@Dr Herbie: For the sake of posterity:
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Looks like there is much loss here.
Aaand, even more spam....contacted the C9 team again.
Yesterday I had to wade through four pages of spam to find this thread again. Today I had to do the same. But hey, by all means, let's wait until things get crazy before we do anything rash!
Bump, so we don't lose this important thread...
I think I outlined several solutions to the spam long ago on this site feedback forum... If there's a way to export all my messages then I might be able to find them. (Ok, I'd like ability to do that in any case because I don't really trust that MS is as good in data safe keeping as usenet is because all it takes is for some bad move by the board and the company goes bust and my messages are gone - this can't happen in usenet as the data is backed by multiple companies)
by the way, I did roll out some features based on suggestions made by folks on the forum... I don't want to detail them publically, but if you are seeing less of the full forum takeover events, then I think it's working. If you are still seeing them, and deleting them, keep complaining. Yes, I can query the deleted items in the database, but if you post it here I'll get notified and it will all be much quicker, thanks