Dear community and fellow FingerWorks fans!
I'd like to briefly describe the state of this community website, because it's not running as smoothly as it used to.
The primary cause of the problems are spammers. While there are decent anti-spam measures built into the forum, this is a dilemma for administrators: either remove barriers to users (this would also allow spammers free access), or impose some barriers (this will stop some spammers but also some potential users), or block some of the functionality (we have had to entirely shut down private messaging between forum users because of spam).
The fight against spam never ends. I think one could spend all day fighting spam, and some would still get through. With the measures currently in place, I get about 60 e-mails per day concerning (blocked!) spam attempts on the forum. This doesn't include registration confirmations: I must manually approve every registration, and 99,9% of the registrations are spam.
A while ago, the forum broke down and I worked hard to restore it to an operational status. Unfortunately, not all was recovered; users can't change their passwords -- but they CAN request a reset and use the new automated one that is sent by email. And you will still find many posts that can't be viewed. It's very frustrating, because I am almost certain that all those posts still sit in the database, eager to be displayed. But the references between forums, posts and users have somehow been mangled.
I believe this can be cleaned up. It requires focus and time, which I can't provide to the forum these days. I'm sad to see how poorly the system serves the community, and I hope that sooner or (likely) later, somebody will help me in the effort to fix things.
Until then, I am grateful that some users hold on to the community. There are even some new users once in a while. This proves the usefulness of the website, and of the effort to keep it running.
Last edited by TorbenGB
on 15 Oct 2010, 15:35, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: Fxied tpyo ;-)
TorbenGB - webmaster & forum admin