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September 26, 2010
4:49 AM
MikeR
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A couple of caveats first:

(i) I'm not going to identify the website and:

(ii) it would be appreciated if anyone responding to this enquiry could exercise similar restraint.

The website I have in mind will be well-known to many dot techies. It developed a malicious paranoia where dot tech and, especially, its founder was concerned.  The malice was never reciprocated and everyone connected with, and to, dot tech displayed a maturity under attack that could only have frustrated the attacker still further. 

As I'm one of those who vainly believes in fair play whether on the Internet or anywhere else, the demise of that particular site was always going to be welcome news.  And now, according to friend of mine, that's exactly what has happened. The site has vanished.

Can any dot techie (who knows what I'm referring to here) confirm? Thanks.

September 26, 2010
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karen
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Sorry, not sure which website you mean. Maybe PM Ashraf and ask if he knows.

September 26, 2010
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@ MikeR: I think I know the website to which you are referring. If it is the one I'm thinking of, I stopped visiting it quite a long time ago when they began launching attacks on our good host. And no great loss if it has gone down the gurgler. What goes around, comes around … karma's a bitch.

“Peace if possible, truth at all costs.” – Martin Luther King Jr
September 26, 2010
6:47 AM
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I remember that site.  I visited it once when they first started their attack against our fearless leader to see what was going on and never went back again.  Don't even remember the name of it now.

However, if it is gone I'm glad!  And to repeat PRs message What goes around comes around and definately Karma is a b*tch.

September 26, 2010
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I totally remember that site.  Something interesting about it: it's not quite dead--it simply has a dud MySQL database.  

Also, if you Google its domain, it's not even the first thing to come up.

Oh, the site that was :(
September 26, 2010
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I have no idea what anyone is talking about.  Was I not here when this happened?

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September 26, 2010
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I am also one of those that stopped visiting that site after learning about their attack to Ashraf (I didn't like their interface anyway).

After many months, before a week or so I did found the bookmark and being bored I said "ok, lets see what they have now" and found out that it has totally dissapeared :-) 

Most probably, its founders finished attacking other people and eventually attacked each other :-)  xaxa

 

P.S. Why not reveal its name so that people recognise how karma "works"?

September 26, 2010
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jumbi said:

P.S. Why not reveal its name so that people recognise how karma "works"?


Because I don't think any of us wanted to buy into the whole thing then, and I reckon we should maintain that stance now. If it's gone, good. R.I.P. I just hope that if that site's creator(s) start up again, that he (or they, as the case may be) does so with more maturity. By engaging in such practices, they only succeeded in compromising themselves and their integrity. We all know that karma worked. That's sufficient.
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October 1, 2010
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jumbi said:

Most probably, its founders finished attacking other people and eventually attacked each other :-)  xaxa

 

Nice thought, jumbi!

 

Thanks everyone for the info (Locutus for special mention re the SQL). As Phoenix says, karma is a bitch. I too would hope that any future incarnation of that site will have the same decent motives (to help the Internet community as a whole) but next time, without the self-defeating malice.

Right. That's it. Subject closed! Smile

October 1, 2010
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MikeR said:

Can any dot techie (who knows what I'm referring to here) confirm? Thanks.

That site *always* seemed hinkey to me. Not sure where it originated but (we can hope) English was not their native language.  Language, though, was the least of their problems.

On at least 2 occasions, I *know* they posted bogus offerings (presumably) to harvest e-mail addresses. How do I know? Because I used a throw-away email address dedicated for that site and started getting massive spam (and probably worse, I never opened any of it) along with failing to get the promised program.

I stopped visiting them awhile ago and, in cleaning out my links, happened to visit them again; only to discover they were history.

Evidently, I wasn't the only one they did this to. Sadly, not all sites are like dottechSurprised.

October 1, 2010
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The evil tricks some groups get to is truly sickening and a depressing glimpse at the reality of life in general.

I am just so glad that there ARE legitimate people and places who not only ARE helpful and generous in their nature, but also actually look after one's best interests and do not intentively do any activity which could harm or annoy the very people they claim to serve.

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October 9, 2010
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blue said:

That site *always* seemed hinkey to me. Not sure where it originated but (we can hope) English was not their native language.  Language, though, was the least of their problems.

On at least 2 occasions, I *know* they posted bogus offerings (presumably) to harvest e-mail addresses. How do I know? Because I used a throw-away email address dedicated for that site and started getting massive spam (and probably worse, I never opened any of it) along with failing to get the promised program.

I stopped visiting them awhile ago and, in cleaning out my links, happened to visit them again; only to discover they were history.

Evidently, I wasn't the only one they did this to. Sadly, not all sites are like dottechSurprised.


Thanks for that, Blue -- and apologies for not replying sooner. In view of your experience, I'm doubly pleased that particular website is no longer active. I guess it's as Living Spirit says, some sites really are depressing. Not so dot tech (though I wish there'd be a quick word from Ashraf sooner rather than later, if it's not too much hassle!)
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