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KB1GHC
 
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Post Posted August 17th, 2004, 9:49 am

does anyone know what happend to BugMeNot?????????

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Post Posted August 17th, 2004, 9:57 am

bugmenot.com is down right now, probably due to heavy traffic.
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Post Posted August 17th, 2004, 7:17 pm

It has been down for 2 days for me. I sure hope it returns cause I LOVE that extension.

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Post Posted August 17th, 2004, 8:14 pm

i also hope it returns... it was useful site
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Post Posted August 18th, 2004, 9:35 am

well, i got some kind of "account has been closed" message when i went there

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Post Posted August 18th, 2004, 11:45 am

Yeah. i wonder whatever happened to it :-(

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Post Posted August 18th, 2004, 1:50 pm

This doesn't look good. Here's what I get when I visiont bugmenot.com:

<pre>
[DIR] Parent Directory 17-Aug-2004 06:33 -
[DIR] _private/ 17-Aug-2004 06:23 -
[DIR] cgi-bin/ 17-Aug-2004 06:23 -
[DIR] images/ 17-Aug-2004 06:23 -
[TXT] postinfo.html 17-Aug-2004 06:23 2k
</pre>

Apache/1.3.31 Server at www.bugmenot.com Port 80

images/ is empty, don't know about the other two.

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Post Posted August 18th, 2004, 5:20 pm


bugmenot.com is still listed as registered through godaddy.com with Katz Global Domain Name Trust of Tucson, Arizona as Registrant...

Ping and Lookup: 'failed to resolve name bugmenot.com'

With all the publicity about BugMeNot recently (just check Google News), it had to be just a matter of time before they were brought down, legally or otherwise!! :2gunfire:

And no alternative in sight to replace BugMeNot!!!


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Post Posted August 19th, 2004, 3:17 am

Our host pulled the plug. I reckon they were pressured. If anyone has got some secure, preferably offshore hosting in mind then please let us know so we can get the service back up as soon as possible.

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Post Posted August 19th, 2004, 3:25 am

Glad you responded, bgm. I hope you are able to get this worked out soon. BGM was/is a very cool idea.

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Post Posted August 19th, 2004, 3:33 am

BGM is still a cool and good idea even though its not working right now. I hope it will be brought back to life like a cyber phoenix.

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Post Posted August 19th, 2004, 3:44 am

bgm wrote:Our host pulled the plug. I reckon they were pressured.
These days, this is a no-brainer...
to paraphrase a Hank Williams tune: "If they've got the money, honey, they've got the clout!"

Certain entities insist on invading your privacy (even if they tell you otherwise) and will not just sit back and be overruled, even by a majority!!

bgm at http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic ... ht=#724897 wrote:Need some advice.

It's become obvious that certain news sites are spidering the bugmenot site to auto-block accounts.

An easy solution to this would be to display the account details as an image but for obvious reasons I really don't want to do this.

Has anyone got any clever ideas for preventing this sort of automated blocking?

:idea: Well, let's resurrect the question in these General Forums and maybe someone here might have some ideas...


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Post Posted August 19th, 2004, 4:15 am

Got to get the hosting sorted first of all. This is more of an inconvenience than anything as it is easy to keep skipping hosts.

Would be nice not to be shut down every few weeks though :)

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Post Posted August 19th, 2004, 4:19 am

bgm wrote:Got to get the hosting sorted first of all.

But someone might come up with a near-perfect solution by the time you're up-and-running...


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Post Posted August 19th, 2004, 4:34 am

To be honest the whole system is flawed in the fact that it is so centralized. It would be nice if someone came up with a plugin that could be fed from multiple sources. Each source could be a list of accounts maintained by anyone with basic technical ability.

The real power would come if the end-user could find and combine multiple lists and keep them up-to-date / synced easily.

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