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#1 Gwydion Stone

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 12:19 PM

It's still largely a mystery, but for some reason the search engines have been insanely active on the site this month, and in particular the last week. They've logged over 70,000 hits today alone so far. They're also cheating: they're ignoring the "disallow" command I set up against search agents to temporarily give the site a break. I expected this of less ethical and smaller search bots, but not from Google, who swears they always respect the site's rules.

Now, I love having a good ranking in the Google, but I'm thinking they need to start kicking in for BW usage. Yahoo Slurp is just as bad, followed closely by MSN.

When I first found the site down, I immediately bought an extra half gig of bandwidth, but it had already been exceeded by the next morning. So I was essentially forced to upgrade to a more expensive package with no BW limit.

What this means is that I'm also pretty much forced to upgrade to the latest version of IPB software—which I've been avoiding—and that means you'll have to deal with an ugly-looking board for a while, while I get a new skin set-up.

Apparently however, there are all kinds of new features that come with the upgrade, so we'll see how worthwhile all this hassle is. Frankly, if it weren't for the superior admin controls and security of IPB, I'd convert to phbBB3 or one of the other free, open source solutions.

Also, as Mercury went retrograde last Friday until Sept 12th, I expect the whole process will be plagued with errors, cock-ups, gremlins and general glitchiness, so be forewarned. Yes, I've made backups.

If we have any IPB gurus in our midst, I'd love to hear from you.

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#2 Joe Legate

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 02:27 PM

70,000 hits
cheating
swear
respect
rules
I love
expensive package
forced
ugly-looking
new skin
superior admin controls
open source
cock-ups
I'd love to hear from you.


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#3 baubel

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 03:47 PM

I don't think the board is that ugly. Sure Joe has a few gray hairs, and Bill had a beard the last time I saw him but that's no reason to drop an ugly bomb.

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#4 Ron

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 01:53 AM

I see Joe is doing his part to keep the Google results down! Now people will find us when they search for LTV or cock.
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#5 techdiver

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 07:06 AM

Ouch! Now is that how you treat your hosts? :poke:

#6 Joe Legate

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 07:53 AM

Now people will find us when they search for LTV or cock.

I'm glad we had the foresight not to mention Pussy!


Edit: Dammit.

#7 Jay

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 08:53 PM

Nothing to see here. Move along.

#8 Gwydion Stone

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 08:21 AM

I saw what you did there.

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#9 Jay

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 12:40 PM

I can't slide one past the Man Behind The Curtain, eh? I wonder what other embarrassing e-secrets you may be privy to. Hey, is that why everyone buys you a drink at the meetups? ;)

#10 baubel

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 03:17 PM

I doubt it. He's got friends in every town and village from here to the sudan. He speaks a dozen languages, knows every local custom. He'll blend in, disappear, you'll never see him again. With any luck he's got the preban already.

A little technological fix to a spiritual problem.


#11 Jay

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 11:26 PM

It's gotta be the hat.

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#12 baubel

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 12:31 AM

:laugh:

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#13 OMG_Bill

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 02:46 AM

:laugh: :laugh:
Some folks may cringe each time I use the term "Booze" regarding these high quality drinks.
I mean no offense. There are bottles of extraordinary booze out there. I've tasted a few. Relax.

#14 Misanthrope

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 08:17 AM

I doubt it. He's got friends in every town and village from here to the sudan. He speaks a dozen languages, knows every local custom. He'll blend in, disappear, you'll never see him again. With any luck he's got the preban already.

He likes the word "fog".
Supreme court decisions have been overturned merely on his "two cents".
Police often question him simply because they find him interesting.
He visited a psychic once...to warn her.
If a monument were built in his honor, Mt. Rushmore would close, due to poor attendance.
Whatever side of the tracks he's currently on is the right side. If he crossed them, he would still be the right side.
If you were trapped with him in an elevator, you wouldn't want to be saved.
His business card just says, "I'll call you."
His garden maze is responsible for more missing persons than the Bermuda Triangle.
If he were to give you directions, you'd never get lost, and you'd arrive at least five minutes early.
His legend precedes him, the way lightning precedes thunder.
He is...the most interesting man in the world. ;) :cheers:
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#15 techdiver

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 09:03 AM

:laf:

#16 Gwydion Stone

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 09:44 AM

Even watching him sleep has been described as breathtaking.

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