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New PhinneyWood Forum up and running

April 8th, 2013 by Doree

Thank you to everyone for your patience while we dealt with yet another massive spam problem in our popular Forum. We’ve installed a completely new Forum, and imported most of the previous users’ registrations. So you should be able to log in using your old user name and password. If we accidentally deleted your registration while purging the old database, you’ll need to create a new account. (We apologize for any inconvenience.)

Our administrators tell us they saved about 1,500 previous registrations and deleted another 180,000 registrations that were spam. Our new Forum has much better spam controls for both registrations and posts.

So, please go ahead and start posting about lost pets, roommates wanted, interesting things seen in the neighborhood, and general observations. And thank you!

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PhinneyWood Forum is broken – again

March 7th, 2013 by Doree

PhinneyWood is continuing to have problems with massive spam attacks in its Forum. We have shut down new user registration again. If you’re already registered, you can continue to post. We have shut down all posting capabilities for the time being.

Please know that we are working on a solution and will let you know when the Forum is back on track. Thanks once again for your patience.

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PhinneyWood Forum back open to new user registrations

February 18th, 2013 by Doree

We’ve reopened PhinneyWood’s Forum to new user registrations. We closed it two months ago because of a massive influx of spam (we’re talking tens of thousands of spam posts). We’ve installed a plug-in that asks new users to “Prove you are human.” Hopefully that will keep the spammers out.

We check the Forum at least once a day, but if you see any spam getting through, please email us at tips@phinneywood.com to let us know.

And thank you for your patience.

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PhinneyWood Forum clear of spam, previously-registered users can post

January 9th, 2013 by Doree

We’d like to thank PhinneyWood readers for their patience while our Forum underwent a massive cleanup of spam recently. It took our administrators many, many hours to clear tens of thousands of spam users who had registered on our system. They also upgraded our spam filter, which is now catching most of the spam (although a few seem to be getting through each day).

We’ve also changed our Forum registration from an open system, where anyone can register and post immediately. For now, the Forum is closed to new registrations. Soon, we’ll open it back up, but all registrations will need to be approved by us, before you can post. That will help weed out spammers.

So, if you’re already registered as a PhinneyWood Forum user, then you can post now. If you’re not yet registered, you’ll have to wait a while longer until we’re sure we’ve got the spam problem under control.

Again, thanks for your patience.

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PhinneyWood Forum broken, please don’t post until further notice

December 27th, 2012 by Doree

You all have noticed a huge increase in the amount of spam in the PhinneyWood Forum lately. We have spent hours every day trying to clean it out, yet we still can’t keep up. We are waiting for our administrators to figure out the problem and implement a solution. In the meantime, please don’t post anything in the Forum, since it will just get buried by spam.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Lost Pets category created in PhinneyWood Forum

May 18th, 2012 by Doree

We’ve created a Lost Pets category in our Forum, to make it easier for folks to find out about missing and found pets. So now if you are missing a pet, or have found one, instead of posting it in the Classifieds section, please put it in the Lost Pets section.

We’ve also added “Lost Pets” to our navigation bar at the top of our home page.

We’ve moved the most recent lost and found pets Forum posts to this new section. The Forum now consists of four sections: Open Forum, where you can post general thoughts, observations or questions about the neighborhood; Reader Recommendations, where you can ask for help finding a good plumber or childcare, where to find good Italian food, etc.; Classifieds, where you can post about items you are selling or wanting to buy, or other business information; and Lost Pets.

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Reasons to feel good about living in PhinneyWood

May 3rd, 2010 by Dale

LizabethC recently commented in the forum about why she loves living in PhinneyWood.

I love the way the air smells in the winter and how I can look to the west and see the Olympic Mtns and to the east and see the Cascades from my front porch…It feels good being here…

The sentiment apparently caught on, with several others chiming in as well. Sezdog adds,

..being able to smell the ocean some mornings
seeing so many lovely gardens when I walk the dog…

And then there’s Let’s Get Real, who says,

I love my neighbors: left, right, front, and back. They are all different but wonderful in so many ways! I can’t imagine living on a cul-de-sac in Kirkland.

You can see the complete thread and add your thoughts here.

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Lost, found and seeking…

January 31st, 2010 by Dale

A number of items posted recently in the forum have caught our attention. Maybe you can help:

  • Phinneydoc found a non-working cell phone in the bushes at the southeast corner of 73rd and 1st. Contact info here.
  • A couple with a baby due in August is looking for a nanny share arrangement with another family. Post a reply here.
  • In a semi-related post, another family is looking for infant daycare recommendations in the Greenwood/Green Lake area or downtown.
  • Lastly, a collarless brown cat was found this morning at the corner of 67th and Linden. Unfortunately, it was hit by a vehicle and did not survive, the poster tells us. Animal control was called to pick up the animal. If you think the cat was yours, you can contact the poster here.

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Forum roundup: Dogs sniffing in yards; too focused on crime?

January 27th, 2010 by Dale

After getting yelled at by a passerby, PhinneyWood reader mbf posed the question of whether it’s OK for you to let your dog sniff around someone else’s yard when you’re out for a walk. Several people quickly chimed in with suggested etiquette. If you’d like to weigh in too, see the discussion in the forum.

And there are a number of crime-related threads, including one that asks, “are we too focused on neighborhood crime?” It’s sparked some great debate that’s giving me food for thought, for what it’s worth. You can see it here.

 

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Kilted Eric needs HR advice

November 12th, 2008 by Dale

…as a potential career path. He’s posted in the forum:

…I have started tinkering with the idea of looking at Human resources as a career path. I have heard of companies basically having a concierge on staff, that provides outlets for recreation, outings, group activities. I am also getting interested in other aspects of HR, or should i say the more normal aspects of HR.

I am looking for advice on what types of classes I could be looking into, and somebody who might be all ready doing this kind of work for advice…

If you can help, you can post a response on his forum post. Hey, there’s probably a lot of us who need career advice these days…

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Anyone know someone good with flooring?

October 28th, 2008 by Dale

Phinneychick is looking for someone who can install and finish fir flooring. If you know anyone good, post a reply on her forum post.

Update: So far, four people have offered suggestions. Way to step up AyersBF, Grrrr-eenwood, etta and SycamorePete!

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Looking for a vet?

October 21st, 2008 by Dale

Joshuaryoung put up a post in our new forum asking about where to find a good veterinarian and he got several good responses from karen, etta, PAS915, biophile and dbean. If you’re looking for a good pet doctor, check out the forum thread.

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