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Old Jan 7 2008, 02:39 PM   #1
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I have reason to believe we may have one or more members who are potentially spamming members with private messages.

If you receive such a PM, please let me know about it so that I can properly deal with the situation. The PM may seem innocuous, such as a new member who hasn't posted to the board at all saying hello, and then contain a link in the signature.

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If you are a new member who has been sending such PMs and now find yourself banned, you will have to contact me by email and explain yourself if you want your account restored. From the evidence I have already, you have no real interest in joining the community and participating in discussion.
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Old Jan 7 2008, 03:43 PM   #2
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Addendum: Please forward me a copy of such PMs, so that I can look them over. Thanks!
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Old Jan 7 2008, 03:51 PM   #3
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I thought it was just a new member, but I think I know what you mean. Forwards to follow.
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Old Jan 7 2008, 04:03 PM   #4
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I did think it was a little strange, especially since I'm new here myself and don't really know anyone yet. I'll forward mine, too, just in case.
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Old Jan 7 2008, 04:17 PM   #5
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Thanks to all that have forwarded messages. Two users have been banned, "Jeannette" and "MerlinsWand". No further PMs from these two need to be forwarded, but if you have a similar message from someone different, please do forward!
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Old Jan 7 2008, 04:46 PM   #6
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I hadn't been here since July.. well that's one way to get me back.
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Old Jan 7 2008, 05:02 PM   #7
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Yes, I have noticed that several members that at least hadn't posted in months are suddenly online today. Makes me wonder if an actual official forum email to inactive folks would bring some back, if spam brings them in. Generally though I'm of the opinion that folks know we're here and will return if they wish.
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Old Jan 7 2008, 05:11 PM   #8
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Yes, I have noticed that several members that at least hadn't posted in months are suddenly online today. Makes me wonder if an actual official forum email to inactive folks would bring some back, if spam brings them in. Generally though I'm of the opinion that folks know we're here and will return if they wish.
Truthfully, I had forgotten about the site in the jumbled mass of RL snowballing ontop of me.
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Old Jan 7 2008, 07:04 PM   #9
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Hey Cheryl . . .

I just got one today. I already deleted the private message before seeing this thread. I'll send the text of the message from my e-mail notification to you via PM.
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Old Jan 7 2008, 07:07 PM   #10
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I had one from Merlin's Wand - and was very surprised! I didn't click on the link.
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Old Jan 7 2008, 08:16 PM   #11
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Ah, so that's where the random message that now no longer exists came from.

It was weird. There was no message at all when I looked, though there had been notification.

Thanks for the news, Cheryl. ^^

And I haven't been posting much, though I have been lurking around occasionally. ^^
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Old Jan 8 2008, 12:26 AM   #12
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I never get any PMs.

Not even spam!
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Old Jan 8 2008, 03:57 AM   #13
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Hi, I had one from Jeanette and must admit I was surprised because I haven't been very active of late. I tend to go on McCaffrey binges every now during which I'll be here but not much between whiles.
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Cheryl, when I get a new PM. a bow comes up telling me I have a new PM.. The problem I have is that every time I change screens it comes up. Even tho. I have read the PM., which is a lagit. PM. I end up having to cancel the box 10 - 15 time before it will leave me alone. I neve use to get the box, it started yesterday.
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Old Jan 8 2008, 10:08 PM   #15
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Odd that the pop-up box turned itself on, but at any rate you can disable it:

Go into your User CP (link in top navigation bar)
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Scroll down to the section on private messages, and uncheck the box for PopUp Notification
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Also, the popup usually only reappears after you've read a message if you use your browers back button and return to the page whereupon it originally popped up from. If you do that, hit cancel, and then refresh the page, it will cease to pop up on any subsequent returns to that page with the Back button.
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Old Jan 9 2008, 06:31 AM   #16
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I'll give it a try, thanks
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I got one (well 2) from Merlinswand and did "dither" a bit about letting someone know but as I'm very rarely on-line these days events have overtaken me taking action.
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Old Feb 4 2008, 10:42 PM   #18
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Hm, I got one a while back, I'll go check.

And, I've been lurking a bit, not much posting. Will probably see a bit more of me in the future, since I seem to be done with the unpacking. Of course, now I need to get my hands on all the brain books I haven't read yet...
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You're missed, Khanath; but lurking is OK
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Old Apr 7 2008, 01:45 AM   #20
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Received spam mail today.
email was -
New Private Message at A Meeting of Minds - An Anne McCaffrey Discussion Forum
Dear Flinx,

You have received a new private message at A Meeting of Minds - An Anne McCaffrey Discussion Forum from reginelehfgdb, entitled "Hello Flinx".

This is the message that was sent:
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Hello Flinx

I'm new at this forum and therefore I just wanted to say hello!

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But no link on email to website & no private message on website.
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Old Apr 7 2008, 05:06 AM   #21
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I had that one as well - I'm guessing the PM notification was faster than Cheryl was at deleting the spammer.
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Old Apr 7 2008, 08:48 AM   #22
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Yes, that user "reginelehfgdb" was caught and banned relatively quickly as someone else reported the spam PM as soon as he got it. At the same time I had the system delete all messages sent by that user.

But please do continue to report such things, you never know if you will be the first to send in a report.
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Old Apr 8 2008, 10:03 PM   #23
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Ohhh I've been getting those on my board for a few months now. I have it set where an Admin has to validate anyone who registers, but it still irritates me that people just want to spam. I get so aggrivated. The ones I've gotten have all been in Europe, so they register in the middle of the night my time, setting off all sorts of chimes on my Blackberry because I get an email saying I have to validate them, and it turns out it's just someone wanting to post porn links or work-from-home junk. Bugs me to no end. lol
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