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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:57 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Thank for the comments and reassurance that the forum is as it should be - frugal fun.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More updates going on, some within my control. others not. Owing to the number of devices currently available for accessing the Internet, these free forums are open to any member of the public and are regularly indexed by the search engines. Owing to the nature of some of the current changes, please keep in mind that all free forums are public. If you want to share blog links, please add them to the relevant section. If you are adding affiliate links, please state that's what it is - it seems some companies are being penalised by the major search engines, as these links are being thrown out by the likes of Google as they are now considered spam of some sort.

Hopefully, there should be no interruption to service while I make the relevant changes but apologies in advance to any changes that might affect those on a certain page when its being updated.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:38 pm    Post subject: Updates Reply with quote

Recently, I discovered many updates had taken place via Windows auto updates and the like, so control of online safety is now completely out of my hands.

Security wise, I have set these forums in a way that allows only registered users to post or respond and this is to try to prevent spammers, scammers and trolls spoiling things. However, the topics and posts are available to the general public and there's also a new (to me) option on Windows Live that allows anyone, anywhere to post out a link to any page and it automatically uploads onto their own blog, site or page.

I have absolutely no control over how people use websites, what they share or how they share it, so please keep this in mind when posting here - it is not guaranteed to stay here and the search engine spiders are getting everywhere. (Having just checked, I now see that all the old MSE threads are still available and fully visible to the public, registered or otherwise.)

Vigilance needed - if anyone spots any spammers that I may miss, please let me know, thanks.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just realised that I'd never got around to splitting off the DIY section for recycling, upcycling, making do and mending plus all those other household jobs we try to do for ourselves - sorry about that - attending to it now.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:06 am    Post subject: Out with the old Reply with quote

Technology is progressing too quickly for me to keep up with it so some more changes have been implemented here on the forums.

First of all, I seem to have absolutely no overall control of security here other than making the forums a 'members only' place to post. Previously, I locked off the Daily Thread, so it still remains private and shouldn't get spidered by search engines, but I cannot guarantee the security of that. I've now renamed the private daily chat thread 'Daily Chat - Members Only'.

Signatures have been disabled to try and prevent redirecting traffic off the forums to third party advertisers, linked here by spammers and chancers who choose to join. There is still an option to include a web address, so feel free to add your blog address in there, instead.

We have a separate forum called 'Blogging and Writing' - please use this for inviting people to read your blogs, rather than include these links in the main forums. We have run a list of blogs from there for a long time and offered reciprocal links to all - very few reciprocated so I am no longer offering this option. Instead, I started a thread called 'Today I am writing about...' and that's where folks were supposed to share news of what they were blogging about and where.

Other changes - many people fail to read the introductions to anything, so I have deleted the option for quick reply to ensure nobody misses the 'Attach File' link below left of their reply boxes. This is the link you click to upload a photo or other file you want to share. But please, please, please, click on the option to show it as a thumbnail if it's a huge photo, otherwise it skews the forum off page, meaning that us laptop users and those on mobile devices can't read the posts or, worse still get thrown offline because the files are too big to download over a limited Internet connection. Some folks don't have broadband and others have little to no mobile signal.

Finally - accounts on here become dormant when a user fails to log into the forum for several months. If you are a regular reader who doesn't post, but does log in to read the members' only section, your account should remain safe. To all others - log in or lose out.

And now for the main reminder of the day - don't forget that no matter how secure you may think a page is, if anyone can access it then they can screen shot it and post it out onto the world wide web. The free Windows Live 'Blog This' feature has astounded me, I'll feature an example of how that works later today. And please note that I have no control over Microsoft, although it would be nice to have a few shares in the company when the going is good.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the update, the virtual world is changing at a scary pace isn't it. Had an interesting conversation with some teenagers last week .....the can't believe that things such as black and white TV's and videos ever existed. They lso found it strange that until 20yrs ago my nanna never had a phone in the house ....they all have at least one in their pocket!


Thanks for monitoring all the updates etc, the reality is we all have to be really careful how much information we divulge online
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:57 am    Post subject: Search before starting a new thread Reply with quote

Can I also suggest readers use the 'search' facility before starting new threads, as I am unable to combine threads into the one forum.

'Search' can be located at the top of the page above the big greet link buttons, it's in between the FAQ and Memberlist link. You can try it out to see what it looks like here -> http://frugaldom.myfreeforum.org/search.php

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Shaz, we're a little behind the times here in our forgotten corner of the country, I still know people without phones (my daughter, for one) and I still have a video and a cassette player. In fact, I still have my ancient hand-turning sewing machine that came via my Great Aunt, gran and then mum. How modern am I to have all of those things and Internet?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

    my lot think I am old because I remember floppy disks ...there's no hope for us oldies
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:37 am    Post subject: Floppy discs and experiments Reply with quote

Yep, I still have some of those, too - looking for a way of accessing them to transfer the photos to CD and hoping H can find his floppy drive to set up the old Mac! First computer at work for me, and at college, come to think of it, had 5.5" cardboard looking floppy discs that actually were floppy! But the computer took up half the office!

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Back to my experiment - here's the screen shot composed from the daily members only thread, apologies for file size...



And now I am going to hit the 'magic' button that's kindly been provided by Windows Live - called 'Blog This'.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:44 am    Post subject: Results of experiment Reply with quote

The results of this simple experiment can be found in the members only Daily Chat.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:29 pm    Post subject: Inactive accounts Reply with quote

The latest deletions have been made in the inactive accounts. An inactive account is deemed to be one opened but never activated, confirmed or completed by way of providing the necessary information.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:02 pm    Post subject: Winter Updates Reply with quote

We've had a few spammy links appearing again after sections of the forums began showing up in Google searches again, so I have resolved the problem by making the entire forum a members only area. It means you'll need to log in to read and/or post, although the main titles will still be visible.

That's it, a new start for 2014 as an exclusive, members' only forum for followers of the frugal lifestyle. It's free to join, so I can't see this creating a problem.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 3:45 pm    Post subject: Clearing Wasted Space Reply with quote

Please note that I am deleting all old threads that were started and then abandoned by those who began with the intentions of taking part in the various challenges and then quit updating.

If you started a thread and haven't posted in it for over 3 months, your thread will be deleted.

Completed challenge threads will be archived.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:29 pm    Post subject: Now Renewed Reply with quote

Apologies for the loss of NYK's Frugaldom page on Facebook - the page has now been replaced in readiness for 2014, our 15th anniversary year!

You should now be able to find it HERE

If you have a Facebook account, don't forget to like and share so we can help many more people enjoy making the most from their finances.

Frugal living can be fun!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:11 am    Post subject: Forum Downtime Reply with quote

Apologies for any interruptions experienced during Friday 28th Feb 2014.

Also, I have just re-enabled members' profile signatures. To update yours, use he 'Profile' link at the top of any page and scroll down the section that says 'Signature'.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:21 am    Post subject: MAJOR CHANGES Reply with quote

The website www.frugalforums.co.uk now points to the brand new forums that I am in the process of building. They can be accessed at the moment but I have only just started setting up the categories. In the meantime, I have opened the 'daily chat' section to enable you to register over there. I have taken the plunge and paid to have the facility set up on my own site rather than risk relying on free services.

Hopefully, the transition won't take too long, as I'd like it fully functional in time for our April 2014 challenge.

Have fun populating the new forums.

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