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Mata
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
~*Anni*~
That's a really good idea biggrin.gif:D:D:D
MsUnderstood
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
Sir Psycho Sexy
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
nordelen
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
Mata
I remember you. Welcome back! What have you been up to for the last couple of years?
nordelen
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?
porcelainwarrior
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
snooodlysnoosnoosnoodle
Porce!!! I remember you!
*hugs*
How's Scotland and stuff!?!?!
porcelainwarrior
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?
Mata
Hiya Porce! It's nice to see you again. I'm glad to hear things are going well.
porcelainwarrior
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.
selina
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.
Radaga
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
Mata
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!
Radaga
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.
Mata
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.
Radaga
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.
selina
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.
Radaga
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.
selina
oh i see,

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



random question: is that spanish?
Radaga
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.
Mata
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).
David J Rodger
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
Mata
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*
David J Rodger
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
Mata
'Kozmik' with a 'z' and two 'k's? I remain unconvinced.
David J Rodger
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?
Mata
That is fairly convincing, but can you wrestle dinosaurs?
David J Rodger
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
Evcity
Ah this explains much.

Thanks.
Mata
No problem. It helps keep the site free of spam. It mostly works!
ElFox
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
Moosh
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.
Nice_Cup_Of_Tea
Great way to deter the spammers out there! biggrin.gif

Now I have made my two posts. YIPPPE!
Miss-Smiley
Hi eveyone!!

I am a newbie here..this looks like a nice site! biggrin.gif Your idea is a good one!
Sir Psycho Sexy
Congratulations, you passed the first test!

Now, I'd like you to reverse around this corner without clipping the curb. biggrin.gif
Miss-Smiley
Sir- Was your last post directed at me?
LoLo
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.
Miss-Smiley
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
BruceSmith
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.
Miss-Smiley
Welcome Bruce, enjoy the site and hopefully you find members here with the same interests!
falcon615
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!
Phantom
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 ^^
falcon615
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 )
Mata
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!
Pimpinella
Hi, im new here and im free for adoption anyone out there tho help me out?

thx
Mata
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!
Barrysmith
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.
asfasfasf
oh thats why i could not post
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