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Dan

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#21
Tweaking user group settings. Some folks may have lost their custom titles. If you had a custom title, just change it back in your user profile.
 

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#22
Moved the Student Lounge threads into the Student Commons forum. There was some confusion about the purpose of each forum (discussion about academic/school work and student life vs discussion about schools), so it seemed to make sense to have one big tent student forum instead.
 

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#23
Merged Rural and Small Town Planning into Make No Small Plans. Old threads from Rural and Small Town Planning have a "Rural / Small Town" prefix. It's better for Cyburbia to have a smaller number of more general but busy subforums, than a lot of very specialized but slower-moving subforums.
 

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#24
I'm slowly changing the points/trophies system to something that better represents milestones on the site -- years actively posting, numbers of posts, Club[bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb]e (thousand post milestones), etc.

I'm also installing a plugin tonight that blocks new user registration from certain countries.

Some countries are already blocked at the server level, mainly places where there's been problems with abusive hacking, and 99.9%+ of all user registrations have been from spammers. For other countries where hacking isn't a problem, but spamming is, a vBulletin plugin redirected new user registration to a special queue for manual approval. However, we've had very, very few legitimate users from those countries. There are XenForo plugins that do the same thing. However, checking the registration information of everybody that registers from some country just to find the three or four in a hundred that are legit is more trouble than it's worth.
 

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#25
The country block is in. Drumroll, please ...

* Bangladesh
* Belarus
* Bulgaria
* China
* India
* Indonesia
* Kazakhstan
* Moldova
* North Korea
* Pakistan
* Philippines
* Poland
* Romania
* Russia
* Tajikistan
* Turkmenistan
* Ukraine
* Uzbekistan
* Vietnam

This list includes countries where the ratio of spammers to legitimate users is unusually high.
 

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#29
A new Twitter plugin will announce and link to new threads in Planning and the Build Environment subforums, and the FAC.
 
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