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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 02/07/2007 :  19:31:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I remember mr e, actually. I was around on the banana boards so by now I recognize most of the "old faces."
Don't worry guys, I'm not going heavy handed on new members. I'm just looking more carefully. We have a few people who have registered, but never posted. Their profiles send up no flags, so I have no problem leaving them despite the likelyhood that they have forgotten their password by now or lost the link entirely. My goal here is not to make this a high security ward. I'm just attempting to keep down the hypochondriacs.

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AMC
Mediwizard

1710 Posts

Posted - 02/07/2007 :  22:21:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
*Wonders whether being confunded makes me a security risk to the ward* *Kind of hopes so*


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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 02/08/2007 :  10:37:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

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Barmy

United Kingdom
269 Posts

Posted - 02/10/2007 :  14:21:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Admin/mod team.

There is porn on the BOOK 1-6 page!

Nuggy xxx
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AMC
Mediwizard

1710 Posts

Posted - 02/10/2007 :  14:36:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Come on mods, we've ALL had a chance to check it out and now we're changed forever into amoral low-lifes. Really, you have to be be more vigilant if you want to have any clean-living, decent people left on this board.

Actually, I did not check it out, having endless experience with deleting emails with similar topics. Besides, I've been an amoral low-life for years.


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Barmy

United Kingdom
269 Posts

Posted - 02/10/2007 :  14:43:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
*SNORT*

I've emailed Siobhan, I am such a little Hermione.

I obviously need a bit more influence in my life.

Any offers to lead me astray?

Nuggy xxx

P.S. Can't believe I just typed that on the internet!
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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 02/10/2007 :  17:14:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Aside from contributing to our delinquency, the members making such posts are breaking their membership agreement. Sooooo, the post and topic have been deleted and the membership locked.

Oddly enough, when I logged on this afternoon, the first thing I did was look at the new member (no pun intended). Their profile gave them away so I locked the membership. Only then did I find the notice about the books board. Something must have happened over the last week. We have been discovered by the advertising element. I wonder if it was the book announcement.....

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JKRisSuperior
Mediwizard

USA
694 Posts

Posted - 02/10/2007 :  17:48:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Probably. Sorry I wasn't here, I've been at work all day. I'll also be working tomorrow, but should be back earlier than I was today.
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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 02/10/2007 :  21:40:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mostly seems to take place on weekends-- greatest possible exposure before being locked and/or deleted.

We had another two "advertisers" join today.
Once again, I'm sorry if I have locked anyone who truly wished to join the discussion. If that is the case, please contact me. However, I do not allow advertising-- pornographic, or otherwise. I get enough of that almost every second of every day.

Don't worry about it JKR. I was naive enough to think I could have some gardening time before checking the site. There are things about the internet I really dislike-- well, actually it's not the internet, more the people using it with no sense of self control.

Forgot to say, JKRis gets the prize for catching the latest spammer post. Perhaps she could have a free spin of the bottle down on the Quidditch Pitch. I suppose we have to guarantee her a kiss from the character of her choice.....

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diricawl
Looney

United Kingdom
1078 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2007 :  05:32:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
And... we got ourselves another one. This is about spammer enlargement, which is slightly better than porn I suppose. Or maybe worse.

Anyway, do you have one of those images of wacky letters that keeps bots from posting here? Or are all these people real? If so than I pity them.

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As to the avatar, well, if you girls can all have Alan Rickman...

"They don't want the Easter Bunny's power; The children in our generation want Harry's power, and they're getting it." - Laura Mallory

Edited by - diricawl on 02/13/2007 07:35:21
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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2007 :  10:28:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Topic deleted, membership locked.

No, I don't have an anti-bot thingy (just love those tech terms).
These individuals actually sign up for membership. I don't know if bots do that. However, I'm planning on making some changes to membership requirements that may make it a little more difficult for them to gain access. So far we've only had one porn post, but I'm just not interested in having these boards cluttered up with useless (and in some cases harmful) junk-- non hp that is.

Just read up a bit on this theme. Yes, bots can and do register for memberships. There are a few anti-spam measures to take (I am not interested in spending all my time weeding out bogus memberships). I plan on asking Mad-Eye for his assistance in this matter today. Sometimes it feels like I'm trying to wrestle a squid.

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diricawl
Looney

United Kingdom
1078 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2007 :  10:55:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bots can sign in, but there is a way to fool them. No computer can yet read handwriting or weird letters, so a common way to keep bots out is to include a randomly generated image of letters and numbers that are twisted and dancing around, which a computer can't read, but a human can, and ask the user to copy out the passcode.

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As to the avatar, well, if you girls can all have Alan Rickman...

"They don't want the Easter Bunny's power; The children in our generation want Harry's power, and they're getting it." - Laura Mallory
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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2007 :  11:00:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So that's what that is. I've seen those a couple of times. Not sure if we can install one, but there is another step to take that I know can be done.

On another note, diri, does your signature still refer to your avatar?

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AMC
Mediwizard

1710 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2007 :  12:24:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow - I didn't know anybody had the hots for CGI Dobby.

Siobhan - if you want to, just give a few more of us the ability to lock members and delete posts - we're not likely to abuse it and we can manually clean up after the spammers. I hate to have Mad-Eye burdened with more work for us!


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diricawl
Looney

United Kingdom
1078 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2007 :  13:03:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Siobhan
On another note, diri, does your signature still refer to your avatar?



Ahh yes. Well I woke up the other day to find, horror of horrors, that my avatar was gone. So I went looking for one. Upon finding a few likely candidates, I fed them into my avatar to find that this forum, rather than resizing images to fit, cuts bits out at random and leaves you staring at some odd fragment. The first image produced a closeup of Jo's neck, the second a closeup of her cleavage, which, while certainly eye-catching, didn't really suit this sort of forum. So for now Dobby's my paramour until I can find a suitable image.

Order of the Bookmark

As to the avatar, well, if you girls can all have Alan Rickman...

"They don't want the Easter Bunny's power; The children in our generation want Harry's power, and they're getting it." - Laura Mallory
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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2007 :  16:25:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
AMC, are you volunteering to mod?

Here's the thing, mods can only delete/lock/edit posts & topics. They cannot lock members. That is an administrative power. I would like more volunteers for the mediwizard team so that we can keep on top of the spam situation. So once that is set as well as the change to the membership access I think we'll be OK for a while-- at least till the spammers get more determined to be a pain.

If you wish to volunteer for Mediwizard assignment, please PM your Chief Healer.
I should probably mention that case status disappears when a patient becomes a part of the staff. The post count continues, but you would cease to be Giddy, Barmy, or Confunded etc.

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AMC
Mediwizard

1710 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2007 :  16:43:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, I'd still be pretty Barmy even if my byline didn't say so. I'm happy to be a Mod, Siobhan so I will send a PM to that effect but I'm also happy not to be one - my sense of self-worth isn't wrapped up in being an authority figure, you know. Whatever best helps you and Mad-Eye out.


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JKRisSuperior
Mediwizard

USA
694 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2007 :  17:44:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think we should also have people in different time zones be mods as well.
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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2007 :  18:20:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's kind of the way I have it set up right now. It's just that not everyone is on here every day so we have had some holes in coverage. Up till now this has been no problem, but we've been discovered by the Spam-a-loters. I promise not to set up a colour coded alert level system-- sounds completely idiotic to me.

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Bee
Mediwizard

846 Posts

Posted - 02/14/2007 :  10:01:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm around, I just don't have much to say at the moment. Constant Vigilance!

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Barmy

United Kingdom
269 Posts

Posted - 02/14/2007 :  12:43:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That never stopped me posting....
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diricawl
Looney

United Kingdom
1078 Posts

Posted - 02/15/2007 :  04:55:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Siobhan, I am still having avatar issues, I'm afraid.

I've found a JKR headshot that almost works, so I downloaded it onto my computer and cropped it square in the hope that it would fit. Now I've tried to upload it onto the forum and it's saying that it can't find the upload path. What have I done wrong?

Order of the Bookmark

As to the avatar, well, if you girls can all have Alan Rickman...

"They don't want the Easter Bunny's power; The children in our generation want Harry's power, and they're getting it." - Laura Mallory
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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 02/15/2007 :  10:28:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Don't know diri, I'll have to ask Mad-Eye when he gets back in the office.

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Barmy

United Kingdom
269 Posts

Posted - 02/15/2007 :  12:55:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks good Diri

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JKRisSuperior
Mediwizard

USA
694 Posts

Posted - 02/15/2007 :  22:59:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I agree, it looks good.
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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 04/16/2007 :  10:27:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not sure if anyone noticed or not, but we were down last night for a short while. Mad-Eye went and kicked the server and it seems to be fine. Probably just the weather causing trouble. We've had high winds that may have made the power blink while the server was in the middle of an update. At any rate it didn't reboot like it was supposed to.

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Theowyn
Looney

1078 Posts

Posted - 06/04/2007 :  11:00:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Quick question. On the HPCS discussion thread, I see that the last post was from Eeyore on 6/4, but I can't find her post anywhere. Any idea why?

Thanks, Theo

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n/a
deleted

1483 Posts

Posted - 06/04/2007 :  11:09:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Eeyore might have edited a previous post. Whenever a user edits a post, the board bumps its postition to the time of the edit. (Spoken from experience by someone who can't type, therefore edits a lot!)
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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 06/04/2007 :  11:48:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's it. She went back and changed the name of the author she was mentioning to his full name rather than his first name. I wondered too.
Never fear though, I've posted again!

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Theowyn
Looney

1078 Posts

Posted - 06/04/2007 :  12:02:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks!

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