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dani what are the post requriments for the stars and shouldnt thoose kinda corispond with the ribons

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Here's what I see when I go to the control panel:

Your BadgeIf you have a website, displaying this badge is a great way to show your support for our online I.T. community. Your post count will always be accurate, and if it exists, your avatar will appear on the badge. The more posts you contribute, the brighter red the ribbon gets.

<a href="http://www.daniweb.com/"><img src="http://www.daniweb.com/affiliates/posts-certificate.php?u=22496" width="180" height="150" border="0" alt="Rueful Rogue has contributed to the DaniWeb community" /></a>


If I go to the link you posted, it shows up OK. Also, I just found out that if I disable my firewall and refresh the control panel page, the badge shows up. I'm not sure how to configure the firewall to allow it. I'm probably blocking cookies, but I tried to "permit" them to no avail. Any suggestions?

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I tried to paste a copy of that portion of the webpage. All that is missing is a blank grey box where the badge should show.

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is there an exceptions in your firewall that you could change to alow that site which is really your badge

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Ok, so at least it isn't me ;) It seems the only problem you're encountering is your firewall is blocking it for some reason. Not quite sure why it doesn't like the badge. It might not like the fact that it is an image with a .php extension.

The <a href ... thing is HTML code for you to post the badge on your own website, if you have one :)

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is there an exceptions in your firewall that you could change to alow that site which is really your badge

1st question would be, which one of these (if any) represents the display of the control panel with my badge?

This one from the left of the badge blank on the control panel page:
<a href="http://www.daniweb.com/"><img src="http://www.daniweb.com/affiliates/posts-certificate.php?u=22496" width="180" height="150" border="0" alt="Rueful Rogue has contributed to the DaniWeb community" /></a>


Or...this one which cscgal referred to in her post
http://www.daniweb.com/affiliates/posts-certificate.php?u=22496

Once I know the "site", I think I can "permit" it in my firewall.

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The first one is the actual HTML code that someone can copy and paste into a .htm/.html file and upload to a web server to show the badge.

The second link represents the URL of the actual badge :)

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Congrats on the puppy. You are a Senior Techie as of 250 posts. After 500 posts you become a Guru Techie ... and that's the highest achievable rank at this point.

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i know that this is kinda of topic but what do i need to do to get my own like rouge which is Retired Engineer

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i know that this is kinda of topic but what do i need to do to get my own like rouge which is Retired Engineer

heh, yea i was going to ask that. those are kind of nifty, but i feel kinda bad being a "Techie Whiz" since most of the time my posts are in the geeks lounge. But i do read up on the tech talk alot, but im not so good at helping people with their problems, but hopefully i will start soon.

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Once I know the "site", I think I can "permit" it in my firewall.

Well I was wrong about that! I've enable cookies and checked every thing I have control over and still cannot get the image with my firewall enabled. I'm using Norton's Personal Firewall 2004 with Windows Me. I've sent the problem onto Symantec tech support. If they come up with a fix, I'll post it here. Otherwise, I guess I can live without the image, but not without my firewall. :)

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You should just be able to create a rule to allow all incoming traffic from the www.daniweb.com domain. :)

Not that simple. With the Norton Firewall, I basically have 5 areas of protection, each with subsections. They are:
1- PERSONAL FIREWALL which protects me from attacks and malicious programs. The security level is set to medium which stealths unused ports, alerts me when programs I have on my computer attempt access to the Internet (and when this happens, I may elect to set up automatic rules, permit one time access, or block), but lets ActiveX and Java applets run without warning. If I go to High security, the latter needs permission. Also under "Programs" in this section, I control all *.exe programs Internet access; under "Networking", I control which computers may access my computer; and then under "Advanced", there are protocol rules which I may allow/block inbound/outbound traffic of different types. (Inbound/Outbound ICMP; Inbound/Outbound DNS; Inbound/Outbound NetBIOS; Inbound NetBIOS Name; and lots more...)

It could be that buried in these protocol rules, lies my problems. But everything on daniweb.com works properly as far as I can see. I get all the forum posts, attachments, graphics, .gif/.jpg, etc. images, but I just can't see the badge. I looked as best I could and could find no restrictions to any *.php files.

If the firewall was "blocking" due to a rules setting or restriction, or any other thing controlled by the firewall, I should get an alert, but I don't. No firewall messages, and no error displays.

Under another section "Ad Blocking", I have permitted all cookies from Daniweb.com, but that shouldn't have been a problem in any case.

The rest has to do with "Privacy Control" of personal info, Anti-Virus, Trojans, etc., and "Intrusion Detection". None of this should be a player in this problem.

Symantec says it'll be 4-6 days for a response, which means "Next Year".

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PROBLEM FIXED. For those of you using Norton's Personal Firewall, Internet Security, or Anti-Spam, here's what's needed:

To to this Symantec document: http://service1.symantec.com/Support/nip.nsf/docid/2003090213361336

Expand this section (Configuring Ad Blocking manually...) by clicking on the "+" with your mouse.

Start the program you are using (Personal Firewall, Internet Security, Anti-Spam).
Double click on Ad Blocking and in that window, click on Advanced.
On the left side of the advanced dialog box, at the bottom, click on Add Site.
In the New Site/Domain box that appears, type in and click OK.
On the Add Blocking tab, click Add.
In the Add New HTML string dialog box, select "Permit: Allow adds matching this string".
Then, one at a time, type in the strings that pertain to your control panel. (Don't forget to select "Permit:" after each string)
For me, it was:
/techtalkforums/
/affiliates/p...ate.php?u=22496 (here I think the last 5 numerical digits will change per member - Dani correct this if I'm wrong)
This last string came from the HTML posted to the left of your badge on your control panel page: See the RED
<a href="http://www.daniweb.com/"><img src="http://www.daniweb.com/affiliates/posts-certificate.php?u=22496" width="180" height="150" border="0" alt="Rueful Rogue has contributed to the DaniWeb community" /></a>
Then click OK until you return to the main program menu.

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Yup, that's correct. Norton probably assumed that since the image is dynamic, it is some type of rotating advertisement, I guess :-/. You should be able to leave off the ?u=X and be able to see all member badges, and not just your own :)

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