Privacy Statement

Submitted by C B Wright on

'Tis the season to tell people exactly what information we do and do not collect. Most sites are doing this because the European Union just passed a law that makes them. I'm not entirely convinced this site is obliged to do any such thing, but I do believe that making people aware of what information is gathered and used on the net is a Very Good Thing. As such, I present to you, to the very best of my knowledge, a list of information that is collected and used by Eviscerati.Org.

Site News: Concerning Spam

Submitted by C B Wright on

As some of you have noticed the spambots have been targeting the site again. Drupal doesn't have any built-in spam tools -- I'm using a module that is still being developed for Drupal 6, and it's missing a few features that would make administering it a lot easier. The module has promise but it's development pace is slow (it's the work of one developer in his spare time) so I'm using what I have with the hope that there will be more functionality down the road.

At the moment, the tool I'm using snags most of the spam that hits the site. However, about once a month there's a volley of spam that manages to get through the filters that I have to go take care of myself. We appear to be in one of those incursions at the moment.

If you have an account, please post here.

Submitted by C B Wright on

One of my readers has alerted me to a potential problem with the login accounts trying to post. If you have registered an account with this site, please log in and post your account name so I can see if the account name you ought to have matches up with the account name that shows up.

If you're having problems logging in, please contact me at wrightc ==at== ubersoft ==dot== net.

User Accounts Restored

Submitted by C B Wright on

Here's the thing about Drupal -- its database is complicated. It uses multiple tables to keep track of different pieces of the same thing. For example, there is a table that lists all of the users who have registered accounts on the site. There is another table that lists all of the comments made on the site, and that table connects those comments to the specific users who made them -- and there is yet another table that lists all the content on this site, and keeps track of which comments were made under which post.

So on Friday or Saturday I somehow managed to destroy the table that kept track of all the user accounts on this site. By Sunday I managed to restore the user accounts from a backup database, but there was a problem -- a few people had made posts between Saturday and Sunday, and a few accounts were re-created.

The Site Has Been Updated -- Alas, Other Things Broke

Submitted by C B Wright on

Switching from Drupal 5 to Drupal 6 turned out to be a relatively trouble-free process. Comments for the last two weeks have been lost, but there weren't too many of those, so that worked out all right. Unfortunately in the process I ran into a few other challenges unrelated to Drupal, but I expect those to be ironed out in the next day or two.

Anyway, welcome to the updated site. If it looks like the old site then I did it right.

My George Bailey Moment

Submitted by C B Wright on

"A toast! A toast! A toast to Mama Dollar and to Papa Dollar, and if you want to keep this old Building and Loan in business, you better have a family real quick."

- George Bailey, It's a Wonderful Life

Every Christmas my wife and I watch a number of old Christmas movies. It's a tradition: on Christmas day we get up, put on a pot of coffee and put in movie after movie after movie: The Bishop's Wife for one, Miracle on 34th Street for another, and, of course, It's a Wonderful Life. At the very end of It's a Wonderful Life, the whole town of Bedford Falls descends on George Bailey's house and donates enough money to keep him from going to jail.

I was never in danger of going to jail (that I know of) and I wasn't as desperate as George was in that movie, but you, my readers, remind me of that town.

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