Notices and Updates
Good morning everyone - I wanted to put a note out on a few things this morning. Sort of randomly scattered but each by themselves not enough to fill a post.
I need to trim the recent activity list. Up until now, it has been everything that has happened since you have joined the site. Not if anyone else has noticed a slowdown, but once you get around 6,000 entries it gets VERY slow. Not from the server end, but your computer trying to process all that data. For the time being, until I can gather more feedback I am trimming it to two weeks back. Most of you joined within that two weeks, so you won't see a change (or very small change) but going forward this will be automatic.
No doubt that everyone has seen the post about the exchange rate and the difficulties we are having with AdSense. Because of that, we are looking ( and experimenting ) with other ad networks. There are times during this test that we will have some annoying ads as we find out what works best in the interim. I am asking you the community, to please let us know if you come across any bad ads. Whether it is content ( ie: adult) or method ( popup, screen takeover, complete redirection ) we don't want to sacrifice the user experience. Please bring any of those issues to our attention. If you could include a screenshot, that would be great. If not, then at least describe the page, location of the ad, what the ad said or describe it in some way. Also, I need to know what browser you are using.
It seems we have lost a good number of members as we only have a fraction of the normal traffic that we have in the morning. I will monitor it throughout the day just to be safe but I may be changing the database server which will require a bit of downtime. This will probably be later in the evening (my time), so around 9PM Eastern Daylight Time the site will be down for a little bit for maintenance.
Finally, I want to just add a little blurb here about image credits. We do not want to get in trouble for posting images that we don't have the right to post, therefore we need the community to allow us to verify images they use as being allowed. The only way for us to do that, is to locate the image on the webpage where you got it. Sites like Pixabay, MorgueFile and some of Flickr are great as they allow for commercial use. Regretfully, putting something as simple as "Pixabay" or "MorgueFile" doesn't help us because we have no idea other than to search for the image. It is very easy to use something shutterstock which you don't have the rights too, say Morgulefile and unless we checked we would not know. Therefore, we need a link to the page the image is on. This way, we can pull it up, see that is is OK for commercial use and move on. I know, it sucks that we have to do that but that is the only way we can protect ourselves from getting in trouble or dealing with DMCA takedown requests.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns then please let us know and we will get back to you as soon as possible.