25 thoughts on “Please Take a Bow”

  1. If you leave a comment please check your profile and tell us, your join up number AKA Party Card No. Mine is 3 for 10 Cents and 9 for Dime. This will tell us how early you joined the sight.

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  2. In another milestone (or is it millstone?), today we will probably cross the threshold of 470,000 spammers and crackers who have attempted to pollute or attack the site and been blocked by our multi-layer shields.  The count was at 469,933 when I started typing this comment and is now 469,941 as I hit the Post button.

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  3. John Walker:
    In another milestone (or is it millstone?), we will probably cross the threshold of 470,000 spammers and crackers who have attempted to pollute or attack the site and been blocked by our multi-layer shields.  The count was at 469,933 when I started typing this comment and is now 469,941 as I hit the Post button.

    Can I help it if I have Bot-Appeal?

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  4. #5

    look I was humouring 10 cents, he said if I joined up, he would leave me alone…. lair!
    LOL

    I don’t get on here much, I read from time to time, but seldom have the time to post.

    Congrats on the millstone 10 cents!!

    oh, was that millstone or milestone…?
    Hey, we are in Japan, maybe that should be Kilometres….

    Cheers!

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  5. Update: a couple of hours ago we went over 470,000 spammers and attackers blocked since the site began operation on 2017-12-10.  The count presently stands at 470,083.  This does not count attacks blocked by blanket firewalling of offending ISPs (mostly in Ukraine and Russia) as, once firewalled, the server never sees packets from their IP range.

    The site has been in operation for 726 days (JD 2458823.5 − 2458097.5), so that works out to an average of 647 attacks a day, or 27 per hour.

    There’s a lot going on behind the curtain keeping this site available for legitimate users and defended from the depredations of the Internet Slum than is apparent from the outside.

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  6. John Walker:
    Update: a couple of hours ago we went over 470,000 spammers and attackers blocked since the site began operation on 2017-12-10.  The count presently stands at 470,083.  This does not count attacks blocked by blanket firewalling of offending ISPs (mostly in Ukraine and Russia) as, once firewalled, the server never sees packets from their IP range.

    The site has been in operation for 726 days (JD 2458823.5 − 2458097.5), so that works out to an average of 647 attacks a day, or 27 per hour.

    There’s a lot going on behind the curtain keeping this site available for legitimate users and defended from the depredations of the Internet Slum than is apparent from the outside.

    The great thing about this site is all the work that John Walker does to keep it running smoothly. I wrote a post, “Thanks for nothing”, in which I tried to express all the good we have that the site just doesn’t have problems. I think it is far more important to be wise enough to think ahead than to be a hero by fixing a problem that should have been foreseen.

    I can log in everyday and not have to see ads or the constant shilling for podcasts. Nice.

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  7. I have Party Card # 12.   I joined Ratburger.org on December 13 two years ago.

    I had been searching for an alternate home for Happy Warriors.   I had created a Reddit account and a WordPress account, and was researching the process needed to establish an identity there.   It was adding up to a lot of real work.

    And then I received an invitation to join internet friends here.

    What fun!  How nice.

    It is good to be a Ratburgher.

    Thanks very much, John W.

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  8. MJBubba:
    I have Party Card # 12.   I joined Ratburger.org on December 13 two years ago.

    I had been searching for an alternate home for Happy Warriors.   I had created a Reddit account and a WordPress account, and was researching the process needed to establish an identity there.   It was adding up to a lot of real work.

    And then I received an invitation to join internet friends here.

    What fun!  How nice.

    It is good to be a Ratburgher.

    Thanks very much, John W.

    Here is the original invite to Bubba on December 12th Japan time from my email folder.

    The title was “Have you seen this yet?”

    Please start a Lutheran group, if you want there.
    Tell me what you think of the new site
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  9. 10 Cents:

    MJBubba:
    I have Party Card # 12.   I joined Ratburger.org on December 13 two years ago.

    I had been searching for an alternate home for Happy Warriors.   I had created a Reddit account and a WordPress account, and was researching the process needed to establish an identity there.   It was adding up to a lot of real work.

    And then I received an invitation to join internet friends here.

    What fun!  How nice.

    It is good to be a Ratburgher.

    Thanks very much, John W.

    Here is the original invite to Bubba on December 12th Japan time from my email folder.

    The title was “Have you seen this yet?”

    https://www.ratburger.org

    Please start a Lutheran group, if you want there.

    Tell me what you think of the new site

    Thanks again for the invitation.

    I did start a Christian group, but never found much of a following.   I preferred to post those items to the main page anyhow.   As near as I know there are only two Lutheran Ratburghers, and we can simply exchange messages.

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  10. 10 Cents:

    Blondie:
    #27

    Thanks for all the hard work, John and Dime. Glad to hang with the misfits.

    I didn’t realize you joined so early, Blondie. Thank you!

    I thought the same thing when I looked at my number.

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  11. 10 Cents:
    Bubba, there are some good Catholics that could use some reformation?

    Always.

    But I think the Catholic Ratburghers have all heard what I had to say, years ago at R>.

    I don’t mind to argue all the old Reformation arguments all over again if anyone is interested.

    But my chief attitude towards the Church of Rome is sorrow over their internal rot (which was predicted by Protestants, though it took longer than was predicted by the Reformers).

    I need the traditionalist Catholics and hope they prevail, though I don’t see how they can, given the way the Magisterium works.   Nevertheless, the traditionalist Catholics are my staunchest allies in the culture wars.  The Church of Rome is essential to the rescue of western civilization.

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  12. John Walker:
    Update: a couple of hours ago we went over 470,000 spammers and attackers blocked since the site began operation on 2017-12-10.  The count presently stands at 470,083.  This does not count attacks blocked by blanket firewalling of offending ISPs (mostly in Ukraine and Russia) as, once firewalled, the server never sees packets from their IP range.

    The site has been in operation for 726 days (JD 2458823.5 − 2458097.5), so that works out to an average of 647 attacks a day, or 27 per hour.

    There’s a lot going on behind the curtain keeping this site available for legitimate users and defended from the depredations of the Internet Slum than is apparent from the outside.

    Thank you, again John (lest I wear out these words in your direction). I suppose more than anything, I would like to know that my brief existence counts for something; that the world is a very slightly better place for my having been here. If you are like me in that regard, I hope you have no such doubts about yourself. Had you accomplished nothing else – and having read The Autodesk File I know that is not the case – Ratburger’s establishment and maintenance would have been enough. Non-technical, I have little understanding of what goes on behind the curtain. Thank you for what must be a significant effort (though I bet you make it look easy)! It makes a difference to this community of decent people to not have to slog through the slum.

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  13. And, to put flesh on my bare-bones thanks, I would ask about finances. I understand that you personally underwrite the cost of web hosting this site. Is there a way that those who wish can participate in defraying this? I would be glad to chip in some $ (or CHF) each month. Money=mouth, after all.

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  14. Party card #42. (I came late and just got around to reading the first comments)

    Also thanks to Dime/10 Cents/sock puppet-person. I don’t know whether or not you are involved in the mechanics (not smoke & mirrors) of maintenance with John, but thank you, too for keeping us alive and righteous.

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  15. civil westman:
    Is there a way that those who wish can participate in defraying this?

    This is discussed in the Frequently Asked Questions.  The main cost for the site is hosting at Amazon Web Services, and with optimisations I did earlier this year (mostly migrating to “reserved instances” paid a year in advance), this runs around US$80/month.  This could be reduced further if we didn’t keep so many backups around, but you know how I am about backups—I generally only purge old ones every six months.

    Any contributions to our vanity Bitcoin address, 1Ratbgrrrg2Ztpn1AB9RCiQVS3mo7oToV  (which took a 32 core server most of a week to find), go directly to defraying the cost of hosting the site.

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  16. John Walker:

    civil westman:
    Is there a way that those who wish can participate in defraying this?

    This is discussed in the Frequently Asked Questions.  The main cost for the site is hosting at Amazon Web Services, and with optimisations I did earlier this year (mostly migrating to “reserved instances” paid a year in advance), this runs around US$80/month.  This could be reduced further if we didn’t keep so many backups around, but you know how I am about backups—I generally only purge old ones every six months.

    Any contributions to our vanity Bitcoin address, 1Ratbgrrrg2Ztpn1AB9RCiQVS3mo7oToV  (which took a 32 core server most of a week to find), go directly to defraying the cost of hosting the site.

    Sorry I missed the FAQ. In your own heuristic way, you have motivated me and I guess I will now have to complete my tentative foray into Coinbase so I can purchase some crypto. I haven’t taken the final step of identifying myself there and enabling a payment mechanism. Though I favor Ethereum (because I believe it is based in Zug and represents additional blockchain functionality beyond being merely a currency), I will endeavor to buy some Bitcoin for the first time and send some. This may take a while. The cheque is in the email…

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  17. civil westman:
    Party card #42. (I came late and just got around to reading the first comments)

    Also thanks to Dime/10 Cents/sock puppet-person. I don’t know whether or not you are involved in the mechanics (not smoke & mirrors) of maintenance with John, but thank you, too for keeping us alive and righteous.

    John does the computer side and has been the one supporting the site financially. I am more the Referee. I gathered people at the beginning to help test the site and luckily they have stayed.

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