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Spam User Removal, Forum Bye Bye

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 04

Seems over the last couple days, roughly 40,000 spam users from all over the world have attacked the database. As such I am aggressively cleaning out the user table…

This shouldn’t mean anything to you, unless of course I crush you under my iron heal of deletion by accident.

If you find yourself unable to log into your blog, contact me, and we will get it sorted out.

You will also notice the forum is gone, it was fun while it lasted but never really caught on. Maybe at some point it will come back, but for now its gone baby gone.

Thanks
BB


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A Funny Thing Happened On My Way To Deleting The Forums

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 27

Does anyone use the forums anymore?  If so I will keep them, if not, I think they might go during some new years cleaning I am going to be doing soon?

Make your case in the comments.


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Playing Around WIth A New Event System

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 02

The old event system was well….old, so I am switching over to something a little more flexible. I am going to be fiddling with it a bit today, so don’t be surprised if things look a little strange for a while.

Thanks!


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Bigger Faster Stronger!

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 13

In the next few days I am going to be testing some optimization scripts. These are to hopefully improve the speed of the site, decrease down time, protect from spam, and in general make things zippy around here. However there are some possible side effects, you might be asked to fill out a CAPTCHA (those annoying type in the letter things) if the scripts think you are naughty. This is mostly likely because you are one of the following, a spammer, a malicious bot, or your computer is infected with some sort of malware you don’t know about. I apologize if this happens to you. I will be testing this script for a week or two to see if it actually helps with site speed, etc. If it does I am going to keep them, if not, they are out!

I appreciate your patience during this period. As always feel free to report any problems through the contact form, or in this comment thread.

Thanks.


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Winners Of Forum Contest

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 09

A while ago I mentioned that I would be giving prizes to the first 20 people that tried out the forum. Well I am happy to report that the brave testers did a great job, gave some good feedback, and some good suggestions for future improvements, and because we didn’t quite get to 20, I have decided to give everyone who tested them out a prize.

So the winners are the following:

TurkeyWatch
CorkScrew
William Fur
Dan
Alex Ose
Justin

You will all be getting a 50% off coupon for one non-silver custom head badge, or custom u-lock badge. Just email me if you are one of these people and we can work out the details.

Thanks for your help!


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Forum Testing Contest

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 26

Attention brave testers, I need some people to try out the new forums, in return I will bribe reward you with prizes!

The first 20 people who post something in the forum will be entered into a raffle. In this raffle I will be giving away some bike books and other bike stuff. Pretty good prize for just typing some stuff into a box!

The only rules are that you must try to test all the features of the forum, and it has to be a real discussion, none of that “this is a test” post business.

So go to it, the contest runs till the end of this week Friday at 5pm.

Post in this comment thread with any problems/feedback you might have with the forums.


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New Forums!

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 25

Just integrated the old forums into the main site…this should come with several benefits, namely if you already have a user account you should now have a forum account (no more double sign up), and it should just work better.

The old forums are going to be shut down in a couple weeks, you can find them here. If there is anything you need from over there I would suggest you get it soon.

The new forums are here. You can also get to it from the link at the top of the page.

The only bad thing of the process is that I was only able to rescue some of the previous posts. Most of the forum simply will not move over…so this just means you can now fill the forums with all new conversation!

Test it out and let me know if things are broken.

Thanks


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New Feature, Easier Video Embed

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 23

Some people have reported having trouble with embedding videos on their site, if you are one of them take a look at your settings screen, you will see a new option called “kses extent” simple check all the boxes and click save, this should allow video embedding, you may still have to turn the visual text editor off (in the users menu), or go to the HTML view on the new post screen, but it should work. Let me know if you are having any troubles.

If you don’t embed video’s you can ignore this.


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The Word On The Street

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    • Council Unanimously Approves Lower Speed Limit, Now Goes To Mayor For Approval April 27, 2016
      TweetThe city council Unanimously approved the 20 mph speed limit, it now goes to the mayor, and then (strangely) to the state…stay tuned.
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    • Report From The Lowering The Speed Limit Public Hearing April 25, 2016
      TweetLynn gave this great report on how the hearing to lower the speed limit to 20 mph in Boston went (the report was from 4 days ago, I am just now getting around to reading it).  Looks like things are … Continue reading →
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    • Rozzie Bikes Repair Day May 14th April 25, 2016
      TweetGot this in the email, looks like it could be a lot of fun. Are you good with kids? Can you pump up a tire or oil a chain? If so, please support Rozzie Bikes by coming to one (or … Continue reading →
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    • April Ghouls Day Ride April 30th! April 25, 2016
      TweetUnbeknownst to me there is another holiday at the end of April called April Ghouls day…or at least that is what the good folks at Dot Bike would have us believe. From the email: You heard it here first! — … Continue reading →
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    • America’s Absurd Fascination With Cars April 14, 2016
      TweetI was having a discussion with someone this morning and we realized that at every stage in the development of automobile infrastructure in America, other, consistently better, choices for infrastructure were available, but we continued to choose the car every … Continue reading →
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    • Boston City Council Hearing On Lower Speed Limits In Boston April 8, 2016
      TweetGot this in the email.  Very interesting proposal!  If we really could make speeding enforcement and lowering speeds a priority we would be much better off.   ————————– On April 20th there will be a hearing on Councilor Frank Baker’s … Continue reading →
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    • Shop Soap! April 5, 2016
      I have been making my own soap for a couple of years now, mostly as gifts for friends and family.  We have made all sorts of nice smelling, very good soaps, but something was missing.  I wanted a soap that was strong enough to blast off the various shop related gunk from my hands, but […]
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    • After School at Open Shop! April 3, 2016
      Recently at a Wednesday Open Shop, a boy came up to me and introduced himself as Philip, a fifth grader from up the street. He said his gym teacher told him about CommonWheels and that he could learn about bikes and he was just wondering if he could fi... Continue reading →
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    • After School at Open Shop! April 3, 2016
      Recently at a Wednesday Open Shop, a boy came up to me and introduced himself as Philip, a fifth grader from up the street. He said his gym teacher told him about CommonWheels and that he could learn about bikes and he was just wondering if he could fi... Continue reading →
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    • Making Some Crow Feather Earrings April 2, 2016
      Here are some process shots from the latest group of earrings I made. First I print out the design, and then cut and rubber cement it to the copper plate. the design is cut out using a jewelers saw, then you file and polish the burs off. The feathers ready and prepped for soldering.  Silver […]
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