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Update on recent troll and sock puppet activity

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Troll banning/thread bumping

You have probably already noticed, but coltonlolz has now been banned for repeatedly bumping old threads with pointless or irrelevant posts. He was given several warnings about his behavior which he ignored.

Request from the moderation team: in future if you see this kind of activity, please notify one of us (SilverWook, Moth3r or Anchorhead) in a PM instead of posting a response in the bumped thread. Additional posts in a bumped thread just make extra work for us when deleting posts.

Sock puppet accounts/username spoofing

You may also have noticed an account with username spoofed to look like coltonlolz's. This spoofing was a result of someone exploiting a vulnerability in the forum software (which, incidentally, has now been fixed). Although the accounts looked identical, they were completely separate, and nobody who created an account through this bug was able to access the true account's posts or messages, or cause any real harm other than confusing the user base.

Last time this happened I threatened to ban the main account associated with future sock puppet accounts - and this would have happened to AnctuFaalb, had he not owned up of his own accord and posted a public apology.

From this point on, no more sock puppet accounts. The two long-standing account that slipped through the net have now been dealt with, and any future socks will result in the banning of both the sock and the main account.

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TV's Frink said:

Banning Ric Olie was completely unnecessary in my unhumble opinon.

keep in mind, if they had left Ric Olie alone but stopped all other sock accounts, there were bound to be complaints of special treatment and favoritism.  

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Warbler said:

TV's Frink said:

Banning Ric Olie was completely unnecessary in my unhumble opinon.

keep in mind, if they had left Ric Olie alone but stopped all other sock accounts, there were bound to be complaints of special treatment and favoritism.  

That wasn't a problem before AFAIK, not sure why it should matter now.  But that's fine.

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AFAIK?

Rest In Peace Dad, I love you. I know I will see you again someday.


From Job 1:21 the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away;
blessed be the name of the Lord.

It has been a year. I miss you so much Dad. I love you.

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I'm sorry, everyone.

I will, of course, never again take up a sock-puppet or troll account (or anything of the sort).

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A picture is worth a thousand words. Post 102 is worth more.

I’m late to the party, but I think this is the best song. Enjoy!

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doubleofive said:

So can the identity of Biff be revealed to the public?

^Seconded. Been wondering about that one for awhile.

Also, I was the short-lived Thermostat.

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A shame that we lost Olie but it was, frankly, inevitable.  Guess we'll all have to step up the handsome to compensate.

 

And Jay, while you're at it, how about fixing the advanced text editor?  Since it seems you're working on the software, this is worth addressing as well.  Getting really tired of this format changing happening to me at random.  

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The font size changes when you double backspace at the beginning of paragraphs.

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Just because you know the cause doesn't mean it shouldn't be fixed.  This is a new bug that's only popped up in the past... what, couple of months?  At least, I'd never had it happen to me before.  Hell, if I recall correctly AntcuFaalb said it was an easy fix and e-mailed Jay about it.  

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I was telling Jay in case he wasn't sure what we were talking about.

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Ric was an entertaining sock because he seemed to have a personality of his own, like a good ventriloquist's dummy.  Other socks achieved this in the short term, but Ric remained amusing in the long term, partly because we all knew that he was a sock who wouldn't be overused or used negatively: it was a running joke.  The fact that Frink was allowed him for this reason (and because he slipped through the net) made the forum a brighter place.  It's a shame that he was a casualty of the recent activity, and I would respectfully ask that he be reinstated.

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I'm not sure if this matters because I don't post very often but I used Crappy_Logo_Productions back in '05 to talk about the few fan edits I did.  Feel free to do what you want with that account Moth3r.  I stopped posting with it after getting a cease and desist letter due to my Pulp Fiction edit.  I'll return to lurker mode now.

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AntcuFaalb said:

I'm sorry, everyone.

I will, of course, never again take up a sock-puppet or troll account (or anything of the sort).

I think as penance you should upload some vhsrips from all those star wars box sets you got when you got the Panasonic AG-1980. Then I may be able to forgive. 

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frank678 said:

AntcuFaalb said:

I'm sorry, everyone.

I will, of course, never again take up a sock-puppet or troll account (or anything of the sort).

I think as penance you should upload some vhsrips from all those star wars box sets you got when you got the Panasonic AG-1980. Then I may be able to forgive. 

I would, but I no longer have anything to cut Macrovision, so it'll have to wait until I have some extra cash lying around.

I sold my Leitch DPS-290 to free-up some funds for Laserdisc purchases.

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A picture is worth a thousand words. Post 102 is worth more.

I’m late to the party, but I think this is the best song. Enjoy!

—Teams Jetrell Fo 1, Jetrell Fo 2, and Jetrell Fo 3

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AntcuFaalb said:

I would, but I no longer have anything to cut Macrovision, so it'll have to wait until I have some extra cash lying around.

I sold my Leitch DPS-290 to free-up some funds for Laserdisc purchases.

O.k. then can I switch my guilt trip over to capturing the star wars Mitsubishi 1992 laserdisc if you have that? If not, I'll stop using this flimsy pretence to make requests.

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frank678 said:

AntcuFaalb said:

I would, but I no longer have anything to cut Macrovision, so it'll have to wait until I have some extra cash lying around.

I sold my Leitch DPS-290 to free-up some funds for Laserdisc purchases.

O.k. then can I switch my guilt trip over to capturing the star wars Mitsubishi 1992 laserdisc if you have that? If not, I'll stop using this flimsy pretence to make requests.

I don't own the Mitsubishi pressings of the 1992/3 release of the trilogy (the "Special Widescreen Edition" or "SWE").

I do, however, own three sets of the Technidisc pressings.

(3 sets x 3 movies = 9 LD movies, 27 discs, 54 sides! Madness!)

Also, no shrinking aspect ratio problems!

I plan to get around to that after THX 1138.

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A picture is worth a thousand words. Post 102 is worth more.

I’m late to the party, but I think this is the best song. Enjoy!

—Teams Jetrell Fo 1, Jetrell Fo 2, and Jetrell Fo 3

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Chewtobacca said:

Ric was an entertaining sock because he seemed to have a personality of his own, like a good ventriloquist's dummy.  Other socks achieved this in the short term, but Ric remained amusing in the long term, partly because we all knew that he was a sock who wouldn't be overused or used negatively: it was a running joke.  The fact that Frink was allowed him for this reason (and because he slipped through the net) made the forum a brighter place.  It's a shame that he was a casualty of the recent activity, and I would respectfully ask that he be reinstated.

^Seconded.

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Dibs being Ric Olie now that he doesn't exist anymore!

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