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Many of you have noticed the increase of spam in the past week, and some particularly unsavory stuff this weekend. I'm so sorry! I've increased the new member security level yet again, but unfortunately that means brand new people have to jump through even more security hoops to join. I've found this past week's spammers were particularly aggressive and not computer generated (or they wouldn't be able to get past our security points).

Some of you actually received an email from "Rose", that was also inappropriate content. Please be assured that "Rose" has been deleted and blocked from this site, and that she never had your actual email address. Instead, she posted on your profile wall, and that comment was forwarded to you by QWU. I've tried to follow her path and delete her comments from members walls that notified me, but if you rec'd an email from her, you can go to your own profile wall and delete her comment by clicking the small X in the upper right corner of her post. Again, she did NOT have your actual email. What you saw was forwarded by QWU.

This is a good time to remind everyone that you should not include your home address or your actual email address on your profile page, unless it's your business and you want it known. Non members can browse this site and see any public information. Occasionally I'll see an email address in the section that says My website. Unless you want anyone in the world to have access to that information, you should remove it immediately. Please take a moment now to look at your own page and verify that all the info you see is what you are okay with anyone seeing.

Hopefully, most spammers will look around, see "just a bunch of quilters" and go away.

CT Admin

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Comment by Terry F on October 5, 2010 at 4:54pm
Thank you Karen!
Comment by Mary Boyd/MT on October 5, 2010 at 10:59am
Thanks Karen for watching out for us!
Comment by Judith Cogswell on October 5, 2010 at 8:04am
Very good advise.
Comment by Diane Gunter/Canada on October 5, 2010 at 5:55am
Thanks Karen for being so great at taking care of us. Although it sounds like I missed something naughty! I was too busy to come on this weekend.They have to be desparate when they come on a site of Quilters.
Comment by Susan B on October 4, 2010 at 8:47pm
Karen, you take such great care of this site and spammers don't last any longer than it takes for you to find them and eliminate them...this speaks volumes for the care you all at CT and QWU give to the many thousands of "legit" members. You ladies ROCK!!!!
Comment by Marla Southers on October 4, 2010 at 7:52pm
Thank you Karen and all of you for what you do for this wonderful site. Question, I just received the new catalog today and saw the Kangaroo furniture and went to the website it said to go to: www.ConnectingThreads.com/Kangaroo and could not find anything. Am I doing something wrong?
Comment by ginger on October 4, 2010 at 5:30pm
Hey, Karen,
I think you guys do a great job trying to keep up with the spam.
Just FYI, the Cooking Light Bulletin Board also deals with spam on what seems like a more frequent basis than you folks here at CT. I remember an incident when the whole site was down because spam was out of control. I know they use a completely different format than CT does, but perhaps it might be worth your while to contact them collegially and ask them for pointers if you find it continues to get worse here.
Comment by Kathleen/CA on October 4, 2010 at 4:52pm
Thank you for keeping us updated. I was also appalled by the items on the web site this weekend. It ruined our time to browse and catch up with friends. I am glad that you are able to quickly catch up and clean up the site to make it safe for us.
Comment by Pam/NY on October 4, 2010 at 4:13pm
Geez Karen, I thought the ladies of the night were looking for your retreat!lol
Comment by Connecting Threads on October 4, 2010 at 3:41pm
Thanks everyone! Peggy, the KnitPicks community is set up very differently and members can only blog in the structured forums and groups. So far, it hasn't been a big problem here, so I'll keep my fingers crossed that we don't have to monitor the good guys to keep the bad guys out.

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