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Author Topic: Beware of new members sending you messages.  (Read 6296 times)
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« on: September 02, 2009, 06:28:05 AM »

If you receive unexpected personal messages from new members who have never posted and you do not know, please let Catbird, Catmom5, Petslave or myself know about it.  We have observed new members registering and immediately going to the membership list rather than viewing threads.  In many cases, these have turned out to be spammers which we have taken care of.  Just to be on the safe side.
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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2009, 07:00:27 AM »

Thanks for the heads up.  They seem to be everywhere! Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2009, 08:41:32 AM »

Our membership list is currently not viewable to anyone but admin/mods.  This measure has been taken as a precaution to protect our members and our forum. 
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Eventually they will understand,
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For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2009, 10:21:54 AM »

As another security measure, effective today, new registrations will now have to go through an approval process by admin/mods before they can activate their accounts.  This should alleviate most of the spammer registrations.   This is how many other pet forums handle their registrations to help avoid spammers.
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Eventually they will understand,
Replied the glorious cat
For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
I just am....forever and ever and ever.
Poem for Cats, author unknown

"A kitten in the animal kingdom is like a rosebud in a garden", author unknown
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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2009, 01:34:17 PM »

Thank you moderators !  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2009, 02:11:45 PM »

That will cause some new members not to register and report their experiences, unfortunately, as they
don't get or like being screened. Could lose important new information I believe. Aren't we each capable of
protecting ourselves from spam, which is a growing problem everywhere on the internet? Politely disagree
with the new policies.
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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2009, 02:16:02 PM »

I agree with everything that 3cat said.

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That will cause some new members not to register and report their experiences, unfortunately, as they
don't get or like being screened. Could lose important new information I believe. Aren't we each capable of
protecting ourselves from spam, which is a growing problem everywhere on the internet? Politely disagree
with the new policies.
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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2009, 02:43:25 PM »

Perhaps we could find some middle ground.
Suggestions, anyone?
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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2009, 05:23:50 PM »

With all due respect to those who have disagreed, there are far worse things than spammers out there, and we have encountered them.  Things that make your hair stand on end or turn your stomach, or both.  And they come here and try to get at you and me and our pets and the forum.  Spammers are an annoyance.  (I either ban a spammer or delete a spam post just about every day.)  These others are much more evil than that.  Not meaning to scare anyone, but that is a reality.

Long ago, filbert, who was Ben's technical adviser and the other forum admin, recommended that registrations be put on approval basis.  Ben never got around to it.  I trust filbert's judgment.

Approximately eight out of ten registrations currently are spammers, known hackers, or other types of baddies.  And the vast majority of new registrants have never posted at all, even with open registration. 

It's my hope that the honest folks won't be deterred by a short wait for approval.  Most of the other forums in which I've participated have this same policy.  You could look at it another way--maybe people would feel safer joining and posting if they knew these protections were in place.
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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2009, 06:03:40 PM »

I agree with the actions taken by catbird and JustMe.  There is much more that goes on behind the scenes than we are ever aware of.  I have noticed the many new registrants that never seem to post and wondered why they would bother registering.  Our membership is huge, but the number of actual posters is extremely small in comparison.  Whatever our mods can do to protect us as we enjoy this forum, I am all in favor of.  Thanks, mods.

If you have ever read The Pet Connection site, you might remember seeing the numerous times that Gina mentions how much spam she has to deal with on a daily basis.  I can imagine that we get a fair amount of that also.  If someone truly wants our help, I don't think they will mind the approval routine. 
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« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2009, 06:28:00 PM »

When I have joined other sites some do an approval procedure. To address 3cats concern - if it were myself and really wanted to be a member of a site I would want protection measures in place so no one can get on to hack the site or do any other computer related damage. More might join because of it and others would not. Its an individual choice. Those who have great knowledge to share I sure hope become members here - we all appreciate knowledge from other people.

Surely we do not want all kinds of pop ups and other maybe malicious code showing up in here and affecting our own computers either, do we?
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« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2009, 06:53:03 PM »

It does sound like we need those extra layers of protection. It's very sad, but true, that the world is like that.
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« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2009, 06:33:32 PM »

I honestly can't remember from when I registered, but are you using recaptcha? It cut down 99% of spammers & bots on my forums, though it seems a few (human registers) I think are now getting through.
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« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2009, 07:51:14 AM »

I personally appreciate any protections I can be given.  I just read on the help thread that some members have their email addresses showing.  I immediatley looked and there is an envelope under my name, so I went to my profile, and it had the do not show email address checked in green.  However, as I said, when I am in the forum, I can still see that little envelope for my email address.
Am I the only one who can see this, is my email address available or not?  I really don't want it visible. bw
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« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2009, 08:14:31 AM »

BW, Don't worry.  Your email is not visible to other members or the public.  The only ones who can see your email are administrators and moderators of this forum.  Yes, when you are logged in, you can see it yourself.  As long as you keep a checkmark in the box that says "Hide email address from public", no one sees your email except administrators and moderators.

Guests cannot see member profiles.

If you try to look at your profile when you are not logged in, you will not see anything.  It will take you to a log in page.
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Eventually they will understand,
Replied the glorious cat
For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
I just am....forever and ever and ever.
Poem for Cats, author unknown

"A kitten in the animal kingdom is like a rosebud in a garden", author unknown
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