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  1. Please don’t discuss issues/questions in the middle of a thread. If you have a specific question relating to a moderation action or have a more general question, either use PM or post in the support section. thanks
  2. They can try but it's kind of pointless with the proliferation of SSL and VPNs on the market right now. Government firewalls can't stop encrypted communications, the best they can do is shut down the IPs associated with VPNs - which is what Netflix and China often do... But even then, customers will simply switch to dedicated (rather than shared) IPs, which make it virtually impossible to track down someone contravening the censors firewall. So don't be too outraged, simply go buy a VPN service from a reputable provider and surf till your heart's content.
  3. What browser are you using to access the site now? Try using safari, Firefox, Chrome, etc, to post a reaction.
  4. Those are emoticons, we're talking about "reactions"
  5. Is anyone else experiencing this issue? I will consider lifting the restriction, but I want to hear from others about whether this is a wide spread issue. Have you tried to post a reaction via a different browser?
  6. Members should be able to post up to 20 reactions a day. What is happening when you attempt to give more than one reaction in a day?
  7. We encountered an issue early this morning, which knocked the forums offline for a few hours. The networking issue was resolved. However, in the process of resolving the first issue, one of the forum tables became corrupted, which required a quick repair - and we're now back up and running smoothly. If you encounter any issues, please post them below or create a new support thread.
  8. Please do not post this guys "manifesto" in the forums. It would break the rules anyways (against cross-posting, and non-original content), and not to mention, I doubt it has any meaningful value outside of divisiveness and hate. If people want to read it, then I'm fairly certain you can find it via Google. Feel free to discuss the document, and any issues related to the his actions, but let's avoid propagating the actual document.
  9. I personally use Brave, which is built with Chromium (same as Chrome) and it's got privacy boosting features (and a really good ad blocker built in). Not to mention it providers the ability of the user to contribute to websites they frequent and what to support - hint hint https://www.computerworld.com/article/3292619/web-browsers/the-brave-browser-basics-what-it-does-how-it-differs-from-rivals.html https://brave.com/
  10. Well, I'm stumped... What version of Chrome are you using? Perhaps Chrome isn't updating properly...
  11. Clear your cache and restart the browser
  12. Fixed! Works fine on my end, what browser and OS are you using?
  13. I just tested on my local copy of firefox, and I was able to post a test message to the forums. Can you give me some more background - what version of FF, OS, etc, are you using?
  14. Congrats, you've been elevated to SPAM COP status - when you identify a spammer, flag them and they'll be removed.
  15. This is an issue with all forums (offline and online); even more so with forums focused on politics and ideology. I'm sure even a knitting forum would have it's own brand of troll... However, I don't want to be perceived as too defeatist, but in the end there is NO solution. As in life, the complete elimination crime/evil is impossible. All we can do it try to keep the annoying and sometimes destructive human behaviours (in ourselves and others) at a minimum. That could be, I'm not 100% certain (it's difficult to get the context to every incident in the forums) - but I do believe it has something to do with what I said above about certain members reporting "trolling" behaviour, and then going back in and repeatedly feeding the troll. I know, and I hate to even bring it up, as it makes it seem like we're whining about having to do that job - Charles and I don't anyone to think we don't enjoy moderating the community. We enjoy it, otherwise we would not do it. And I will may take up that offer in the near future. The next iteration of the forum will likely have a slightly modified approach to moderation. It will hopefully involve the efforts of senior members (i.e. long time members) input into flagging spam and inappropriate postings/members.
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