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OS & Browser Detection
« on: October 17, 2016, 06:41:00 PM »
http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=1515

This modification will show the OS & Browser used by the user while posting. This information is gathered from the browser's user agent sent during posting time. It is not changed after editing the post.

You can choose in the Admin Control Panel which membergroups are allowed to view detected information.

running this for a while, out of curiosity.
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Re: OS & Browser Detection
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2016, 10:38:15 PM »
http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=1515

This modification will show the OS & Browser used by the user while posting. This information is gathered from the browser's user agent sent during posting time. It is not changed after editing the post.

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running this for a while, out of curiosity.

Why would you bother with something like this unless troubleshooting the markup?

Seems pointless to me, and you know this information is trivially spoofed, right?
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Re: OS & Browser Detection
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2016, 11:15:11 PM »
Seems pointless to me, and you know this information is trivially spoofed, right?

it's only temporary, i was just interested in seeing what people use BUT only in the short term. i can turn it off via Permissions for Regular users and still keep the mod on ... having said that, should i be worried AND what is the site's exposure ?
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Re: OS & Browser Detection
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2016, 12:12:38 AM »
I don't have any reason to think that you should be worried about anything in particular.

Like I've said a couple times: my admin practices (on a platform like this where uptime is key) are to run third party code very lightly and sparingly -- I don't know anything about where you get these plugins, who writes them and how well they're debugged before they're packaged and released; but I'm very much a minimalist in this respect.

While working as an admin, 3rd party code was basically the bane of my existence and responsible for about %94 of my problems. The systems themselves and the server code they run is usually quite a bit to manage in itself. Start adding in 3rd party apps that have dependencies and questionable quality-control, and it's a matter of time before you're spending more time fucking with BS code than with the system itself.

I'm probably just jaded cos I'm pretty burnt-out on being an admin, even though I didn't really do it very long. But I did learn a few things; and of of those things is: minimalism is a good thing, for many reasons. :)

It's your box. Really as long as your backup system is solid, fuckit, start tweaking the kernel code for all I care, aside from loss of access to the site..
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Re: OS & Browser Detection
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2016, 12:33:44 AM »
well, i have been changing the SMF code base only. as long as i can undo the changes that i want to.

the unmodified system wouldn't be too satisfying for everyone.

the system is quite robust, so far anyway. everything gets tested for a while.

OK, i won't worry then 8) unless feels wrong.
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Re: OS & Browser Detection
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2016, 06:40:40 AM »
if anyone thinks that it's something that one would keep private, I can disable it.
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