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DNA, the Universe & Everything Else => Everything Else => Topic started by: Kilman on June 24, 2011, 07:42:49 PM

Title: Serious problems
Post by: Kilman on June 24, 2011, 07:42:49 PM
If possible, avoid logging into Towelday until we figure out what is going on.  It looks like there is some sort of mirror site redirection that has been going on since around the 10th of June.

Not sure if this is the mirror or our proper site.  One way or another, some people have been visiting one site while the others have been visiting this one.  Posts made at one place do not appear at the other.  Passwords may be compromised, so when we clear it up, you will want to reset them.  But at the moment I am not sure if this is a safe place to login or change the password.

I lack experience in this kind of hijacking and don't know how long it might take to reach Donna, so please be patient.
Title: Re: Serious problems
Post by: Teatime on June 24, 2011, 10:59:42 PM
Doh!
::Runs away, her hat flying off::
Title: Re: Serious problems
Post by: Kilman on June 24, 2011, 11:30:24 PM
Teatime, you appear to have been the first person to post a message on this version of the site (after the problem started on the 10th) back on the 22nd.  Prior to that, we had noticed that you hadn't responded to several posts and it seemed odd.  Perhaps you were taking a break, and perhaps you never saw those messages because you were in this alternate universe.  Around the 16th or so, I asked if you wanted to be a mod to help fight spam.  Then a few days ago I posted some funny (ok, maybe not so funny) observations about your 7 random facts on your blog.  If you were visiting Towelday and never saw either, then maybe you have been here while the rest of us were conversing on the other version.  

Anyway, still working on this.  Going to clean up around here to make things less offensive (spam).  I will post updates periodically.  Donna contacted me and hopes to get a chance to look at it tonight.  Hopefully I am just paranoid and there is a perfectly good explanation for all this.
Title: Re: Serious problems
Post by: Kilman on June 24, 2011, 11:40:51 PM
What a mess.  Not only did I have to clean up about 300 spammer accounts and maybe 100 spam messages from the 10th to the 18th, but now it looks like I have to clean out 200 accounts, 82 topics, and 146 spam messages.
Title: Re: Serious problems
Post by: Kilman on June 24, 2011, 11:45:42 PM
Lewot - the reason you can't see moderator options for helping clean up this spam is because I made you moderator in the other universe (towelday Mark I - possibly destroyed by Vogons, unless this is towelday Mark I and these posts are doomed).  Here you are a mere mortal.  Other than cleaning up, I don't want to modify accounts until we figure out what is going on.  Then I can make you a mod again.

Ha, my spell checker wants to turn Vogons into Vegans.  (it is comments like these which help you, the reader, feel sure that this an official message from the real Kilman).
Title: Re: Serious problems
Post by: Kilman on June 25, 2011, 12:06:17 AM
Just an FYI - all messages posted from the 10th to 22nd are gone on this site.  Now it will be that much longer before FallingWhale reaches hitchhiker status.
Title: Re: Serious problems
Post by: Kilman on June 25, 2011, 02:11:45 AM
And Lewot is no longer a Hooloovoo...
Title: Re: Serious problems
Post by: Kilman on June 25, 2011, 02:43:28 AM
OK, spam and spam accounts gone.  Registration turned off for the moment.  Will see what Donna comes up with.
Title: Re: Serious problems
Post by: Grate Oracle Lewot on June 25, 2011, 04:42:58 AM
I think somebody turned on the Improbability Drive before we were fully back to normal. :o
Title: Re: Serious problems
Post by: Teatime on June 25, 2011, 06:31:07 PM
Teatime, you appear to have been the first person to post a message on this version of the site (after the problem started on the 10th) back on the 22nd.  Prior to that, we had noticed that you hadn't responded to several posts and it seemed odd.  Perhaps you were taking a break, and perhaps you never saw those messages because you were in this alternate universe.  Around the 16th or so, I asked if you wanted to be a mod to help fight spam.  Then a few days ago I posted some funny (ok, maybe not so funny) observations about your 7 random facts on your blog.  If you were visiting Towelday and never saw either, then maybe you have been here while the rest of us were conversing on the other version.  

Anyway, still working on this.  Going to clean up around here to make things less offensive (spam).  I will post updates periodically.  Donna contacted me and hopes to get a chance to look at it tonight.  Hopefully I am just paranoid and there is a perfectly good explanation for all this.



Weird. I didn't see anything but a bunch of spam. I don't remember exactly the date, but I got a bunch of messages in a row abot replies and they were all spam, but nothing from you. Figured I'd wait for you to  clean it up.
Title: Re: Serious problems
Post by: Teatime on June 25, 2011, 06:33:05 PM
Just an FYI - all messages posted from the 10th to 22nd are gone on this site.  Now it will be that much longer before FallingWhale reaches hitchhiker status.

Poor FallingWhale! She's my friend!
Title: Re: Serious problems
Post by: Teatime on June 25, 2011, 06:33:51 PM
Ha, my spell checker wants to turn Vogons into Vegans. 

LOL :D
Title: Re: Serious problems
Post by: Kilman on June 25, 2011, 06:47:01 PM
Donna sent me a message and said the site host had been switching servers and the nameserver needed to be updated to reflect that.  So, basically all the weirdness was server related and not hackers after all.  Spam, of course, was spammers, but we have that cleared out.

Let me get a few things set up and I will try to explain what we you (teatime) missed.
Title: Re: Serious problems
Post by: Teatime on June 25, 2011, 06:52:29 PM
Super duper.  :)
Title: Re: Serious problems
Post by: Kilman on June 25, 2011, 07:08:55 PM
Everything is back to normal.  Registrations are open.  The site is updated and anti-spam measures have been taken.  It is safe to go back into the water!
Title: Re: Serious problems
Post by: VogonGirl on June 25, 2011, 07:35:25 PM
Yay, the sharks are gone!:D  This kind of reminds me of a movie we watched part of last night.  In the movie there was a monster in the water and they had to kill it, and at the end of the movie a little girl said that now they can swim happily or something like that.  It was supposed to be a horror movie but it was so bad it was hilarious.
Title: Re: Serious problems
Post by: VogonGirl on June 25, 2011, 07:52:26 PM
Also, now that everything is fixed, We'll be getting a new member! ;D  It's a friend of mine from a different site (ZeldaDungeon.net).
Title: Re: Serious problems
Post by: Teatime on June 25, 2011, 10:53:27 PM
Yay, a new member!  :D

Title: Re: Serious problems
Post by: FallingWhale on June 26, 2011, 03:43:49 AM
I have to work up to hitchhiker? What do I need to do? Post more? *heads to 3 word story*
Title: Re: Serious problems
Post by: Teatime on June 26, 2011, 05:59:23 PM
Yep. You're just a strag until you post a whole mess of things. I can't remember how many. Hmm, could it be 42?
Title: Re: Serious problems
Post by: Kilman on June 26, 2011, 08:43:49 PM
Speaking of promotions, you (Teatime) should now have the awesome powers of a Global Moderator!
Title: Re: Serious problems
Post by: Teatime on June 26, 2011, 09:35:41 PM
Wow, I feel like I finally got my magic wand.  ;D
Title: Re: Serious problems
Post by: VogonGirl on June 27, 2011, 03:40:36 AM
I'm almost at the Hooloovoo, just a few more posts I think. :D  Cool looking wand Teatime, hopefully it works and we don't have to worry about those nasty sharks ever again. ;D
Title: Re: Serious problems
Post by: Teatime on June 27, 2011, 10:29:57 PM
  Cool looking wand Teatime...
Thanks!  :D

I'm almost at the Hooloovoo, just a few more posts I think.
Okie dokie- get posting!