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Rev. Doug Miller
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Policy Change (Long, I'm sorry)
Feb 12th, 2009 at 5:05pm
 
Well we've tried it and the administrative team has decided that all new registrations will be mandated to register with their real names, both first and last.  This is one of several actions that we are taking in order to reduce the number of spam registrations, hackers infiltrating our membership, and spoofers messing around with all of us in various ways.  So far it seems to be working.

On January 5, I asked for a voluntary change from screen names to real names.  Many of you played follow the leader after I changed my name to my real name.  The entire team appreciates you making that change.  Many of you have publicly and privately complemented this action.  Thank you for that.  Our only intent is to keep WR not only fun, but safe as well.

Now I'm asking for further action to be taken.  Many of you are still using screen names.  In a couple of weeks emails will be sent to members who have not changed their names yet.  In those emails there will be words like "Restricted" and "Blocked" and other words that don't sound so good.  
If you could, please go ahead and change your screen names over to your real names.  The administrative team and I regret having to take this action, but greatly appreciate your willingness to help us with this matter.


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Re: Policy Change (Long, I'm sorry)
Reply #1 - Feb 12th, 2009 at 7:28pm
 
Doug,
Is mine ok with just my last initial or do you want my whole last name is doesn't matter to me just tell me how you want it.
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Reply #2 - Feb 12th, 2009 at 10:46pm
 
I still have the same concern I corresponded with you about privately Doug.
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Reply #3 - Feb 14th, 2009 at 1:02am
 
You may not register with or change your email address to one from the domain @hotmail.com.

Change name on my profile. When I saved changes I got the above error message. Any one know why?
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Re: Policy Change (Long, I'm sorry)
Reply #4 - Feb 14th, 2009 at 1:36am
 
hotmail is one of those domains we have had to block because of the amount of spam that uses hotmail.  PM me with your particulars and I'll see what I can do for you.
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Reply #5 - Feb 14th, 2009 at 1:03pm
 
gmail?
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Reply #6 - Feb 14th, 2009 at 1:20pm
 
Sorry Chuck, but the list includes hotmail, gmail, and yahoo.  The admin team can override this restriction on an individual basis.  However, it does cause problems like what you've run into down the road.  Looks like you've overcome the problems though.  Still, let me know if you need any help.
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Reply #7 - Feb 14th, 2009 at 4:21pm
 
You know, sometimes it sure does pay to have a smart wife. When I explained the email problem, She gave me one of those "have you gone daft" looks and reminded me that we have our own website with my own email address on it. Problem solved. smiley=lolk.gif
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Reply #8 - Feb 14th, 2009 at 4:26pm
 
Grin Grin Grin smiley=lolk.gif
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Reply #9 - Feb 14th, 2009 at 4:38pm
 
Yeah Chuck, my daughter has that look and it's usually accompanied by 'You know Daddy, this is really quite simple' - which means 'I've shown you this 5 million times'. Grin
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Reply #10 - Feb 14th, 2009 at 5:18pm
 
Just Checking to see if it worked.
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Reply #11 - Feb 15th, 2009 at 5:08pm
 
No problem here Rev,but if you need me to put my full last name in there ,you can either do it or let me know and I will.  smiley=thumbsup.gif smiley=thumbsup.gif smilies=bowdown smilies=bowdown smilies=bowdown smilies=bowdown
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Re: Policy Change (Long, I'm sorry)
Reply #12 - Feb 15th, 2009 at 10:34pm
 
As someone who's an Admin on another forum, I can attest to the fact that the spammers, scammers, and trolls have really stepped up their efforts to get into forums. I fully understand the need to block certain e-mail providers like Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, and a few others. We do the same, but allow people in with those e-mail providers on a case-by-case basis. It's a bit more hassle for the members, but in the long run, it makes the forum much nicer for the members.

The real name rule is also another one we use, and it seems to keep people more civil when they know their name is associated with what they type. As WR grows, rules like this become more and more necessary, or else things can go downhill real quickly.  smiley=thumbsup.gif
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Re: Policy Change (Long, I'm sorry)
Reply #13 - Feb 16th, 2009 at 5:55pm
 
ok i give up.....tried to change registration to real name as requested...now how do u get this verifacation code thing...black box is just a jumble of letters and numbers....can someone send me an email or response here soon....im going back to work tuesday and will be gone a month...dont really feel like dealing with a lockout when i get back...lol
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Re: Policy Change (Long, I'm sorry)
Reply #14 - Feb 16th, 2009 at 6:17pm
 
I think I fixed it Bob, let me know if it's working.
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