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Offline Gyppo

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Open letter to all members, new and old. Prose and Poetry alike.
« on: December 29, 2017, 08:13:46 AM »
For anyone new here who doesn't know me, I'm Gyppo.  I've been here almost since the beginning and love this place.  But...

It is terminally ill.  It isn't going to get better.  The new owners don't give a damn.  The moderators no longer have the tools they need to fight the spam.  They no longer have technical support. There is nothing they can do.

How difficult can it be to understand this is entirely out of their hands?  The fact they are still hanging around trying to help people shows their character and resilience.

The best thing you can do is cut your losses and head on over to

https://bestwritingforum.com/index.php

where you will find many familiar faces and an administrator who cares passionarely about getting it right.

In the meantime, may I suggest you log on here at MWC and use the search function - which miraculously still works - and 'mine' any of your previous postings you really want to save.  Okay, it'll be a mammoth cut and paste session  to get stuff back onto your own system if you've been on here as long as I have, but if you just hang around waiting for some good fairy to appear and 'do something' you're wasting your time.

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My website is currently having a holiday, but will return like the $6,000,000 man.  Bigger, stronger, etc.

In the meantime, why not take pity on a starving author and visit my book sales page at http://stores.lulu.com/gyppo1

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Re: Open letter to all members, new and old. Prose and Poetry alike.
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2017, 08:45:50 AM »
Thank you for posting this, Gyppo.

It's true that we are unable to remove all those spam posts covering the boards. Some filter has been set up so that the posts show on the boards, but are inaccessible to the moderators. We are powerless to remove them. We can ban the offenders once they post, but we don't have the ability to remove anything listed as "awaiting approval".

We have reached out to the owners and I do hope the issue will be fixed. Trust me, it's as frustrating for us as it is for you all.

We all care about MWC and the membership, but I personally have reached a point where I'm beating my head against the wall and the wall is winning. I can either learn to live with the constant headache, or leave the wall alone.  :-\
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Re: Open letter to all members, new and old. Prose and Poetry alike.
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2017, 09:25:09 AM »
Thank you for posting this, Gyppo.
I took your advice and registered there. I will remain on here until after the poetry challenge and then I'm out of here. The amount of spam on here is shocking. And it's even  more shocking to learn that the moderators are basically helpless against it.

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Re: Open letter to all members, new and old. Prose and Poetry alike.
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2017, 05:39:07 PM »
Tar Gyp, it took a lot to write that didn't it mate. This place has been home for a long time for a lot of us

Everything Laura said is spot on, it is frustrating. Its hard to fight a battle with no weapons and we are weaponless I am afraid.

I'm A Binge Thinker: Do It A Lot Somedays, Then Not Much At All.

Don't take life too seriously, none of us get out of it alive. >:D


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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2017, 05:51:27 PM »
I just hope it catches enough people and makes them think about coming over to the 'other place'.  Especially some of the new members who signed up and then were hit with all the Spam straight away.  At least we 'old hands' know what this place was and what it offered.
My website is currently having a holiday, but will return like the $6,000,000 man.  Bigger, stronger, etc.

In the meantime, why not take pity on a starving author and visit my book sales page at http://stores.lulu.com/gyppo1

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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2017, 05:56:06 PM »
Very sad, there are some really lovely people on here and I've enjoyed popping in to see what everyone else is up to, but yes , the spam thing is just really depressing.

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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2017, 06:04:34 PM »
Then follow the link to the liferaft ;-)

If you've aready done so, then thanks.
My website is currently having a holiday, but will return like the $6,000,000 man.  Bigger, stronger, etc.

In the meantime, why not take pity on a starving author and visit my book sales page at http://stores.lulu.com/gyppo1

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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2017, 07:25:26 PM »
It's the Welcome board that is disabled it appears but they do these things and go on holidays and don't check back, most frustrating
I'm A Binge Thinker: Do It A Lot Somedays, Then Not Much At All.

Don't take life too seriously, none of us get out of it alive. >:D