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  1. LIKE and a 4-star rating on this entry because a.) it's sincere/heartfelt, and b.) it's Matt.
  2. Thank you. What would be a reasonable number to change that to?
  3. I received this question from a member: Here are some settings I found: Are these the settings I should tweak? If yes, what are you guys using for settings, and what shoukd I set these at to avoid problems like this member is having?
  4. True. I've also found that when I participate, my forum is busy. When I take a break, the place quiets down.
  5. It's more like it's by design. For example, a forum with no topics, though it exists, is not visible to users (or a category with no forums - something like that). Maybe check the affected category/forum settings. Grasping at straws here, if nothing else, bumping the topic ...
  6. I remember something like this happening a long time ago. In my case it had something to do with a category with no topics in it being invisible on the message board. Once a topic was added, the category became visible. I know it's not much to go on, but maybe something will point you in the right direction, something to do with the renaming. Hopefully you get it resolved, and hopefully the topics, etc. are all still there. I think they are, because you said they seem to be in the database. Sorry I can't be of more help.
  7. It's in Settings>LogIn & Registration:
  8. If so, I hope it's optional, because I don't plan on letting members do that themselves.
  9. I use a similar approach. My community is exclusive, and my policy for years has been that you have to ask to join. I kept registration deactivated and had an announcement visible to guests telling hopefuls to use the Contact Us link to write to me. I would then temporarily re-activate registration so the prospective member could register. Lots of users joined that way, and I knew that spammers weren't going to write to me. Since activating PBR, I've been able to re-activate registration, and almost no spammers even try to register, because they're too busy "posting" ... or at least they think they are! 😉 With this feature and the spam control rating option, it leaves very few IP addresses, user names, and email addresses for me to Google and run through WhoIs, Project Honeypot, etc. It's working out great for me.
  10. I agree. I hate the Breitbart model. Just because a million idiots (and bots) high-five each other with likes doesn't mean that the post brought to the top to be showcased is the most intelligent post that somehow defines the topic. That's akin to the delusion many people suffer from when it comes to voting: they think the mere act of voting makes a difference when they cast a vote for either Bad Candidate A or Bad Candidate B. Sad and pathetic.
  11. I have it activated. Haven't had a single incident of spam, but that's because I have to manually approve each registrant. I do look at my online users list and find it amusing to see some user busy posting a topic in a forum where I know we will never see his post. Why? Because he won't be approved, or he won't even bother registering after trying to post, because he's a spammer lol.
  12. Starting to see a lot of these 504 timeouts here on this forum and, more importantly, on my own forum, @IPS, Invision, etc. This is not right. No excuses .. if amazon is to blame, hammer it! It takes the money ... Hold it accountable!!!
  13. So, it's not okay for me to say what I said about my forum? No matter ... Thankfully, what she's asking for isn't gonna happen. (And I don't even work for Invision.)
  14. My forum isn't a "social media experience," nor should it be.
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