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  1. Greg

    Help Me

    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/
  2. Greg

    Help Me

    Well, I'm stumped... What version of Chrome are you using? Perhaps Chrome isn't updating properly...
  3. Greg

    Help Me

    Clear your cache and restart the browser
  4. Greg

    Help Me

    Fixed! Works fine on my end, what browser and OS are you using?
  5. Greg

    Problems Posting with Firefox

    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?
  6. Congrats, you've been elevated to SPAM COP status - when you identify a spammer, flag them and they'll be removed.
  7. Greg

    Clarification on Baiting

    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.
  8. Greg

    Clarification on Baiting

    As much as possible without seriously disrupting the discussions in the forums. As Charles said, don't feed the trolls - when you do, they're basically creating a situation where it then becomes more difficult for Charles and I to deal with them. Also note, this is NOT a paid gig, we're not nor will we ever be, paid moderators; so you can't expect 100% coverage of all threads and topics. The presence of a report doesn't necessarily mean we agree with the report. And that's all we really ask, other than Don't Feed the Trolls. Good comment - I agree 100% A lot of members love to hate a particular member, whom they believe is a vicious and unrepentant troll. And consequently they often refuse to take the highroad and ignore that member's comments about them or their ideas. Charles and I see it all the time. A member reports someone or something, and then immediately jumps into the thread with reckless abandon to disabuse the evil troll of any feelings of moral superiority... Once Charles and I show up at the scene, there is little, if anything, we can do rectify the situation.
  9. No one's perfect... but I've been doing this for a while now, and one thing I do know is that it's important not to be too reactionary in my approach. Moderating and administering a non-partisan forum can be difficult, as there is no guiding principal or set of rules of what ideas/ideologies are acceptable - hence at the end of the day it's better if no one is particularly happy with Charles and my moderation actions. If one sides too happy, then perhaps Charles and I haven't been impartial enough...
  10. @Iznogoud In the month of Dec, the forum has 89 separate members (excluding spammers, who are often quickly removed and banned) engaging with content (posting, replying, PM'ing, etc). And the trend line is up over the past few months, so Jan 2019, it will hopefully be more then 100.
  11. The new forum system I'm looking at constantly saves whatever you enter into the input box - which means nothing should be lost if your browser crashes or internet blinks out. Stay tuned...
  12. Greg

    New Clubs Feature

    Nope, you can start a club if you want...
  13. Ha, you think I'm die in the wool IP.Board fan?
  14. I’m likely going to migrate to different forum software, IP.Board is a spam magnet. August, you might just get your wish for a super simple forum interface! I will post an update on the support section shortly. thanks!