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I've seen people who did that, but that's a little extreme and i didn't want to alienate fans outside the country over it. It wasn't that hard and I made additional changes in other areas to make sure we were good, so it's fine. The number one issue is users having control over their data and site transparency over how it's used. I think I covered it well enough so as long as those people confirmed they read and agreed to the privacy policy, I think we're good.

Cool. I just thought it was interesting that media outlets like the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and The New York Daily News had chosen to go dark in the affected areas, and it got me to wondering if that had crossed your mind. Thanks for the response, and have yourself a great day and weekend.
 

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I can't echo this sentiment enough and as much as it stinks, you really need to lengthen it and use an uppercase and special character to make it complicated enough to keep people from cracking it. Using the same password as your email on sites is so dangerous because everyone uses that method to confirm your account access to anything you're registered for (save for the ones who send a text to your cell phone to confirm before logging you in) and I've heard/read horror stories. So if nothing else, if any of you fall into this category, definitely take some time to change it because it's always better to be safe than sorry.

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I've seen people who did that, but that's a little extreme and i didn't want to alienate fans outside the country over it. It wasn't that hard and I made additional changes in other areas to make sure we were good, so it's fine. The number one issue is users having control over their data and site transparency over how it's used. I think I covered it well enough so as long as those people confirmed they read and agreed to the privacy policy, I think we're good.
Good for you, Ian! The thought of Italian pat patriot not being able to visit the site breaks my heart.
 

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I only agree with some of the Verge article. The key to a good password is that it is easy to remember but difficult to guess. So, we prefer passphrases to strings of characters. For instance, start with a phrase -- TomBradyThrowsLikeAGirl. This is something people would not guess anyone would say, so, unless it's in your sig, it's a good start. It's long and has uppercase and lowercase letters. Replace the 'o' and 'a' in TomBrady with zero and '@'. Even harder to guess but no more difficult to remember plus you have numbers and symbols. That is a pretty good password. End it in a string of characters which remind you of the account it is used with -- cc1 for your favorite credit card, cc2 for another one. gm1 or your gmail account. If they make you change your password, simply add another suffix -- yymm or yyqq depending on how often you have to change.

Here's another good tip. Use one single word for every 'gold' question you are asked. Since it will not make sense, no one will guess it and since it only one word, you will not forget it. Oldest Niece's name? pumpernickel! First pet? pumpernickel! City where you met your spouse? pumpernickel!
 

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No - life was definitely much simpler back then LOL. Never imagined a lot of the stuff going on these days and God only knows what else we'll be dealing with in another 20-years. :rolleyes:
I hope you're able to make a decent enough second income to make this worth it. I am quite confident that we don't have to call you Ian Zuckerberg just yet, however. ;)
 
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I've seen people who did that, but that's a little extreme and i didn't want to alienate fans outside the country over it. It wasn't that hard and I made additional changes in other areas to make sure we were good, so it's fine. The number one issue is users having control over their data and site transparency over how it's used. I think I covered it well enough so as long as those people confirmed they read and agreed to the privacy policy, I think we're good.

I didn't read it but I agreed to it. But if some dude shows up at my house and starts taking my furniture I'm going to be pissed.
 

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I only agree with some of the Verge article. The key to a good password is that it is easy to remember but difficult to guess. So, we prefer passphrases to strings of characters. For instance, start with a phrase -- TomBradyThrowsLikeAGirl. This is something people would not guess anyone would say, so, unless it's in your sig, it's a good start. It's long and has uppercase and lowercase letters. Replace the 'o' and 'a' in TomBrady with zero and '@'. Even harder to guess but no more difficult to remember plus you have numbers and symbols. That is a pretty good password. End it in a string of characters which remind you of the account it is used with -- cc1 for your favorite credit card, cc2 for another one. gm1 or your gmail account. If they make you change your password, simply add another suffix -- yymm or yyqq depending on how often you have to change.

Here's another good tip. Use one single word for every 'gold' question you are asked. Since it will not make sense, no one will guess it and since it only one word, you will not forget it. Oldest Niece's name? pumpernickel! First pet? pumpernickel! City where you met your spouse? pumpernickel!

Good stuff Wiz. I use single word recognition for a response. For example, no matter what the question is if it has the word school within it I will answer with a selected response which may have nothing to do with the question. Most gold questions have car, school, town, mother, friend etc in them and I have a selected response for each of them.
 

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I am quite confident that we don't have to call you Ian Zuckerberg just yet, however. ;)
LOL, you would be correct. This place is just a nice escape where I get to blog a bit, chat with great folks like yourself, and it helps take my mind off the daily grind. But honestly, I'm in my 40s with a relatively decent job, my kids and wife are happy (one just graduated college with another up next) and aside from the number of hours I work, life could always be worse ;)

Not going to lie - when I was in my 20s I had big aspirations for this someday being something bigger, but there have always been obstacles technology-wise and in other areas that kept that from ever really happening and it never reached a point to become a second income or anything close to that, but it's at least managed to remain self-sustaining. Now that I'm older, the perspective of the whole experience makes me look at it all differently and it's almost like I've come full circle from where things started and we're back to it being just a great place with some terrific people, so I'm good with it.
 
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I'll also say that this year appears to be the start of a tough trend that has me a little worried, which is going to seemingly make things challenging in the coming years. Given that server costs exceed $600 each month and ad revenue this year has plummeted, it's a little alarming. I don't expect it to get much better given the increase in ad blockers and the shift by advertisers to social media away from display ads. Normally any excess from during the season covers the quiet months in the offseason, but this year has definitely been the worst I've ever seen. Normally, when we've been short, I've gotten by with some freelance web work I do but I'm definitely starting to wonder where we're headed given the current climate. I'll obviously figure it out, but this is the first time I've really started worrying about it.

Someone suggested I put up an internal blog about some of the behind the scenes stuff with talking about the site and how we'll manage in the future, so I'll have to work on that for those who might be interested.
 
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LOL, you would be correct. This place is just a nice escape where I get to blog a bit, chat with great folks like yourself, and it helps take my mind off the daily grind. But honestly, I'm in my 40s with a relatively decent job, my kids and wife are happy (one just graduated college with another up next) and aside from the number of hours I work, life could always be worse ;)

Not going to lie - when I was in my 20s I had big aspirations for this someday being something bigger, but there have always been obstacles technology-wise and in other areas that kept that from ever really happening and it never reached a point to become a second income or anything close to that, but it's at least managed to remain self-sustaining. Now that I'm older, the perspective of the whole experience makes me look at it all differently and it's almost like I've come full circle from where things started and we're back to it being just a great place with some terrific people, so I'm good with it.

Well I'm glad you're not rich. Money changes people. They starting wearing Uggs, eating weird food and eventually start slacking off. Next thing you know there'd be an Ian Mega thread. :eek::D
 

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Well I'm glad you're not rich. Money changes people. They starting wearing Uggs, eating weird food and eventually start slacking off. Next thing you know there'd be an Ian Mega thread. :eek::D
It's funny, my goal when I put the site together coming out of Rivals.com shutting down out of nowhere (which was where this community started) was to build something great that we could be proud of and I was pretty fired up. I wanted to make sure I'd have a place to keep everyone together and keep it going, along with having it as something that was our own corner of the internet that no one could touch. I was pretty frustrated after all the time invested, and I had to build it all from scratch but I was excited about how it turned out and feel pretty fortunate to be able to have done it for as long as we have, and there were challenges (and still are at times) in being able to do it. But I'm definitely grateful that we're still here all these years later.

Here's a look at a screenshot that I grabbed from the archive heading into the postseason in January 2002...definitely pretty crazy :cool:

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It's funny, my goal when I put the site together coming out of Rivals.com shutting down out of nowhere (which was where this community started) was to build something great that we could be proud of and I was pretty fired up. I wanted to make sure I'd have a place to keep everyone together and keep it going, along with having it as something that was our own corner of the internet that no one could touch. I was pretty frustrated after all the time invested, and I had to build it all from scratch but I was excited about how it turned out and feel pretty fortunate to be able to have done it for as long as we have, and there were challenges (and still are at times) in being able to do it. But I'm definitely grateful that we're still here all these years later.

Here's a look at a screenshot that I grabbed from the archive heading into the postseason in January 2002...definitely pretty crazy :cool:

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Ian, this is a great site. I am addicted to it. I get all of my Patriots news from it and enjoy reading posts from most of the members. If you add in the threads you have pinned regarding a few of our brothers going through tough times and I put you and this site on another level. As you know I leaned on this site as a crutch as well and I'm grateful it was here. It was a much needed escape and of course you were there to listen. So thank you for that as well. I can't imagine what it would take to create something like this from scratch but then again I never asked my Grandmother for her recipe for lasagna. Nope I just showed up and ate it. haha

Anyway (I type anyway because I learned from this site that anyways is grammatically incorrect as is "I could of"" ), Anyway, I truly appreciate all that you do behind the scenes even if I don't know what that is but I will always just show up and eat it up. Just ask my Grandmother. :D

You're one of kind Ian. Thanks.
 

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If you add in the threads you have pinned regarding a few of our brothers going through tough times and I put you and this site on another level.
Knowing what quite a few people here have gone through over the years and the outpouring amount of support that there has been each time, you're right, that really was eye-opening and just absolutely incredible. I always felt like we had a pretty special thing here and those moments, as well as ones before that where everyone rallied around other people who have endured tragedies, just really drove home the fact that I can't say enough how amazing everyone here really is. Like everyone else, I'm just lucky to be a part of it.
 

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Thanks to everyone for all the support this week and for being part of this place. I'll keep doing my best to try and keep pushing it forward and making it somewhere you can all be proud of. And if all goes well, you'll see the new version of this place in the not-too-distant future :cool:
 
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