General Administrative Stuff

Mark Baber

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That's up to you, TitanicNerd. Up until a couple of years ago, real names were required, but Phil Hind later relaxed that requirement; real names are still preferred, but are no longer required. Many members believe that using his/her real name lends credibility to a member's messages and some will not interact with someone using a screen name.
 

Mark Baber

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Hello, all---

In recent weeks hundreds of spam messages have been posted here. Most of them have been caught before being exposed to public view, but a few have not.

Please don't respond in any fashion to these messages. You can report them to the moderators (who, experience teaches, will likely already have seen and removed them) but responding to them in any way serves no useful purpose.

Thanks.
 

Paul Rogers

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Hello all (long time, no speak).

I knew joining ET would make my fortune. And now, thanks to this community, I am about to be $22.2m richer! This is the wonderful PM I've just received:

This is a message from ltjack at Titanic Forum and Community : Encyclopedia Titanica ( https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/forums/forum.php ). The Titanic Forum and Community : Encyclopedia Titanica owners cannot accept any responsibility for the contents of the email.

To email ltjack, you can use this online form:
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OR, by email:
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This is the message:

Dear Friend, how are you

I am Sgt.Jackson Wood a war veteran with the United Nations troop in Libya, on war against terrorism. I served in the 1st Armored Division in Tripoli. Based on the United States legislative and executive decision for withdrawing troops from Iraq. I have been redeployed to come and work in Libya on the platform of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Our mission is to help beef up terrorist targeted states, mostly the United States and the European Union on the war against terrorism.

On the other hand, I want to inform you that I and my partner (Trooper James Anthony Leverett) have the sum of 22.2 million USD, which we got from a crude oil deal in Iraq before he was killed by an explosion while on a vehicle patrol. Due to this incident, I want you to receive these funds on my behalf as far as I can be assured that my share will be safe in your care until I complete my service here Libya and come over to meet with you.

Since we are working here on an Official capacity, I cannot keep these funds hence my contacting you.

I guarantee and ensure you that this is a risk free deal. I want you to know that we have successfully moved these funds as consignment, out to Europe with the help of a Red Cross agent.

I just need your acceptance to help me receive these funds and all is done. Since the death of my partner, my life is not guaranteed here anymore, so I have decided to share these funds with a reliable and trusted person than the funds lodging in the bank for no interest.I want you to tell me how much you will take from this money for the assistance you will give to me. One passionate appeal I will make to you is not to discuss this matter with anybody, should you have reasons to reject this offer, please and please destroy this message as any leakage of this information will be too bad for us as soldiers here in Libya.

I do not know how long we will remain here, and I have been shot, wounded and survived so many suicide bomb attacks thankfully, this and other reasons I will mention later have prompted me to reach out for help, I honestly want this matter to be resolved immediately,

please contact me as soon as possible on my e-mail address Have a nice day.

Regards,

Sgt.Jackson Wood

Reply to my email: Deleted
 
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Mark Baber

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Paul, the good sergeant---who has just been demoted from Registered User to Banned User---seems to have quite a bit of spare change...I received the same PM from him.

P.S. I've removed his contact info from your message for obvious reasons.
 
Paul, it's time you learned to trust people. I, for instance, have won £12m in the lottery but before I can collect it I need to buy a bus ticket to get to Lottery HQ in London. Can you span me a tenner? I will gladly repay you once I've got the twelve mill.
 

Mark Baber

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Bob, if you need help spending that money after you pay Paul back, we could start approving some of the hundreds of spam messages that we've been rejecting every day lately. Handbags, prescription drugs, made-to-order brides, sunglasses, you name it.

Or, you could just send it to Phil.

;-)

Happy New Year.
 

Mark Baber

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Hello, all---

This is just a reminder (see message #154) not to respond to obvious spam messages. Please leave it to the moderators to address.

Thanks.
 

Mark Baber

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Hello, all--

Please keep in mind that posting to the "Off Topic" area of the Board requires a moderator's prior approval. A thread begun there today has been deleted.
 

Mark Baber

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Hello, folks---Some reminders, to which I'd add:

Please be judicious in posting large files, videos, etc. There have been many posted in recent weeks and they can cause problems for people with slower internet connections.

Thanks, as always.

Hello, folks---

Some requests from the moderators:

1. Please be judicious in using the "General Titanica" topic. Messages that are properly addressed in other topics should be posted to that topic, and not to "General Titanica." Passenger information, for example, should be addressed in the appropriate thread in the "Passenger Research" topic, not in GT. Over the past month, many messages have been posted to GT (and some to "Off Topic," for that matter) which properly belong elsewhere; some have been moved to the appropriate topic, while others have been deleted (especially messages posted by folks with whom the issue has been addressed privately). Please use the Board index and the Search function to determine the appropriate thread for new messages.

2. Please also don't start new threads to address issues that are already the subject of an existing thread. Again, use the index and Search function to locate existing threads about the subject you're posting about.

3. There's rarely a need to quote back the entire message that you're responding to. Especially if you're answering a short message that immediately precedes your response, there's usually no need to quote anything back. If you're responding to only a part of a longer message, please cut and paste the part you're responding to rather than quote back the whole thing. Unnecessary lengthy quote backs make it difficult to follow a discussion and adversely affects members with slower internet connections since the page takes longer to load if there's a lot of unnecessary material on it.

Thanks for your cooperation.
 

Mark Baber

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Hello, all---

Just an FYI that in the next few days there will be some changes coming to the "White Star Officials, Officers, etc." topic, one of my favorites for some reason. There are currently a number of people, mostly White Star commanders, who are discussed in multiple threads in that topic. I'll be collecting those into a single thread bearing the person's name rather than the existing "News from..." titles. This should make it a bit easier to find everything that's there about a single person.
 
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Mark Baber

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Hello, all---

In the past couple of weeks we've deleted a few messages.

A couple have included the email address of someone other than the writer. If you want to publish your own email, that's fine, but publishing someone else's email is not.

A few have made serious or sarcastic references to current political events in several parts of the world. Please remember that we have a very diverse membership here and not everyone might share the political views of others. All political references are out of bounds.

Finally, a few were removed because they addressed past disputes between members of the message board. As I said earlier, there's no purpose to resurrect those issues, especially if those who were involved are no longer active here and those who are commenting after the fact were not here at the time.

Thanks for your cooperation.
 
Hello, all---

In the past couple of weeks we've deleted a few messages.

A couple have included the email address of someone other than the writer. If you want to publish your own email, that's fine, but publishing someone else's email is not.

A few have made serious or sarcastic references to current political events in several parts of the world. Please remember that we have a very diverse membership here and not everyone might share the political views of others. All political references are out of bounds.

Finally, a few were removed because they addressed past disputes between members of the message board. As I said earlier, there's no purpose to resurrect those issues, especially if those who were involved are no longer active here and those who are commenting after the fact were not here at the time.

Thanks for your cooperation.
Hi Mark,
I am a new member and a recent potential reply I was seeking to send, in response to a message, has been rejected by the system. I do not know why, I did think it was because I had included my email address but your point 2 above says that's ok. So I don't know.
I am a relative of Robert John Hopkins AB and through this site I have found a contact of another branch of the family with whom I am happy to share family history information. I don't think the sharing of that information is relevant to this site or of interest to other members, so I was suggesting that we make contact directly through email, hence my email address being included, always assuming that the other party is agreeable.
Is this approach ok??
I have, very recently, posted a (1903/4) photograph of Robert John Hopkins on this site and another member has agreed that my photograph matches a numbered crew member in a general photograph.
Regards
 
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