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Site Information / Re: Moderators: Accidental ban of whole subnet
« on: March 25, 2013, 11:32:40 AM »
Have you tried implementing a question -> response registration type? (Not sure, been a while since I last registered here)
I had a similar problem on my page a while back and none of the CAPTCHAS worked. So I created a custom field on the registration page where I asked a question stating where the answer can be found. (Must be on a different page, on the top of the Help page should work) It's very easy for real humans to answer the question (open a new tap and voila) but bots will have a very problem going around that one. You can even easily generate a new Q&A every day making sure that the answer is nor being spread around or guessed easily.

On my page the amount of spam accounts went from daily to pretty much zilch. (Haven't had a bot in months)

Yes, there is a response question.  However, the nature of SEO spamming is changing as well.  Now, there are large rooms full of people who work for a few cents a day manually creating accounts and going thru the login procedure.
There are still lots of robots, but the manual process is more successful.  They even post some text that may or may not be relevant, but its always obvious to readers.
We get maybe 3-7 spams thru a day, and these are handled pretty quickly.  Thanks to those who report them.  Those who pay SEO companies to do this are usually clueless, or they do get results and don't care.  Even a big Fortune 500 company got caught hiring a shady SEO Spammer a couple of years back.

Site Information / Re: Moderators: Accidental ban of whole subnet
« on: March 24, 2013, 12:18:38 AM »
We see different countries depending on the type of spam or post.  We occasionally see spam from compromised University servers, but not a great deal.

Sometimes they hide behind proxy servers, but those domains can be banned as well if they become a issue. Anonymous IP's can also be blocked.

Members are good about reporting spam, and it usually gets removed quickly. 

SEO Spam is the biggest issue, its almost 100% blocked now, but they will eventually figure it out and we will do something else. 

We strongly discourage people from posting links to questionable sellers, Google and other search engines scan this site frequently, and such links boost the scam sellers.

Site Information / Re: Moderators: Accidental ban of whole subnet
« on: March 23, 2013, 12:39:37 PM »
yep..... you are right.

thank god for proxys. :)

banning is stupid and useless anyway.... as if you could not make a new account in 1 minute.

We have had a few stubborn ones, after two or three new user names, we plugged all their holes. 

Site Information / Re: Moderators: Accidental ban of whole subnet
« on: March 23, 2013, 12:34:01 PM »
It should be fixed now.  It was me. 
The boss has already let me know!!
Send me a private e-mail if its still not working.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds III
« on: March 21, 2013, 02:19:41 PM »
We ban buying and selling on the forum, it is in the forum rules.

We do not have a way to screen buyers or sellers, and allowing it will attract scammers.

Please do not post a offer to sell or to buy a camera on the forum.

It would be nice if we were able to allow it, but we would have to charge a fee to pay for some sort of minimal screening and buyer / seller rating software.

Thanks for understanding.

Site Information / Re: My previous account just disappeared
« on: March 12, 2013, 01:22:12 PM »

What do you mean "don't show in the user list so they were deleted"? Shouldn't that be the other way around? What are your criteria for deleting usernames? I definitely don't fall into the categories "CR Backup Admin" has mentioned. I can still search for my old posts. Yes, I'm the 100th person to register for this forum after the reformat. But I was already very active even before there was even a forum and we all just commented below the actual article. That is why I chose that username, it was an in-joke during those times before there was a forum (old-timers here would know the "joke" ;) ), same with my signature (another in-joke, used by another poster in an article comment thread then :P).

If you are not in the user list, your account is gone, that's what he means.  When a user is deleted, there is no entry in the list.  Posts from the user may remain, but his name is shown in black, not red to show that he is no longer a user.

What was your old user name?  Can you post a link to a recent post if there is one.  If you have posted recently, I might be able to find out what happened, but the history disappears pretty fast from the logs with thousands of entries a day.

It seems very unlikely that a moderator or administrator removed you without some good reason.  I'm sure that one of the mods would have mentioned it by now if they recall anything.

Site Information / Re: My previous account just disappeared
« on: March 08, 2013, 11:04:48 AM »
Every week, spam robots signup a thousand or more members, but our defensive measures keep almost all of them from posting.
Eventually, we clean up and remove members that haven't logged in for a while.
We do have the ability now to only remove old members who have no posts or only a few, so hopefully active members will not get removed if they take a 6 month break.
Its time to clean up again, but it brings the system to its knees to do tens of  thousand's at once, so it must be done in small chunks.

We cannot retrieve them, but you might be able to signup again with the same user name, I've never tried it.

If a user is gone, he is gone, but the posts may remain.

EOS Bodies / Re: Can somebody confirm this link?
« on: February 28, 2013, 04:25:32 PM »
Your post was edited to remove the free advertising you were given.  You almost got banned.

Try searching the internet for ratings of a seller rather than advertising for them.



Be aware that most of the positive reviews can be fakes made from a cell phone where the IP changes and reseller ratings can't track them by IP.  Some scammers take advantage of this, and have employees make positive reviews every day.

Site Information / Camera Rating for Members
« on: February 28, 2013, 03:43:10 PM »
Many have asked for a explanation of the Camera listed by a members name.

It is a feature of the forum software to allow ratings as members post more.  The actual numbers for a rating change from time to time, and so do the cameras.

The different ratings correspond to different membergroups.

There is another reason for them as well.  Members who have a long history of posting can have additional authority assigned to them.  Each member group has its own permissions as to features users are allowed to use.

For example, new members cannot have a signature.  This has reduced a problem with automated robots signing up and entering spam into their signatures.  Once they have reached "X" posts, they will be moved to a higher member group which allows signatures. 

A new member group was recently created called "Canon AE-1" and is currently effective for members with 61 to 79 posts.  Before or after that, you fall into a different member group. 

All the names and number of posts change fairly often, so we do not post the information.  For example, a 60D might change to a 70D once that body is in service.

Lenses / New Canon USA Lens & Speedlite Rebates
« on: February 17, 2013, 02:21:52 AM »

Canon USA Rebates

An instant rebate on Canon lenses and speedlites begins February 17, and runs until March 30th, 2013.

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Lenses / Re: DXOMark Reviews the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS
« on: February 08, 2013, 06:26:20 PM »
Being interested, I opened up lightroom and looked at the number of images I take with my 35mm at wider than f2.  I was suprised to find it was 43.7%.
How do you get that info from LR?

The basic premise behind the Lightroom Catalog is that its a database, and you can search for many different terms and parameters.

1.  In the Library menu, first highlight the top directory that has all of your images, it should have a big number after it.  Lightroom will then search thru all your images.  You can also search a subset.

2.  Make sure the Library Filter is displayed at the top of the center panel.  (view/filter bar)

3.  Click the metadata tag and it will open up four levels of filters.  You can set each of them to show the file meta data that interests you. 

4.  Click on the lens you want to view data for in the third panel and change the fourth panel to display aperture.

At that point, you can see the number of images taken at that date range with all or certain cameras for all or a selected lens at various apertures.  This is one of the very powerful Lightroom Features.

Buy a book on Lightroom and read it cover to cover.  You may be missing out on some very useful features if you just use trial and error to discover how it works.

Lenses / Re: I've tried the 200-400 today! :D Very happy
« on: February 08, 2013, 06:05:42 PM »
How heavy is it?  How long can you hold it?

Could you hold a suitcase with one thousand   $10 bills out like that?

Site Information / Re: Can't change signature / profile
« on: February 07, 2013, 11:48:32 AM »
I too am having trouble changing my signature. Is it still under maintenance?

There was a error in permissions for those with a AE-1 ranking that happened when it was added.  Its fixed now.

Thanks for asking.


New firmware coming

Canon has posted a article in their forum indicating that a firmware fix for the 5D Mark III and the 1dx is being tested to speed up autofocus when using the AF assist liight on a Canon Speedlight.  Many users have noted that focus is slow to be achieved compared with older models.  A quote from their post is given below.

“Canon has confirmed that, depending upon the shooting conditions, it may take slightly longer for the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X digital SLR cameras to acquire focus when using the Speedlite’s AF Assist Beam, compared with that of the EOS 5D Mark II and 1dx digital SLR cameras using the Speedlite’s AF Assist Beam. We are developing a firmware update to enhance the focusing feature for the EOS 5D Mark III and the EOS-1D X. The schedule for release of this firmware update will be announced shortly.”


Site Information / Re: Moderators: You are Too Sensitive
« on: February 03, 2013, 12:52:23 PM »
  It was not about the many worthwhile posts, but the OP, and when he went, so did his posts and threads he started.


Can you please explain the reasoning behind this aspect of "removal"?

If there existed " ...many worthwhile posts",  why deprive future readers of that "worth" simply because their provider is to be exiled?

Are those posts suddenly worth-less to forum readers when the author's behavior is considered flawed, ...or is this seen as some sort of punishment? If so, who is really being punished, author or readers?
Its the way the forum software works, remove the first post (OP) and the rest of the thread goes away.  If he was not the OP, only his posts would go away. Thats the way SMF and most forum software works.  You do not have a thread if there is no original post, and when the OP is gone, so are threads he started.  His posts could remain intact, but we did not want to keep them.

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