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Free Memberships and Supporting Memberships at Sudoku.com.au
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Free Memberships and Supporting Memberships at Sudoku.com.au

So what is going on?

It has always been a big concern to me that sudoku.com.au remains as warm and welcoming to visitors as possible. I have always thought that I have been very lucky to attract the sort of visitors so that the site gives out this feeling.

As with any large site, though, it has also attracted its share of spammers and people that are more interested in insulting others than anything else. I have put in place posting guidelines and various technical filters, but these are all avoidable if you are determined. Getting past the filters is made a lot easier by not having to log in before you post a comment or start a chat session - which is why I have introduced the free membership. The Free Membership (FM) is a new addition to the site and has coincided with the ‘Last Post’ competition. I have been asked if FMs are going to last beyond this competition, and the answer is yes.

By restricting access to the chatroom so that only members can enter, it is now much easier to ban people that just want to annoy (or worse) other people. Posting comments may be eventually restricted in a similar fashion, but hopefully not just yet.

A few supporting members have voiced their concerns that I am now giving away for free some of the things that they paid their membership fees for (Avatars, Smilies, Personal pages). While Free Members still have Ads and don’t get the sudoku solving tools, I can understand some SMs feeling this way. I am grateful that they have paid their membership fees & it certainly isn’t my intention to seem disrespectful. Almost all the new recent additions to the site have been for SMs and I am sure there will be plenty of new SM-only additions coming along shortly. If an SM feels that the free membership has everything they want from the site, then I would hope that when the membership expires that they remain on as a free member. Finally, if an SM has just recently joined or renewed their membership and would rather be a free member then just contact me and I will be happy to issue a refund.

Whew - thats everything! I have plenty of new stuff in the pipeline, so hopefully the site will get better (and better!). As always, if you have any suggestions just let me know. I have been super busy lately, so if you have sent an email and haven’t got a response please send it again.

Thanks to all the visitors to sudoku.com.au; Supporting Members, Free Members, and even the people that don’t want to know about this and just want sudoku :)

Cheers,
Gath


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15 comments

  1. Noblewine from US — Oklahoma Jan 5

    Help, I cannot get onto the site since this morning. I get this message when I try:

    You are not authorized to view this page

    You do not have permission to view this directory or page using the credentials that you supplied because your Web browser is sending a WWW-Authenticate header field that the Web server is not configured to accept.
    Please try the following:

    Contact the Web site administrator if you believe you should be able to view this directory or page.
    Click the Refresh button to try again with different credentials.
    HTTP Error 401.2 - Unauthorized: Access is denied due to server configuration.
    Internet Information Services (IIS)

    Technical Information (for support personnel)

    Go to Microsoft Product Support Services and perform a title search for the words HTTP and 401.
    Open IIS Help, which is accessible in IIS Manager (inetmgr), and search for topics titled About Security, Authentication, and About Custom Error Messages.

  2. Kim Jan 5

    Help! I cannot get in either and get the same message. I have come here daily since mid 2005 and I am in serious withdrawal!

  3. KB from DM IA USA Jan 5

    Gath - what is happening? - We Miss You and your Sudoku.com.au site!!! Please come back to us - Your the best Sudoku site around - this is serious - a day without you is the pits.

  4. Noblewine from US — Oklahoma Jan 5

    Gath, I have Sudoku.au-withdrawal symptoms!! :(

    I called my ISP (sbcglobal.com), and techsupport first blamed my router because of the HTTP error 401, but than tried to get himself onto the site and got the same message I listed earlier. He is sure the problem lies with the web site.

    I googled this site, and I am happy to see you two, Kim and KB. Lets stay in touch and write here if anyone hears something new, OK?

  5. Sally Jan 5

    I can’t get in either - and am getting the same error message. I’m really glad to see that other people are having the same problem.

    I’m also glad there are other addicted people. There is no other sudoku site that I want to go to. This is dreadful. :-)

  6. Kim Jan 5

    Now I am getting a different error:

    Could not find file “D:\Clients\C1902\sudoku.com.au\public_html\DayFiles\E6-1-2008.js”.

    Does this mean they’re working on it (I hope)?

  7. Noblewine from US — Oklahoma Jan 5

    I am getting also the same error message, Kim. Yes I am quite sure this is good news. It looks like Gath is aware of the problem and is working to solve it.

    I wonder if Gath tried to filter out some problems. I received an email a couple of weeks ago from one Abdullah or so, claiming because I played on sudoku.au I had the intelligence to help him to get a huge inheritance into the US. I had a good laugh, but wondered how this criminal got his message to me.

    Sally, should we form an SA (Sudoku Anonymous) Club ? Chuckle :)

  8. Carol from Punta Gorda Jan 6

    Gath, I cannot get on site either! ??????

  9. sue Jan 7

    or can I

  10. sue Jan 7

    I mean nor can I !!

  11. Kim Jan 7

    Its back!!! Its back!!! Its back!!! Its back!!! Its back!!!

  12. Noblewine from US — Oklahoma Jan 7

    I am happy again! :)

  13. Kim Jan 16

    The site has been down all day :(

  14. Rick from Florida Jan 18

    I have not been able to get into the site for two days. What is up?

  15. Gath Jan 18

    Hi,

    I’m not sure what the problem is, can you see the site at:
    http://sudoku.com.au
    ?