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Posted by: Mata Nov 13 2006, 01:42 AM

Hi all,

After a while of cutting down on the amount of spam on these forums by using some quite strict settings, I've decided to open things up again.

You will now be able to start new threads after two posts; for example you could post in response to this thread, and once in another, then you are fully able to post anywhere you like.

The reason that there is are any restrictions at all is that there are a huge amount of spammers that try to access these forums on a daily basis, and without any controls at all then we would be flooded with adverts for sites featuring photographs of unnatural acts with animals and tablets that would probably allow you to perform such acts if you so desired. Given that I intend for this place to be early-teens upwards, I don't think this kind of thing is suitable (then again, it's not really suitable anywhere... But you get my drift). The point is, spammers tend to only post once or twice in any forum then go away, therefore if I can block those early spams then hopefully I can prevent that kind of rubbish turning up on here.

As before, there are forums in which you can post new threads immediately, such as 'personnal concerns', mainly because I feel that if a person needs help then there shouldn't be any restrictions on that, but the most popular forums now need for you to have joined in elsewhere a little bit first.

'Hope you all understand, and have fun on my forums.

Mata

Posted by: ~*Anni*~ Mar 16 2007, 07:07 AM

That's a really good idea biggrin.gif:D:D:D

Posted by: MsUnderstood Apr 11 2007, 04:47 AM

Hi all. I am new to the site, and looking forward to meeting people and joining in the forums. I am wondering if someone could help me understand how things work around here. I don't know why I keep getting messages that I can't post...something about the forum being locked? blink.gif Thanx. biggrin.gif

Posted by: Sir_Psycho_Sexy Apr 11 2007, 11:39 PM

Says on your post count that you have 2 posts under your belt already, so you should be able to post where you like....not that I'm saying you should spam....but if you wanted to post a new thread...you could! How exciting's that?! tongue.gif

Posted by: nordelen May 15 2007, 07:06 PM

o.k
i havent been around here in ages, so this seems as good a place as any to post, at least until i get my bearings again anyway. rolleyes.gif

i should really have said something more, shouldnt I? um, well, i have not been here in over two years so most of you wont know me, and those who did know me probably wont rmember me! laugh.gif
i might be on here a bit from here on in so...be afraid.....
laugh.gif

Posted by: Mata May 28 2007, 05:25 PM

I remember you. Welcome back! What have you been up to for the last couple of years?

Posted by: nordelen May 28 2007, 10:49 PM

oops! I disappeared again! Had to sort out some some computer hardware issues.

well, the reason I I havent been around for so long is because I got a temp job working in hospital labs as a medical lab assistant (yay! laugh.gif ). For those who dont know: the wages in this job suck, so I couldnt afford a computer. Anyway, about eight months into the job I got accepted for the same job in anouther hospital: this was also temp. But after a month or so in this job I got offered a perminant possition in ANOUTHER hospital! madness! laugh.gif
also durring this period alot of my freinds moved away; one to america and two to australia. This has prompted me to rethink what I want to do with the next few years of my life. Should I go back into education or should I try moving to anouther country for awhile? (I wouldnt be able to do both. I dont have the energy/motivation laugh.gif ). Ah well. Im sure an answer will fall into my lap eventually.

so hows things with yerself big lad?

Posted by: porcelainwarrior Aug 3 2007, 03:18 PM

Hey all, I know I'm not exactly a newbie but given that I've not used the forums regularly for about three years I figured this was the best place to say "hi" again. Please treat me kindly I haven't had any decent internet access at ALL these last two years (the computers at local college and library have very strict filters and block a lot of forums) and between busting my laptop and battling the insurance company to get a new one - they finally sent me one two months ago but it was the wrong one and I nearly went crazy at the thought of another 20 months without a computer - I am somewhat tentatively back, anyone out there remember me? Feel free to pretend you do to spare my feelings tongue.gif

Posted by: snoo Aug 3 2007, 06:13 PM

Porce!!! I remember you!
*hugs*
How's Scotland and stuff!?!?!

Posted by: porcelainwarrior Aug 3 2007, 06:30 PM

It's all good yeah - I ended up leaving uni after taking a gap year to sort my head out but I've just finished a one-year course in community work and been volunteering with a mental health advocacy group and a local support group/drop-in facility (mental health also) though in terms of paid work I'm currently working in Sainsbury's on the meat counter tongue.gif

Everything's pretty good right now though and my boyfriend (the one who I'd only known a few months when I last posted) and I are hoping to buy a house together in a few months. Not to mention the joys of the net! I've barely left the house except to work for the last four days - in fact I've barely left my armchair!

I'm so glad someone remembers me! I thought I'd be met by a bunch of people I didn't know all staring blankly and wondering who the heck I was but I recognise quite a few of the old names on the reent threads - yay! Anyways, how've you been yourself?

Posted by: Mata Aug 4 2007, 12:02 AM

Hiya Porce! It's nice to see you again. I'm glad to hear things are going well.

Posted by: porcelainwarrior Aug 4 2007, 12:21 AM

Hey it's good to see you too it's nice to be back I missed this place more than I realised I think.

... erm anyone fancy reminding me how to change my av? I just realised it's ridiculously out-of-date but other than it had something to do with photobucket I can't remember how I even managed to change it in the first place tongue.gif Sorry if I'm being dense.

Posted by: selina Aug 4 2007, 05:57 PM

i was about to give up when i saw this. no wonder i couldn't post, so im putting one up here. love your twisted mind mata.

Posted by: Radaga Aug 9 2007, 12:40 PM

When I registered it was slightly a LOT more than two posts, so I had to find creative ways to get my questions done, concerning the animations. Such as finding similar threads or semi-similar threads so I could post it without looking as a complete dork. smile.gif

Posted by: Mata Aug 9 2007, 11:33 PM

Porce: at the top of the page there is a 'My Controls' link which leads you to a page with 'Edit avatar settings' on it.

Selina: Sorry about the problems with posting new stuff. I get several new spammers per-day registering on these forums and by filtering their first couple of attempts at starting threads I usually can prevent them from bothering the forum members. Thanks for the compliment. Personally I think life is more interesting if you don't take it all so literally, so being slightly odd is a survival trait.

Rad: Yep, it was previously I lot higher. I think it was 50 posts for a while. The forums have become a lot more quiet since I've not had time to update the animations, so dropping the limit has been okay. It was definitely needed for a while - there was way too much spam to patrol and I'd rather lose some people to irritation than lose everyone in a flood of spam!

Posted by: Radaga Aug 10 2007, 11:36 AM

QUOTE (Mata @ Aug 9 2007, 08:33 PM) *
Porce: at the top of the page there is a 'My Controls' link which leads you to a page with 'Edit avatar settings' on it.

Selina: Sorry about the problems with posting new stuff. I get several new spammers per-day registering on these forums and by filtering their first couple of attempts at starting threads I usually can prevent them from bothering the forum members. Thanks for the compliment. Personally I think life is more interesting if you don't take it all so literally, so being slightly odd is a survival trait.

Rad: Yep, it was previously I lot higher. I think it was 50 posts for a while. The forums have become a lot more quiet since I've not had time to update the animations, so dropping the limit has been okay. It was definitely needed for a while - there was way too much spam to patrol and I'd rather lose some people to irritation than lose everyone in a flood of spam!



I am an admin at another forum, and I know what you mean. Ours, since it is way smaller, we control by manually approving people who register before they can even view the forum.

Posted by: Mata Aug 10 2007, 02:02 PM

At one point I was getting around ten spammers registering compared to real people, and that was just daft! I had a forum on http://www.stickscene.com , but it got bombarded with spam as soon as the BBC linked to the site so I had to shut it down. Spam is such an enormous irritation to people who run websites. I can see why it exists, but I can't help wonder if the people who look after the infrastructure of the web are really doing everything possible to stop it.

Posted by: Radaga Aug 11 2007, 03:01 PM

QUOTE (Mata @ Aug 10 2007, 11:02 AM) *
At one point I was getting around ten spammers registering compared to real people, and that was just daft! I had a forum on http://www.stickscene.com , but it got bombarded with spam as soon as the BBC linked to the site so I had to shut it down. Spam is such an enormous irritation to people who run websites. I can see why it exists, but I can't help wonder if the people who look after the infrastructure of the web are really doing everything possible to stop it.



Spam in the internet is analogue to children working at factories in the industrial revolution.

It is a crude, simple, easy and cheap way to get a job done, be it manufacture or advertising.

Similar to child labor, it is also abhorrent, and similarly, I hope, it will be eradicated once people start to be more familiar with the net and computers per se.

If everyone knew how to fight spam, block and ignore bogus "warnings", it would have no place at all to exist.

Posted by: selina Aug 13 2007, 10:11 AM

I dont know much about how you guys get to manage these forums but is there no software or some add-on or plugin that acts like a firewall for forums? I understand why mata has make that posting rule, and why you[radaga] have to approve all new members in yours, but i think the posting rule works better unless you have the time to go through all the membership registries. i dont know if those spammers can go around the posting rule, but i haven't seen a spam post yet since i joined.

Posted by: Radaga Aug 13 2007, 12:06 PM

QUOTE (selina @ Aug 13 2007, 07:11 AM) *
I dont know much about how you guys get to manage these forums but is there no software or some add-on or plugin that acts like a firewall for forums? I understand why mata has make that posting rule, and why you[radaga] have to approve all new members in yours, but i think the posting rule works better unless you have the time to go through all the membership registries. i dont know if those spammers can go around the posting rule, but i haven't seen a spam post yet since i joined.



Oh, but in my case it´s a little deeper than spam. The problem is we all know each other, and we share private info, phones, addresses and weekly meeting places, and we do feel more comfortable if no one can see it.

3 years of age my forum have:

Os nossos Usuários colocaram um total de 126050 mensagens
Temos 295 Usuários registrados

(126050 messages)
(295 users)

as you see, we are very small. But we all know each other personally, or at least with only 1 degree of sepparation.

Posted by: selina Aug 15 2007, 12:03 PM

oh i see,

QUOTE
Os nossos Usuários colocaram um total de 126050 mensagens
Temos 295 Usuários registrados



random question: is that spanish?

Posted by: Radaga Aug 15 2007, 01:40 PM

QUOTE (selina @ Aug 15 2007, 09:03 AM) *
oh i see,

QUOTE
Os nossos Usuários colocaram um total de 126050 mensagens
Temos 295 Usuários registrados



random question: is that spanish?


Close. Portuguese, actually. I am a matazonian pioneer, trodding paths never ventured before in the name of LGG, guided by Lapin´s ideals, sponsored by SnaffleBruger´s Company and with the company of a psycho kitty here in Brazil.

Posted by: Mata Oct 9 2007, 11:22 PM

QUOTE (selina @ Aug 13 2007, 11:11 AM) *
I dont know much about how you guys get to manage these forums but is there no software or some add-on or plugin that acts like a firewall for forums?

Sadly no. It got to the point where I was deleting dozens of accounts every day, trying to filter real ones from the fakes, but this posting rule has eliminated nearly all spam. It's not ideal, but most spammers only try to post once, so it does the job and keeps some quite horrible links from getting on here (one memorable spam before I got severe about this was links to sites involving people and animals in unusual circumstances).

Posted by: David J Rodger Feb 14 2008, 05:13 PM

QUOTE (Mata @ Oct 9 2007, 11:22 PM) *
QUOTE (selina @ Aug 13 2007, 11:11 AM) *
I dont know much about how you guys get to manage these forums but is there no software or some add-on or plugin that acts like a firewall for forums?

Sadly no. It got to the point where I was deleting dozens of accounts every day, trying to filter real ones from the fakes, but this posting rule has eliminated nearly all spam. It's not ideal, but most spammers only try to post once, so it does the job and keeps some quite horrible links from getting on here (one memorable spam before I got severe about this was links to sites involving people and animals in unusual circumstances).


Hello from Bristol, UK

¦ dialling in from workstation ¦

Hello everyone, I hope this finds you well. I found this place whilst browsing, a nice discovery.

I'm 37, a writer/photographer and a project manager (blech!) based in Bristol, working in Bath, and looking forward to driving home tonight through open countryside, rolling Sommerset hills shrouded in fog, and settling down in front of a roaring log fire (if girlfriend can get it to light this time).

I'm quite real Mata, so please don't delete me.

Peace

David

Posted by: Mata Feb 15 2008, 03:08 AM

QUOTE (David J Rodger @ Feb 14 2008, 05:13 PM) *
I'm quite real Mata, so please don't delete me.

Prove it! biggrin.gif *pokes with long stick*

Posted by: David J Rodger Feb 15 2008, 12:34 PM

QUOTE (Mata @ Feb 15 2008, 03:08 AM) *
QUOTE (David J Rodger @ Feb 14 2008, 05:13 PM) *
I'm quite real Mata, so please don't delete me.

Prove it! biggrin.gif *pokes with long stick*





Aiiieeee! *at long stick prod*

*staggers forwards and whirls round – squints into the shadows but can’t see nowt*

Erm…

*does a little jig, hopping from one foot to the other and glancing nervously around*

*whistles tunelessly*

*eyes widen as light-bulb pings into existence above head*

Ah-ha!

*clicks fingers and conjures a plate of kozmik cookies, stoops down and places on floor*

What do you say to that?

Djr

Posted by: Mata Feb 15 2008, 12:58 PM

'Kozmik' with a 'z' and two 'k's? I remain unconvinced.

Posted by: David J Rodger Feb 15 2008, 02:14 PM

QUOTE (Mata @ Feb 15 2008, 12:58 PM) *
'Kozmik' with a 'z' and two 'k's? I remain unconvinced.


Bah! So difficult to please. Very well then.

*clicks fingers, conjures a Steinway & Sons grand piano, dusts down the seat, settles down and goes on to perform Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C-sharp minor*

No easy feat when you consider I only have three red-fuzzy felt fingers on each hand.

Now do you believe me?

Posted by: Mata Feb 15 2008, 03:17 PM

That is fairly convincing, but can you wrestle dinosaurs?

Posted by: David J Rodger Feb 15 2008, 04:27 PM

QUOTE (Mata @ Feb 15 2008, 03:17 PM) *
That is fairly convincing, but can you wrestle dinosaurs?


Only when I time-travel, but I haven't done that since the last Einstein-Rosenberg bridge I used got closed down because of the Health & Safety Executive (curse of the universe) and I had to walk back from 1927... however, I always recommend a good feather duster if you ever get into tussle with one, they tend to be rather ticklish...

Ciao for now.

Djr

Posted by: Evcity Oct 15 2008, 10:11 AM

Ah this explains much.

Thanks.

Posted by: Mata Oct 15 2008, 05:33 PM

No problem. It helps keep the site free of spam. It mostly works!

Posted by: ElFox Oct 18 2008, 04:50 PM

Well here goes!!

Hi all! I'm a long time fan of mata, I mean looong time, like before my mum was born! (never made a donation tho as never had any money, but I've been there for you in spirit buddy unsure.gif !!) But I'm very new to the forum, any forum....this is my first post ever! So please forgive my fumbling ways as I get to grips with what it's all about.

Look forward to being part of something that mata's!! Oh that was bad, not a good start....sorry.

I'll get my coat but will come back stronger!!!


ElFox x

Posted by: CheeseMoose Oct 18 2008, 05:16 PM

Hello there ElFox, welcome to the other side.

If you're having any problems or have any questions about using the forum just ask someone, we're gnerally quite a friendly lot round here.

Posted by: Nice_Cup_Of_Tea Oct 19 2008, 06:01 PM

Great way to deter the spammers out there! biggrin.gif

Now I have made my two posts. YIPPPE!

Posted by: Miss-Smiley Sep 24 2009, 02:00 PM

Hi eveyone!!

I am a newbie here..this looks like a nice site! biggrin.gif Your idea is a good one!

Posted by: Sir Psycho Sexy Sep 24 2009, 04:30 PM

Congratulations, you passed the first test!

Now, I'd like you to reverse around this corner without clipping the curb. biggrin.gif

Posted by: Miss-Smiley Sep 25 2009, 12:29 PM

Sir- Was your last post directed at me?

Posted by: LoLo Sep 25 2009, 02:38 PM

Welcome Miss Smiley and yeah he was most likely addressing you. Have fun here on the forums and don't forget to look both ways before crossing the street.

Posted by: Miss-Smiley Sep 25 2009, 02:58 PM

Thanks Lola! It is probably not a good time to join this forum as I am going back to university soon! I don't want to spend too much time on here instead of working!

Sir that sounds similar to telling me to reverse around the corner. Which I am struggling to learn in driving! So please don't mention that hehe! tongue.gif

Posted by: BruceSmith Nov 19 2009, 04:19 AM

Hi I'm Bruce and I am new to this forum.
I like the idea regarding the spammer, it seems nice.
Let me say something about my self, I love to read books and came in this forum to share some information about the books.
I love to be here in this forum.

Posted by: Miss-Smiley Nov 29 2009, 06:08 PM

Welcome Bruce, enjoy the site and hopefully you find members here with the same interests!

Posted by: falcon615 Oct 23 2011, 01:41 AM

Well this seems a good place to get one of my initial posts in. I just joined the forums (October 21, 2011). I'm slow in doing so. I used to be a fan of "The Other Side" and checked in regularly. I was following Mittens and Snowdrop from when the first began, long before Mr. Snaffleburger and Samauri Lapin came to fruition. Then the updates stopped and I came less and less often. I want to get re-involved and hope to see new witty and sarcastic humor and satire. I've lived in a few areas in the US, and now, sadly, reside in WI-- I did NOT vote for our governor. On behalf of the intelligent 1/2 of the US population, I apologize for the other 1/2 and the leaders they have elected!

Posted by: Phantom Oct 23 2011, 12:26 PM

QUOTE (falcon615 @ Oct 23 2011, 02:41 AM) *
Well this seems a good place to get one of my initial posts in. I just joined the forums (October 21, 2011).



Welcome ^^

Posted by: falcon615 Oct 23 2011, 03:00 PM

QUOTE (Phantom @ Oct 23 2011, 07:26 AM) *
QUOTE (falcon615 @ Oct 23 2011, 02:41 AM) *
Well this seems a good place to get one of my initial posts in. I just joined the forums (October 21, 2011).



Welcome ^^


Thank you

(and for allowing me my second post now smile.gif )

Posted by: Mata Nov 2 2011, 01:13 PM

Hi there! It's nice to see old visitors joining in.

Yes, the animations have slowed - such is the nature of life as different things happen and take up more time. I really enjoyed making the Halloween animation this year, but the amount of time it took was pretty anti-social and not something I would usually be able to commit to a hobby. Still, welcome to the forums!

Posted by: Pimpinella May 11 2012, 12:22 PM

Hi, im new here and im free for adoption anyone out there tho help me out?

thx

Posted by: Mata Jun 27 2012, 05:39 PM

Blimey, we were rather slow on responding, weren't we?

Things are mcuh more quiet these days than they used to be, but there are still a nice bunch around here. Welcome!

Posted by: Barrysmith Jan 5 2015, 01:20 PM

QUOTE (Mata @ Nov 13 2006, 01:42 AM) *
Hi all,

After a while of cutting down on the amount of spam on these forums by using some quite strict settings, I've decided to open things up again.

You will now be able to start new threads after two posts; for example you could post in response to this thread, and once in another, then you are fully able to post anywhere you like.

The reason that there is are any restrictions at all is that there are a huge amount of spammers that try to access these forums on a daily basis, and without any controls at all then we would be flooded with adverts for sites featuring photographs of unnatural acts with animals and tablets that would probably allow you to perform such acts if you so desired. Given that I intend for this place to be early-teens upwards, I don't think this kind of thing is suitable (then again, it's not really suitable anywhere... But you get my drift). The point is, spammers tend to only post once or twice in any forum then go away, therefore if I can block those early spams then hopefully I can prevent that kind of rubbish turning up on here.

As before, there are forums in which you can post new threads immediately, such as 'personnal concerns', mainly because I feel that if a person needs help then there shouldn't be any restrictions on that, but the most popular forums now need for you to have joined in elsewhere a little bit first.

'Hope you all understand, and have fun on my forums.

Mata


Glad it's just two now because I want to ask a question.

Posted by: asfasfasf Feb 25 2015, 08:44 AM

oh thats why i could not post

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Posted by: Mata Sep 24 2015, 01:40 PM

Hi Inge. Are you a student at my uni by any chance, or it is a coincidence?

Posted by: DikkeVetteVlinder Nov 1 2015, 05:09 PM

No, it's MBO for me. Do plan on moving on to HBO after this, but I'm not really uni material, I think. :')

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Posted by: Mata Jul 31 2017, 02:34 PM

Thanks for the compliment. I've also taken the liberty of editing your signature so you're no longer spamming this site with links to your 'essay writing' business that is registered at an anonymous company location in London.

If you'd like to officially advertise on my site, please feel free to send me a message with your terms of payment.

Posted by: Elise Ward Sep 7 2017, 07:37 AM

I am also a new member of this forum. These forum policies are wonderful. Actually, forums are beneficial for all of us, we can share our issues on this platforms.

Posted by: Mata Sep 20 2017, 08:29 AM

Thank you Elise for the compliment.

I've also taken the liberty of editing your signature so you're no longer spamming this site with links to your 'essay writing' business.

As I said before to 'William', if you'd like to officially advertise on my site, please feel free to send me a message with your terms of payment.

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Posted by: Tinaosbor Sep 25 2017, 05:44 AM

QUOTE (Mata @ Nov 13 2006, 01:42 AM) *
Hi all,

After a while of cutting down on the amount of spam on these forums by using some quite strict settings, I've decided to open things up again.

You will now be able to start new threads after two posts; for example you could post in response to this thread, and once in another, then you are fully able to post anywhere you like.

The reason that there is are any restrictions at all is that there are a huge amount of spammers that try to access these forums on a daily basis, and without any controls at all then we would be flooded with adverts for sites featuring photographs of unnatural acts with animals and tablets that would probably allow you to perform such acts if you so desired. Given that I intend for this place to be early-teens upwards, I don't think this kind of thing is suitable (then again, it's not really suitable anywhere... But you get my drift). The point is, spammers tend to only post once or twice in any forum then go away, therefore if I can block those early spams then hopefully I can prevent that kind of rubbish turning up on here.

As before, there are forums in which you can post new threads immediately, such as 'personnal concerns', mainly because I feel that if a person needs help then there shouldn't be any restrictions on that, but the most popular forums now need for you to have joined in elsewhere a little bit first.

'Hope you all understand, and have fun on my forums.


smile.gif That's a really good idea

Mata


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