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Forum Policies & Announcements / Re: The Suspension and Banishment List
« Last post by Bobwhite on April 26, 2015, 12:15:08 am »
Name:   Reason:    Banned:    Expires:
  hypno14   Being a foreign-language asshat.   4/26/2015    Seventeen (17) Days 

Some notable citizens have asked what I mean by "being a foreign-language asshat." And that's a fair question.

The aforementioned member inexplicably began insulting people, and indeed the MCF at large. The technical term for this is asshattery, and asshattery is an act performed by an asshat. Because these insults were in the allegedly non-English languages of Spanish and German, I qualified asshat with the descriptor foreign-language, which I had to hyphenate because I was using two words as a single adjective.

As for why it's 17 days... I'm sorry. If I told you that, I'd be letting the cat out of the bag.

And if there's one thing I love, it's bags full of cats.
Forum Policies & Announcements / Re: The Suspension and Banishment List
« Last post by Chase the Wind on January 12, 2015, 08:17:17 pm »
Name:   Reason:    Banned:    Expires:
  Ed the King   Posting political comments in a thread after being directly warned not to.   1/12/2015    Three (3) Days 
Forum Policies & Announcements / Re: MCForum General Information & Rules
« Last post by Bobwhite on June 19, 2014, 07:40:20 pm »
All new members are encouraged to read the above rules.
Forum Policies & Announcements / Re: The Suspension and Banishment List
« Last post by Bobwhite on June 09, 2014, 01:52:53 pm »
Name:   Reason:    Banned:    Expires:
  omega4    Posting personal insults.    6/9/2014    Five (5) Days 

We've banned omega4 because of insults he hurled at the author of a story he didn't like, and the suggestion that some of us here at the MCF are "sickos." The ban will last for 5 days. I doubt I really need to say this, but just in case: no commentary aimed at him or his posts is necessary during this banishment. Let's all let this cool down.
Forum Policies & Announcements / MCForum Frequently Asked Questions
« Last post by Bobwhite on December 27, 2013, 05:21:59 pm »
MCForum Frequently Asked Questions

I'll keep updating this as more and more questions keep coming up. But, let's start with the ones that come to mind. If you're having problems with the forum and you're a new member, then check here first.

Question:  Why can’t I post a new topic/start a new thread?
Answer:  Because you don’t have 3 posts, that’s why. As an anti-spam measure, we don’t allow new topics to be posted by members with fewer than 3 posts. Most spammers don’t stick around long enough to make 3 posts before staring a spam thread, so this works very well. Note: this limit doesn’t apply to the MC Writing board, because one thing we want to allow for is people who are searching for a story or seeking feedback on something they've written and don’t want to make 3 posts before asking anyone if they know which one they’re talking about.

Question:  What’s with these verification questions every time I try to post a reply in a thread or send a Personal Message? Do I have to do this every time?
Answer:  Until you have 5 posts, you will have to answer the CAPTCHA and the questions every time you post or try to send a personal message. We know it’s annoying, but this setup, along with stopping new members from starting new threads until they have 3 posts, has by and large eliminated the spam issues we used to face on a daily basis.

Question:  I’m getting errors (“An error occurred!”) when I try to register to the MCForum, or it tells me I’m a spammer, but I’m not! Oh, by the way, I use an anonymous proxy system like TOR because I’m concerned about privacy.
Answer:  Well, unfortunately, these problems are usually on your end, not ours. Nearly everyone who has emailed me with this problem has indicated that they use TOR, and even though they always (without fail) swear that they are 100% sure that they are not being routed through any naughty, spammy servers, it’s really only them that ever have this problem. (Other than actual spammers, of course.) It boils down to this: spammers are very sneaky, and TOR users are also trying to be sneaky, even though their motives aren’t usually malicious. But, sneaky is sneaky, at least as far as the forum’s software is concerned. If you enter a bank dressed in black with a black ski mask on while holding a gun in one hand and a large sack with a big dollar sign on it in the other hand, don’t be surprised if you get treated like a bank robber, even if you’re really on your way to a costume party and only stopped to make a deposit. That said, feel free to email me if you're having problems, because we do have a ban list that could be causing problems. My email is emc dot bobwhite at Gmail dot com.

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Forum Policies & Announcements / Re: Welcome to the MCForum, version 2.0.4!
« Last post by Bobwhite on April 07, 2013, 11:31:33 am »
I'm locking this thread, since it's really just meant to be an announcement. But, I still want to hear from everybody, so...

To provide feedback on the new setup, please go to the feedback thread.

To report a possible bug or other problem, go to the Report-A-Problem thread.
Forum Policies & Announcements / Re: Welcome to the MCForum, version 2.0.4!
« Last post by BB Zed on April 06, 2013, 11:00:59 pm »
One of the things which may not have transferred over correctly is your time zone; mine didn't.

To correct this, go to your Profile. From there, go to Account Settings, then Look and Layout.

Next to Time Offset, click on Auto-Detect (or type it in manually).

Then hit Change Profile to save the setting, and you should be good. 8-)
Forum Policies & Announcements / Re: Welcome to the MCForum, version 2.0.4!
« Last post by Chase the Wind on April 06, 2013, 08:02:10 pm »
In my defense, I didn't take much coaxing, particularly since I'm a techno-geek that likes everything gadget-wise I can afford, and as long as it doesn't have an Apple logo on it. :D

So, we upgraded the forum AND changed hosts.

I sincerely hope you all enjoy -
Forum Policies & Announcements / Welcome to the MCForum, version 2.0.4!
« Last post by Bobwhite on April 06, 2013, 07:50:51 pm »
Welcome to the New MCForum!

If you’re reading this, then you’ve probably noticed a few things that seem to have changed. You have not been mind-controlled. Do not adjust your screens. It’s the MCF... and it’s new.

First, for the obvious change: we’ve upgraded to version 2.0.4, which is the most current version of SMF. We went in this direction because I was able to convince Chase that this was a good idea... and so far, so... uhm, good? We’ve had some issues with permissions on spoilers and profiles, and those issues were related to me allowing the default settings to go unchecked because I hadn’t anticipated some of the more ridiculous settings, but other than that, we’re humming right along.

We did what we did because our old host was really getting inconsistent, and because the old MCF was a patched-together monster that had been around ever since before SMF even existed. It had been upgraded, patched, modified, unmodified, re-modified, upgraded, upgraded again, fixed, and beaten around with a pointed stick so much that there were things we couldn’t do because we didn’t know where to find the problems that we were aware of but had little hope of fixing. So, with some database work and a little coaxing, we have started anew with a fresh install that gets rid of the gremlins while allowing us to install some nifty mods, if we so choose.

And thus... the MCForum, Version 2.0.4.

We want your feedback. We have one thread for problems and questions, and we will have another for non-problem-related suggestions. Please let us know what we can do to help, and what you’d like to see going forward.

And one more time, give it up for Daphne. Without her, this wouldn’t have been possible.

Thanks for your patience during the upgrade process—it took longer than we expected, but it’s working now. Please, enjoy!

Click here to report problems or questions related to the functionality of the new MCF.

Click here to provide general feedback, make suggestions, etc.
Yeah, yeah, very well played, BB.
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