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Old 07-31-2018, 05:55 AM
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On thing is pretty obvious by all the responses here. Its *not* our browsers.
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Old 07-31-2018, 06:23 AM
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Same problem here. Did some research, so it's a DDoS protection service used by the website that we are trying to access.

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If some website is doing so, it is preventing others malicious content to be passed through your content. It’s just for the security reason as it helps in diminution of spam traffic like botnets and other malicious traffic.
It's not harmful, just some extra prevention, but it can slow down each refreshing by a few seconds. And we, as visitors, can't really do anything about it.
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Old 07-31-2018, 12:04 PM
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Same problem here. Did some research, so it's a DDoS protection service used by the website that we are trying to access.


It's not harmful, just some extra prevention, but it can slow down each refreshing by a few seconds. And we, as visitors, can't really do anything about it.
Yes - this is accurate. During the past day the site has been targeted by a DDoS attack. You can read more about that here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denial-of-service_attack

No members individual system is being attacked - just the website. The goal of a DDoS is to overload the servers and crash the site. The browser check is an inconvenience to be sure, but it helps us make sure that folks who are trying to access the site are legitimate users and not an army of bots intent of taking it offline. Thanks for your patience - these typically last a day or so and at that point we can turn off the browser check.
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Old 07-31-2018, 12:11 PM
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Same here past two days
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Old 07-31-2018, 01:44 PM
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Thanks for the explanations. I’ve gotten the white screen the last couple days. The freezing pages/stuck loading for about a week.
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Old 07-31-2018, 02:53 PM
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Thank you Janet H for the explanation here, I just got on and had no problems so all is well ..............
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Old 08-08-2018, 05:37 PM
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Has it become forum policy that only positive comments about a persons physical looks are allowed? And even that is subject to restrictions?

Example: I commented on an adult royal that she to me looked like she had gained a couple of kilos and that it looked good.
I meant it!
She has gained a couple of kilos and it does look good!

I can to some extent understand, accept and indeed agree on we having to be careful when mentioning the weight when it applies to children and teenage royals. But adults?!?

What's next?
Can we comment on their hair, without risking having our posts edited by the mods?
Their skin?
Their hands?
Their feet?
Especially if the comments are in no way meant to be negative.

If not, that is IMO over-zealous moderating and it stifles any meaningful discussions we have here on TRF, for better or worse.
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Old 08-08-2018, 08:17 PM
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It does seem to be going that way lately
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Old 08-09-2018, 04:01 AM
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It does become a problem if we cannot freely, in a polite, civilized and respectful manner naturally, also discuss the physical looks of the royals.

Example: A royal gains 15 kilos over a relatively short period. According to the current interpretations of the forum rules, all comments regarding this sudden increase in weight will be deleted.
Alternatively another royal lose 15 kilos.
- If there are no comments, does that mean that everything is fine as far as the TRF goes? No discussion = no issue.

I must urge the admin and mods to be very careful about being over-considerate in regards to the royals.
Because it's a slippery slope. Gradually there will be more and more things we can't discuss out of consideration of the royals.
And if that happens this forum will lose credibility, not just in the eyes of the casual reader who drops by to get information, but for the members as well.

Currently the TRF is the best all round royal forum there is, to my knowledge, please don't ruin it by becoming over-considerate/politically correct.
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Old 08-09-2018, 08:57 AM
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I don’t think this is a new rule. As far as I remember when I joined there were two topics that were off limits – pregnancy speculation and weight loss or gain.
Muhler perhaps you haven’t been active in fashion threads? It's particularly common in them and the mods are very strict about it. Unfortunately, there have been some appalling comments made before deletion.
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Old 08-09-2018, 03:58 PM
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TRF rules and FAQ have not changed for several years. Neither are we aware that mod. Policy and interpertation of our rules and FAQ have changed.

Weight-discussions have been discouraged for more than a decade and we always expect our members to show restraint when discussing children. If I am correct the recent example was about weight in combination with minors.

Further questions about the matter can be adressed in detail to the mod. team by PM & will be deleted from this thread.
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Old 10-17-2018, 12:31 PM
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Where are the fashion polls???
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Old 10-17-2018, 12:35 PM
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I believe they're at the start of the various fashion threads. I'm not one that overly follows fashion so this is just my guess.
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Old 10-17-2018, 01:01 PM
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Yes they are but i see that they are stop uptaded back June. No fashion Polls anymore?
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Old 10-17-2018, 04:45 PM
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We've put the fashion polls on hold, as the picture hosting site we've used has increasingly caused problems. There were too many glitches and annoying pop-ups. So far we haven't found another photo site to host the embedded photos, so at this point in time we can't say whether or when or in what kind of form the polls will be back. But it's good to know that there is an abiding interest in the polls!
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Old 10-18-2018, 03:01 AM
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Good to know that the Fashion Polls are still ON!!
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Old 12-10-2018, 01:34 AM
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I keep getting a message form Google that says this forum is "Not Secure" anyone else getting this? Should I be concerned?
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Old 12-10-2018, 02:06 AM
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I keep getting a message form Google that says this forum is "Not Secure" anyone else getting this? Should I be concerned?

I haven't gotten such messages. Have you chekced security of your computer?
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Old 12-10-2018, 02:26 AM
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I keep getting a message form Google that says this forum is "Not Secure" anyone else getting this? Should I be concerned?
The site does not seem to be forcing (or to support) the use of https. Basically, all the information that goes back and forth between your computer and the site is not encrypted. The reason that it changes from the grey "info" notice that you're not secure (which you get when you're just reading) to a red exclamation symbol (when you make a post) is that it's aware that you're sending information and is warning you in case you're sending something sensitive.

In practice, for a site like the forums, the risk is pretty low; once you're logged in, you're not entering your financial information or any personal information.

The login page does appear to force https, which means your login and password are (AFAICT) sent using encryption.

So, TL/DR -- the risk isn't huge, unless you're actually someone who'd get in trouble for reading and posting on these forums AND someone happened to be snooping your traffic to and from the site.
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Old 12-10-2018, 02:21 PM
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I keep getting a message form Google that says this forum is "Not Secure" anyone else getting this? Should I be concerned?
As noted by hel in an earlier post last year google began to push websites to use https instead of http as a security update. A few months ago they began to actually began to display that little red triangle;"not secure" on browser address lines.

We hand coded an update to make the LOGIN page https. This is the page where user credentials are passed and the only sensitive data we store. Once a member has logged in the site reverts to http (and the alert begins to display in browsers). Using https on all pages actually breaks some things the forum. Offsite links and hosted images no longer work, ads don't display, photos, etc.

So... as you login the page is secure (https) but once you have logged in the regular site is http. Since no login/pass info is being sent on these pages we believe this is safe and reasonable. There's little we can do to change this until we move to a new forum software platform which eventually we will have to do.

You can read more about the google alerts here: https://www.wired.com/story/google-c...-secure-label/
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