Sign-up problems for Hotmail users
We've recently noticed an increase in the number of members who are having difficulties activating their account upon registering for our forums. The problem appears to be linked to users registering with a Hotmail email address who do not seem to be receiving their activation emails.
Regretfully this is not something we can resolve as the problem is not at our end - our software is sending out the emails, but since Microsoft's recent update to the Hotmail software in line with Windows 8, they don't appear to be getting through.
It is difficult to say when or whether this problem will be fixed at Microsoft's end, so in the meantime, we recommend you register for our forums using an alternative email client (e.g. Gmail
, Yahoo Mail
). If you do have to register with a Hotmail address, please contact staff
if you have any problems and we can activate your account for you. Thanks everyone, ~ RipRoarRex - Eccentricities Vice Administrator ~
Reminder - Posting/Linking Images From FurAffinity Does Not Work
It's great to see an increase of artists registering for Eccentricities Forums recently. We know that many of our members have accounts on FurAffinity (FA) too, and quite often they like to share images from FA here on Eccentricities.
However, the problem is that FA has their image-linking system disabled as a means of conserving bandwidth. This means that if you attempt to embed or link an image hosted on the FA server (i.e. files with a "d.facdn" address") into a forum post on Eccentricities, the images/links may work correctly for you, but everyone else will either receive a blank window or a 403/404 error message. This is because files on the FA server cannot be viewed anywhere other than FurAffinity itself.
As such, if you wish to share an image on Eccentricities, we recommend using our handy attachments system, available to the right of the Advanced Posting screen (click here
for instructions). This will ensure the image displays correctly and also prevents any visibility issues caused by mature/adult tagging.
If you require any help with uploading images, feel free to contact a member of staff
and we will be happy to help. Thanks everyone!
Running Tally for the Chat's Avatar Project:
Hello, everyone! This is the area where we will be keeping track of the donations made by members for the Chat's Avatar Project. In this block, a running tally will be kept, along with a list of the people who have donated to the project. Details of the project can be found in this
thread. If you have any questions about the project, Pawseeker
is your fur!
Also, once the project has been completed, this block will remain on the News Block queue, so people will know from then on out, who donated to the Chat Avatar Project!
Amount Received to Date: $90
- Shadow, flibolimay, Greer
A Reminder About Donations
We are always very grateful to members who decide to donate to Eccentricities and help us to meet our running costs. Indeed, we recognize all donors to our site in the list of Sponsors on our Donations
However, for anyone wishing to donate to Eccentricities via PayPal, please be sure to include a note about who you are on this site if your Paypal email differs from your registration one. Or, you could just send Brumby
a note to let him know you have donated to the forums - just some way to let us know, so you can be recognized for your generosity on the forums! If you wish to remain anonymous, please make a note to this effect in your Paypal donation, or be sure to otherwise let Brumby know that, too.
Eccentricities Store is Back!
That's right! And we're back with a whole new provider! Zazzle.com!
Zazzle's products are superior to those of our last provider, and on top of that, they run regular sales and incentives on the products that our store carries! And if that wasn't enough, every time you purchase a product from our store, we earn a couple of bucks. You get what you want and get to help out your favorite forum, too! Like, how cool is that?
We're just getting the store open, so right now, we're a little short on products. What we do have there is pretty cool, though. A couple of nice T-shirts, some seriously nice posters, and even a super nice mug featuring the artwork by our very own Kane
Come check us out today! Come visit the all new Eccentricities Store!
Lurker Purge Policies Revised - Purge System Updated
And a Personal Note from Brumby
It has come to my attention that there have been a great many non-active registrants accumulating on the forums. Moreover, many of these non-active accounts have been used for only browsing through artwork, but never for participation.
Eccentricities is a privately owned and privately funded
forum. Despite this, we do have a respectable amount of bandwidth and a good server, but still these services have limitations. Eccentricities cannot afford to have dozens (often hundreds
) of non-participating accounts lingering on the forums, consuming these limited server resources and bandwidth, and especially doing so by coming on to only look at art, which consumes these resources the most.
We had a lurker purge system in place before which extended a great deal of leniency to new members. It has become clear that this leniency has been abused. We are a privately owned and funded service, and the consumption of resources by these loitering accounts is rising to the point where I need to make some significant changes to our purging policies.
The new Lurker Purge policies are as follows:
- 14 days, 0 posts
- 29 days, only 1 post
- 60 days, only 2 posts
If your account falls within the above criteria, it will be purged. You may register a new account, but if you choose not to participate with it, it will eventually be purged as well.
I apologize if this causes inconvenience, but as the site's owner, I have to look at what the site is costing, and what I need to do to keep costs down. If I cannot keep costs down, then I will either need to start asking for subscription fees, or be forced to eventually close the site down. I conducted a manual purge just before writing this change of policy. Over 300 non-participatory accounts were deleted. That is just far too much. The Internet is not free. Somebody is paying for it. In the case of Eccentricities, there is only one person paying for it, and that person is me.
Please don't lurk. Eccentricities has gained enough popularity in the fandom so that people are hearing it about and are coming to check it out. If I have to put up more money to up the site's performance to accommodate participating members, then I am more than happy to do it. I have no intention, however, of allowing myself to be forced to do so for lurkers.
You lurk, you get purged. It is a regretful thing to be forced to do, but it is a thing I am
being forced to do.
--Brumby - Eccentricities Head Administrator