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    Posted: July 08 2010 at 13:34
Hi all,

For security reasons we had to remove all the avatars of members who were using a URL instead of a UPLOADED avatar.

Some AVATARs were hosted on a URL identified by GOOGLE as HARMFUL/SPYWARE so the fastest way to fix this was to blank all the avatars from external URL.

Sorry for the troubles it may cause.

Affected members will need to upload a new avatar or use one in your gallery.

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I think most of us have upchucked, I mean uploaded our avatars rather than URLed. Tongue

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Post Options Post Options   Quote M@X Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 08 2010 at 13:59
^ I erased about 3000 entries. Most from old members.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote harmonium.ro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 08 2010 at 14:19
I hope I can find my avatar again Disapprove

EDIT: done Big smile


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Originally posted by harmonium.ro

I hope I can find my avatar again Disapprove

EDIT: done Big smile

I can imagine all the frantic Google image searches people are making. LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Quote seventhsojourn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 08 2010 at 14:43
OK, I've just signed up to Photobucket. When I try to add a jpeg image here on PA I get a security message, access denied, or some such. Help!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote harmonium.ro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 08 2010 at 14:49
You need to save the photo on your computer, Chris. Then go to Member Control Panel, then to Edit Profile, and click on Avatar Upload. I highlighted it for you:



A new window will open, which will allow you to browse through your computer and pick the photo you saved:



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snow Dog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 08 2010 at 14:50
This is bad news. No more Avi for me.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote seventhsojourn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 08 2010 at 14:57
^^ Alex, thank you... although I tried that twice already. OK, will try again.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote harmonium.ro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 08 2010 at 15:01
That's strange. Do you have many pictures uploaded already? I don't know if they can be erased, maybe your allocated hosting space is used 100%...

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Post Options Post Options   Quote seventhsojourn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 08 2010 at 15:06

No, I don't think it can be that as I've just added a few pics. Anyway you seem to have the magic touch. Cheers! Tongue

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Originally posted by Snow Dog

This is bad news. No more Avi for me.

I'm fickle I guess.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote JLocke Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 08 2010 at 15:41
I thought I had uploaded mine, but apparently I thought wrong. 

Re-uploaded, though, and all is well. 
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I didnt even know that you could URL an avatar... LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Klogg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 08 2010 at 20:01
Luckly I have all my cool images saved on computer, just to fill the PC with a lot of useless humor.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Henry Plainview Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 08 2010 at 22:16
Oh, that's what happened. Just out of curiosity, what were the problematic websites?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote markosherrera Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 09 2010 at 01:41
ok,let me see if my avatar dissapearCry
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i would be sad if my avvy disappeared - i have become quite attached to it...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote M@X Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 09 2010 at 08:44
Originally posted by Henry Plainview

Oh, that's what happened. Just out of curiosity, what were the problematic websites?

According to GOOGLE TOOLS, multiples, not tracable from their logs, so I decided to remove them all and only allow uploaded avatar.

Major advantages of this solution:

  1. Better page loading times since all files are from the PA server
  2. Prevent attack from wise hackers
  3. I will be able to use the avatar in the site in homepage reviews, genre reviews, artist reviews , album reviews without affecting the loading time , this will create more and more value to the avatar you use
It's a necessary step, since GOOGLE was preventing some pages of the site to be indexed , and in no time would have drop the value of the site all-together and affecting our positions in GOOGLE SEARCHES.

I can't take that chance

Again, sorry for the inconvenience.

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