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      Ongoing DDoS Attack causing Forum Slowness   26/04/17

      In case you have missed the announcement, the reason that the forum has been slow at times since the minor version update the other day is due to a Denial of Service attack, brute force attack on our email, and judging by the lag with our FTP response, that too.  If you're feeling like you're experiencing a glitch in the Matrix, you're not wrong.  This is the same MO as the attack in September 2016 that occurred when we transitioned to the new version 4 of the software.  We're currently working with US and UK cyber-crime departments, who specialise in this sort of thing, and we're hopeful that we'll be able to track them down this time by using the accumulated evidence already held.    We are pretty certain that it's a continuation of the same attack last year, only at a reduced intensity to deter people from using the site "because it's terribly slow", rather than taking it down completely, and we're also sure of the motivations of those responsible.  Spite.   Please bear with us in the interim, and wish us luck in dealing with these.... "people".
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Validating Queue Delays

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We've had a number of factors conspiring against us this last few days that has resulted in a long queue of new members waiting to be able to post. I've just spent the last hour clearing down two pages, so if you were waiting to post, you should be able to now. If not, drop me a line and we'll get you sorted :)

Thanks for your patience :thumbsup:

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After the move to the new server and the deluge of enquiries and conflabs with support at both our hosts and with Invision, I've been a little tied up, and as you can imagine the validation queue has got a wee bit large. I've already cleared down a page and a half, and will be working on the rest once I've finished this message.

Bear with us, don't re-register, and if you have, we will have deleted all but your first attempt, as we figure that's the combination of email/username you'd have wanted initially. Pretty soon you'll all be able to post, and if you could stop by the New Members area within Site Help & Support (also known as "this section") and introduce yourself, you're sure of a warm welcome ^_^

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I've been working my way through four pages of new joiners this avo, so please be patient. If you've re-registered in frustration, try logging in as your first user ID, and you should be good to go. Had to merge a new account with an old one too, so please watch out if you think you might have registered before. :)

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Ok... the queue is cleared, so if you can't log in or it's saying you don't have an account, you're either doing something wrong, or we've deleted your account cos you looked a bit suspicious. :shrug: Again - if you registered multiple accounts, you shouild try the first one your registered with. A couple of new members had started 3 and 4 accounts before they got done, either not realising or not bothering to read that we have to validate each and every one of 'em manually with a Moderator and a computer. :nerd:

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I've just finished clearing the queue, which has been pushing three pages of late due to the quantity of new members that have been joining up. Apologies for the delays you folks have suffered at times, but we do have to validate each and every one of you individually, and that takes up quite a while on occasion. Thanks for your patience, and we're hoping to keep the backlog down in future, but please bear with us at busy times like this. We don't live on our computers, and validating members from a mobile device just isn't an option :S

We're 6 newbies away from 14,000 members as of this moment too, so you can see how busy it gets, as we only had 13,000 at the end of April 2014. :shocked:

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Will I get a prize for introducing the 14000 member?

Rick.

keep up the good work!

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No. :tease:

and thanks... without us, you'd have viagra adverts & penis enlargement adverts to contend with on a daily basis... here as well as at home ;)

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No. :tease:

and thanks... without us, you'd have viagra adverts & penis enlargement adverts to contend with on a daily basis... here as well as at home ;)[/quote

I get them anyway on my "Special site for Gentlemen" visits.

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You've created a real monster haven't you Mike.

Definitely the site of choice for the discerning modeller, all IMHO of course.

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No. :tease:

and thanks... without us, you'd have viagra adverts & penis enlargement adverts to contend with on a daily basis... here as well as at home ;)

What kind of sites do you peruse (Look at) :mental:

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Oh Dave... you have the wrong end of the stick again. :rolleyes:

What I meant was that if you let all and sundry in without security checks, you will get adverts for porn, drugs & nonsense scams all over the shop. They can effectively kill a forum in a few days or weeks if left to proliferate. :owww:

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No. :tease:

and thanks... without us, you'd have viagra adverts & penis enlargement adverts to contend with on a daily basis... here as well as at home ;)

My other half says, can you allow those to be shown, particually the Penis enlargement ones :weep:

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You poor thing.... hit it with a hammer. That'll make it swell up for a few days :wicked:

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You poor thing.... hit it with a hammer. That'll make it swell up for a few days :wicked:

Need to work on your bedside manner Mike :popcorn:

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Another 2 pages cleared down this evening - apologies to those that have been waiting for the delay :)

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Just cleared down another 40+ from the validating queue from NYE to now, so if you've been waiting you should now be able to post. If you've applied for multiple accounts, firstly, you shouldn't have, but generally speaking I validate the first attempt and bin the rest. However today I've validated the last one to keep the miscreant on his toes :wicked:

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Is there a prize for guessing who it is? ;)

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Lambs to the slaughter!

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We've been a bit tied up of late with various things "real life" taking our attention, so if you've been waiting to validate for what seems like too long, please bear with us, and apologies for the delay. We're doing our best, but we are only three ;)

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We've had a bit of a backlog of new members over the weekend due to various absences both physical and mental, so I've just cleared down two pages of new members. If you've been wondering why you can't post, that's why and if you find yourself having any problems, just contact a moderator :)

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I've just cleared down a page of new members who were waiting for validation - if you've been waiting to post, you should now be able to ;)

Incidentally, we had a new member with a dodgy email and username, which sounded a bit porny... if you were a genuine member, I'm sorry but to be on the safe side we deleted you. :shrug:

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If you joined recently but haven't been able to post, I've just cleared down a couple of pages of new members that were awaiting validation, so you should be able to post now. Enjoy the forums! :)

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Just cleared down two more pages of newbies whilst in the grip of a post-migraine hangover. Everyone that's been waiting to post should now be able to do so unless I've lost the plot during the process :hypnotised:

Just 18 away from 16k members too! :blink:

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