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Congratulations to Barand on 1000 likes

19 December 2016 - 09:21 PM

Our resident SQL guru Barry "Barand" Andrews, who recently surpassed the 1k "like" mark -- a first for any member of phpfreaks.

The "like" mechanism is a relatively recent addition to the site, making it that much more impressive.

Phpfreaks has always been a 100% volunteer effort. People like Barand are what makes this site the amazing place it is, and they do so to help others learn and achieve their goals.

A number of our members have been visiting the site on a weekly basis for over a decade. Barry is one of those incredible people, and I feel proud to be associated with the site thanks to regulars like Barry who have kept the community alive through its many ups and downs over the years.

I hope you'll join me in congratulating Barry on this milestone, and in thanking him for sharing his expertise with so many people over the years.

Alert: The phpfreaks forum members data appears to have been stolen.

27 October 2015 - 11:17 PM

It has come to our attention that someone managed to get their hands on a database dump of the phpfreaks members table used in our forum database.
We apologize for the inconvenience and concern this may cause you.
Based on research, we believe that the individual(s) responsible utilized some exploits available in the forum software that allowed them to run a php script that dumped the data from the forum user table.

While the passwords are hashed a number of time and in many cases salted, someone who is highly motivated to do so, may be able to derive your original password, especially if you did not use good password practices.  

A hash password can not be decrypted, but by generating rainbow tables, crackers can determine if your password matched one of many they may have in a database.
The table also includes your name, so it may or may not associate you with the email address you used to register.
We highly recommend that you take the following actions:
1. Change your password
2. Change the password on any system where you used the same account name/email/password combination.
3. Use unique high/quality passwords on any and all systems you frequent now and in the future.
Should we make any additional determinations or discoveries in relation to this issue, we will provide updates here.



We will not be deleting accounts upon request. We stated that we would not delete accounts for any reason in our TOS when you signed up. Deleting accounts is not going to retrieve the user table data.

PHPFreaks - back from the dead!

05 April 2015 - 07:19 PM

Ok, so it's coincidental that the site happened to re-emerge on Easter Sunday, but it seems appropriate nonetheless.


In short, the RAID server had multiple disk issues and had to be rebuilt.  


Our databases and innodb logs were terribly corrupted and had to be either removed or restored from backups, after doing some time-consuming mysql administration.


It took far too long for all this to happen, but at the end of the day, those of us who have been a part of this community for over a decade now, are happy we have our little home in the php-verse back.


Welcome back, and thanks for your presence and support.



Tutorials are working again

08 August 2012 - 05:53 AM

After prodding and poking, I got onto IRC with Phillip and forced him to figure out the problem.  One little missing template and voila.. tutorials are back.

MOVED: /WWW::Mechanize::Firefox - how to install this on opensuse 12.1

12 February 2012 - 09:33 PM

This topic has been moved to Miscellaneous.