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Keith Richards

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05/29/2013 02:00 PM
Hi Keith, I hope you're well. We've been getting a lot of notes lately about the rising SPAM levels in the forum. Our development team tells me they've had an increase to more than 60k spam messages this month, many of those getting past the filters. The development team and I don't have the capacity to actively manage the forums and maintain a good user experience. Thus, we've made the decision to pull the plug on the forums. I want to say that I appreciate your efforts to guide the conversation and keep out the riff-raff on the forum. I wish we could keep it going, but in a world of limited resources, we simply don't have the manpower to keep ahead of the spammers at this point. Please forward my appreciation to the other moderators, if there are any left. I will also post a message in a few minutes to the forum, informing users of the move. The forum will be closing soon. I don't know if it will be this hour, today, or this week, but our folks in San Diego will be pulling the plug soon. I hope you understand. Cheers
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
THE SKINNY

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05/29/2013 02:04 PM
KIND OF SAD.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
Keith Richards

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05/29/2013 02:17 PM
2,000 spam messages a day, every day.

WTF?
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Sweet Milk

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05/29/2013 02:23 PM
They already removed the link from their home page - the forum itself is still live at this moment though
Yo Mike

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05/29/2013 02:24 PM
We've seen things most people wouldn't believe. Personal attacks like fire off the shoulder of Orion. We watched spearoflance and bandmembers twitter in their darkness near Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain. Time for it to die.

(Apologies to Rutger Hauer)
vtguy

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05/29/2013 02:40 PM
Too bad it had to end in such ignominy.
jmdirt

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05/29/2013 02:52 PM
Yet thousands of other sites have forums and have little to no trouble. It would have been better if he was honest and just said, "we don't give a rip". Maybe it won't affect their bottom line because we were a small group but I haven't gone back to the vn site since we moved here.
longslowdistance

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05/29/2013 02:57 PM
He wrote about "Filters". Does he mean it could have been worse?
Keith Richards

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05/29/2013 03:41 PM
The direct link is dead. It's gone.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
SideBySide

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05/29/2013 03:42 PM
RIP
Orange Crush

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05/29/2013 03:43 PM
Yup, got redirected to VN homepage. Over and done with.

Filters?!?, LOL!
Bodynazi

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05/29/2013 04:03 PM
and just think - a simple spam preventing program that a technical 8th grader could have alleviated that issue 100%

seems to be about half of the participation here than at VN....
geosurf

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05/29/2013 04:11 PM
Pushing up Daisies.
"When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race." H.G. Wells
mondonico

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05/29/2013 04:39 PM
I'm curious. How do they keep spammers out of their comment sections after an article and why would that not of worked for the forum?
CERV

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05/29/2013 04:51 PM
Got out before the ship went down.

I see about 160 names on here that I recognize as 'regulars' from VN, which aint bad. I wonder how many lurkers are now lurking here without registering.
Participation on the forum from the people who have registered over here doesn't seem as high yet though.

I like that everyone who's posting over here is playing nice. Hopefully if it stays civil over here like it has so far, with good conversation about cycling in general, it'll build back up. The personal attacks originating from a small group of posters that were allowed to go on over there was one of the things that drove people away.

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