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    Default Strangest error message ever!

    I just tried to do consecutive searches and got the consecutive searches error... but check it out!

    "This forum requires that you wait 3 seconds between searches. Please try again in 121 seconds."

    Is this a penalty for trying too close together?!?!


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    Yes. It is one of the many broken functions of the forum since the "UPGRADE!"
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    I wonder if it's a firehouse thing or a vbulletin thing.

    I run a forum using vbulletin and have NEVER had anything like that happen. I'm on the newest version though...

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    Actually,it is a way of preventing a denial of service condition and prohibiting computer programs from flooding the system. It is a simple task to write a script that simply submits thousands of request per second. Such an action would overwhelm the servers and the database making it impossible for legitimate users to access the system. Same reason many systems use captchas, those funny images with a bunch of letters in them, it prevents another computer form attacking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmfire View Post
    Yes. It is one of the many broken functions of the forum since the "UPGRADE!"
    I certainly hope you are better at fire fighting than system administration and IT security.

    MAN I have been waiting forever for this opportunity... Thanks Dude......

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScareCrow57 View Post
    Actually,it is a way of preventing a denial of service condition and prohibiting computer programs from flooding the system. It is a simple task to write a script that simply submits thousands of request per second. Such an action would overwhelm the servers and the database making it impossible for legitimate users to access the system. Same reason many systems use captchas, those funny images with a bunch of letters in them, it prevents another computer form attacking.
    So why do I have to wait 121 seconds if I can do a search every 3?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firetacoma1 View Post
    So why do I have to wait 121 seconds if I can do a search every 3?
    That is a question for the admins. But I would think it is a setting somewhere. And it could be a penalty. If it is, then the savvy attacker sets his request to every 5 seconds.

    It is along the lines of failed login attempts. After 3 attempts you often have to either get your password reset or wait a period of time. The period could be random or pre-determined. It could be in this case they have set up a random timeout so that you can't just set you script to wait 5 seconds.

    I suspect the timeout period is random. I just tried it and got this:

    This forum requires that you wait 3 seconds between searches. Please try again in 147 seconds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScareCrow57 View Post
    That is a question for the admins. But I would think it is a setting somewhere. And it could be a penalty. If it is, then the savvy attacker sets his request to every 5 seconds.
    While the delay is certainly to prevent DOS, the inconstancy in the error message is probably a bug, or a time glitch in the server.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScareCrow57 View Post
    I certainly hope you are better at fire fighting than system administration and IT security.

    MAN I have been waiting forever for this opportunity... Thanks Dude......
    WTF are you talking about???
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmfire View Post
    Yes. It is one of the many broken functions of the forum since the "UPGRADE!"
    SINCE the upgrade? Which upgrade? The search engine has never even turned over, let alone WORK since I came to this board in 2000!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firetacoma1 View Post
    So why do I have to wait 121 seconds if I can do a search every 3?
    Just use a bigger hammer

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