Re: Kicked out of Skoolie
Hi, all -
GreyEagle has done a pretty good job of illustrating the reasons that some of you are experiencing frustration. I have tried to address everyone individually that has voiced complaints, but apparently a post should be made to all concerned as well. First off, it was never our intention to "weed out" the devoted members of skoolie.net or their posts. I realize that people have worked extremely hard on their contributions to this site, and we appreciate your time, effort and participation. So, please accept my apologies if you were one of the parties affected (unintentionally) by the major clean-up of spam / hackers / etc.
Second (the bad news): If your posts / photos / contributions were deleted, they are gone forever. I have tried every possible way to reinstate past posts, but this system is designed in such a way (as most boards are) to disallow posts that are deleted from being reposted. (GlennC: I believe I replied to your e-mail via private message, so hopefully this clears things up.)
Third: I understand everyone's frustrations with the e-mail provider limitations. I use Gmail almost exclusively, so I feel your pain. However, the major e-mail providers (such as Yahoo, Gmail and Hotmail) do absolutely nothing to prevemt spammers signing up for innumerable fake e-mail accounts and then spamming websites, blogs, etc. Until these providers put some measure in place to circumvent spammers / hackers from obtaining hundreds of e-mail address in an hour, it is in this site's best interest (and in yours) to discontinue the use of these e-mail addresses during registration to this site.
All of the moderators and administrators worked hard to deleted hundreds of thousands of fake users and spam posts from this board. It took days to go page-by-page to make sure we tried to retain as many members and their posts as possible. Unfortunately, within the thousands of pages we looked through, some errors were made. I apologize for this! We spent the time because we know how important this board is to the current members and to potential members who seek advice for their projects. Hopefully we can keep things in check from now on and make sure this board continues to be a place where people can share their projects and look for advice.