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PostSubject: Banner is down!   Sat Mar 27, 2010 10:09 pm

Xaheras is away for the weekend, and she has the photobucket account. I'm trying to get it up and running again quickly.

Sorry about that, guys!
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PostSubject: Re: Banner is down!   Sun Mar 28, 2010 12:39 am

Good News: Hm, seems like we are getting more hits than ever!
Bad News: Too much bandwidth. Shocked

It's not a big deal if it is down a few more days. The number of hits seems to be low this last week.
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PostSubject: Re: Banner is down!   Sun Mar 28, 2010 1:05 am

Xa just left me a message while I was walking the dog: she thinks her photobucket account has been hacked now, cuz she hasn't changed the password. If someone got into her email and neopets accounts, maybe they have stolen this as well.

I'll see what I can do in the morning.
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PostSubject: Re: Banner is down!   Sun Mar 28, 2010 4:43 am

These people.... Mad don't they have babies to steal candy from?
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PostSubject: Re: Banner is down!   Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:21 pm

These people are more likely to steal the babies than the candy.
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PostSubject: Re: Banner is down!   Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:29 am

Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Banner is down!   Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:41 am

Roby wrote:
These people are more likely to steal the babies than the candy.

lol too.
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PostSubject: Re: Banner is down!   Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:34 pm

Geeze! Evil or Very Mad affraid Who has the time to do this stuff?
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PostSubject: Re: Banner is down!   Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:33 pm

zoro wrote:
Who has the time to do this stuff?

Kids with no lives and/or (seemingly) no home training.
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PostSubject: Re: Banner is down!   Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:12 am

Yesterday I had 15 hits - none from my hut. Today I've had 7 hits, none from my hut - 2 from me. I did get 3 sales off 3 (presumably) shop wiz hits.

I was able to get into our photobucket account yesterday, so it looks like the problem is that our premium account has expired, and we've just hit our bandwidth limit.

I was happy to pay for one year to get unlimited bandwidth, and to avoid the problems we kept having with two accounts and running out of service in the last few days of every month. At this point, I'm not so sure I want to pay for another year ...

The banner will reset on April 1 I guess, and we'll be able to run with it again until we max out. Easter should be a busy time for sales, and spring brings more shoppers from now, right through to September.

Do we go with paid hosting, two (or more) photobucket accounts, each member hosts their own graphics, or even disband the mall?
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PostSubject: Re: Banner is down!   Wed Mar 31, 2010 3:40 am

I am happy with any option that the mall decides, although I would obviously prefer not to disband!
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PostSubject: Re: Banner is down!   Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:24 am

I'm a bit ambivalent. I'm happy to keep going but at the same time I'm feeling a little bit over neopets at the moment, mind you after a break I'll probably be interested again, however I don't want to be the straw that breaks the camels back.
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PostSubject: Re: Banner is down!   Wed Mar 31, 2010 5:47 pm

I'd prefer to avoid paying, or disbanding. Perhaps the easiest option would be for each user to simply set up a photobucket account? I doubt we could run over our bandwidth individually.
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PostSubject: Re: Banner is down!   Wed Mar 31, 2010 5:52 pm

What is the cost of hosting the graphics? I'm certainly willing to chip in. I would hate to see us fold. We are after all named Phoenix. We come back from hard times!

I've been thinking about our troubles. There seems to be a pattern to how we have been hacked. Was my zoro_kat account the first to go down? It may be useful for us to reconstruct the history of our accounts being hacked, especially if there really is a pattern to how it has happened. There is a possibility that we have been targeted because we are a strong and growing mall. If we feel that there is a pattern and that we have been targeted, we should let Emily know the entire story.

The other thing that might be useful to do is to post our story on neodaq forums and see if there are other malls having similar troubles.
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PostSubject: Re: Banner is down!   Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:44 pm

I can host it for free on my websevers. I just need the image files, I can host the files. We just have to change the URL.
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PostSubject: Re: Banner is down!   Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:39 pm

Zoro, with regard to us being targeted, I looked back in the forums briefly and I think this all started with Spunky being iced (for the first time), I then got CGed, you were then iced, followed by Spunky again and then Xaheras. Did I miss anyone?
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PostSubject: Re: Banner is down!   Thu Apr 01, 2010 12:15 am

That's wonderful, nstarz!!!

I'm hoping the banner kicks back in at midnight tonight. Do you know what to do to get the graphics??
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PostSubject: Re: Banner is down!   Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:27 am

Yay for nstarz!

I was wondering whether the hackers use the marketplace to look for targets...
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PostSubject: Re: Banner is down!   Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:51 am

Banner's working again.
*whew!*
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PostSubject: Re: Banner is down!   Thu Apr 01, 2010 9:25 am

Yikes Shocked
Sorry I've been a bit silent folks, been working my little behind off the past few months Evil or Very Mad

Shall catch up on some reading here XD
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PostSubject: Re: Banner is down!   Fri Apr 02, 2010 3:00 pm

Egg, if you can e-mail all the graphics to nstarz@gmail.com.
Since I remember neopets has coding limit, I will use the smallest domain I have: nstarz.com
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PostSubject: Re: Banner is down!   Fri Apr 02, 2010 3:03 pm

sounds good, nstarz!

Xaheras will be here in a couple of hours - I'll see if she can help.

Good thinking on the domain name, too.
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PostSubject: Re: Banner is down!   Fri Apr 02, 2010 3:08 pm

Also, remember to backup the original somewhere, just in case we have to make any changes to the images.
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PostSubject: Re: Banner is down!   Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:43 am

*happy dance*
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PostSubject: Re: Banner is down!   Sat Apr 24, 2010 4:44 pm

Before we lose the banner again - and we're due! - we can start using the images that nstarz has already moved to his site. I've tested the ones I can use, in my shop, and it looks perfect.

If you are able to find what you need, feel free to make the switch on your own. I'll post the converted names in the Banner Codes part of the forum. Even getting some of us moved over will reduce the load on the photobucket account, and might just let us squeak through to the end of the month without any disasters.

When we get the whole works in place, I'll get the proper codes updated in a single post.

THANK YOU NSTARZ!!
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