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Announcements / Re: Registration and notes
« Last post by noquiexis on July 25, 2020, 11:58:28 AM »
     Registration has been suspended as of 25 July 2020. Spammers and scammers have been initiating brute force attacks in an attempt to get around the normal registration process. This tends to create hundreds of entries in the Error log, which makes it even harder to troubleshoot problems with the forum software, database, or setup.

     Registration for the Magnus Bay Colony Forum was disabled in conjunction with the Website format change. Not a single event was logged in the Error log for that forum since.

     Anyone who wants to register for membership on this forum may send an email to Your email MUST include your intent for using the forum. If your first post is of religious nature, you will be dis-membered (banned) and that post will be deleted, so do not waste your time or mine.

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Announcements / Re: Arimecibo cleanup
« Last post by noquiexis on July 16, 2020, 08:23:27 AM »
     On 16 July 2020, I removed all but one topic from the Trash Bin. That is the Simple Machines Forum "Recycle" bin, where topics could possibly be restored. If any of the administrators had any desire to glean the text of a post in the Trash Bin, they had ample opportunity to do that. Deleting posts from the Trash Bin permanently removes them from the Simple Machines Forum database.

     Not every topic in the Trash Bin was placed there during the "website cleanup". Some were from religious spammers and others who had no business being on this forum.

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Announcements / Re: Arimecibo cleanup
« Last post by noquiexis on June 16, 2020, 08:57:00 AM »
     I do not know what 'standards' other web hosts might use. When I find another web host, I do not want to be denied access because of any one photo. Sadly, some of the photos that were cut are among my favorites.

     I do know that some people have not received email notifications of PMs because their ISP has this web host (WebHostingPad) blacklisted. I can only assume that WebHostingPad hosts porn sites, although I never asked.

     Album owners are welcome to modify their album properties to the "Everyone" view if they so desire.

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Announcements / Re: Arimecibo cleanup
« Last post by odc061210 on June 16, 2020, 06:40:20 AM »
My album is Me only. It looks like some photos 'got the ax' anyway. Mox nix.
Announcements / Re: Arimecibo cleanup
« Last post by noquiexis on June 12, 2020, 11:57:01 AM »
Gallery Update

     On 12 June 2020, I removed several photos from the Arimecibo Island Photo Gallery. Members were notified of this change in January 2020. The Website format change was announced in November 2019. Members had more than enough time to clean up their own albums.

     Anyone who is angry or annoyed by this action is welcome to express their grievances, but this will not change the website format. Those who feel strongly are welcome to delete their albums and / or delete their forum account.

     Photos that were removed included those that show any female nipple, any genitalia, a bare butt, or any photo with a hand on the crotch. A few photos were removed because they were sexually explicit.

     Any attempt to replace the photos that were removed, or any attempt to upload similar photos to the gallery will result in that gallery account being deleted. Any attempt to post any such picture on the forum will result in that forum account being deleted.

     My subscription to the current web host runs out in November 2020. It is my intention to move the entire website to another web host on or before then. I will not be bound be the requirement for that web host to allow adult content. I intend that this entire website be viewable by anyone, regardless of age, moral convictions, or religious convictions.

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Anatomical Doll / Dressember clearance sale 2020
« Last post by noquiexis on May 29, 2020, 10:22:15 PM »
     Dressember, an organization that I support, is having their annual clearance sale in preparation for the launch of the new line for the 2020 campaign. The sale of these clothes is part of their ongoing effort to eliminate human slavery and sex trafficking in our lifetime. Text in Italics below is from the website.
Our vision is a world without slavery.
For too long, the fashion industry has turned a blind eye to slave and child labor. We believe this can change, and it starts with us. Your purchase is powerful in providing dignified employment to artisans in Nepal. Each dress and tie in our marketplace is designed with a purpose and sewn with dignity, so you can ensure that your fashion statement is one you can feel good about.

     I purchased the Esther Dress, and the Dressember "I Believe In Women" tank top. I got both, plus some free campaign buttons, for less than the price of the dress.
The Esther Dress
Traveling Humanitarian Photographer, Esther Havens, knows a thing or two about functional yet chic clothing. We see this played out in her 2019 wrap dress design. This dress features a long skirt and 3/4 length sleeves. With an adjustable tie around the waist, it's up to you whether you want to show a little leg or keep things concealed. Add a scarf or layer it with a sweater if you desire a more modest or cozy look.


The Esther Dress in Forest Green

The Dressember "I Believe In Women" tank top
When you flex your advocacy muscles during Dressember, you can flex your real muscles in this statement muscle tank made in partnership with KNOWN SUPPLY.


The clothes rack (behind Feodora) is covered in window film to keep dust off of the clothes and wigs.

       Dressember partners with (Elegant Tees), which operates a sewing center in Kathmandu, Nepal. The women (and now men) who work there are survivors who have been rescued from, or have been prevented from, human slavery and / or the sex trade. Giving them work at a decent wage keeps them from falling back into the life that they were rescued from.
     Nepal has been closed for weeks, so the dresses that are on sale are only those that are on hand at the Dressember shipping warehouse in California. Elegantees is based in New York. Anything that they have in stock there will be available while they wait for Kathmandu to reopen. Dressember started to partner with Known Supply for items that cannot be obtained through the elegantees sewing center in Kathmandu.

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Announcements / Coppermine upload problem
« Last post by noquiexis on May 11, 2020, 11:00:48 AM »
    There has been a problem uploading photos to either of the Coppermine Photo Gallery portions of this website. On 19 Feb 2020, the web host migrated the entire website to a new server. This "upgrade" was their idea, not mine.

     Although I do have some non-doll photos on the website, I seldom upload any photos except those involving Feodora. On 1 Apr 2020 (April Fools Day) I was unable to upload any photo through Coppermine Photo Gallery. After bandying with the web host, they fixed the problem on their end.

     The problem re-occurred when I tried to upload photos on 8 Mar 2020. I went through the same rigmarole with the web host. They asked for my admin login information so they could see the Coppermine Photo Gallery configuration file. I gave them my login details for the Magnus Bay Colony Photo Gallery. I did not trust them with the Arimecibo Island Photo Gallery.

     A couple of the web host admins tinkered with the "thumbnail" (thumb_) and "reduced size" (normal_) settings. (WTF?) One finally changed the resize utility from ImageMagic (which had been working for over three years on the original server) to the GD2 graphics utility.

     Somewhere along the way, they installed, then removed, the beta version of Coppermine Photo Gallery (cpg1.6.08). While cpg1.6.x will work with PHP7.x, the current stable version (cpg1.5.48) will not. The long and short of it is that Coppermine Photo Gallery will once again handle uploads.

     It should be noted that the current stable version of Coppermine Photo Gallery (cpg1.5.48) can use flash to upload images.
Documentation: "Coppermine comes with two upload interfaces: a traditional one that is using plain HTML methods and allows uploading one file at a time and an advanced, flash-driven interface that allows several files to be uploaded from one screen."

     It should be noted that Adobe Flash has been deprecated and will no longer be supported as of 31 Dec 2020. The Coppermine Photo Gallery flash uploader will no longer function.

     "End-users can view Flash content via Flash Player (for web browsers), AIR (for desktop or mobile apps) or third-party players such as Scaleform (for video games). Adobe Flash Player (supported on Microsoft Windows, macOS and Linux) enables end-users to view Flash content using web browsers. Adobe Flash Lite enabled viewing Flash content on older smartphones, but has been discontinued and superseded by Adobe AIR." (Wikipedia) Get Adobe Air

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TPE Marketplace / Re: Fine Love Dolls unsubstantiated claim
« Last post by noquiexis on May 11, 2020, 09:17:55 AM »
     I cannot speak on behalf of either party in this dispute, but I can give my observations.

     One need only an occasional glance at the news to know that the restrictions imposed by governing officials are in flux. The international business that I personally deal with are either restricted or closed altogether. Some domestic businesses, while still operating, are experiencing slowdowns.

     I had to look at the topic in question to see what was going on. For those who do not know, "An Internet Protocol address IP address is a numerical label assigned to each device connected to a computer network that uses the Internet Protocol for communication. An IP address serves two main functions: host or network interface identification and location addressing." (Wikipedia)

     The "location addressing" might give a country and city, but not an exact physical address. Why anyone would even mention that for a shipping location seems a bit 'out there'. If I order something for one of my daughters, I would give my Ohio address for billing and their Nebraska addresses for shipping. If I ordered that same thing while I was there visiting them, my IP address would show me as being in Nebraska.

     Apparently the buyer lives in one country (USA or Italy) and does business in other countries. If there was only one address block on the order form (which seems unlikely), then the buyer gave the wrong shipping address. If there were two address blocks on the order form (billing and shipping), the vendor's mistake was that they misread the billing address as the shipping address.

     There is also the possibility that the buyer changed his mind, after the purchase, of where he wanted the doll shipped. By the time he informed the seller, the doll was already en route. Without further information, we may never know the whole truth.

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TPE Marketplace / Fine Love Dolls unsubstantiated claim
« Last post by odc061210 on May 11, 2020, 07:26:27 AM »
There is a post 'over there' this morning where a poster identifying themselves as finelovedolls claims that they have received a favorable ruling from Paypal on a dispute. The dispute as reported by another poster 'over there' is that the doll was not delivered to the shipping address.

As a doll buyer who has always been critical of the business practices of doll vendors, this post and the topic it was posted to raises a question and a concern:
-Question: does finelovedolls have a history of satisfactory service as evidenced by other topics on any forum? (TDF doesn't count because they have a years long history of partiality.)
-MAJOR CONCERN: finelovedolls is claiming a favorable ruling but does not provide a link to that ruling. A reader (like me) has no way to know if their claim is not simply a lie. Without confirmation of Paypal's ruling, there is no way for a third party to know if the ruling exists, what the actual ruling was, how the ruling was investigated, and, most important, whether that ruling specifically reviewed the buyer's claim of delivery to the wrong address. In another post, finelovedolls wrote

Your Paypal shipping address was also this very US address, as well as your IP address.

which makes no sense because an IP address can't be a shipping address. This ridiculous misstatement casts doubt upon the credibility of finelovedolls even it no other assertions were available. Furthermore the buyer clearly stated that the shipping address was specified on the order. There is no reason to assume or believe that the shipping address on the order was the same as a Paypal shipping address.

There's enough 'ick' here that I would never consider doing business with finelovedolls. Just sayin'
Sinthetics / Re: Loryanne !
« Last post by Dewyn on March 31, 2020, 06:39:36 AM »

     Those beautiful smiles bring sunshine into the lives of all who see them! Many thanks!

8) 8) 8)

A great Thank you Noquiexis ! Loryanne is very moved. :heart:
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