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Abuse of free image hosting service

madscientist - 15-10-2003 at 12:43

Browsing through the list of referrals, I stumbled across some links that clued me into abuse of the free image hosting service offered here for members.

Those two were the most obvious. I then browsed through the scipics directory, and found more garbage which doesn't belong. A warning to the abusers: your shit won't be tolerated, and if it continues, remember that I can find out the IP address of the abusers, and have the authority to place IP bans.

The service will not be discontinued, as it seems to have been a strongly positive contribution to this community. Thank you, those who've used it as it was meant to be.


Polverone - 15-10-2003 at 14:25

Part of the problem seems to occur because my guardian script (which shouldn't have allowed PDF files, for example) is terminated every time the server is restarted. The machine sciencemadness is hosted on has only had 20 days of uptime right now, not too great for a linux machine. There's no way to automatically restart the script when the machine itself restarts. If this gets to be a serious problem I will provide some stronger countermeasures, but I hope it doesn't get to be a serious problem.

I like the edited image you provided in that second thread, BTW.

[Edited on 10-15-2003 by Polverone]

Blind Angel - 15-10-2003 at 21:57

I knew that some member of the-hive used sciencemadness to link some of their img but i think it's because they are sometime members of the two...

vulture - 16-10-2003 at 06:30

You can link to it on other forums, under the condition that it is being used on this board. If it's not being linked to on this board, forget it.

I am a fish - 16-10-2003 at 10:44

A more entertaining deterrent would be to replace the offending images with hardcore pornography or nazi insignia. That would definitely get the message across.

Haggis - 16-10-2003 at 11:07

Or even better: some hardcore Nazi porn.

(Notice the above was to be taken in a joking manner, a 'superb binding' of the swastika idea and the hardcore pornography. Thank you.)

[Edited on 17-10-2003 by Haggis]

raistlin - 16-10-2003 at 13:19

[Edited on 2-1-2004 by raistlin]

I am a fish - 17-10-2003 at 09:51

Originally posted by raistlin
And putting 'Nazi porn' images would serve what purpose? It would be far better to just have one image, such as saying and flashing "your a fool" or some such thing. But porn and crap isnt going to do anything except get people pissed at us.

It would make the poster look stupid, thus reinforcing the message that the image FTP is not to be abused.

BTW, does anyone have any Nazi porn? It's a genre that until now I had never even considered.

blip - 17-10-2003 at 16:18

I think not only will such pornography make them look bad, it will do likewise to sciencemedness. Raistlin's got a point.

ech310n - 3-11-2003 at 18:25

Polverone, I don't know what operating system you are using on the server but if it is Linux couldn't you try a cron job to start the script?

[Edited on 4-11-2003 by ech310n]

Polverone - 4-11-2003 at 16:09

I'll try setting it up as a cron job. Good idea.

However, the main abuse - use of the image hosting service for images that have nothing to do with this forum or chemistry - continues.

Reviewing the logs today, I see that we receive an unusually high number of referrals from What does a site critical of Islam have to do with chemistry? Precious little. This might explain a number of images I've found lurking in the scipics folder, though.

ech310n - 5-11-2003 at 00:18

I'm quite sure you can use .htaccess or configure Apache to restrict referrals to certain websites. If not maybe you could use a dynamic script such as Perl or PHP to manage images.

You could try the .htaccess code from the Apache 1.3 URL Rewriting Guide. Scroll down to "Blocked Inline-Images" for the code and description. It should work though I haven't tested it as I am not using Linux at the moment (I dual-boot Windows and Red Hat Linux 9).

[Edited on 5-11-2003 by ech310n]

The origin of Islam

If_6_was_9 - 21-11-2003 at 15:38



[Edited on 26-1-2004 by If_6_was_9]

[Edited on 26-1-2004 by If_6_was_9]

Organikum - 22-11-2003 at 04:06

Yes I linked some pics to the HIVE from here (chemistry only), and I think some are not on this board. I thought I had asked Polverone on this - if not I apologize.
I have also uploaded some universal usable pics of reaction apparati for everyone to use of course - just nobody wants to use them it seems....

As its obvious to the administration if a pic relates to me I would appreciate to be told if what I do resembles a problem - I guess up to now this wasnt so.

Hey If_X_was_Y!
nice pic of yours, like it! ;)

Haggis - 31-1-2004 at 20:55

Found some more leeching of the scipics service.

The image that replaces the leeched images is rather classy, a good choice.

BromicAcid - 31-1-2004 at 22:05


The image that replaces the leeched images is rather classy, a good choice.

I agree whole heartedly. Maybe we should organize a day for everyone to go off and try and find one case of FTP space abuse. In the spirit of a snake killing day except this time actually doing something good. Fun for all!

Quantum - 11-2-2004 at 16:24

A cron job would do it or a script to execute placed in the .bashrc file in a regular users home dir. The user would have to be one that logged in every time the server was started.

Using Slackware 9.1 with the new 2.6.2 kernel:D