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Not Planned Version number?

Discussion in 'Closed Suggestions' started by DarkGizmo, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. DarkGizmo

    DarkGizmo Active Member

    Are you gonna include a version number in the footer?

    Example:

    Forum software by XenForo. Version 1.0.0?

    Just wondering how major versions and point versions are going to be dealt with on here and how they are going to work. :)
     
  2. Dao Hoang Son

    Dao Hoang Son Member

    I personally want to hide version number. Just imagine one day someone comes up with an exploit of xenForo 1.3, what's the easiest way to try it out? Go to Google and search for "forum software by xenforo 1.3"...

    For the credits, software's name is enough IMO.
     
  3. Caliburn

    Caliburn Well-Known Member

    I prefer a version number which can be switched on/off from the ACP. I like knowing what version software I'm using.
     
  4. Eric

    Eric Active Member

    No need for it on the frontend IMHO. I'd imagine version # will be in the Admin CP.
     
  5. Caliburn

    Caliburn Well-Known Member

    Depends on which way the Dev's go with it. The normality is that it's publicly visible. If you can show me one semi-popular forum software which it isn't by default, I'd be surprised.
     
  6. Eric

    Eric Active Member

    What is the point of having the version number publicly visible? Is it something that your members, etc, really need to know?

    As far as one that doesn't display it:

    http://www.namepros.com/
    http://hardforum.com/
    http://www.hotscripts.com/forums/
     
  7. Onimua

    Onimua Well-Known Member


    Considering it's not visible here, I don't think we'll see it on the footer. In fact I don't think it even appears in the source anywhere.

    Why do a lot of forum software put the version number in the footer? It means next to nothing to users in general, and doing it because "it's normal" isn't a good enough reason. The only place the version number should appear is in the admin control panel.

    It would be a nice change if the version number didn't appear in the footer.
     
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  8. mlx

    mlx Well-Known Member

    Yeah it doesn't seem to appear anywhere. Which is good.

    Just if that's going to change please consider an option to turn off the version number. Not just in the footer. Everywhere.

    And yeah ... security by obscurity might be stupid ... I'm still happy though there's an option to turn off server_tokens in nginx and to turn off expose_php in php.ini ;)
     
  9. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    I just prefer it not be shown, because I -really- prefer simple copyrights.
     
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  10. DSF

    DSF Well-Known Member

    I prefer versionsnumbers in Backend/ACP only.
     
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  11. Nick

    Nick Well-Known Member

    ^ All three of those are powered by vBulletin, which by default, does include the version number.
     
  12. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    Personally, I don't think it needs to be displayed, although, I daresay, a style variable could be used to include it. The reason why I think it doesn't need to be displayed? When someone looks at the credits, they don't take into account the version number. The software name is the primary resource.
     
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  13. James

    James Well-Known Member

    Version # tells the end-user nothing (unless they're trying an exploit). Admin CP only please :)
     
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  14. 0ptima

    0ptima Well-Known Member

    Yes, please do not include the version number.
     
  15. Enigma

    Enigma Well-Known Member

    Conversely, removing the version number from the footer gains you nothing in terms of security, although it does give you a small amount of obscurity. Personally, I don't care if the version number is there or not.
     
  16. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    I see it as unnecessary output.
     
  17. Dark_Hunter

    Dark_Hunter Member

    Wrong, the version number is displayed by default.
     
  18. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    Come again, he just said the same thing as you.
     
  19. Nick

    Nick Well-Known Member

    Um, is that not exactly what I said? :confused:
     
  20. gordy

    gordy Well-Known Member

    It's not necessarily obscurity, but a base line defense to stay off of a 'for i in `cat target.forums.scraped.from.google.search`; do something nasty $i; done' list :)
     

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