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#1 coopman

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Posted 17 January 2020 - 09:30 PM

I went there today and saw a bunch of posts about X-dressing. It has been ravaged by bots. I have heard that the site is no longer being moderated. You might want to make sure that any minors in your household are not visiting it.

#2 Kokatha man

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Posted 17 January 2020 - 09:56 PM

...went there just then & checked some of the forums out Clay- didn't see anything out of the ordinary like the x-dressing bigshock.gifyou mentioned or other unusual postings or activity.



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Posted 17 January 2020 - 10:19 PM

Seems they have switched to another site:  link

 

 

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Posted 22 January 2020 - 04:37 PM

As of this week, the moderators have given up even trying to keep the forum tidy.  The spams are coming in literally too fast for a human to keep up.  (The majority are in the Off Topic forum, if you really want to see them.)  We expect the domain registration to expire at the end of this month.  Mercifully, that should be the end.  It has been frustrating and quite sad, to say the least.



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Posted 22 January 2020 - 07:22 PM

I just tried to go there and my browser said it couldn’t find the server.

Is it actually gone now?

Sad story, indeed.

 

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Posted 22 January 2020 - 07:37 PM

I just tried to go there and my browser said it couldn’t find the server.

Is it actually gone now?

Sad story, indeed.

 

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As of this moment, it is still up and running.  Ironic, as it always used to crash on database errors.  Now, when a crash would be a good thing, it keeps on going like the @#$% Energizer Bunny!


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#7 Chuck Hards

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Posted 27 January 2020 - 01:46 PM

Cloudy Nights expends much effort at preventing this.  We try to catch the spammers proactively, during the registration process.  We don't catch them all, but I wager we do shoot-down over 99% of them before they can even post.


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Posted 27 January 2020 - 06:19 PM

As of this moment, it is still up and running.  Ironic, as it always used to crash on database errors.  Now, when a crash would be a good thing, it keeps on going like the @#$% Energizer Bunny!

The constant crashing, along with inadvertent lockouts due to database crashes, is why I gave up on AstronomyForums; too bad it won't crash now.



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Posted 27 January 2020 - 06:26 PM

My original link is still working fine, just went there & logged on & the couple of sections I've used in the past seem quite ok with recent postings on topics...all this has me a bit confused...are these claims that it is wrecked really just spam..?!? :lol:



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Posted 28 January 2020 - 07:59 AM

My original link is still working fine, just went there & logged on & the couple of sections I've used in the past seem quite ok with recent postings on topics...all this has me a bit confused...are these claims that it is wrecked really just spam..?!? lol.gif

The SPAM seems to be dominating the Off-Topic Forum there.  I have no idea why.

 

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Posted 29 January 2020 - 07:19 AM

They could just lock registration, clear the spam and add a captcha. Mothballing the website is just insane unless this just coincidentally is because whoever owns it has just stopped paying for it. Their software is also out of date.

Edited by nva, 29 January 2020 - 07:30 AM.


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Posted 29 January 2020 - 07:59 AM

They could just lock registration, clear the spam and add a captcha. Mothballing the website is just insane unless this just coincidentally is because whoever owns it has just stopped paying for it. Their software is also out of date.

No, that's not the case there.  The owner of the site is the sole Admin, and retains all the permissions for site configuration and operation.  The owner has been absent since November 2018.  The Moderators there do not have permission to do any more than Moderator duties, and they finally lost the battle against the SPAMbot onslaught.  Since the owner is the only one who could do the things that you suggest, and the owner is absent, the site is drifting as it is.  Very sad story, but that's the way it is.

 

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Posted 29 January 2020 - 08:32 AM

I mean usually a host or registrar does something for non-payment of services so the owner is not completely absent, seems bizarre, I was always annoyed that that site made you sign up to see things anyway.
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Posted 29 January 2020 - 11:31 AM

I mean usually a host or registrar does something for non-payment of services so the owner is not completely absent, seems bizarre, I was always annoyed that that site made you sign up to see things anyway.

The story is that 30 January 2020 is the date the registration will end.  If that's true, and if there is no automatic renewal (or even a manual renewal from the absent owner), then the site should come to an end.  We'll see.

 

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Posted 02 July 2020 - 10:47 PM

Apologies for resurrecting this thread...

 

I received a Lifelock alert this morning that advised the AstronomyForum.net website had a dataspill in February of this year potentially exposing 120K records: Username, Password, IP Address-32 Bit.

 

Another reason why no one should use their real name as a userid on forums.

 

If you are active on that site, you probably should change your password at a minimum.

 

Carry on.

 

Clear skies to all.



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Posted 03 July 2020 - 08:24 AM

Apologies for resurrecting this thread...

 

I received a Lifelock alert this morning that advised the AstronomyForum.net website had a dataspill in February of this year potentially exposing 120K records: Username, Password, IP Address-32 Bit.

 

Another reason why no one should use their real name as a userid on forums.

 

If you are active on that site, you probably should change your password at a minimum.

 

Carry on.

 

Clear skies to all.

It is a moot point, as the site went into "database error" mode a few days ago.  This time, it appears to be irretrievably gone.  The last two years have been incredibly frustrating for the moderators, so seeing it finally put out of its misery is a merciful thing.


Edited by kathyastro, 03 July 2020 - 08:36 AM.


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Posted 04 July 2020 - 04:01 AM

The story is that 30 January 2020 is the date the registration will end.  If that's true, and if there is no automatic renewal (or even a manual renewal from the absent owner), then the site should come to an end.  We'll see.

 

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Just FYI on the domain name registration:

 

Domain Name: astronomyforum.net
Registry Domain ID: 55972234_DOMAIN_NET-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com
Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com
Updated Date: 2020-01-31T13:14:43Z
Creation Date: 2001-01-31T03:28:06Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2021-01-31T03:28:06Z
Registrar: GoDaddy.com, LLC
Registrar IANA ID: 146

 

Source: https://whois.domain...ronomyforum.net

 

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Edited by BFaucett, 04 July 2020 - 04:08 AM.


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Posted 04 July 2020 - 05:27 AM

Yes, we know.  As we feared, the owner had it on automatic renewal, so the nightmare continued until thjs week.




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