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daforumadm!n
Joined: 05 Dec 2003
Posts: 113
Location: Denver, CO

7/19/18 4:28 PM

Registration Problem

I made a conscious decision not to accept new registrations a while back because, quite honestly, it was exhausting trying to validate and delete bogus usernames (sometimes as many as 75-100 a day). These were clearly bots attempting to destroy your cycling community and I wasn't going to let that happen. There was a three-year period where I didn't receive any new/legitimate TTF registration requests, so it became clear to me it was best to allow the old-timers from the VeloNews TTF days to have a safe place to remain connected with each other instead of shutting it down.

If you have a forum moniker that you'd like to update or even an old email address that you haven't had access to for years which prevents you from logging in, just shoot me a message and I'll help get it sorted out. Thanks! -ant

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KerryIrons
Joined: 12 Jan 2004
Posts: 2940
Location: Midland, MI

7/20/18 9:46 AM

Members only club?

Antny, would it make sense to have this be an invitation-only forum? Could you take recommendations from "members" for somebody to join? That way, you wouldn't have to do any vetting but the forum could still grow (though very, very slowly).

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 16861
Location: Portland, OR

7/20/18 9:57 AM

I can totally appreciate not wanting to combat Bot crap, be a full time job. I fear if the TTF becomes that bad bug bite that is a whopper for ANT, we can loose what we have here.

I have invited folk when cycling threads pop up on guitar forum thread, via Private Message and selectively.

If we are voting, I like the idea of by invitation FWIW.

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April
Joined: 13 Dec 2003
Posts: 6453
Location: Westchester/NYC

7/20/18 10:14 AM

"Supporter" only?

How about pay to join?

Are there bots paying to beat that? I haven't kept up my interest on the bot front.

The banner at the bottom of this page: "If you enjoy this site, please consider pledging your support". Made that a requirement for joining? Minimum of $1 "pledge"?

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 16861
Location: Portland, OR

7/20/18 10:32 AM

"Made that a requirement for joining? Minimum of $1 "pledge"?"

Having to PayPal or other donation have a good weeding effect.

We may want to ask Anthony if he is interested in doing any work on here and CC processing and dealing with that.

Not to mention changing things or growth which may require expensive upgrades to the Software. My sense is probably not.

Remember, system wise we are running on XP or earlier to attempt being analogous.

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daddy-o
Joined: 12 Apr 2004
Posts: 3235
Location: Springfield

7/20/18 11:51 AM

Salient points so far:

  • Administration is labor intensive.
  • Our host is considerate and all aspects of his participation is appreciated.
  • If you have something about your ID you want to update, he has extended an offer to help update.
  • The login page has a link that gives his email address as: antney1984 @t hotmail.com
  • ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  • The thread that prompted this thread is gone.
  • Invitation only?
  • Supporter only?
  • Pay to join?
  • Pay to post?
  • Pay once?
  • Maybe ask Anthony the level of involvement he wants to commit.
  • Software expense for updates? (This is NOT the only component but, phpBB Group, linked below, prominently describes their software as "THE #1 FREE, OPEN SOURCE BULLETIN BOARD SOFTWARE" - A major expense of open-source software is maintaining the installations.)
  • Add captcha? ( https://www.phpcaptcha.org/ perhaps?)


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April
Joined: 13 Dec 2003
Posts: 6453
Location: Westchester/NYC

7/20/18 12:08 PM


quote:
doing any work on here and CC processing and dealing with that.

My sense is probably not.


This site DOES already accept payments (“donation“).

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
Posts: 4189
Location: Nashua, NH

7/20/18 12:15 PM

As I asked in the other thread, is there a way to add a Captcha to eliminate robot registrations?

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 16861
Location: Portland, OR

7/20/18 3:11 PM

"This site DOES already accept payments (“donation“)."


Only PayPal, or CC also? [you'd think I'd know] I have only donated via PayPal. But I also have some image code on these pages locked off in my browser for a long time.

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daforumadm!n
Joined: 05 Dec 2003
Posts: 113
Location: Denver, CO

7/20/18 7:38 PM

A new thread was started by someone else called "New Members". It addresses a lot of what is being discussed in this thread. http://cyclingforum.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=12298

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