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Old 08-25-2004, 01:33 PM
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Default How To Register and Post Messages

While guests can view most of the message areas (a couple are reserved for registered members only) you have to be registered to post messages and be able to read those areas that are only for registered members. Only registered members can view the member list, send private messages or e-mails.

Registering is easy. At the top of the Forum list, click on the Register option. This will allow you to answer a few questions and send a request to register. In a short time (fairly quickly if you have fast e-mail service) a response will be sent to the e-mail address you included in your information. Click on the link that is included in the message to activate your new login. Once you do this, you will be able to login and join in with the other registered members of the Echo Bouvier forum. Some of the registration features, such as the image verifacation screen, are necessary to keep the spambots (automated programs that spammers use to log onto forums to leave their spam) from registering. It won't stop all of them all of the time, but it will stop most of them most of the time.

If you have any problems, send e-mail to: webmaster@echobouvier.com

Mike
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Old 05-31-2008, 03:40 PM
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If you have gone through the registration process and do not receive a e-mail activation message, it is possible that it was blocked by a spam filter somewhere coming back to you. The first thing to do is to check your own filter or if you are using the e-mail filter through your ISP account.

If you don't think it was caught by a spam filter, then it is possible that it did not go out for some reason. You can request a new activation message from me at t he e-mail address in the post above this one.

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Old 06-20-2008, 05:29 PM
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It's unfortunate, but having to deal with spammers (both the human and robot type) is a way of life for message forums. There are thousands of people that do nothing but try to register and leave spam on as many message forums as they can... as often as they can. It's because of people like this that so many forums have had to resort to so many questions and checks when you first register at a message forum. The Echo Bouvier Message Forum is no different.

The software that we run this forum on is one of the most popular ones available. Thousands of message forums use the same software. Because of this, many spammers dedicate their time and efforts creating programs (these are called Spam Bots, meaning non-human robot spammers) that will automatically go to these types of forums and try to register to create a bunch of accounts. Then, either with the same program or a different one, log back on and start leaving as much spam as they can for as long as they can before they are detected, blocked and their spam deleted.

The software developers of this software include many features that make it very difficult for spammers to log on with bogus information. But it's a constant battle since what one person can create to block them, another person can create something that will get around it.

Because this is a small nitche forum, I don't have the attention of the spammers like many others do. Even still, I get a good dozen attemps each day by spammers to create accounts on here. Most of them are from China, Russia, Asia and many of the former Soviet Block countries. I suspect a good 95% of all spam, porn, identity theft attemps and other nasty stuff that hits our e-mails and message forums come from these countries.

This is why I have joined many other forum owners and have decided to block the IP addresses from most of these countries. That will keep those with IP addresses from even being able to attempt to register here. Of course they could (and many do) obtain IP addresses in other countries that are not known for spammers, but most of these countries hate spammers as much as most of us do in the US and do their best to squash it when they find someone is using their facility for this kind of activity.

It won't stop them from trying, but with this and the other means I employ to block bogus registrations, hopefully it will keep any from actually being able to register or at least reduce it to a very low number.

I don't expect very many (if any) but if you do try to register here and find that your IP address is blocked send us e-mail about this. Let us know where you are at, a little about your interest in Bouviers and your interest in the Echo Bouvier Forum. You can send the e-mail to: webmaster@echobouvier.com

Mike
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Old 06-23-2008, 09:02 AM
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But don't ban this small country on the other side of that big blue water....

Seriously though, I understand....Some times hard measures are needed to act.

Oh... redirect this to Sue.... New job here coming up (very badly needed, the current one is just <censored>)... and a new girlfriend for moi (*grins wicked*).

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Old 06-24-2008, 03:36 PM
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Default that little country across the blue water....

will never be cut off here as long as I have anything to say about it Robby.

Good luck with the new job... that's exciting to hear! I just went back to work about a month ago... had looked for just the right niche and I actually found it. Frank goes to work with me every day too and has become the official Security Officer. He's made a lot of new friends and admirers in the office. The only downer is the 45 minute commute... but it's a pretty drive through the country so....

A new girlfriend! OMI! You tell her she had better treat you well or I'll be over there to straighten her out. ;> (and you'd better not crawl into some cave and forget your long time friends like SOME bear did either!).

Hugs to my favorite Neandy!

Cheers,
Sue
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Old 07-30-2008, 04:00 AM
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A new girlfriend! OMI! You tell her she had better treat you well or I'll be over there to straighten her out. ;> (and you'd better not crawl into some cave and forget your long time friends like SOME bear did either!).

Hugs to my favorite Neandy!
Haha. No complains here. She is a wonderful woman, who understands me very well.

My new cave is called Amsterdam... that is, I will be working for a company in Hoofddorp (a town very close to Amsterdam). I will be working as programmer again (in C and VB(A)).

For the first period I have to work 5 days over there. The distance to my home is too big to travel that everyday, so I will be sleeping in Amsterdam.

Later on I will be 3 days per week in Hoofddorp and 2 days from home. So that is something very nice to look forward too.

Rob.
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