Bharat Rakshak Forum Announcement

Hello Everyone,

A warm welcome back to the Bharat Rakshak Forum.

Important Notice: Due to a corruption in the BR forum database we regret to announce that data records relating to some of our registered users have been lost. We estimate approx. 500 user details are deleted.

To ease the process of recreating the user IDs we request members that have previously posted on the BR forums to recognise and identify their posts, once the posts are identified please contact the BRF moderator team by emailing BRF Mod Team with your post details.

The mod team will be able to update your username, email etc. so that the user history can be maintained.

Unfortunately for members that have never posted or have had all their posts deleted i.e. users that have 0 posts, we will be unable to recreate your account hence we request that you re-register again.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding.

Regards,
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Attention non-members and lurkers !

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Can't join BRF due to no work/ISP email ? Read this.

Postby Rahul M » 25 Dec 2008 01:24

*****Username Rules*****
Please register with
a) human sounding username i.e one which is a real name. Doesn't have to be your actual name
b) avoid special characters (such as @,!,#,$ etc) and numbers in the username

the activation of new users is done manually and if you do not follow the above rules and register with something like 'Pete41' or 'CoolBoy' your a/c is likely to be classified as spam and deleted.
_____________________________________________________

Not Received Confirmation Email

due to some problems with board SW many new members do not receive confirmation emails and consequently are unable to participate in the forum.
in case you do not receive confirmation email within 24 hours of registering please let us know the email and username you registered with and your account would be activated.
we can be reached at :
gentleman DAWT cadet YAT gmail DAWT com

Membership Referrals / Free Email Policy

Over the years, BRF's no free email policy has prevented a large number of people from becoming members. Even a few of the current crop of members were part of that unfortunate group in their early days.

While the policy has helped keep BRF saner than most places on the net, it has also prevented deserving people from becoming members.

To arrive at a balance between these two extremes it has been decided by the mods that people without a paid/office provided email can become BRF members if any existing BR member vouches for him/her.

The Procedure:
The referrer member should contact the Moderator Team about this by sending an email to gentleman.cadet [AT] gmail.com, specifying the new member's details (Desired Username, and a short intro as to how you know the new member, and the new members email id)

We will be monitoring the IPs and posting patterns of the new members so as to ensure that this process in not misused.

Consider this as a Christmas/New Years gift from the mods ! :)

Cheers !

P.S.
1) This announcement would be merged/removed in a few days once it is incorporated in the forum guidelines.
2) "offer is not extended to people previously shahid-ized. so no point in re-applying"


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I can see that there are a number of legit folk who registered over the past few months but couldn't activate their accounts. if you still want to, just shoot us an email.
Rahul.
Last edited by Rahul M on 24 Sep 2015 21:38, edited 10 times in total.
Reason: edited title of thread.

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Re: Attention non-members !

Postby Jagan » 25 Dec 2008 01:43

Remember - if the friend that you recommend gets a ban - you will get one too ;) :mrgreen:

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Re: Attention non-members !

Postby krisna » 25 Dec 2008 01:56

Jagan wrote:Remember - if the friend that you recommend gets a ban - you will get one too ;) :mrgreen:


I appreciate this from the mods. I have been lurking for some time, not able to log in. I understand that anyone can fake ids on free emails and create nuisance.
I particluarly like the above one. :rotfl: :rotfl:
Thanks. :lol: :lol:

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby dnivas » 25 Dec 2008 02:03

quick question thgh. Is it possible to change my email address to a free one if i can get someone to vouch for me? Even though I really dont know anyone here.

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby niran » 25 Dec 2008 09:34

One sawal onlee
Can I introduce myself for a second log in name?

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby pgbhat » 25 Dec 2008 11:19

What if my office/paid email can no longer be used can i use an alternate ID?

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby prashanth » 25 Dec 2008 11:56

dnivas wrote:quick question thgh. Is it possible to change my email address to a free one if i can get someone to vouch for me? Even though I really dont know anyone here.


You speak for me too. Considering what has happened in IDF it would be unsafe and unwise on our part to have our ISP provided email IDs on the net.

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby Rahul M » 25 Dec 2008 12:26

prasanth and dnivas, what happened at IDF is purely poor management by their server managers.
it's unlikely ever to be repeated anywhere nor have I heard of anything like it before.

don't fret overmuch on this. your private info is safe.
also, you can simply use the hide email option from user control panel if you don't want people to see it.

pgbhat, now that you already are a member that hardly matters.

ajay, for you :
We will be monitoring the IPs and posting patterns of the new members so as to ensure that this process in not misused.
:mrgreen:
of course but then we can also ban you ! equal-equal only !

regards guys.

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby AdityaM » 25 Dec 2008 12:46

Wrong place, but right question:
What happened at IDF?

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby Rahul M » 25 Dec 2008 12:52

after the DDOS attack, their forum admin asked the server manager for the back-up DB.

server manager left a zip file of the DB above root level. :roll:
meaning it was publicly accessible. :x

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby Vikas » 26 Dec 2008 08:32

Rahul-Al santa-clause,
I have my account based upon email provided by office. Can I move to free email with my current account ?

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby BajKhedawal » 26 Dec 2008 09:23

Ditto what VikasRaina asked above.

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby Rishi » 26 Dec 2008 09:33

VikasRaina wrote:Rahul-Al santa-clause,
I have my account based upon email provided by office. Can I move to free email with my current account ?


Nope. You have already registered (ergo you can post here). Is this arising from concerns of data security?

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby Rahul M » 26 Dec 2008 09:44

vikas, not unless you want to lose either the current username or the posts. board SW won't allow it otherwise.
I request both you and baj to read my reply to dnivas.

@ people who want to shift from their official emails.


you can hide the email you registered with from options inside the user control panel.
that way ONLY mods will have access to it.

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby BajKhedawal » 26 Dec 2008 10:24

Rishi wrote:
VikasRaina wrote:Rahul-Al santa-clause,
I have my account based upon email provided by office. Can I move to free email with my current account ?


Nope. You have already registered (ergo you can post here). Is this arising from concerns of data security?


Oh no the concern was more to do with job mobility (similar to pgbhat’s @ 25 Dec 2008 12:49 am), if I change my job I most likely will not have access to the email address I registered with. Whereas, gmail will remain with me for quite some time.

Rahul already answered that in response to pgbhat earlier and I am good with that answer. Thank you both for your responses.

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby Raj Malhotra » 26 Dec 2008 13:44

I think lurkers and BRF members with one year stay or 100 posts or members who have physically met admins at BR meets should be allowed to have any email address which they desire.

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby Rahul M » 26 Dec 2008 14:14

board SW won't allow it.

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby Vikas » 26 Dec 2008 23:11

Got it. Thanx.

Is this arising from concerns of data security

Rishi it is more to do with the fact that I no longer work for the company whose Email id I used to register here.
I think Rahul & yourself have explained it well.

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby Dileep » 27 Dec 2008 19:54

If you can't change the e-mail address, then what is the purpose of giving that provision in the user CP? Profile->Edit Account settings gives you the option to change the id.

I am sure the admin loge could do that too. I don't dare to try it and lock myself out.

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby Rahul M » 27 Dec 2008 22:05

dileep saar, of course it allows you to change your email ID BUT only to a non-blocked domain !
and no, no one can change emails to free ones not even mods. :wink:
(ask me ! tried changing to gmail !)

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby AdityaM » 28 Dec 2008 02:16

Rahul M wrote:dileep saar, of course it allows you to change your email ID BUT only to a non-blocked domain !
and no, no one can change emails to free ones not even mods. :wink:
(ask me ! tried changing to gmail !)


Rahul, Obviously there is a trick of the trade that has not been passed on to you.
In 2004, Arun_S, sastry and other mods were kind enough to make this deviation as a special case.
Where are these noble gentlemen?

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby Rahul M » 28 Dec 2008 02:25

aditya, that's with the old SW. the new one doesn't allow it.
trust it when a mod says these things, chances are he knows what he is saying. :wink:

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby Dileep » 28 Dec 2008 08:47

Rahul, then how do you allow it for a NEW account?

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby Rahul M » 28 Dec 2008 09:49

"you are now asking questions that should not be asked !" :eek: let's just say that's a secret. :)

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby Dileep » 29 Dec 2008 18:21

OK. Then you will have to retract your statement that the "forum software" doesn't allow it. If you can have it for new ids, you can have it for old ids too. So, it is not the forum software, but the forum overlords who doesn't allow it.

Anyway, I know when to shut up, so being.

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby Rahul M » 29 Dec 2008 18:27

no saarji, you are wrong on both counts ! :)
btw, you have a new message in your PM inbox.

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby Katare » 30 Dec 2008 08:32

Guys the whole purpose of this thread was to get new members without loosing screening. The discussion here has moved towards how to reduce screening for existing memberes which is not the objective.

These personal issues like e-mail change needed due to job change can be taken with mods on individual levels. I did that couple of time with little problems.

I thinks mods should not allow free e-mail registration for anyone

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby Dilbu » 31 Dec 2008 19:18

VikasRaina wrote:Got it. Thanx.

Is this arising from concerns of data security

Rishi it is more to do with the fact that I no longer work for the company whose Email id I used to register here.
I think Rahul & yourself have explained it well.

This is a genuine concern for me as well because somebody else must be checking my old official email ID which I used to register.

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby Rahul M » 31 Dec 2008 19:21

dilbu, yours is a special case. please put an alternative ID in the signature of your profile and explicitly forbid people to email to the official one.

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby neelvick » 31 Dec 2008 20:44

Rahul,
My bro and I share the same network connection. Is he allowed to make an account ,using similar IP address., But with his own e-mail address.

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby enqyoob » 01 Jan 2009 04:22

Since Rahul asked for opinions on this:

I don't see anything wrong with that. There are many cases where the IP may look the same, for multiple users (like a university computer lab cluster where the entire cluster goes through a single router box / firewall).

EXCEPT that if our 4SPDA system detects cases where the different users are in fact the same user in multiple avatars, the IP may end up being banned.

IOW, those who take advantage of this to create multiple IDs risk having all IDs banned.

AFAIK, this "paid email onlee" system is set up to ensure that there is traceable responsibility for what a user does. The ban on multiple avatars is a particular forum policy. In the case presented above, the traceability is there.

JMT.

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby yogi » 02 Jan 2009 01:57

Mods,

Have you guys considered moving to vBulletin? VB has a pretty robust Admin management system. Plus there are a whole lot of other features that can be explored: Blogs, Picture Libraries, Personal Messages, etc.

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby panky » 02 Jan 2009 16:23

I dont know if this is the right place to put forward my problem. Admin please consider my request. I am able to login and view BR site from my office network but same is not possible from my home using broadband. Earlier everything was opening but from 2 weeks back the Forum site stopped opening and from last week even the BR site stopped opening.
There is no problem with any other sites but only with BR and BR forum. Can anyone provide with me any solution or reason for this behaviour.

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby Rahul M » 02 Jan 2009 16:35

neelvick, please ask your brother to get in touch through the email quoted in the first post.

yogi, clearly wrong thread. use site suggestion thread.(anyway moi ignoramus onlee about vbulletin/enfield bullet so it doesn't matter)

panky, please see webmaster's post in the last few of site suggestion thread.

thanks everyone. :)

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby KiranM » 23 Jan 2009 22:07

panky wrote:I dont know if this is the right place to put forward my problem. Admin please consider my request. I am able to login and view BR site from my office network but same is not possible from my home using broadband. Earlier everything was opening but from 2 weeks back the Forum site stopped opening and from last week even the BR site stopped opening.
There is no problem with any other sites but only with BR and BR forum. Can anyone provide with me any solution or reason for this behaviour.


May be there is a parental lock against BR at your place. :rotfl:

On a serious note, please check if BR is included for lock on your home web browser, by mistake. Else contact your service provider.

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Re: Attention non-members and lurkers!

Postby Jagan » 25 Jan 2009 01:26

Attention - New Members who registered in the last 24 days and did not make a single post

Your user account may have been purged in a recent clean up of spam accounts. Please re-register again.

Some of the accounts that have been deleted may be in this list
rakeshbhamare,
ashvin,
pratikb,
shivarajan. B,
manishksingh,
PankajC,
vipinm,
ponanK,
rangaswamy,
NitinSuri,
kaustubha,
karthick,
edison,
Beyoncem,
Mahesh_Leo,
jabarchoudhary,
vikramrajpara,
prasadmpatil,
rakhi,
Srikanth_G,
nitin.lca,
manish
R.L.N.Rao,
macharla,
rameshbhola,
gokula.krishnan,
praveen_sathaye,
rahulsharma,
drsandeepjain,
gurbir,
PWRoy,
vishnuCK,
vishnu_ck,


If you cannot login or cannot post - please re-register again using the same information you have provided earlier.
Make atleast one post somewhere to prevent a similar purge in the future

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Re: Attention Recently Registered Members (Read Last Post)

Postby Nikhil T » 28 Jan 2009 05:32

THIS IS NOT THE INTENDED LAST POST. Please read Jagan's post.

Mods,
Can I get my username changed to "Nikhil T"? Its much better to not have an underscore to make it more readable. Thanks.

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Re: Attention Recently Registered Members (Read Last Post)

Postby anand rathore » 31 Jan 2009 21:57

i m new in this forum what i want to know is how posters are banned and did they given any warning :?:

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Re: Attention Recently Registered Members (Read Last Post)

Postby Rahul M » 31 Jan 2009 22:07

anand, posters are usually requested to self moderate themselves when they go out of line (like attacking other posters/communities based on race/religion etc or derailment of thread, i.e going off topic repeatedly)

official warnings are comparatively rare and issued only when a poster shows marked reluctance to comply with requests.
and the ban prcedure goes something like this :
3 official warnings in a 6 month period --> 1 month ban
+1 ---do--- --> 3 month ban
+1 ---do--- --> permanent ban.

all warnings become ineffective after 6 months.

p.s. this is not the intended last post. read JAGAN's post.

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Re: Attention Recently Registered Members (Read Last Post)

Postby anand rathore » 31 Jan 2009 22:09

Rahul M wrote:anand, posters are usually requested to self moderate themselves when they go out of line (like attacking other posters/communities based on race/religion etc or derailment of thread, i.e going off topic repeatedly)

official warnings are comparatively rare and issued only when a poster shows marked reluctance to comply with requests.
and the ban prcedure goes something like this :
3 official warnings in a 6 month period --> 1 month ban
+1 ---do--- --> 3 month ban
+1 ---do--- --> permanent ban.

all warnings become ineffective after 6 months.

p.s. this is not the intended last post. read JAGAN's post.

is it that permanent ban also neutralizes and poster can post again after 6 months?? :?: :?:


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