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I have posted Greta's response to why there is so much trouble with the CSN site.

Ritzy's picture
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This is what Greta, the moderator for the site, posted about the trouble everyone is having with this site.  I hope she doesn't mind that I reposted it here, but, so many were wondering what is going on and didn't see this explanation. 

Thanks Greta for letting us know!  Ok, here is her response:


Unfortunately, spammers have once again targeted CSN. There have been almost continuous bot attacks on CSN, some so severe as to cause the site to go down (which is their goal).  Our IT team has been searching for and adding more security measures the last 4-5 days--night, day and through the weekend. Apparently, because we're an online community, have a high volume of visitors and have been the target of major attacks in the past, we are at high risk for future attacks. The IT team has a game plan to avert most of the attacks but I'm not sure of the timeline for completion. Very soon I should think.

As for people using CSN private messages to spam/scam you... If you get weird email that doesn't feel right or make any sense, please let me know immediately. Send me a CSN pm with the username of the person and the nature of their letter. In addition, you can post it on the board to give others a heads up. We've had men looking for women, women looking for men, people asking for money or other help, selling products and services, promoting themselves/their business, researchers recruiting subjects for studies, journalists wanting to interview you, media people enticing you to be in a film/documentary, trying to convert you to follow them in whatever they are doing or believe in, etc. CSN prohibits the use of its site for solicitation of any kind.


June Bugs
Posts: 169
Joined: May 2013

Thanks Ritzy and thanks Greta too!

Cheryl S
Posts: 82
Joined: Jun 2013

Wondered if it was the site or my computer.  Thanks for this post.


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Double Whammy
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Joined: Jun 2010

I've been a memeber of this board for 3 years and this has been a recurrent issue as long as I've been on board..  The upgrade done a few months ago did not correct it and it's certainly not corrected yet.   This group is a good group and so many are in need of the experience, cormaderie, and confidential responses of others in the same boat..  Many of us have personally met and even if we haven't met, we've formed relationships.  I continue to hang around to know how everything is doing, answer any questions ifI can, and provide hope for those just starting out on this journey.   I hope they get it fixed once and for all cause it ain't fixed yet!


Cheryl S
Posts: 82
Joined: Jun 2013

It seems to be working ok today. 

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Megan M
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Joined: Dec 2009

I think they are still working on the site as sometimes I can get on and other times I can't.  I appreciate all of their hard work to keep this site working. 


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Joined: Apr 2013

I tried to get on a couple of times and this is the only time I could. 

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