Two days ago most likely due to the fact that FireFox automatically updated your browsers if you use it without asking (good job FireFox guys) or possibly for some other reason a plugin we use called re Captcha broke and began showing up at the top of the site.
I discovered this early in the AM the day it occurred, I immediately deactivated the plugin and the problem went away at least as far as I could see. I located a new spam protection plugin called clean talk, unlike re Captcha it is a paid solution and I spent the money without a second thought to keep the site running.
Problem for some of you is you visited during that time and apparently have the jacked up version cached. If this is you hold down control and hit F5 this will clear the problem for you. At this point I have removed the plugin from the server, so if you have this issue it is ON YOUR END, there is nothing more I can do. Again a reboot or a control F5 will solve your issues.
Now about that time out. One annoying coward made some nasty comments that will never be seen. This is no big deal as what persistant pain in the ass cowards do is always ignored.
That said I did get quite a few angry and confrontational emails from some of you claiming that I did this to capture your personal information and other such nonsense. Please understand I run this site on my own. I do have two wonderful guys that help me with server level issues but day to day, I produce shows, answer emails, handle all your customer support and yes manage and run the technology on this website.
Sometimes shit breaks, it just does, it is how things like this are. All I can do when they break is fix them. After 8.5 years if anyone really thinks that anything I do here is designed to be nefarious, I have a solution, go elsewhere!
I actually had no idea that some of you still saw the broken site until this morning when Blake who is developing the TSP Business directory told me he saw it still on his browser. That is when many of your emails even made sense!
I got a few dozen angry emails and site contact forms that were largely incoherent! Here is one example…
Subject: Weird sign in
Message Body: Help
Look guys if you have an issue I need more than that, weird sign in to what, where, causing you what problem? I mean I am not picking on the guy that sent the above email but when I am working my butt off this doesn’t tell me what I need to do to help you.
But at least this is just a guy asking for assistance, this one was actually more useful because at least the information I needed to know the problem was included but seriously?
From: Bite ME
Subject: No more reCaptcha
Message Body: Turn this POS recaptcha off when all I want is to view a page!
Here is another great one!
From: Joe Smith
Subject: Buzz off
I can only assume Joe Smith is a fake name and buzz off is due to the captcha problem, who the hell knows.
Anyway if you guys ever have a problem, please just fully explain it so I can actually do something to help you. And some of you need a fricken time out, heck I think some of you need a damn quaalude or at least to dig the wad out of your panties or whatever has you irritated.
Final thought – you know how sometimes I am short with a commenter? And you are like why is Jack so harsh at times, yea well this is the type of thing I deal with a few times a week and sometimes that person you see me be harsh with, yea they are part of a chain of events like this. At other times I may be hard on someone who didn’t have anything to do with anything like this. I try my best not to be tough on people but when you deal with crap like this daily at times you simply get tired of people bitching at you.
In any event I will continue to do my best to provide a great podcast and a great choice in online communities for you guys. If something is messed up again please tell me but please give me some details about your issue, don’t assume I see what you see. And also again after more than 8 years together, try giving me the benefit of the doubt when a problem pops up and say an hour or so to fix it before you go getting a case of the red ass at me. Thank you.