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Um *raises hand* I have a question for the moderators.

I want to make a quick comment on the current strip to point out something no one else seems to have pointed out, but the topic to do so has been locked. And I fear that if I open a new topic to do so, the (for want of a better word) "argument" that caused the topic closed will move on to there.

I considered making a locked-to-replies topic with a poll (did you notice X? Yes, No) as a workaround, but not only did I want to ask least I be accused of loop-holing, I also seem to lack the privileges to do so.

I also wanted to ask because I am aware I may be creating a precedent we want to avoid (we don't want this thing filled with polls every time a topic is closed, do we?)

so of course, my question is, how does the moderation team see this?
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Wow... That looks like an accident, as I'm pretty sure we don't lock those threads, at least not for a week or so...
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Rockstar, I saw it before it got "cleaned up" (after being locked but before having posts deleted). Believe me, I would have locked it too. I was just wondering if there could be a workaround to not have to reopen it (or rather now, if there could be one in the future if something like that happens again)
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Oh, yeah, I think I heard someone was being stupid in there...
I dunno about that stuff, I don't really hang around that section unless I specifically feel like discussing something from the comic...
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We've been getting just enough questions about the forum basics that I figured we should just cover them here nice and concisely. :D

First let's go over posting in a thread:
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1. When you want to reply to a thread, click the "Post Reply" button. This is at the bottom of the page to the left (#1 box), underneath all the posts on the page.
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2. If after you post, you realize you made a mistake, or if you want to post something more but your post is still the most recent; click the "Edit" button in the top right corner of your post (#2 circle). You will only find edit buttons on your posts, so you can't edit anyone else's :P. Once in there, you'll note it looks exactly like the normal Post a Reply page and follows exactly the same format.
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I have a quick how-to question which I would really appreciate help with, and I believe it to be on topic. Around the forum I have seen people using Housepets! themed smilies. Am I missing something as I cannot find these included in the standard post tools?!
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Those have never been officially supported. Some users host them remotely, though, and use the image tags to put them in posts. We ask that you use them sparingly, as they increase line breaks a lot.
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My question is about the HP! homepage rather than the forums. Of late, when I access the homepage to view the latest comic and whatnot, my antivirus software pops up telling me that
My Antivirus Software wrote:We tested this page and blocked content that comes from potentially dangerous or suspicious sites. Allow this content only if you’re sure it comes from safe sites.
I can't see anything missing or different about the website since this message started popping up so I was just wondering if this is just my antivirus software trying to bubblewrap my online world or if something (or someone) else has gotten into your website which you need to be aware of?
I'm not intending to click "allow" by the way - I was just wondering about the potential cause of the message...

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I've never had that message before, but don't have any antivirus (apart from that already built in, thanks Apple). Do you mind me asking what antivirus or site analyser plugin you use?

Also I've been meaning to mention to the mods that every so often (a few times every few days) I get an 'Internal Server Error' while browsing the forum.
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I use MacAfee mainly but I also have Adblocker installed as well as a free version of Malwarebytes AntiMalware.

I get that internal error too but it disappears as soon as I refresh the page. It's error number 500 if that means anything to anyone.
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That tends to happen. I'm not sure it's something that can be fixed but refreshing usually does the trick.
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Yeah refreshing normally works although one time that didn't work and I was franticly refreshing and getting concerned that I broke the forum! I was only using the egosearch page, but still, it had me very worried.

It could be one of several things, but should be something the server admin can look into if it gets any worse. I just didn't know if the mods were aware that we were getting these errors.

Edit: this is very odd, http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/vf/www ... scomic.com shows that Mcafee SiteAdvisor doesn't see the site as a threat so I don't know where that warning message could be coming from?
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Yeah, I have no idea. My computer is probably just being overly cautious. :P
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Doesn't a porfanity filter in people's private messages seem a bit extreme?
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The forum rules do apply to "private messages," as indicated in the forum rules thread.
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That would explain why I haven't recieved any replies from oh so many of them.
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Seth wrote:Doesn't a porfanity filter in people's private messages seem a bit extreme?
You can do it in other languages. That works for me. :twisted:
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I've found in my rambling journeys across internet forums that it's a good rule of thumb to keep the ways you circumvent profanity filters to yourself

How frowned upon is double-posting on this site?
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It's a good idea to minimise it as much as possible. If you're commenting on a thread where there's been no replies to your previous comment after a few days/weeks (e.g. to resurrect a dead thread) then you may get away with it. I also think it's OK in the poetry thread to show where one poem stops and another starts. Beyond that the mods to prefer you to edit rather than double post though.
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Gren wrote:You can do it in other languages. That works for me. :twisted:
The forum rules say you can't use the PM system to obviate them. Don't do that.
Rollofthedice wrote:How frowned upon is double-posting on this site?
Per the forum rules thread, you shouldn't do it. There's an exception for things like updates to a "project" thread you're working on.
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we sometimes let it slide depending on time between the posts and the content of the second post, but I usually just copy my original post, delete it, then paste it into a new post with the new information to bump a thread without double posting
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Gren wrote:You can do it in other languages. That works for me. :twisted:
The forum rules say you can't use the PM system to obviate them. Don't do that.
I confess, I turned him into behaving like that, I was the mastermind behind his bad PMs.
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There is really no time set for when it's unacceptable to bring back a thread from the dead. As long as you bring it back with the intention of actually discussing whatever it was made for.

However, I'd say after about 6 months you could make a new one. We can always merge them after that if we feel that we need to.
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What's mostly frowned upon is resurrecting an old thread without actually contributing to it.
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Could be just me, but is there an issue with certain sigs on the forums right now? I can't see some of the images from certain computers.
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Hmmm... I'm not having any problems. Then again, I'm only using one computer.

Are all of these images hosted on the same site? (If you can somehow tell) Maybe it has to do with the site that is hosting them rather than our forum?
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I can't see your sig, it says Media is not available
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Maybe PM one of us, or give an example of a member whose sig is not showing for you so we can get an idea of it?
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RandomGeekNamedBrent wrote:I can't see your sig, it says Media is not available
That's what I get as well. It happens when I saw mine and Zander's for example. I'm using my work PCs now and they seem to be working fine, but certain personal computers have the same problem. Not sure if it's the site/forums or just the sigs. Going to look into it when I get home.
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Now it's doing it for me with your sig, GameCobra. I duno what to make of it.
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Where did your sig come from? I think maybe the account that you have on Imageshack or wherever you two got them might have been deleted or something...
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Just found out it's the link, apparently. And yup, it's from imageshack. Aww. Guess I'll have to figure this one out. X3
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If it was something you have a copy of the picture of, just try re-uploading it. If not, then I don't think there is much you can do.
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Nah, no copy of it, unfortunately. It was just borrowed from the userbar section. =P
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I've been having an issue with the PMs lately. I keep getting a message saying "The submitted form was invalid. Try submitting again." and I have to press submit 4 or 5 tiems to actually get the message to go through. Is this a glitch in the system of some sort or is it just happening for me?
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I haven't experienced that, but I'm not as active on PM as some of y'all. Anyone else having problems?
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I send off at least 3 or 4 a day, and I never have trouble...
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It's happened once or twice on regular posts around the forums too...
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