If you posted a comment between midnight and 8 a.m. ...

Alas, it's gone. Sometime this morning, the UHub database went kablooie. Fortunately, I'd made a backup around midnight, so I was able to swap that in, but unfortunately, that means any comments made overnight are now gone. My apologies for that!

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Wow.

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And I thought you might have deliberately shut off the comments. They must have been really good if they were enough to trash the database all by themselves!

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Alas poor Uhub....

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As the saying goes, "Nothing good happens after Midnight", so I'm sure we'll all survive.

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New Policy?

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I think this would get rid of a lot of spam/trolling.

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new policy

can you please direct me to one of the many spam posts you've seen on uhub, i must have missed them

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Simple

Spam posts are either deflected by Adam or, if they involve a bogus login, flagged by the UHub Viking Chorus as they appear. They do get through now and again.

For trolling posts, go to the search box and enter "scumquistador". Scroll down to "Scumquistador|Universal Hub" and click to get the username details. Go to the "track" tab and you will get a list of recent trolling activity.

You're welcome. :-D

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Ask Adam

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He's the one who has to clean out the traps every morning.

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Boring UHub history

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When I started the site, anybody could post a comment and it would go up immediately. Then I started getting hit by spam, lots of spam, so I went to captcha. The spammers took one look, snorted, broke the various captchas I tried and went on spamming. So I went to a moderation queue (i.e., I had to manually approve all comments). That cut out most of the public spam, but left me waking up every morning to scores, sometimes hundreds of automated spam comments. Turns out there are some ways to have the system auto-recognize spam, and so far they're working - the only spam attempts I see these days are from spammers who employ actual human beings to find systems and try to post comments.

But as the spam decreased, the number of racist crap or just crap in general started going up. Huzzah! UHub has made it and is popular and people who get bored posting on newspaper sites have found their way here, and some of them keep posting the same sort of thing with the same sort of comments (and even odd little syntactical stylings so I can tell when a particular person has left a comment) even though they should realize their comments are never going to go public. I guess they think I'm just sitting here crying and gnashing my teeth and banging my head against the table in sheer despair over the brilliance of their witty remarks and so it's worth it to keep spitting into the virtual wind here, when, in fact, I've just gotten old and cynical and cranky and go "Oh, him again! Say hello to my little friend, Mr. Delete Box."

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Phew!

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I thought Fish had finally pushed you over the edge.

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IP address problem?

The first three digits of the IP address didn't match Adam's place of birth - they keep a chart of these in the station, you know!

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Speaking of names

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There's a band called "Alt-J", named after an Apple computer keyboard command. I always thought, for the IBM PC people, that "Format C:" would be a good band name.

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There goes my 27-page

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There goes my 27-page manifesto about how Verizon Fios coming to Boston is a sign of the apocalypse.

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NIce one.

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But you don't need the first word, so - two.

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