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    Post  GarryB on Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:42 am

    A while back there were a lot of spambots and also zombies.... ie banned members returning with new usernames... which kinda defeats the purpose of banning members.

    The decision was made to block new members for a bit.

    It is something that can be turned off and on.

    I haven't had a reason to turn it back on.

    What do members think?
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    Post  PapaDragon on Sun Sep 06, 2020 7:16 am


    Last new member was months ago so I assume it would have cooled off

    You can switch it back on now (or periodically allow new members to keep it manageable for mods)

    If noobs misbehave then ban them (you can set up stricter rules for members below certain post count or time on forum)

    It may be messy but if nobody new comes entire forum will die off gradually






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    Post  franco on Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:24 am

    GarryB wrote:A while back there were a lot of spambots and also zombies.... ie banned members returning with new usernames... which kinda defeats the purpose of banning members.

    The decision was made to block new members for a bit.

    It is something that can be turned off and on.

    I haven't had a reason to turn it back on.

    What do members think?

    Back on... noticed that google doesn't seem to have us on their fav settings the past couple of years, so we don't get the exposure we used to get. Was actually thinking of bringing this up Papadragon thumbsup thumbsup
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    Post  JohninMK on Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:59 pm

    I think we should allow again for a while and see what happens. We do need to attract new views and expertise, even if we don't agree with some of it.

    Also is it possible to give the banned members names? Sometimes wonder if when posters vanish it is enforced or they just find something else to do.
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    Post  GarryB on Mon Sep 07, 2020 3:10 am

    So we have had a few members say yes to opening up new members... even if for a specific period...

    I am happy with that... I will give you guys a couple of days to say no or just put your opinion and then I will open the forum for a period and see how we go.

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    Post  Werewolf on Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:37 am

    Considering the political sphere in Europe I am against "Open Borders" policies, but fortunately this is a forum and we should open it to see who wants to enter.
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    Post  GarryB on Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:40 am

    Unlike the European borders I can open and close them at the push of a button, and those already in can be denied access just as easily if necessary.

    I will try to not let the power go to my head... Embarassed

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    Post  GarryB on Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:41 am

    OK, it has been a couple of days and all the responses so far are positive, so I am going to open the forum to new members.

    To start with it will be open for two weeks, if it is abused it will be closed again.

    If it is not abused, then I will simply keep it open.

    If we do have problems there is an alternative... I think I read in the Admin forum that general membership can be closed as it is now, but new members can be created via invitation, which could be plan B where if anyone approaches a current member wanting to join their details can be forwarded to me and I invite them.

    Obviously definitely plan B as it would just be more work for us and assumes a few things as well...

    Give me a little time to get it open properly, but it shouldn't take too long opening up as of now.
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    Post  GarryB on Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:58 am

    Should be working now.

    There is an approval component that allows the admin to approve new users to activate new accounts.

    At the moment I have used user activation and we will see how it goes.

    If we have problems I can change it to activate approved by me accounts only, but it sounds like a lot of messing around because I doubt I will recognise the usernames anyway.

    Play nice to new members and remember you need to introduce yourself in your own new thread in the Members rules and introductions thread.
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    Post  Isos on Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:31 am

    Garry the adds shown on the forum shows some porn. IMO it's automatic but it's not really appropriate for such a website.
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    Post  PapaDragon on Wed Nov 11, 2020 11:13 am


    Ultron AKA Tai Hai Chen has been spamming treads with multiple post again and has posted this same video several dozen times already:



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    Post  franco on Wed Nov 11, 2020 11:47 am

    Isos wrote:Garry the adds shown on the forum shows some porn. IMO it's automatic but it's not really appropriate for such a website.

    How come every time someone complains about porn here, I can't see it dunno
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    Post  Isos on Wed Nov 11, 2020 12:03 pm

    franco wrote:
    Isos wrote:Garry the adds shown on the forum shows some porn. IMO it's automatic but it's not really appropriate for such a website.

    How come every time someone complains about porn here, I can't see it dunno

    Don' worry ! That's not top quality lol1
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    Post  GarryB on Thu Nov 12, 2020 2:36 am

    Garry the adds shown on the forum shows some porn. IMO it's automatic but it's not really appropriate for such a website.

    Thanks for the heads up, I will check it out. ...note I mean look into it, damn... I mean I will try to work out why it is happening...

    Ultron AKA Tai Hai Chen has been spamming treads with multiple post again and has posted this same video several dozen times already

    Are the inappropriate for the location?

    I will have a look and make a decision...

    How come every time someone complains about porn here, I can't see it

    Don't want to embarrass Lsos, but normally the system generates advertising based on the users cookies, so if you visit Amazon a lot then Amazon adverts will appear on here.

    I remember a US senator complaining about porn being advertised on a site he was supposed to be accessing and so it was investigated (he wanted that site closed because he was offended) but it turned out the site in question used an automatic advert system that based the selection of adverts on the users cookies and the senators son allegedly was using daddies computer to look at stuff he was not supposed to... he was clearing out the cache and history and the system that selects the advert content obviously used some other information. Well the senator blamed his son... but who knows right...

    I will look in to it, and apologies for any offence regarding anything you might have seen.

    Don' worry ! That's not top quality

    Makes it worse IMHO. Embarassed
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    Post  GarryB on Thu Nov 12, 2020 3:02 am

    I have found a list of allowable advert websites but the list is enormous.

    Lsos could you please move your mouse arrow over the advert and right click and choose "copy link location" to get the website address of the offending website and post that into a reply to me on this thread so I can try to track down the source and eliminate it.

    Note it should look like something like this:

    { https://adclick.g.doubleclick.net/aclk?sa=L&ai=Cbrv3XrOsX-_0OavjyAPfqJnAAseDkpBc_cXf-PkEwI23ARABIABgq-SzhfgoggEXY2EtcHViLTQ0MjE1OTMwODg1NjM2MTnIAQngAgCoAwGqBJYCT9BncTC66RR0Jj3CrpvD2fQVNVx-3AEMRzumM7uz7dlfJpQ3ZvFLj8Zn1I4XqBmCPIUrTrn0sX-6rQ2to9QUi5ZNPeIae5HYuW2C39DPl9E9v6VVDkO11vmUv1nnM4s0Biep3K5I6Ui_yX6koKKZvebMKOPCzcM8pWUCi3KrNwuNd3As5cVd8I6gF87OXzlQ8So7yiufyw-Y35812yS2pYhOLoambrU9_Bd0G6Kk9X3sanZEDwIuTxS8uL3MePW_JPKusVInWTIzQfZFePeX6npKjMA-ai13VWZsf8c1W5eP7xEqHVK7xppQLs33YUgS1CZS22A_KTdtYXhzCoRS3lRAPW0STj8TajgUa_DEmIOKAZu9P4HgBAGABrGew__MurKINKAGIagHpr4bqAfw2RuoB_LZG6gH7NUbqAeW2BuoB-TgG6gHm5exAqgHwtob2AcA0ggFCIBhEAH6CwIIAYAMAQ&num=1&sig=AOD64_286Xtu3h3vxe8UUBp4_tOCGnPMdw&client=ca-pub-4421593088563619&adurl=https%3A%2F%2Fsin.creativecdn.com%2Fclicks%3Fid%3D20201112_FpSR0NX87ZRLEyy273Nx%26tdc%3Dsin%26tk%3Dqe1SlldiQgqX9uKHklkCIvQ9MhfNGiY8tFi96ohnoB0r6OGNRfTBYDBf_Lp5n0-LxL8Kwfdqa9MQzMhM1CEWMMqob0e9WURnSufRm27NFa3EXLVjZFfSjelnOD_Cy0YQNz7A6w8oFMtyPQKTrxTBVDt_OAlzijIUflPy4geefbEnqwHA2Wvhn6r_BSQni9XBBuuNN6nFPT0vIRokRRiVYAF6TvchhShBIk5Qk8671_mFKwuZ0K6i8_4bwL-Vd5DQY0aijMz85euXDErwNic2lPlzIZaGiWSZuMzXf8o-ZU9AD2i15vqcwhRBU-klaJmw-0AW57izqKU7uPZ4iqN7lhagwPq3Z_f7mDw9d1vn73s9Ps2vKnElKyKahmlXQdfm1Xx_2x2Ng3x_yFXI6Lb9uP800QazgcBMYQbo8Q3iNBIKxCRzFiXEMRBJE4kQJwZ4}

    Which seems to be useless garbage...

    But I should be able to use it to find what website is linking there and see if I can remove it.
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    Post  Isos on Thu Nov 12, 2020 5:03 am

    Don't want to embarrass Lsos, but normally the system generates advertising based on the users cookies, so if you visit Amazon a lot then Amazon adverts will appear on here.

    I actually started watching a serie on streaming which shows lit of pop ups when you start the players which also contains porn.

    I'll try to clean my cookies.

    It's not really a problem for me but every time I see such adds I think some kids will see it too. Google clearly doesn't care and let everyone see them.. there is no moderation.

    That's why I think websites should ask google not to share such BS.
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    Post  LMFS on Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:17 pm

    I have an existential question:

    why do my "points" keep coming and going?

    Is this some sort of "warning" of sorts? If it is, I have no clue for what reason, so it really is not going to help correcting any mistake I could have done...
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    Post  JohninMK on Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:34 pm

    I use ABP so wasn't aware there are adverts.
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    Post  GarryB on Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:21 am

    I actually started watching a serie on streaming which shows lit of pop ups when you start the players which also contains porn.

    I'll try to clean my cookies.

    I should add I was not accusing you of anything, but since I was made admin I only get adverts for this forum to buy extra bits and pieces to expand and probably make them more money I suspect.

    I don't even remember the adverts I used to get. If you get an advert from a website you visit occasionally for shopping it helps this forum if you click on it in this forum because it creates income to support keeping this forum free basically.

    why do my "points" keep coming and going?

    I honestly don't know what they are for... I will have a look.
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    Post  GarryB on Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:45 am

    OK, I have found some information on points... you get points for posting, and creating threads, the number of friends you have, the number of messages in your profile and other such things.

    As far as I can work out it seems to be rather meaningless to be honest.

    I would also add that I recently got an automatic email asking to be a friend of a member... when I clicked on the link in the email it took me to a part of this site I don't think I have visited in quite a few years... there were a lot of friend requests... which I accepted of course... sorry to those who asked years ago and got no reply... I was not ignoring you.

    Also a further reminder, if you need to talk to me about anything I prefer PM or private messaging... I notice those indicators straight away so it will be responded to much faster than a message left on my profile page which I don't spend much time on at all normally.

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    Post  Isos on Fri Nov 13, 2020 7:01 am

    I don't even remember the adverts I used to get. If you get an advert from a website you visit occasionally for shopping it helps this forum if you click on it in this forum because it creates income to support keeping this forum free basically.

    How much money per click ?

    If you want I can click them often. No problem.
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    Post  PapaDragon on Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:12 pm


    Ultron AKA Tai Hai Chen is posting the same video again

    https://www.russiadefence.net/t8195p775-2020-nagorno-karabakh-war#300794

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    Post  Sujoy on Fri Nov 13, 2020 3:16 pm

    GarryB wrote: If you get an advert from a website you visit occasionally for shopping it helps this forum if you click on it in this forum because it creates income to support keeping this forum free basically.
    Garry while I am not an expert on backlinks and SEOs, I will be happy to click those adverts if it helps this forum. Furthermore, if there are any other ways in which I can help to create income for this forum, please do let me know.

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    Post  GarryB on Sat Nov 14, 2020 12:29 am

    AFAIK you don't need to buy anything from the linked adverts... just clicking on them and opening up their page should generate traffic that gives us credit and helps pay for the site use.

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