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Old 30 January 2008, 18:07   #1
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Question No html posting???

I was just wondering why we aren't allowed to post html? I can't think of any problems, but hey, that's just me It would be nice to have this option available, but if this is problematic, then too bad
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Old 30 January 2008, 18:27   #2
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What would you like to post that you can't right now?
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Old 30 January 2008, 18:33   #3
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Old 30 January 2008, 19:02   #4
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What would you like to post that you can't right now?
I would like to post html code in such a way that it is rendered as html and not displayed as text And I was just wondering if it would be a problem to turn the html permission on.
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Old 30 January 2008, 19:14   #5
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Well, that doesn't answer my question. Why would you want to post web pages?
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Old 30 January 2008, 20:11   #6
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Well, that doesn't answer my question. Why would you want to post web pages?
It might be cool to have it as an option. I have wanted to post some stuff in the past, but found it impossible. One idea was to post a simple chat system in the ot-stupidity forum. That might have been fun!
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Old 30 January 2008, 20:30   #7
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Er, yeah. I really don't think all the grief and trouble it would cause is worth the "might be cool"-ness. And we already have a simple chat system, it's called IRC.
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Old 31 January 2008, 17:02   #8
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Er, yeah. I really don't think all the grief and trouble it would cause is worth the "might be cool"-ness. And we already have a simple chat system, it's called IRC.
I do believe I know irc. If you don't have anything interesting to say, don't post here. Thank you, and have a nice day
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I thought the bit about grief and trouble was pretty interesting. And I can post wherever I want.
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HTML on this board, considered how much are an hassle the abuses of simple pictures, often, would just unneedingly complicate things.

Also the OT zone is not the main area of this board so that it would justify such an effort, which, as eLowar says, is already more than covered by the irc Chat.

after all, one of the perks of Eab is to be a perfectly readable board, not some myspace mock-up.
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HTML on this board, considered how much are an hassle the abuses of simple pictures, often, would just unneedingly complicate things.

Also the OT zone is not the main area of this board so that it would justify such an effort, which, as eLowar says, is already more than covered by the irc Chat.

after all, one of the perks of Eab is to be a perfectly readable board, not some myspace mock-up.
Ok, that's very clear. I just thought it was as simple as turning on html permissions, and didn't really consider the problems involved. Well, that answers my question.
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I thought the bit about grief and trouble was pretty interesting. And I can post wherever I want.
eLowar, I didn't mean you can't post, I just asked. Everyone here can post wherever they like.
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Keywords are XSS or Cross site scripting.
Toni is right, first reason why html is no allowed in many bulletin board is because of security hole.
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Yes because people only think from A to B!

If HTML gets allowed, JavaScript must be disabled and disfunctional in posts.
This way, I would not see any security hole. HTML is static ... no life inside.
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If HTML gets allowed, JavaScript must be disabled and disfunctional in posts.
This way, I would not see any security hole. HTML is static ... no life inside.
As has been shown many, many times, it is highly non-trivial to actually filter out every last bit of malicious code.

And besides that you also need mechanisms to prevent HTML posts from seriously messing up the forum layout (a simple example from long ago, which admittedly probably/maybe doesn't work anymore these days, are unclosed tags, resulting in mismatched tags in the actual forum layout and hence boxes going too far, etc.).

And even if all that was very unlikely (and I'm not so sure just how unlikely it is), still, why even risk it at all? Can you name any legitimate (read: other than playing silly little games with the board) use?
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Can you name any legitimate (read: other than playing silly little games with the board) use?
No, I can't. I just thought it would be fun on certain parts of the board. After reading the above statements, I understand that getting into all those messy problems, is not worth anyones time and effort, and certainly not for a bit of fun.
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