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Post by Nick » Tue 17 Jul, 2007 16:37:02

The member ship list seems to be packed with individuals pushing their usualy indecent websites. I went to one so called members site and it was packed with viruses. (As probably were the persons photographed)
I know Bob used to delete these 'members' and it might be worth cleaning up the list so only genuine DW fans are included. Not too much work I hope.

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Post by Charles » Wed 18 Jul, 2007 17:15:22

Nick

Many thanks for pointing that out.

I've asked my I.T. experts to look into it and see what can be done.

All the best
Charles

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Post by Alan » Mon 23 Jul, 2007 05:25:57

I'b godd a really bad flu virus at the bobent, but I'm a DW fan, really, I AM! Don' shoot--- (waving white flag)...

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Post by Nick » Wed 25 Jul, 2007 12:06:20

The website participants have got a lot worse than flu! I'll lower my blunderbuss for now though. Get better soon, and remember not to inhale a trojan horse or worm.

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Post by Alan » Thu 26 Jul, 2007 09:37:59

Inhale a worm????? - Sir, I drink Scotch, wine, beer or or vodka, according to mood - not Tequila!!!! :D

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Post by Nick » Thu 26 Jul, 2007 12:38:37

Surely a Pimms would be more appropriate for a man of your stature and taste! Then Duck a la Montmorency followed by...... Hang on a minute how did we end up here! I think I'm off to lunch-Fish and Chips will do if I can find my canoe and paddle to negotiate the flooded high street.
All the best to you.
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Post by gloomysundae » Fri 27 Jul, 2007 23:00:26

The people you might seriously consider deleting are those who've joined since the board went back online, have never posted and use what look like random strings of letters for their names - especially if they list a website. I tried two at random just now: one's for xanox the other .... well, I won't be checking out any more of them if you get my meaning.

None of these people will EVER post, but they will have access to the membership list while they're here and that's all they're interested in: collecting email addresses for spam-bots.

It seems to me there's only one way to go on this after all the hard work you've put into restoring the board.

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Post by Charles » Mon 30 Jul, 2007 20:01:47

Thanks GS - that sounds very sensible to me.

I'll pass it on to my web boys tomorrow and see what they can do.

All the best
Charles

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Post by Steve Whatley » Thu 16 Aug, 2007 18:17:29

Glad you chaps are looking out for us all! Many thanks to Nick, Gloomy and Charles.

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Hope it helps

Post by gloomysundae » Fri 17 Aug, 2007 21:12:00

I hope Charles (and the IT man) find this link as useful as I did:

United Forums

Essentially, it's UF members compiling a list of known spam-spreading email providers. I recognised a lot from there who've targeted our board in the past and I'm certain there will be plenty who've hit the library. Its a dull job but if you check the last part of the email addresses of the non-posters against the list you can clear them off. From my experience @mail.ru, @cashette.com, @gawab.com and @de are the most persistent but it may not be the same with you.

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Post by Jim » Sat 18 Aug, 2007 14:31:41

I'd never checked the memberlist before today. I was surprised to see over 500 members, and it seems we get four or five a day. Then I ran my cursor down the list of web connections--at least one a day cited "pornos.com" as the member's website. So the sooner these phonies can be rooted out, the better.

I don't know what's to prevent them from coming right back, though...

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Post by Steve Whatley » Mon 20 Aug, 2007 22:57:58

Well, as we're in the Library, I can't possibly utter my usual words to describe such people, but I will say that they're thoroughly bad sorts - rotten eggs - and absolute bounders. The worst type of cads.

I suppose if one made the registration process too lengthy, it might discourage new members , but would it be worth it to stop such dispicable behaviour? Might be a lot of extra work for Charles (as if he didn't have enough already), but could be worth it in the long run.

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Post by Toohey » Mon 1 Oct, 2007 09:28:28

Looks like hundreds of phony members have joined us in the last couple of days. I look forward to reading some stimulating post from these new members, who are scattered all over the globe. Or perhaps not eh?

Apparently there are over 800 members on this site, but where are they all?

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Post by duncanpaul17 » Fri 12 Oct, 2007 20:07:43

Checked the membership myself today.

Like all you old, sorry I mean longer term, members I feel it is amazing how many people have joined since the site went back on line.

The site has increased tenfold since I joined last November, if only they were all genuine fans then it would be a really good convention.

I hope their membership is not putting other genuine fans off joining

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Post by Charles » Sat 13 Oct, 2007 22:21:22

I hope so too. The trouble is - as I have found in discussing this with my I.T. chaps - that it is very hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys, and if you take the bad guys off they just keep coming back.

That said, ideas welcome.

Re the convention, I am replying to all those who have / are expressing an interest directly, and will try to work out possible numbers in a week or so. If anyone got their message bounced back, we have identified the reason so please try again.

All the best to all of you ...
Charles

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