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  1. In this thread, a bunch of {former, inactive, non}-Moderators argue against changes supported/proposed by most of current, active Moderators...
  2. Not without doing some further study. But offhand I can say it's maybe on the order of tens, dozens maybe (not a lot)? This whole thing has become quite overblown, to be honest. It started with Igor suggesting (in IRC) that I search for one single URL on the forums. Which led to me discovering handful of spammers x 1-5 posts each = ~ some dozens of posts (that I discovered so far, could be more, I dunno). And then one guy coming back very recently (as can be seen in recent Reports history for those who have access). Then I devised some slightly more organized way to sea
  3. True. Email validation is probably the easiest thing spamer can bypass by either using trashmail services or script-based creating accounts from any freemail provider. OK, even if that is true, I don't understand why not to do it? It requires zero effort on our part? And makes one more hurdle for spammer, but not legitimate user. Thank you!. This is what I have seen as well, hence my arguing so strongly for it. There is "theories" of what spammer could do, and then there is data (that we have) of what they are actually doing...
  4. Well, if you can't be bothered to do debian than I doubt you will be able to follow (for example) instructions here. Therefore, my recommendation is to probably look for some different hardware.
  5. No. Anyone can still post any time, post(s) will just be moderated until email is validated. That was something I suggested. To include validating email as one of main criteria to go from Validating -> Member status. This is correct balance I think between (very) low friction to contribution, and other factors (moderation, spam, etc...). Then there is separate discussion of possibly creating new group, slight step up from regular Member like "Trusted Member" or such who would have extended editing time (basically unlimited) for use case of maintaining tutorials, etc. like what @
  6. Thanks for contribution @chwe. I don't know this board, but in < 1 minute of searching forums I found exactly the post you link above, and also relevant info on Download page, etc. I write up almost exactly what you did (maybe little less in detail) and then I pause when I realize how fast I found the information. After thinking about it for another moment, I delete everything I wrote in order to let OP search and learn things for himself (teach a man to fish, etc.). As far as the meta of where to put it, as I said I prefer to leave it titled with symptom
  7. Perhaps you post in haste, without reading through entirety of thread, which mostly discusses where and how to strike the correct balance.
  8. Unfortunately nowadays "web browsing" != "light desktop usage" due to castles of Javascript and huge web pages that so many of these sites like to load... also multimedia (video sites), etc... The biggest determining factor will likely be how impatient you are. For me, I want pages to load instantly. You may be more forgiving / patient, especially on some hardware you "just had laying around anyway" (i.e., essentially free, assuming you have some monitor(s) and keyboard, mouse, etc. also "laying around" or go find some at a garage sale or local free classified site (Craigslist, et
  9. Glad to hear you got it working finally. And even more importantly, that you start to actually understand the issue. These devices almost require a hobby-like approach, as there are many potential pitfalls. If you enjoy using them like so many of us do (it's hard to beat performance and power wise for the price) perhaps consider lurking around the forums and reading a bit more here and there, it will help a lot in locating information later when you get into trouble (or perhaps not even getting into trouble in the first place). Cheers!
  10. No, you are trying to solve the wrong problem (XY Problem). We already determined in your other thread that the problem is power related. So, focus on that. I am locking this thread, and will maybe even delete it after a while.
  11. Yes depends on model. May need some firmware, especially if you are on Debian (which may in turn be located in non-free repository, which is not enabled by default, at least in Debian).
  12. Yes, exactly. Because PC power supply is some hundreds of watts. But even there, some unknown cheap power supplies do not meet specifications on certain rails of power (12v, etc.) and thus the market for known, higher quality enthusiast level power supplies in the PC arena. From building my own PCs since decades I already knew about sites like and others discussing these issues. Yes, this is why those of us who understand well the effects of power on system stability harp on that all the time. And why it is mentioned first and foremost in Getting
  13. Another random tid-bit: When you Merge some post(s) into another thread, the board software will (very annoyingly, IMO) change the title of the target thread (the existing one you want to keep) to the title from the thread you are Merging from. Terrible behavior, but just be advised so that you can be prepared (ex. have the original target thread open in another tab) so you can copy/paste the title back how it was... (or copy it onto your clipboard beforehand, etc.).
  14. I think very strongly that validating email should be (one of?) main steps to graduate from Validation -> Member. Anybody can put in whatever they want for an email address, it's all BS until they have validated it. And in the meantime they can be posting already... Most of spammers I see, never even validated their email... Some number of Likes (perhaps along with other criteria like post count, and/or time on forum) I think is probably a good idea for this "Trusted Member" (or whatever we want to call it) intermediate level. I think Likes especially are hard to fak