Archive for February, 2008

Creative Commons for Fab Swingers

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

I’ve just licensed Fab Swingers under a Creative Commons License. I’ve gone for the Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported license.

The main reason is to reinforce the “free” message which is a central part of the Fab Swingers ethos. Though I suspect that the vast majority of users will have no idea what it means.

Creative Commons

Comparison Tables

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

I really like the comparison table on the homepage of Diet Chef. It’s got lots of ticks and crosses and makes it really clear what Diet Chef offers and why it is better than its competitors.

We should definitely have something similar on the front page of Fab Swingers.

I think that when people are choosing a swingers site to join (or diet to buy) then they will naturally look at a few sites and compare them, unless they have had a personal recommendation of course. So, a comparison table is the ideal way of helping them reach the right decision.

Also there is an ‘attack site’ pointing out the pretty serious dangers of the rival LighterLife. It’s an interesting idea and worth it if there is one particular site that you really want to target.

PS. On an unrelated subject, we hit 1,000 members in California today. The first 1,000 is always the most difficult because the site is so poor when there are no members but we now have a site that is fairly buzzing which is great.

Local Swingers upset users?

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

We’ve just had a whole bunch of new members from Local Swingers. I’m not completely sure why but LS have seriously annoyed their users, it sounds like they shut down a forum and banned some members. I’m not sure why.

There’s a post about it in our swingers forum.

It’s great news to see such a big group coming over to the site so quickly but it’s also a warning: if you piss off your users then it is incredibly easy for them to leave and go somewhere else.

Google search in foreign countries

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Google localises its search quite extensively for different markets and I’m always forgetting how to test the search in other countries.

I’ve only put the English-speaking countries into this list but it should be really obvious how to add other countries.

Tor problems

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

One of the spam gangs that I’ve been battling with have started using the Tor Project to attack the site. I do kinda understand where they are coming in producing a network allowing anonymous use of the internet but I do disagree with quite a few of their statements, for example Tor isn’t useful for spamming is complete nonsense nowadays.

Fortunately it is not too difficult to block Tor, there’s a list of IP addresses and I’ve written a Python script to process it and put it straight into my block list and it’s goodbye to another source of spam!

Back to Postfix again

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

I’ve been using Qmail for the last week or so but I’ve not been very happy with it. First off, I had to edit c files in order to get it to compile and I don’t really expect to be having to do this in 2008.

Secondly, I was having difficulty mailing AOL. Again, there is a patch out there to fix it but that’s just not something I really want to be doing.

Finally, I had problems with the DomainKeys patch, it broke the internal forwarding and there were a few ISP’s who wouldn’t even accept the mails.

So I have reverted to Postfix and changed my application so that it signs mails with DomainKeys that are bound for Yahoo.