Hello Champions and Future Champions, Hello Chessmood Family...
I bet that you recognize the words... I just dared to use them to start making my introduction to all of you.
From now on I am going to be watching over your learning Odyssey in Chessmood by moderating the forum. Lately we had some technical issues and some undesired posts, that is why our beloved Avetik asked me to moderate the forum. Of course in no way I will behave as an inquisitor, and we still have to fix some malicious posts but we are on it.
I enjoyed very much banning a couple of users that were spamming us and deleted the posts that I could (and I will delete the the rest soon).
I will try to make your experience here more enjoyable and I have been taking good notes in the different posts that you wrote.
I will only ask some patience before I get used to my duties but rest assured that I will be here for you!
Hi Odysseus and welcome,
Are you able to make it easier for users to track posts, especially older posts. The search function on the forum does not work very well.
Thanks for the kind words.
There was one installment left to complete in the Scotch series, but other commitments got in the way. Later when time permitted forum Interest no longer seemed that high for the series so I stopped.
@Kevin_D I see, I understand. Let's see if we can rekindle the forum spirit a bit, I will do my best but I hope that you will continue being our Kevin... I will think about how to revive the interest and make the old post useful to everyone...
More spam for you. This time about Vicki who I believe works at a greengrocer with large produce ;)
I guess it's whackamole until one/both of:
. Captcha on registrations and/or non-pro posts to prevent bots. Chess captchas with mate in one for example stop non-chess able spamming humans too (I think a good minimum is being able to mate in 1, despite some of our blitz games ;)
. Non-pro posts to be approved before going into the forum (also means that answers can be given at the same time on common topics)
The second prevents a reservoir of accounts built up before spamming. The first stops automated attempts when a manual user might give up on a moderated forum.
At the moment it's about a rate of one spam post a day, but in theory there is nothing stopping a higher rate and the site getting overwhelmed.
Thanks, I am deleting the spam posts and the user daily and we want to stablish this preview checking system, I do not think that it is a bot. It is just a sad person that needs some affection but it is looking for it in the wrong way.
As Avetik said in another post, he is remodeling the site and technical team, it will be for the best for sure.
According to ancient Greek mythology, Odysseus sank a couple of ships, his crew died (some of them had a violent death) and it took him 10 years to reach his destination (a typical one-week journey)!
I really hope you are more lucky than he was :)
Nice point Tomboy! Hopefully the experience that I had accumulated going back to Ithaki can help you all.
Losing all your crew, friends, forgetting what's important to you for years, etc gives you some life wisdom that I will slowly try to convey here. ;-)
In fact learning chess is an ongoing Odissey, and I was adrift and lost in the chess learning world more than 10 years... Until I met Avetik and Chessmood... Then everything changed...
Is it a secret, who you are, Odysseus? If not do we know you e.g. from a previous pro user name?
All the best for your work and journey!