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ZEALOTRY Users: Critical Notice on Continued Use

Edit: Our new HTML5 client (Orchil) is now open for beta testing in The Eternal City. Feel free to try give it a whirl at http://test.skotos.net/orchil/

Edit: We have made great strides toward a new HTML5 client, which should offer a replacement to Zealotry. We're hoping to release that in the very near future, but in the meantime, using Pale Moon remains the best method for ensuring there is zero interruption to your game playing during the transition.

As of November 14, Mozilla will be auto-updating all copies of Mozilla Firefox to Mozilla 57, a new edition of their browser that will disable all legacy add-ons. This will probably include the majority of the plug-ins that you use on Mozilla, including the Skotos Zealotry plug-in.

This is a big problem for us because Zealotry is the most stable of our clients at this time, and the one that we believe is in the widest use. There's unfortunately no easy way to update it, because we'd have to rewrite it from practically scratch, using their new programming system.

There are tricks that you could use to to prevent Mozilla updates, but we don't particularly suggest them, as you want to have a clean, secure browser. Fortunately, there are two alternative browsers that will support Zealotry. Each of them branched off of an earlier version of Mozilla Firefox, and each of them continues to be updated for important security issues.

Pale Moon Browser

The Pale Moon browser is our suggested replacement. It is a totally separate browser that branched off of Firefox some years ago. It will continue to support the classic plug-ins.

To install it:
  • Install Pale Moon (Windows & UNIX only)
  • Install the Zealotry XPI on Pale Moon
  • Restart the Pale Moon Browser
  • Play on Pale Moon

The official version of Pale Moon only supports Windows and UNIX, but you can also get a slightly less official version of Pale Moon for the Mac. We've tested it out and it looks like it's clean and works correctly, but use your own level of caution in working with the Mac variant.

Mozilla Firefox ESR

An alternative for all users, but especially for Mac users, is Mozilla's extended-release version of Firefox that branched at Firefox 52. It's expected to remain supported until at least June 28, 2016, by which time Mozilla is planning to jump their ESR to a post-plugin phase. This is therefore a short-term solution, but one that should work for a while longer.

To install it:
The Big Picture

Our larger-scale goal is to introduce a new client that will be usable on any browser and make our games generally more accessible. We've had a HTML5 client in process since last year, but are currently hitting roadblocks that make a deployment before November 14 problematic. We've also just started a second project, which would be more specifically focused as a Zealotry replacement, without worries about new bells or new whistles. Both of these possibilities are being done out-of-house, by Skotos players, but they're receiving our highest level of attention for whatever support they need, as this is all our top priority.

So, consider this a short-term fix, but in the meantime if you use Zealotry, please download one of the alternative browsers and test them out ASAP.
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    I know people hate captcha, but the whole "what skotos game is based on whatever" type Q&A is not working for keeping spammers from making new accounts that can post spam. Spam has actually gotten WORSE since the update to VB 5.2.3 - and I think it might be time for the admins to implement a capcha system that works far better than a question/answer (which is easily enough bypassed it would seam. It is doing nothing to deture these spam posts.)

    https://www.vbulletin.com/docs/html/...ecaptchaverify

    VBulletin's forums have captcha keys for free that should work well. Just a suggestion!
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    Yes. 12345

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Dolph View Post
      I know people hate captcha, but the whole "what skotos game is based on whatever" type Q&A is not working for keeping spammers from making new accounts that can post spam. Spam has actually gotten WORSE since the update to VB 5.2.3 - and I think it might be time for the admins to implement a capcha system that works far better than a question/answer (which is easily enough bypassed it would seam. It is doing nothing to deture these spam posts.)

      https://www.vbulletin.com/docs/html/...ecaptchaverify

      VBulletin's forums have captcha keys for free that should work well. Just a suggestion!
      Captcha actually works considerably less well than a unique Q&A. I've tried both on a few different sites.

      I do agree that spam has gotten worse than the vB5 upgrade, and I'm hoping to figure out some better solutions for that, but unfortunately Captcha isn't it.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ShannonA View Post

        Captcha actually works considerably less well than a unique Q&A. I've tried both on a few different sites.

        I do agree that spam has gotten worse than the vB5 upgrade, and I'm hoping to figure out some better solutions for that, but unfortunately Captcha isn't it.
        Yep - I did a little research, and you're right - People are finding Captcha a bit more easy to crack than Q&A. I suppose that's out. I'll keep an eye out and see if anyone reports a better solution on other VB5 + forums
        Royal Chief of Medicine
        Courtier of Her Majesty's Royal Court

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        • #5
          Is there any benefit to restricting a tough captcha that only humans can pass to, say...users with fewer than N posts, so that the majority who have already proven their humanity can sail smoothly?

          Most of the spammers I see are one-posters that just rereg

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          • #6
            I noticed a distinct increase in forum spam since some of Skotos' games started faring better on sites such as Top Mud Sites. At least, in Marrach's case, I noticed the same month we started showing up in the top ten (about a year ago) was the same time the spam bots got really bad.

            Tonight I deleted 35 spam postings (3+ forum pages) that were made in the CM forums since this morning when I went to bed. On average I delete about 6 to 8 a day, though this is the second time this month we got over 30 in a single day. Whatever software VBulletin is using doesn't seem to be working too well.

            I wonder if it might be possible to implement a "first post check", wherein a moderator has to approve the first post made by a new account before further posts can be made. Top Mud Sites uses a similar feature although it's not automated (new forum accounts have to email a moderator to be activated which could potentially be as much a hassle for moderators as simply deleting the spam).
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