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Do not use backslashes

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07-24-2012 08:52:56

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In posting, photo ads, or virtually any of the YT forms that let you put input into the site, the use of a backslash will either cause your input to fail, or at least, will be automatically changed to a forward slash.

This is because the backslash is a computer thing and doesn't mean anything in English. It was created by a programmer in the 60s to be an computer language operator (similar to + or - in math). Microsoft made it a lot more popular by using it for file directories on MS-DOS/Windows.

The reason it's rejected is that computer crackers and spammers, use this to try and take advantage of what it can do internally in a program or database. If left as a backslash, what it can do in a poorly managed site, is cause the site to get cracked. (cracking is the word for what the media falsely calls hacking).

Most of the time, we translate it to a real slash (/), but with hundreds of input forms on the site, there are places where I got lazy and just outright reject the input. When I find those places, I fix it, but there are still some programs that just give back a blank white screen assuming it's a spammer or cracker. It's best not to use it.

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07-24-2012 15:30:22

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 Re: Do not use backslashes in reply to Gerrit, 07-24-2012 08:52:56  
Thanks Hal, Spammers like that are those few who carefully post (as in they actually use their keyboard and type it in). They tend to have a better chance of getting a spam post in. The majority use bot programs now and are much easier to catch. We still have many attempts each day, but almost all of them fail.

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07-24-2012 15:21:54

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 Re: Do not use backslashes in reply to YTSupport, 07-24-2012 08:52:56  
Take a look at Kavin01 on the Test Forum. Hal

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