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Chessmood Odysseus

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!

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Nils Philipp

Nils Philipp 2 weeks ago

Great. Welcome. 
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Chessmood Odysseus

Chessmood Odysseus 2 weeks ago

Thanks Nils, I am going to need your support. I appreciate very much your comments always, very nice suggestions and always to the point! Keep it up, let's cogro!!
David Flynn

David Flynn 2 weeks ago

Welcome! Now your watch begins, the forum will be even better.
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Chessmood Odysseus

Chessmood Odysseus 2 weeks ago

Thanks David, you are one of the most active users in the forum! Hats off to you! And congrats for reaching 2000 in lichess! I am sure that we will exchange many messages...
Kevin D

Kevin D 2 weeks ago

He is almost as active as former member Abhi yadav. Sometimes i think they are the same user. :-)
Kevin D

Kevin D 2 weeks ago

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.

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Chessmood Odysseus

Chessmood Odysseus 2 weeks ago

I will see what can be done regarding this, it is complicated because there is many info spread with many different titles but I will try to find something, yes. By the way, thanks for your invaluable help Kevin, always helping... Did you stop your series in the Scotch? They were very good!!
Kevin D

Kevin D 2 weeks ago

@ Odysseus

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.   

Chessmood Odysseus

Chessmood Odysseus 2 weeks ago

@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... 

Yair E

Yair E 2 weeks ago

Welcome Odysseus and good to see you're hitting the ground running!
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GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 2 weeks ago

Thanks, Odysseus, and thanks to everyone for their patience and ideas. 
This is just the first step. 

Soon, after hiring a new technical team, on ChessMood everything will be cooler! 
You'll see it :) 
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David Flynn

David Flynn 2 weeks ago

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.

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Chessmood Odysseus

Chessmood Odysseus 2 weeks ago

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.


Tomboy Web

Tomboy Web 2 weeks ago

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 :)

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Chessmood Odysseus

Chessmood Odysseus 2 weeks ago

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...

Hunan Rostomyan

Hunan Rostomyan 1 week ago

I don't know who you are, Odysseus, but you're very funny. Welcome and good luck!
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Didi Mayer

Didi Mayer 1 week ago

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!

Chessmood Odysseus

Chessmood Odysseus 1 week ago

I am like a bot, trying to keep the spam posts away, actually I am deleting them daily and banning one user every day, normally around the same time too... Avetik is putting lots of effort in implementing the new website and I am trying to help organizing a bit the forum since I think that the family here is very unique, and we have to keep the dream alive! I want to organize things but also the new site is in progress, so in the meanwhile I have to work with what we have, which is more than enough for normal human interaction... And yes, I was here for a long time but I did not step up a bit until now..
David Flynn

David Flynn 1 week ago

The spammer has gone all KFC on us.
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Chessmood Odysseus

Chessmood Odysseus 1 week ago

Ha, ha, ha... Yep, but I took care of it. It is an Australian spammer disgruntled with his life... What can I say... I'm just deleting the user and the spam everyday. With the new site there will be an approval needed before posting in the main forum, you suggested it too. Until then I will keep him in line, if I could defeat a giant Cyclops, I can take care of some chicken too...  ;-)
David Flynn

David Flynn 1 week ago

I could take care of some chicken too if it comes with fries