I'm sure it's a measure against bots, and if you notice, we're getting hit with a bot right now. If they could put a post up once a second, think about how much chaos they could create. New posts every second, pm's to members every second.I'm sure it's some counter measure for bots. But, it just turns out to be annoying to users. There are other built-in delays that make less sense such as the waiting between searches.
Basically, a bot is a computer program that performs automated operations simulating a person. For forums, that would be posting, sending messages, etc. Not all bots are bad. Google for instance employs bots, or spiders, to navigate and gather information from websites.Thanks for the info. I have no idea about bots, are they related to the autobots? "Transformers, more then meets the eye."
This all sounds like lazy programming to me. (I'm a software developer by trade.) I don't know if the forum software is free, but I would certainly expect more from the company that supplied it.Most forums prevent multiple posts within a minute to stop spamming trolls from posting crap (it slows them down). The search is sometimes restricted to stop someone from bringing down the database via continually searching via a script.
Agreed. (Although noting the point that given a particular application, certain features take priority over others, and they may have felt it 'just enough' to make users complaining about bots go away. Also noting that this has nothing to do with this board, and much more with the developers of the software its running on.)This all sounds like lazy programming to me. (I'm a software developer by trade.) I don't know if the forum software is free, but I would certainly expect more from the company that supplied it.
Countermeasures should be as invisible to the valid user as possible. And most of the security should be upfront (i.e. registration and sign-in). This is a never ending battle as CAPTCHA has been beaten and has accessibility issues that I won't get into.