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    Exclamation ATTN: NEW MEMBERS!!

    In an effort to reduce spam in the forums by new members who only register in order to post spam, restrictions have been imposed on all new registrations.

    1) The first 2 (two) posts that a new member makes are put into a moderation queue before being posted in the open forums. A CPF moderator or administrator then reviews the post and the user account for validity and suitability. If the post is nothing but spam, the account is immediately banned and the post never sees the light of day in the forums. If the post is not spam, it is approved and shows up where it was intended to be posted. After 2 posts have been approved by a member of the CPF staff, the 3rd post will not need moderation and the user account is "promoted" to full posting privileges.

    2) Until a new user account has been approved and vetted in the above manner, the account has NO private message privileges. Again, this is due to new users registering for spamming purposes only. They use the PM system without ever making a post in the forums. As with above, once the new member has posted 2 posts and the account has been approved and vetted, full board privileges are instated.

    This new policy has also been applied to CPFMarketPlace and CPFGreen.

    All CPF forums (CandlePowerForums, CPFMarketPlace, CPFUnderground, CPFGreen) require seperate registration!! If you register on one forum, it WILL NOT carry over to the other forums. You MUST register seperately on each forum if you wish to participate!

    Hasn't it been nice browsing the forums and not worrying about what kind of garbage is going to pop up on your screen? I know that I like it... and it's worth the time it takes to moderate the new member's posts. Not to mention how much fun it has turned out to be to zap these spamming jerks before they get to pollute our community with their filth....

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    Greta
    Hasn't it been nice browsing the forums and not worrying about what kind of garbage is going to pop up on your screen? I know that I like it... and it's worth the time it takes to moderate the new member's posts. Not to mention how much fun it has turned out to be to zap these spamming jerks before they get to pollute our community with their filth....
    Thank you Greta! This new configuration has made CPF a lot more pleasurable, not having all of the spam that used to pollute the forums.

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    Thanks Greta!

    As a new member it's nice to know that you're looking out for me! Great job on a great forum!

    Hmmm....if you rearrange "Greta" it's "Great"! Coincidence, I don't think so!

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    : Great Idea. I am on another board that has no posts by members from what I can tell. 100% of them were ad spam. Probably chased off all the people looking to have serious discussion. Well serious to the board's intent. What was bad was I had to sign up to see the forums. I haven't seen much get past the great team of people that monitor here. At least on CPF prime, I don't go to the underground or market place that often so I don't know how much ad spam is there.
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    I hope we don't get a case of " if you build a better mouse trap... one will build a better mouse"


    I gotta admit.. no spam = happy Manzerick LOL

    Thank you Kelly!!!

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    Great move; it will take a determined spammer to get thru.

    I must be lucky, I have never had any garbage come thru via PM .

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    I think that this is a small price to pay for such a great site!
    wiat a minute ....this site creates a HUGE price to pay, with all of the lights that you know you must have - before coming here, I did not realize what was out there- Now I know, and I am wondering how I have survived all of this time with only various mags (some w/LED upgrades) and a X5. I did pick up the Lowes Task Force Cree on my own, before looking at all of the info here - I guess I always have enjoyed getting "lit".
    Now, after getting a D20 (and loving it) I am struggling with what to get next. I am torn between a SF C2 and a D10 (w/trit slot & clip).
    I know - get them both (and I will), that is enevitable, and they will be in my hands. I just do not want to wait & money is an issue (the wife, too). Maybe, I will get the ugly spaceship at Homers to help the wait.
    At least this new policy provoked me to finally post - I need to find the time, and I will do that more frequently.
    Greta - Thanks, for all of your hard work and to
    Everyone else, you guys rock - Thanks for all of the knowledge, pics, humor, and welcoming me into the "family" (I hope)
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    A great idea Greta! The Mod work around here is one of the reasons CPF is so easy on the eyes!

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    Good job......!!

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    Thanks Greta.

    I like spam between two pieces of bread, but not on one of my favorite sites.
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    JUST SAY NO TO SPAM

    No SPAM here, I just want to buy lights.

    Thanx for a great site

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    good to hear.

    Should stop those threads I saw few weeks back about dvd players & porn



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    Yesssss!

    http://www.pbfcomics.com/archive_b/P...ck_Ye_Mole.jpg

    You are like unto the morning star ....

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    Ten pairs of shoes for our lovely and fearless leader lady !!

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    That's a great idea. Thanks for going through the extra trouble just to keep the forum spam-free. We (I) really appreciate it.

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    Awesome!

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    Glad to see it's implemented.

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    What, can't we have a little spam?




    Seriously Keep up the great work Greta.

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    Thanks. I was wondering why I could not PM.

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    Default Re: ATTN: NEW MEMBERS!!

    Quote Originally Posted by tndiver13 View Post
    Thanks. I was wondering why I could not PM.
    You can now. I just validated your posts.
    Resistance is futile...

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    Many forums have quality contributors, but CPF is one of the rarities that also has quality moderators. In my opinion, the filtering they do improves the utility and the enjoyment while not being overbearing. So mods, thank you for your work.

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    Over and above all this, I would also like to commend all the moderators and their efficiency in 'policing' CPF and ensuring that topics don't stray too far off topics and keeping things nice and calm.

    Am a member of another site and flame wars can be seen happening once in a while, thankfully nothing like that here.

    kudos to the mods.
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    5 or 6 inch heels Sasha? Your doing a great job!
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    I can't believe I belong to a club that would have someone like me as a member!

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    I appreciate the effort to reduce spam, but I can see two potential problems:

    1. The workload for administrators to have to skim through every 1st and 2nd post of all new members must be high. I don't know how many new members we get on a regular basis, but this seems like a very time consuming task.

    2. Spammers could simply read this notification, then submit two "legitimate" posts, and then start spamming.


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    Having been a moderator on a large forum, I know the kind of work and dedication it requires. The mods here do a great job and I think the new policy is a great idea! Keep up the good work!

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    > submit two "legitimate" posts, and then start spamming

    I doubt our host falls for the bots that autopost stuff like "this is an interesting website" along with links to their crap and malware. How many spammers are smart?

    And for those, like I said, the morning star:
    http://www.pbfcomics.com/?cid=PBF216-Thwack_Ye_Mole.jpg

    That is to say, there are tools at the Internet level for the really persistent spammers.
    This search: http://www.google.com/search?q=black+hole+list+spammers
    turns up a variety of new blogspam tools I didn't know about, like this one:
    http://www.bad-behavior.ioerror.us/blog/
    Last edited by hank; 11-01-2008 at 10:44 AM.

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    AWSOME GRETTA!!!!!!!!!


    I am tired of logging on to find misleading sales crap and porn adds.
    This is great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ANDREAS FERRARI View Post
    I can't believe I belong to a club that would have someone like me as a member!
    Woody Allen... Annie Hall.
    Last edited by Turbo DV8; 11-01-2008 at 10:46 PM.

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