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  1. @Real Mythotical Thank you for that. I will keep my community locked down to new members and advertising will fall off.... but I will try to stay alive until this law is repealed or clarified better.
  2. Sad. But true. The final days of a once good idea. I would have rather seen it and my site (community) grow and thrive.
  3. Or maybe the IP laws were fine in 1995 and they have been lobbied by corporate $ to turn the internet into what it is today. thanks for being one of guinea pigs who might be able to turn this ship around. Somehow I doubt it though. Sadly.
  4. Seems like there should be a limit built in for this behavior somewhere.
  5. The Protecting Lawful Streaming Act of 2020 is a United States law that makes it a felony to engage in large-scale streaming of copyright material. ... The CAA passed the house and the senate on December 21, 2020, and was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 27, 2020. The bill specifically targets commercial or for-profit websites that operate as "digital transmission service[s]", that primarily function to stream copyrighted material without authorization of the copyright holders.[3] An example of one such website is NFLBite. The website provides its visitors with unauthorized sources that stream National Football League (NFL) games for free. The NFL has taken NFLBite to court through civil lawsuits in attempts to stop their streaming of full NFL games, but are unable to seek criminal charges due to limitations of U.S. copyright law.[4] The bill adds to Title 18 of the United States Code that would make operating these sites a criminal felony, with a maximum penalty of up to ten years imprisonment, and additional fines if convicted.[1] This brings the act of offering such unauthorized streaming media at a large scale to the same scope of penalty as for offering illegal downloads or physical copies of the same content, closing the streaming media loophole.[3] Tillis stated that the bill is tailored to specifically target the websites themselves, and not "those who may use the sites nor those individuals who access pirated streams or unwittingly stream unauthorized copies of copyrighted works".[3] Tillis' office and the tech advocacy group Public Knowledge clarified that the bill was not aimed at video game live streamers on platforms like Twitch, or their viewers.[4] - Wikipedia Next question..... who wants to be the guinea pig to find out what happens when your next user uploads some video or photo from a well connected author? I posit that the chilling effect is already happening.
  6. The "Protecting Lawful Streaming Act" Have one user post a few short videos from a publisher with a friend in Law Enforcement and you could go to jail? What about 2 copies of a magazine that the user considers fair use but the publisher disagrees. Jail for the forum owner? Felony offenses? Is the enjoyment of being a forum owner no longer worth the potential risk? https://www.wtae.com/article/10-years-in-prison-for-illegal-streaming-it-s-in-the-covid-19-relief-bill/35044633# Or am I overreacting?
  7. Yes... but there was another measure about "streaming" and making it a felony.... I need to find that information somewhere. Good news is Section 230 is still in place (at least for now)
  8. I heard there was a recent law making a forum owner guilty of a felony of streaming was done by a user on the platform. Does anyone know the details? I may be confusing this with the section 230 issue. Can someone bring me up to speed?
  9. Let me just add that the most important perspective for ALL of us should be the user's perspective. Invision and I are partners in this venture...... we should care about how our user's feel.... not so much how we feel. Can you imagine going to your Facebook post from 3 years ago only to find out you can't edit it or even reply to it because Mark Zuckerberg decided to "archive" it on you? That is so 1996. I understand the need for archiving huge sites over time....... and by that I mean I would (as a user) not complain if Yahoo Groups archived posts from like 10-15 years ago. but posts within a decade should be fair game.
  10. I would not call my website a large site at all...... (AND I pay Amazon for their S3 buckets for storage.....) Will I wake up next month to find out there is a maximum amount of posts on any website or club? And I noticed my search function isn't keeping up to date for the first time today..... How are we supposed to eventually compete with the giants if we can't even support our tiny websites. What a disappointing journey this online publishing business has become. I'm glad I'm slowly exiting the business. Anybody else in my shoes?
  11. @Matt this is happening to a lot of us. I also would like this turned off.... I have lots of posts from 3 years ago that I would like to be able to update. Nevermind search functionality being hosed. this is the first time I've encountered this.... so it must have been turned on without my consent on one of the recent updates.
  12. Not useful... but motivational.... to users I could have a very well punctuated, grammatically correct, and informational post about bean seeds in China that could be useful to 10 agricultural people in Kansas. Or I could make $10,000 on one post that some horny teenager posts of Kim Kardashian's derrière. I honestly forgot the point I was trying to make with this post.... but I'm sure it's relevant.... somewhere.
  13. I think users go by views... Are they imperfect. Yes. But in comparison to "Day it was most popular"..... it's a no brainer. What motivates a user to post? To be seen.... what metric is "closest" to that motivation? # of views. Is Google Analytics better.... sure. I trust their numbers more. Can I share those numbers to motivate users on a per topic basis? Not that I know of. So I'll take what I can get.
  14. Thank you SO much!!! And to think it would be SO simple for them to have included this..... 4 little lines of code. Sigh. And they would probably have a blog post about how they are releasing a "new feature!" ....
  15. "Accommodate everyone"'s requests? So you would have us believe that the majority of Invision users decided that the "Day a certain post was popular" was MORE USEFUL than "Total # of views" on a new TOPIC SUMMARY feature they rolled out with fanfare? Why do I doubt that? And you support this view by posting and example of a user asking for each post to be numbered? (which is obviously unique request) At this point no admin / user should ask for ANYTHING because the answer could always be: "We can't accomodate everyone's requests" ..... "Umm .... sorry sir but italics aren't used by everyone..... you'll need a dev to enable that"
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