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[*] posted on 19-9-2019 at 11:11
Forum has been moved to manual registrations only


Hi,

Sorry for the long neglect. I am disabling registrations. Only people who email me a registration request, and are able to receive email back, will be able to register now. It was an overwhelming chore for any mod to keep up with the flood of trash. Now it should be manageable. To anyone who already burnt out trying to hold back the flood, I apologize and I understand.

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[*] posted on 19-9-2019 at 11:26


Hey, welcome back!

This sounds like a good idea for now. I hope things are well with you.




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[*] posted on 19-9-2019 at 12:24


Thumbs up good God mother etcetera you are back!

Happy you are back.
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[*] posted on 19-9-2019 at 15:55


Awesome news Can you please give Jsum and some others higher mod powers for the next time you need to take a break or some thing?

Hope you been faring well!
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[*] posted on 19-9-2019 at 16:13


Quote: Originally posted by XeonTheMGPony  
Awesome news Can you please give Jsum and some others higher mod powers for the next time you need to take a break or some thing?

Hope you been faring well!


My powers are probably already more than I can handle thanks.
There is a certain irony in someone with as little knowledge and experience as me being a mod of a chemistry forum. But I have had fun, learned lots and hopefully not made too many mistakes or pissed anyone off too much.


That said, I think there is a need for a better contingency plan in the event that polverone is away for a while again or (perish the thought) incapacitated. It might be expedient for other mods to have access to the manual registration process. I haven't raised this question with polverone or any of the other moderators, but I will.




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[*] posted on 20-9-2019 at 18:05


I was just looking at the Stats tab of the site. I remember back in my day we had about 20% of the members had posted, now it's down to 3.28%, stupid Spam Bots - killing our stats.



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[*] posted on 21-9-2019 at 06:28


What's happening with the move to more modern forum software?
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[*] posted on 21-9-2019 at 18:44


Welcome back....seems like a long time, but we're all still around .....solo



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[*] posted on 23-9-2019 at 04:29


And need a cleanup too, some bots that registered last month has just spammed.



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[*] posted on 23-9-2019 at 04:48


Quote: Originally posted by fusso  
And need a cleanup too, some bots that registered last month has just spammed.

If you spot something that does not belong, just report it.
Let me say tha the volume of spam has gone way down. Three are always sleeper accounts that register and then spam days or even months later. But these are not many and they will die off pretty quickly with the new system.




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[*] posted on 24-9-2019 at 09:22


I have manually registered three new accounts since the move to the new email request system. I know that there is still work to purge the backlog of old spammers and spam. But at least now the efforts of myself and other moderators will have a lasting impact.

Thanks for this change especially go to Bert, who personally messaged me urging me to get the problems here under control. This was the most expedient solution I could come up with. My life offline keeps expanding with family and friends in need, a demanding job, and deaths in my family over the past few years. I am doing ok personally but I grow more neglectful here every year. That's not good!

As a partial remedy, I have initiated the manual email registration system and I have set up calendar reminders for myself to look for emailed registration requests and approve them, twice a week.

Right now the process for manual registration is pretty crude: I go to the forum settings, re-enable registration, manually register accounts in a new private browser window, and then turn registrations back off. I also delete any unauthorized accounts that registered during those few minutes of opportunity.

I believe that the power to enable/disable registrations like this requires super-administrator powers. But a regular administrator should try this linkto see if you have the power to enable/disable registrations: https://www.sciencemadness.org/whisper/cp.php?action=setting...

If there are other super-administrators (or administrators, if it turns out they have the same power above) who are willing to share an email address with the general public, I can update the registration message to add multiple points of contact with their corresponding email addresses.




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