btw.
It has to do with the style sheet, I did this exact thing the other day by disabling a styling rule in the css
It's the same on default css though.
We’re back from a spot of downtime that happened at exactly the wrong moment. Thank you for your patience. The issue appears to be the same one that until recently was affecting Julay.world. We’re back online and will be watching things to see if we can’t stop it from happening again.

That we do not have an IRC channel, a Twitter, nor any other form of out-of-band communication except an email address is intentional, for now.
Can't you ask Robi for the script that plugs back the board in case of downtime?
>That we do not have an IRC channel, a Twitter, nor any other form of out-of-band communication except an email address is intentional, for now.
What luck. I was just about to make to make a post asking about any out-of-band channels for these situations. I'll trust there's a reason for you keeping outside communications email only.
Julay appears to be down at the moment
Whats with the lynxchan bunkers constantly shitting themselves? Especially Julay, it's like the site gets a 502 error once a week.
In julay there's something called MongoDB that seems to create hiccups, which I haven't seen here. There's also the fact that Robi was changing the interface of lynxchan so that could also be taken into account.
I wonder why he even uses something that causes this much trouble.
MondoDB is the database that lynxchan uses, this website should use it too. I highly doubt that the database is the problem since MongoDB is used all over the web. The problem is Lynxchan itself. It seems to get issues when there's a lot of traffic, one of the problems they had previously (and may still have) was that expired captchas weren't being deleted, so the server was filled up with them. That for example is completely 100% lynxchan's fault.

It's very difficult to change the database system, you'd have to do modifications to the lynxchan software. Julayworld's admin instead chose to start developing his own imageboard software, which he plans to replace lynxchan with.

Lynxchan is easy to set up and has a good amount of features, but it's pretty shitty on the inside.
>Julayworld's admin instead chose to start developing his own imageboard software, which he plans to replace lynxchan with
I'd be interested to see what he comes up with. All I really want from an imageboard (community and moderation aside), is for it to not go offline all the time, and to not look like a cheap chinese knockoff of an imageboard instead of the real thing. 4chan's native Futaba/Burichan and Yotsuba/Yotsuba B themes are so simple that I don't understand how some people manage to fuck it up so hard.
>Futaba/Burichan and Yotsuba/Yotsuba B themes are so simple that I don't understand how some people manage to fuck it up so hard
People always want to do something new, but ignoring color swaps like the Tomorrow theme, it's actually surprisingly hard to improve the yotsuba look and structure.
It's under attack anon if you haven't figured that out for yourself yet. You're not the one doing it are you?
>was that expired captchas weren't being deleted, so the server was filled up with them.
over 1.5 million captchas anon? c'mon i'm pretty sure you can figure this one out for yourself?
all this gaslighting at robi's expense should be obvs bait to you guys.

>are so simple that I don't understand how some people manage to fuck it up so hard.
run a lot of imageboards yourself do you?
It's still Lynxchan's fault for not deleting them properly.
No, where did you get that idea?
I read that mongoDB was using up the ram in the server so it was possible that the script to delete them didn't work because of that.
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No, but I've made some basic CSS edits before.
its back
admin are you still alive?
Sometimes I have to refresh the website a couple of times before I can access it because my browser tells me that the connection isn't secure. Is it just my end?

I hope he hasn't died, though it doesn't seem like he's been active lately.
That's curious. I'm on Tor and the only time the site gave me an error about an insecure connection was when their typo caused the SSL cert to be temporarily invalid.
Hello Anon. I am alive and have been watching over things all this time.

It is possible that your traffic is being intercepted and a dummy certificate used, you are on shared wifi that requires authentication through a captive portal, or something else. I have not seen any TLS or certificate errors except the recent expiration. Please do not ignore any warnings about invalid TLS connections. If you do see the warnings again, it might be a good idea to view the certificate presented to you (how to do this differs by browser) to see if that gives any clues
Glad to hear you're fine, thanks for the advice too. Could you make it so delisted boards don't have their posts appear on recent posts on the homepage and on the overboard? I appreciate it if its too big of a thing to ask for.
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Can the sidecatalog be collapsible by clicking the same icon you use to open it?

Right now the only way to close if by clicking the X icon as shown in the video.
anon is having issues posting pics from phone.
Normally I wouldn't say anything but /fa/ is a phoneposting board. No trouble on my end with multiple newish androids, I've heard iphones have issue posting pics but I don't have any way to verify that.
Yeah, it’s a limitation of the software right now because Stephen Lynx is a nigger
This is not effay at all.
Thanks m8, never even thought of going to meta.

It normally wouldn’t be a problem for me but I’m away from home for a few months and don’t have access to any pc. I wouldn’t ask for a fix if I’m the only one mobilefagging, but it would be nice. But if it’s a limitation of the software not much to do. All I know is that the page immediately reloads when I try to select a photo, and crashes after two or three consecutive tries.
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There seem to be a lot of broken/missing thumbnails and I have to hit refresh several times to make them show up.
They never show up for me, no matter how much I refresh.
Even worse, it's every image, not just most of them like in your image
Yep, the refreshing just breaks the CSS after a bit.
You're hitting the rate limiting that was put in as a pre-emptive measure against non-captcha request flooding. I've increased the limit a bit; you should no longer notice anything unless you try to load a few 500-image threads.

Refreshing more will actually exacerbate the problem, especially if your browser is not caching the thread's thumbnails.

Same for you. Constant refreshing will just be interpreted by the server as you trying to overload it, and it'll cut you off.
Hey, not sure if you use haproxy for that ratelimit or not, but you can solve the issue of too many requests breaking long threads by making the ratelimit per url path+IP instead of just IP. Of course that means an attacker could use a shotgun approach and attack many pages at once, so you should still have a ratelimit for IP or connection rate, but with a higher value. An example/haproxy config snippet below:

##### Track client by base32+src (Host header + URL path + src IP)
stick-table type binary len 8 size 100k expire 10s store http_req_rate(10s) #request rate over last 10 seconds
http-request track-sc0 base32+src
acl rate_abuse sc0_http_req_rate gt 50 #50 requests/10s (5 req/s) PER-PAGE
###### Deny if rate abuse
http-request deny deny_status 429 if rate_abuse

### Optional, some other ways to deny request instead of http-request deny
#http-request tarpit if rate_abuse
# will keep the connection busy but send no data until timeout,
# then respond with 500 server error to make bots think they took your site down.
# very effective against very dumb robots, moreso than http-request deny,
# but can force haproxy to keep an insane number of connections open while tarpitting,
# so make sure you also have a rule preventing too many concurrent connections per IP

#http-request silent-drop if rate_abuse
# similar to tarpit, but makes haproxy completely forget the connection without notifying the client.
# can handle even more traffic than tarpit, but may have issues with stateful firewalls not closing
# connections properly so beware.


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