Added a handful of new “holiday” badges and retroactively issued them. They include Arbor Day, Star Wars Day, Cinco de Mayo, Pac-Man’s Birthday, Fourth of July (‘MURICA!), Bastille Day, Guy Fawkes Night, Thanksgiving and Black Friday! We also added a Leap Year Day badge, but may drop it since it’s only available once every 4 years (makes it nearly unattainable).
In addition to the new badges, we’re working on an automated badge issue system much like the non-holiday badges work. This means no more wondering why you logged in on a specific day and didn’t immediately get the badge.
We’ve also gotten some great suggestions over on the SK Feedback Group to add in some additional notifications when badges are issued (both to you and to your friends via the dashboard).
Speaking of the feedback group, thanks to everyone that’s been sending us feedback, we do listen and take great pride in enhancing our sites based on this feedback. We definitely have our listening ears on, so don’t be shy!
So if you were on SceneKids between 5 and 8am on Friday you probably noticed an unusual amount of friends requests and questions and a spamming of messages. Seems we were hit with some script kiddies that wrote some bots for our sites. It would have went undetected if there wasn’t so many new accounts set up (upwards of 10k accounts).
Since then we’ve cracked down on bot sign ups by including a CAPTCHA on sign up and some additional internal triggers and alerts and have cleaned up the accounts that were created. Luckily it probably took us less time to clean up and combat the issue than it did to write the bot. Hopefully we won’t have to deal with too much of this moving forward :)
The lively side effect from all of this is that some of the new triggers in place are alerting us to users with multiple accounts (a violation of our Terms of Service) and has helped us to clean up the situations where a single person is manning a handful of accounts. What this also means is we are in fact deleting fakes, not because they are fake but because they are violating TOS by having the additional accounts.
Now the users are being warned when signing up, so it shouldn’t be any surprise to anyone that’s had their account terminated in the last few days.
Happy Veteran’s Day!
The “Who’s Online” page now has some additional filtering options. We can all thank SceneKids.com user XxChris91xX for sending in the suggestion! If you’re looking for an intelligent conversation and/or wanna chit chat about web dev, Chris is definitely your guy, so go friend him :)
Thought I’d share since we’ve been seeing this on some feeds (and even made it to our support inbox).
Since we’re getting more aggressive about removing inactive groups, we felt it was also time to make it easier for a new group to be active. We will continue to purge older groups with no activity but we are dropping the requirement to have at least 10 members in your group before the forums will become active.
Don’t even know what groups are all about? Groups are a way that people with similar interests can get together. Once you’re a member of a group, you can utilize the group chat as well as participate in the aforementioned forums.
We have a bit more in store for the groups section of our sites in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!