Scott =)

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  1. Hey guys! Thanks for the heads up on this. The spammers who have joined/posted in the last 30 minutes or so have been banned. We're looking into several options for blocking these spam posts proactively instead of reactively. In the meantime, I've adjusted settings so that new accounts can only post once in the 24 hour period after their chat boards account is initially created. This should help limit the amount of spam threads in the short term, but the downside is that real users will run into this same restriction if they try to post more than once in the first day Hopefully we can get a better solution in place fairly quickly so that we don't have to limit posts from new accounts so severely. Until a better, more permanent solution is in place, you'll probably continue to see spam threads. I can't promise that someone will be available to block them 24 hours a day, but please continue to report them and they'll be cleaned up as quickly as possible. Thanks for your patience! Scott
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    Members with 0 posts are hidden

    It's possible that there are "zero posters" who have been chatting via PM for years, long before we were hiding any profiles. Unlikely, but possible
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    Members with 0 posts are hidden

    This was true in many places, but zero posters were unintentionally still findable in private messages. That's what we've now locked down. The logic I described above may seem a little complicated, but the goal is relatively simple and straightforward: Keep people private until they do something that implies they're OK with being public. If I send you a private message, it's implied that I'm OK with receiving a response. So the general objective was to prevent zero posters from getting messages, but we made an exception for the 3rd scenario I described above.
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    Members with 0 posts are hidden

    Let me try to further clarify. There are 3 different things you can do with private messages: Start a new PM conversation Add someone to an existing PM conversation Reply to an existing PM conversation Lets say your desired recipient has never posted anything. You'll be unable to do #1 or #2 with that person going forward, but #3 will still work. So if you already have an open conversation with someone who has never posted, you'll be able to continue it. You would be able to do all 3 with people who have posted. --- Now let's say YOU'RE a person who has never posted anything. The same rules apply; IE, you can do #1, #2, and #3 with people who have posted, but only #3 with people who have not posted.
  5. For privacy reasons, members are now hidden on the chat boards until they make a post in the forums, journals, or galleries. They're hidden from the following areas: Search Online users Profile pages Private messages Members with 0 posts CAN send private messages to other members and receive replies, so existing PM conversations should be unaffected. But going forward, you won't be able to start a new PM conversation with a member until they post in one of those areas. Thanks! Scott
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    Old links fixed!

    I've been seeing those issues/errors again. I've reopened the support ticket.
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    Old links fixed!

    Thanks! I saw the same errors, and entered a support ticket for the boards host. I don't think this is related to the redirects. They say it's fixed now. Let me know if you see anything else.
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    Old links fixed!

    It's not present in the OP, but it's present in a different post in that thread (halfway down on the 1st page) When you post an embedded link to a THREAD / TOPIC, the preview seems to pull an image from within that thread (not necessarily the 1st post). I'm not sure of the exact logic it uses to determine which image to use. If you post an embedded link to a specific post, the preview doesn't seem to include an image even if that post included one. Ex:
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    Old links fixed!

    Like @thunsicker mentioned, it looks like the content of that post is copy/pasted from old iterations of that thread. If you look at the 5th annual thread, 4th annual thread, 3rd annual thread, etc you'll see that they point to the same old URL. That URL may have been valid when it was initially created, but its an atypical URL structure and the redirect engine doesn't seem to know what to do with it. I've updated the link in the 6th annual thread to point directly to the correct place on the new boards, so this won't be an issue in future years
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    Old links fixed!

    Cool. Let me know if you still have that same experience moving forward. Our testing showed that links in search engines and on the boards are redirecting much better now, but I'm sure there will still be a few links here and there with issues (as described in OP).
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    Old links fixed!

    Are you saying you used to see this? Or you still do now?
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    Old links fixed!

    Examples would be great! Once you encounter a link that errors, it would be interesting to know whether it errors consistently or inconsistently for you. For example, if you click the link again after seeing the error, does it error again? I'm guessing you'll find that it's inconsistent. I think those errors are more a symptom of general boards performance than something being "wrong" with redirects. Changes have been made recently to boost performance (particularly for logged in users), but there is still room for improvement and we're actively exploring several options. Scott
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    Old links fixed!

    The boards host implemented a fix for old broken links on the Chat Boards. While most types of old links were already redirecting to the equivalent URL on the new boards correctly, links to SPECIFIC POSTS on the old boards were not redirecting reliably until this fix was made. For example: if you click links in this old post, you'll wind up on the correct page of the new boards even though the links point to old URLs: https://www.cgccomics.com/boards/topic/89717-updated-probation-list-only-no-discussions/?do=findComment&comment=7306829 If you notice issues related to old links, please let us know by replying to this thread! That could be anything from links bringing you to the wrong place, redirects being slow, or any errors you might see --- A couple quick notes: There ARE situations where old links will not redirect to the content you expect, such as deleted posts or threads. Not much we can do about that. You may encounter links that bring you to the NGC Chat Boards or PMG Chat Boards, if that's where the relevant content now resides. We noticed emoticons are not displaying correctly in many old posts. We're working with the boards host to see if this can be resolved, so stay tuned. Scott
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    online users list seems to have changed

    The boards host must think that more people want the list to be sorted on recency than alphabetical, because they're generally trying to build something that people will like and find useful. I see pros and cons for both options.