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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

  • RSS Here is what people are saying

    • Michelle Wu’s Editorial on Biking in Boston July 22, 2016
      TweetThe Boston Globe recently published Boston City Council President Michelle Wu’s thoughts on improving bicyclist safety and promoting bike commuting in Boston by way of protected bike lanes.  It’s been passed around quite a bit in Boston cycling circles, but … Continue reading →
      Liam
    • I Am Heading Out To The Corn! July 22, 2016
      TweetI am going to be doing my 5th (!) RAGBRAI next week. It’s going to be hot, and fun, try not to break anything while I am gone.   Read some past RAGBRAI stories here.
      Boston Biker
    • Newbury Street Closed To Car Traffic One Day Next Month July 22, 2016
      TweetIn an effort to make it more like downtown crossing Newbury Street will be closed to cars one day next month (Aug 7th). The city’s decision to shut down Newbury Street to vehicular traffic on Sunday, Aug. 7, is drawing … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Councillor Michelle Wu Wants Your Help To Find Places For Better Bike Lanes July 18, 2016
      TweetSo lets tell her!   From Facebook Need some crowd-sourcing help to move protected cycling infrastructure! Can we generate a list of all the road segments in Boston where there’s already a painted bike lane next to parked cars? i.e. … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • No Need To Imagine New Infrastructure, Just Copy What Works July 13, 2016
      TweetHere is something I would love to see here.
      Boston Biker
    • Babes Bike Boston 2! July 9, 2016
      TweetIts happening AGAIN. The Babes Bike Boston race is back! From Femmechanics: Femmechanics (https://femmechanics.wordpress.com/) is hosting our 2nd annual alleycat next Saturday July 16th! BBB is an alleycat for FTW (femme and/or trans* and/or women) riders of all biking abilities, … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Awesome Ad Featuring Boston Bike Polo Players! July 9, 2016
      Tweet Let the Games Begin from Rule Boston Camera on Vimeo. If you have never watched or played bike polo you are missing out, lots of fun, one of the most fun things you can do.
      Boston Biker
    • Cambridge Fast Tracks Inman Square Redesign June 30, 2016
      TweetThe city of Cambridge has decided to fast track the redesign of Inman square after the recent death there. Sigh…seems the best way to get shitty infrastructure fixed is to have someone die in it. We saw the same thing … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Jeff Jacoby Is A Dirty Sleaze Bag Who Tries To Get Attention When Cyclists Die June 29, 2016
      TweetIt seems Jeff Jacoby, resident murderous goon at the Globe, likes to make stupid public statements after cyclists are killed to try and squeeze just a little more attention for himself and his horrific view points.  I wrote way back in … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Drunk Driver Gets 12 Years For Killing Cyclist In Dorchester June 29, 2016
      TweetIn a rare turn of events a motorist was actually sentenced to jail time for killing a cyclists. All it took was him being drunk and driving without a license.  Nothing will bring back young Fritz Philogene, but at least justice … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker