Originally Posted by raminia
I wrote to them. I think they are over-caring the spam problem.
I don't think so. I can't allow one user's PHP script and SQL database to use up 2 of my 4 processors. It didn't take much diagnosis to determine that the problem was within the referral code sending all the requests straight to the database. Do you think spammers care what they're doing to the server? No. Basically, I was noticing that on an hourly basis, multiple Pixelpost blogs were being slammed with connections. At times, I would see over a thousand connections to visualpixel's database. Of course, this causes extreme load in MySQL, makes queries for EVERYONE slower, causes the CPU to be overrun, which makes access slower for everyone. If visualpixel were paying for a dedicated server, so be it.. let Pixelpost take the thing down; but he is not. As a business owner, you have to make sure that the best interests of ALL your clients are being met. Is it in the best interest of my clients who do not even know about Pixelpost to have their site access slowed down because of one or two users? No. Is it in my best interest to make sure this doesn't happen? Yes.
That being said, I have given visualpixel a chance to secure the site and prevent this from happening. I had him upgrade from 1.4.0 to 1.4.1 which didn't solve the problem. Now that I see there are indeed work arounds (ie. commenting out the referral function call altogether), he is welcome to do that and continue running the software as long as I can be assured that it won't be used as a DOS any longer.