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Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Stu, May 12, 2020.

  1. Stu

    Stu Maconheiro Staff Member

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    As many members know, vtac, the founder and sole administrator of FC, has been absent for many months—since April 14, 2018 to be exact. Unfortunately, he did not leave anyone with enough power to perform several important administrative tasks. This situation has slowly deteriorated to the point where we felt we either had to abandon the site and the community, or take drastic action. We therefore built a lifeboat.

    These are the problems FC is facing:

    • The owner and administrator, vtac hasn’t been heard from for over two years.
    • The domain is registered only until October 26, 2020. We don't know if it will be renewed. We expect that it won't.
    • Hosting service renewal is anyone’s guess, although it is likely tied to domain renewal.
    • The forum software hasn’t been updated since vtac left and the current version is no longer supported.
    • We are unable to update critical parts of FC without an admin (maintain rules, add/remove staff, assign members to groups such as Retailer, etc.)
    • The database is showing increasing signs of instability. This is not yet apparent to members but quite noticeable to moderators.
    • We do not know if the database is backed up, and even if it is, we don't have the access needed to restore a backup.
    • The daily bombardment of spammers is maddening and difficult to manage. We lack the ability to strengthen the registration procedure.
    • FC does not support SSL (https).
    All attempts to contact vtac have failed. If FC goes offline for any reason, this community ceases to exist. With reluctance, we have bought new domains and purchased the latest version of the forum software. We are building a new forum that fixes the problems. We are striving for a familiar look but with the many enhancements that come with the latest software. There will be differences but we hope they will be positive.

    We would like to try to get everyone interested moved over to the new FC as best we can. This will not be easy and we will have to leave behind much of the vast knowledge base that has built up at FC. There are efforts underway to try to archive some threads and we will do everything we can to salvage what we can prior to the impending demise of our beloved forum. In the meantime, some threads on the new site will link back to a legacy thread here on FC and FC threads may close down with a re-direct to the new site for the conversation to continue.

    This will happen gradually over the next few days/weeks and we want to make it clear that we are not pulling the plug on FC by any means. Rather we are just pulling up a lifeboat alongside the Titanic that is FC as it heads straight towards an iceberg with no captain, no rudder, and taking on water.

    If anyone is interested, we made this announcement over the weekend in front of some sponsors, retailers and other commercial members via Zoom meeting that you can view below for further information.

    Click to play YouTube Video


    We encourage you all to register at our new home by going to newfuckcombustion.com or fcombustion.com.

    Thank you.
     
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  2. RustyOldNail

    RustyOldNail Well-Known Member

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    Joined new site, did not receive email, to finish the process. Tried the resend option on new site. Still no email, nothing in my junk app folder. Please advise? Thanks.
     
  3. Stu

    Stu Maconheiro Staff Member

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    I'll reply to your PM to follow up. You'll be set up in no time. ;)

    :peace:
     
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  4. dzoinp

    dzoinp Well-Known Member

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    same
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    done!
     
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  5. DeeCee5

    DeeCee5 Masshole and proud of it

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    I'm having the same issue. Signed up and didn't receive email to register.
    Edit: Figured it out. Long lead time for sign up email to arrive.
     
    Last edited: May 12, 2020
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  6. Relaxed

    Relaxed Well-Known Member

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    Congrats to the Admin team, this action shows a real caring for the community. I know for a fact that doing this isn't cheap, so when the new site is up and operating think about offering a "premium" membership or something similar to help defray the costs. I will gladly contribute.
     
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  7. warren0728

    warren0728 Well-Known Member

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    which domain will be the official domain of the forum ... i'm guessing fcombustion.com?
     
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  8. Stu

    Stu Maconheiro Staff Member

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    fcombustion.com is the one I personally prefer. I don't like the thought of being referred to as NFC, so fcombustion.com is a better fit IMO. It also wouldn't get blocked at Walmart and you can tell someone about the forum without dropping F-bombs. We haven't officially decided anything yet though. Hell, we might even let the members vote on it.:worms:

    :peace:
     
  9. warren0728

    warren0728 Well-Known Member

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    i agree ... fcombustion.com is a better choice in my opinion!
     
  10. JCat

    JCat Well-Known Member Accessory Maker

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  11. tennisguru1

    tennisguru1 EXCELSIOR!

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    Tried to join new site.
    Doesn't recognize me at all
     
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  12. Stu

    Stu Maconheiro Staff Member

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    Send me a PM if you are still having problems.

    :peace:
     
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  13. Planck

    Planck believes in Dog

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    Thanks guys, I'm delighted to see proactive action taken.
    Awaiting the registration email, cheers.
     
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  14. stark1

    stark1 Keep Calm, and Howl

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    Places like hospitals block FC, screening bots thinking it is a porn site—a bit of a bore when visiting
    Ailing friends/family. :bang:
     
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  15. Abysmal Vapor

    Abysmal Vapor Yeah, load me a demon lung and I'll be alright now

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    Have you guys thought of making the sales section accessible only to members,. In other words not visible to the public,only to registered users,or users with sufficient post count,maybe even via account authorization or password. Also photos can be deleted from FC host 1 month after the sale is done to save space.
     
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  16. pakalolo

    pakalolo Toolbag v1.1 (candidate) Staff Member

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    Yes, that is one of the ideas we are considering.
     
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  17. rvarick

    rvarick Well-Known Member

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    How long does it take to receive the confirmation email?

    I have yet to receive mine after signing up a few hours ago. Thanks!

    Edit/update: thanks everyone, it was in my spam folder in gmail.
     
    Last edited: May 13, 2020
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  18. im not a robot

    im not a robot Well-Known Member

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    it was instantaneous for me - have you checked your spam?
     
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  19. pakalolo

    pakalolo Toolbag v1.1 (candidate) Staff Member

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    Have you checked your spam folder? Are you using the same email address you used here? There is a known issue with gmail spam filtering. It is extremely aggressive for some users and will not only throw the confirmation email into the spam folder, it will strip out the link you need for confirmation. If this is happening, let us know.
     
  20. Planck

    Planck believes in Dog

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    Mine was in spam with this added

    This message seems dangerous

    Similar messages were used to steal people's personal information. Avoid clicking links, downloading attachments, or replying with personal information.

    fyi.
     
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  21. flammy

    flammy Well-Known Member

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    Same boat. No email and have checked spam folder.
     
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  22. Poostuff

    Poostuff Please delete

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    I would just assume I’m not welcome ;)
     
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  23. warren0728

    warren0728 Well-Known Member

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    just joined ... confirmation email did go to spam ...
     
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  24. pakalolo

    pakalolo Toolbag v1.1 (candidate) Staff Member

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    Are you using your FC membername? I don't see a flammy awaiting confirmation.

    We're aware. Apparently there's nothing we can do about this.
     
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  25. Andreaerdna

    Andreaerdna If God is the answer, then the question is wrong

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    Just joined, happy you did this move
    This is a wonderful community, it would be a crime to lose it!
     
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