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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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    • RIP Tom Menino Just 2 miles of paint in 2014? Sadness October 30, 2014
      Tweetwww.cyclelicio.us/2011/tom-menino-bicycle/ … We only wish Tom Menino had found riding a bike a bit sooner in his life. He may well still be with us given the health benefits of riding a bike. Sadly he got hit by a car … Continue reading →
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    • Scoping Out Bike Routes While Driving October 30, 2014
      TweetDriving in and around cities has got to be one of the most stressful and frustrating experiences anyone can have. Drivers can’t let their guard down for even one minute for fear that a wayward car will lull them into … Continue reading →
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    • 14th Annual Boston Halloween Bike Ride Is Tomorrow! October 30, 2014
      TweetGreg Hum (Contributor) plays drums on his bike, gets people together for really big midnight and monthly bike rides, and is easily distracted by shiny things and fried potatoes. He shares stories and more on his personal bike blog, The Humble … Continue reading →
      greg
    • 14th Annual Boston Halloween Bike Ride Is Tomorrow! October 30, 2014
      TweetGreg Hum (Contributor) plays drums on his bike, gets people together for really big midnight and monthly bike rides, and is easily distracted by shiny things and fried potatoes. He shares stories and more on his personal bike blog, The Humble … Continue reading →
      greg
    • Mayor Menino Has Passed Away. October 30, 2014
      TweetThomas M. Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston’s history, has died. He served as mayor from 1993 until 2013. The Boston Globe reports: Thomas Michael Menino, who insisted a mayor doesn’t need a grand vision to lead, then went on … Continue reading →
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    • I’m commuting – if you wanna race go enter a crit. October 29, 2014
      TweetSometimes you gotta love other commuters. Yesterday – riding – and it’s tuesday, so I do interval training on my 45 lbs commuter bike, loaded with packs. After a good session with my hear rate up into the 170+ zone … Continue reading →
      altbiker
    • TRUCKIN’ ON: Reducing the danger of Trucks and other Large Vehicles October 29, 2014
      Trucks are only 4% of vehicles in the United States but cause about 7% of pedestrian fatalities and 11% of cyclist fatalities. The disparity is even higher in urban areas – a London analysis found that the 4% of vehicles that were trucks were involved in nearly 53% of cyclist fatalities. In Boston, 7 out […]
      Steve Miller
    • People’s Pike or People’s Pillar to Post? October 27, 2014
      TweetHow would I like to think of the People’s Pike? I want to see a bicycle path and an adjacent footpath which avoid crossing and turning conflicts, passing under the ramps to the Turnpike and to the proposed West Station, … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • People’s Pike or People’s Pillar to Post? October 27, 2014
      TweetHow would I like to think of the People’s Pike? I want to see a bicycle path and an adjacent footpath which avoid crossing and turning conflicts, passing under the ramps to the Turnpike and to the proposed West Station, … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • People’s Pike or People’s Pillar to Post? October 27, 2014
      TweetHow would I like to think of the People’s Pike? I want to see a bicycle path and an adjacent footpath which avoid crossing and turning conflicts, passing under the ramps to the Turnpike and to the proposed West Station, … Continue reading →
      jsallen