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Fist of Lightning
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posted 17 September 2004 03:11 AM      $post_id   Email Antacid   Send New Private Message    Reply With Quote 
Well, you haven't really seen what i did here, but i pasted a big article here to get many points, then i edited it to make it look like a normal post so people won't think i'm an idiot who posts stuff only to get points on the site.
Exploit found.
How to fix? i don't know. Maybe edit should take off points too, but then people won't delete crap they post with editting for fear of losing points.
This should become a bigger problem once users have the ability to delete posts entirely.. Paste a 5000 words articles, get 1000 points, delete.

edited by Antacid on September 17th, 2004

"Sometimes it's damned hard to tell the dancer from the dance." - Corwin, prince of Amber.

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Throne of Decay
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posted 17 September 2004 06:28 PM      $post_id   Author's Homepage   Email Ishamael   Send New Private Message    Reply With Quote 
oooo, smart., This will be addressed in deletion, and I never thought about changing it in editing. I'll make it subtract the original point value, and then update a new one. Good point ant!

And a point here: People get points to display there messages to everybody. If they'd like to post useless long articles to get points, they can be fined by the moderator, and such. The amount of points in a post is really trivial enough that it shouldn't stop people from editing because of point concerns.

edited by Ishamael on September 17th, 2004

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Drizzt Do'Urden
Lord Tranquility
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posted 17 September 2004 09:49 PM      $post_id   Author's Homepage   Send New Private Message    Reply With Quote 
Perhaps it's possible to modify the points given in the spam forum then?

You can see I've posted a few things recently, that while funny and spam, are simply cutting and pasting a long slab of text. Easy 500 points, easy ranking.

I was doing this before I saw the test threads forum though, I was experimenting with how points were given.

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