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The Road to Recovery.

Thread title: The Road to Recovery.
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08-05-2013, 08:47 PM
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Well, what do you know, half a year goes by quick.

Long story short, after a major burnout, I am back. If it is of any interest, perhaps I'll share the longer version at some point, but for now the time is better spent putting TF back in shape. One remark that I'd like to make is that it is amazing how negative experiences play out to have a positive impact on us, how they teach us to prioritize what's really worth stressing over in life. For that, I am especially thankful to those few members (they know who they are) who have been treating me and everything that we've been trying to accomplish with TF with so much negativity. They were, in a way, part of the healing process.

Special thanks to those who have been supportive during this away-from-TF time.

I've missed TF and everyone here. And I really do mean everyone.

Upon my return, the shape of the forum can be fairly described as a disaster and a half: tons of spam and spambots, as well as out of control membership database. Looks complicated and time consuming, but not lethal. It comes down to the hours of work that need to be put into TF to get it back in shape.

I'll be tackling the top priority issues in the days to come, followed by things that were left off in the development phase.

I'll keep you guys in the loop through updates in this thread.

PS: Those that absolutely want to send me hate mail, please do so via PM or email. Saying mean things publicly will serve no value.

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08-05-2013, 09:10 PM
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Update on spam clean-up: so far 84,000+ posts and 78,000+ threads were removed. Nearly 1,750+ spambot accounts were banned and deleted.

The following forums are clear of spam:
News & Announcements
Suggestions & Feedback
General Discussions
Member Introductions
Member Website Announcements

more to follow.

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08-07-2013, 06:29 AM
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Update on spam clean-up.

The following forums are clear of spam:
Looking For / Wanting to Sell Products
Websites
Designs, Templates, Skins
Domain Names
Advertising and Traffic
Licensing
Physical Goods
Other Digital Goods

more to follow.

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08-14-2013, 03:46 AM
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Update on spam clean-up.

Weeding out single-user-post spam within discussions are proving very time consuming, however very necessary for the well-being of our community. A lot of times threads as old as 2012-2011 are being screened for violators, to make sure the job is done properly.

The following forums are clear of spam:
Services Offered / Looking to Hire
Graphic or Web Design
Programming or Coding
Web Hosting
Dedicated or Virtual Private Servers
Search Engine Optimization
Writing, Editing, Copywriting
Other Services

more to follow.

08-20-2013, 10:24 PM
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Update on spam clean-up.

More forums are getting back in shape. I lost count after 200, but probably 280-300 more spammers were removed from the system completely. A fair share of these included recently registered accounts from high-risk destinations, to prevent potential new spam from getting through.

This is all done manually, hence it takes time.

The following forums are clear of spam:
HTML/XHTML/DHTML/CSS
Programming
PHP and MySQL
Javascript
.NET and MSSQL
Flash and Actionscript
Other Programming Languages
Development Software and Tools

more to follow.

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