PLEASE READ We Need Your Support for Increased Security

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  1. Forum Boss

    Forum Boss Administrator

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    Guys,
    This is a pitch to get more members to upgrade their accounts. The reason is to raise funds to hire a Forum Watch-Dog.

    Since the beginning of August, in an effort to cut down the spammers and scammers, I have personally checked and vetted EVERY new registration for the Forum. This involves running IP searches, checking the stated location, sending challenge emails, and other more sophisticated checks with ID-tracking security systems.

    We have blocked many suspicious signups already, both foreign and domestic.

    That's good. But what's not so good is the time involved. I've already spent one hour so far this morning. I may spend another hour today in two half-hour sessions.

    Two hours every day of the year is 730 man-hours.
    That is 18.25 forty-hour weeks of labor! (4.5 months of 40-hr weeks).

    I am already working 3300+ hours a year.


    This just isn't sustainable... and it takes me away from more important tasks. I would normally have a Bulletin story done by now. I haven't even started.

    Accordingly we need to hire a person specifically tasked with vetting new members. That will take money.

    Right now 3% of site members have upgraded. We need to raise that number.

    If you want us to help protect you from scammers, we need the resources to fight back. Yes we already use sophisticated Firewall systems and other barriers, but the scammers can fake their locations. We already block 80% of the countries in the world.

    I am also sending out individual communications to new sign-ups where a problem is likely but not certain -- I ask them tough questions. That takes time -- It takes 5 minutes to confirm a good ID. But something suspicious may take 15 minutes. 15 minutes of my time just to block one sign-up.
     
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  2. pirate ammo

    pirate ammo Guaranteed to take the wind out of their sails Gold $$ Contributor

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    I'll do mine right NOW,,if I can figure how,,here we go
     
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  3. pirate ammo

    pirate ammo Guaranteed to take the wind out of their sails Gold $$ Contributor

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    durn it worked,,,If I could do it everybody can,,so get it done,,:rolleyes:
     
  4. rangertim

    rangertim Gold $$ Contributor

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    Done ! Gold for another year, Thanks for the Hard" Work on keeping the site safe.
     
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    centerlineseal Gold $$ Contributor

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  6. theMadAlaskan

    theMadAlaskan Gold $$ Contributor

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    Donation made.
     
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  7. Bob L.

    Bob L. Gold $$ Contributor

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    Done.
     
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  8. luckeeshot

    luckeeshot Gold $$ Contributor

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    done :p
     
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    sawcarver Gold $$ Contributor

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    Done
     
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  10. mtang45

    mtang45 Gold $$ Contributor

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    Just signed up for monthly donation
     
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  11. JBT

    JBT Gold $$ Contributor

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    Just signed up for a monthly donation.
     
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  12. Evlshnngns

    Evlshnngns Silver $$ Contributor

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    Please make new members pay.

    This place is worth the money. That would certainly cut down on those who aren't here with the intent of learning and furthering the sport. And to be honest, they can learn A LOT on this site without logging in, just searching the archives.

    Thanks for all you do, this place is great.
     
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  13. ClassCat

    ClassCat Unlimited Gold $$ Contributor

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    Lets raise the bar. How about PLATINUM or DIAMOND Members ?
    Fund Raisers,
    get the purveyors involved. raffles, 50/50 , incentives, donations,etc.
     
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  14. PatMiles

    PatMiles Gold $$ Contributor

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    I realize this is an older thread but...
    I'M IN!!!

    BOSS: Pat -- this is a new thread. Starting morning of August 9, 2018. Thanks for your support.

    We have just started the manual approval thing. It is hugely time consuming. Hopefully we will be able to hire a dedicated Guard at the Gate.
     
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  15. Damfino

    Damfino Gold $$ Contributor

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    Benefactor level? I'm in.
     
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  16. cdhbrad

    cdhbrad Gold $$ Contributor

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    Set up a monthly donation. Glad to help.
     
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  17. Forum Boss

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    The other thing I want to add -- if ANYone sends you a PM saying they want to sell you something, check their profile to find when they signed up. If they have been on the site for 30 days or less, do NOT give them any money. Not one dime.

    Try to get their email address and mailing address if possible but do NOT give out your own email address. Report the new member to us using the Report button. We will take it from there.

    Be extremely cautious with recent members with no feedback.
     
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  18. ricco1949

    ricco1949 Gold $$ Contributor

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    Done.... best source for knowledge money can buy.
     
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  19. urbanrifleman

    urbanrifleman Gold $$ Contributor

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    Just upgraded to gold :)
     
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  20. Texas10

    Texas10 Gold $$ Contributor

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    How about a separate trader board for Gold members. Have to be a Gold member to buy or sell. I think that'll kill the fraud issue.
     
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