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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 7:00 pm 
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In the last several weeks, I've been dealing with several technical issues that have made things even slower than usual. But even on a good day, I get about 100 to one ratio of fake to real signups these days, so signing people up require a lot of weeding through the would-be spammers. If you sent in an application to sign up within the last six weeks and still haven't heard from me, that's why. Sorry for the inconvenience, but it would be a lot more inconvenient if you started seeing ads for Canadian pharmaceuticals and worse here.

Trying to catch up,

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Since I posted the above, GoDaddy has forced me to move ALL of my web pages to new sites, and forced several other changes that have been causing my sites to go up and down or experience other glitches until I discovered what was wrong and fixed that. I am sorry I haven't been active on this board, or gotten anyone signed up for a while (I have a long waiting list), but it's just been a complex mess. :-(

Hopefully I'll have things straightened out by Christmas 2016.

In the meantime, thanks to all who are keeping the discussions going.

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Thank you Paul for all you do for the Putzing community!!


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So sorry about the technological mess. I was curious as to where you were and why no one new had joined, so thanks for the update. Please know that all the work you put into running this board is appreciated.


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paul...

my fingers are crossed for a speedy move of all the sites...i can only imagine the headaches...and frustrations...

howard...


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When I was letting people use the auto-sign-up page, I was getting a hundred or two hundred fake signups a day that I had to go through and check out one by one. So I went to a manual setup where people would e-mail me to sign up, but when I started having maintenance nightmares I got way behind on that. :-(

Here's something I haven't shared, and part of the reason I'm going to reusing the automatic signup, but with other stipulations (the applicant must e-mail me as soon as the registration form is submitted; the applicant must log in and change his or her password to something they will remember; and the applicant must introduce himself or herself in the "Who Am I Forum"after signing up). 80 percent of the people I have signed up manually NEVER logged in, period. Yes, you heard that, 80%. I just deleted all the "members" who haven't logged in ever, because there's no point carrying them on the rolls.

Now are you ready for another statistic? 90% of the people I signed up manually never posted at all. The irony is that the people who seemed most desperate to belong were inevitably the ones who never contributed one question, tip, or other remark once they were members.

I know several people who wanted to belong and contribute became frustrated because it took me so long to get into the system, but what you didn't know until now is that when I was vetting applicants and entering all of their information manually, I was, frankly, wasting my time far more often than not.

Now that I've gone to a system that puts 95% of the burden of signing up on the applicant, I'm sure you'll hear some complaints. That's fine. These forums are EXPLODING with content, thanks to a handful of people who share and encourage and contribute on a regular basis. And frankly, my priority is to protect our community, and only allow folks in who truly want to be part of it. Folks who can't be bothered to make ONE post as a part of the signup process probably are better off observing from the outside anyway.

Have a great spring, all!

- Paul


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Well said Mr. Paul, "hear, hear!"... :mrgreen:

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