Forum posts made by nicola

Topic Moderator of the Month for November
Posted 05 Dec 2016 04:13

It was an easy decision to nominate Callisto, as November's Moderator of the month.

After 5 years of being our core site administrator, "real life" circumstances, have forced her hand, and she's stepping down from the role.

I am sure everyone would agree, she has been absolutely brilliant around the site, and she will be sorely missed.

A huge thank you for everything you've done for us here Callisto. I wish you all the best Hugs

Nicola xx

Topic Announcing our Holiday Hijinks Story Competition - $300 in Prizes
Posted 04 Dec 2016 08:38

I've always been one of those people who never knew what a Hijinks is, but always thought they were three lines long and that is it. Let alone trying to make it 2000 words. Best of luck to those who do enter!

A traditional Japanese hijinks is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. laughing6

Get writing Poppet! You know you want to. I'll not enforce the syllable count! icon_smile

Topic Happy Birthday SydneySider!
Posted 29 Nov 2016 11:24

No candles?

Happy Birthday D!

Wishing you a wonderful birthday in the sun (*so jealous*).

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Topic Announcing our Holiday Hijinks Story Competition - $300 in Prizes
Posted 29 Nov 2016 09:20

Holiday Hijinks Competition

To welcome in the holiday season, we are running a competition themed with light-hearted fun in mind.

Hijinks are examples of mischief or merrymaking that are often disruptive or rowdy. They are activities that are fun: getting into trouble, but not serious trouble.

Phrases often associated with hijinks, are: high energy, wildness, carefree antics, uninhibited mischief, unrestrained fun.

Competition Theme

Stories should contain some element relating to the Xmas / New Year holidays.

Perhaps an Office Xmas party gets a bit out of hand for several (or more) of the staff? A booked last minute ski resort wasn't exactly what a straight-laced couple had envisaged, when they discover it's a resort for swingers... A husband gets a few wishes on his Xmas sexual wishlist fulfilled? 2 strangers wake up naked and worse for wear on New Year's Day, wondering how they ended up in a locked Department store...

We are looking for short, punchy, entertaining stories. As such, the word limit is a scroogelike 2000 words for this competition.

Winner: $150
Second Place: $100
Third Place: $50

Full details can be found here.

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Topic PM Dating Spam Warning - this is NOT sanctioned by LS
Posted 25 Nov 2016 06:12

Thanks Oceanrunner.

There are no pop up ads on the www version of LS, other than one asking if you'd like to join. Unless someone clicks on ads, that's it. The mobile site is a little "different", as we have less control on that platform.

I'm hesitant to restrict the Bronze Trial Memberships, for reasons you mention.

I've reported the person to half a dozen site / program owners today. They are spamming an ad network, trying to get the odd cent here and there, for a few clicks. Pretty sad / pathetic state of affairs really.



Topic PM Dating Spam Warning - this is NOT sanctioned by LS
Posted 25 Nov 2016 02:17

Thank you for the suggestions.

We don't use the forum software for our signup process, it's custom.

Gav has a long to-do list. It all helps to make the site more spam proof at the end of the day.

We'll probably do away with the trial bronze memberships. That will stop spammers in their tracks if they can't use any of the site features.

Topic Copyright Law and protecting your work
Posted 23 Nov 2016 11:40

Interesting question Erin.

The vast majority of people here, use a pen name, so your case will be no different I'd guess. The fact that you are using your real name elsewhere, has no bearing.

You can copyright protect your own name, and any number of unique others.

http://m.wikihow.com/Copyright-a-Book-With-a-Pen-Name

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/questions-and-quandaries/legal-questions/can-you-copyright-a-pseudonym

I hope that helps.

Topic PM Dating Spam Warning - this is NOT sanctioned by LS
Posted 23 Nov 2016 11:14

Might want to add a captcha to the sign up page.

By my reckoning you've had over 3000 new fake accounts set up today alone - if they all start spamming at once the server's going to grind to a halt

It's been there for a few weeks. Unfortunately, the captcha only halted the spammer briefly. Surprising, considering google designed it.

We will be implementing further measures in the coming weeks.

This type of thing happens on all large, successful sites, particularly "adult" ones. One I know, with 5 million + members, no longer accepts new members, unless they confirm who they are, via mobile phone verification, or are referred by a friend.

Spammers don't care about the inconvenience caused to members of a helpful community like this, set up with the best intentions. They are happy for a few dollars here and there from the sponsors they promote (it's a good idea to report the spammers directly to the sponsor as they are often unaware, allegedly).

Like most parasites, they are but a minor irritation. It's just annoying you guys have to endure their spam too. We're always working on ways to eradicate it.

Topic Outside The Bookloft
Posted 23 Nov 2016 06:18

https://upload.lushstories.com/885127619-bookloft.jpg

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Topic Did Ping leave?
Posted 21 Nov 2016 22:54

i wish that, when people left, they'd leave their stories. i think it's a shame that he took them all with him.

I wonder if it would be an idea, to add a feature, so that when someone leaves, they have the option to leave their stories on the site if they wish, and just their profile gets deleted. Good idea?

Those stories would be paired to the email address of the person who submitted them, so should they ever want them removed, we'd have an easy way to verify the person.

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Topic I'm not a robot dam it
Posted 21 Nov 2016 22:48

A few people are having technical issues with our anti spam captcha (designed by google).

Please let us know which operating system you are using. It is probably JavaScript related, but it will help Gav narrow it down if he knows more details.

If you tick the box saying you're not a robot and press ok, what happens?

Topic "Featured Members"? Who and why?
Posted 21 Nov 2016 05:11

Magic sauce.

(thanks again ss!)

Topic " I am not a robot"
Posted 21 Nov 2016 04:01

We have added some anti-spam measures, which are probably not playing nicely with your mobile devices.

What type of phone and tablet do you have? Knowing that might help Gav track down the issue.

Topic Did Ping leave?
Posted 19 Nov 2016 05:50

It might have had something to do with not being placed in the Top 10 of the latest competition. Or it might have nothing to do with that whatsoever!

It's unfortunate. But with over 300K members, people come and go all the time, for all sorts of reasons. On this occasion, I have no idea why he left. He was a good writer and will be missed.

Topic cant submit a story because of general error
Posted 19 Nov 2016 05:46

Thank you SweetSinner!

Topic Happy Birthday - Sweet_As_Candy
Posted 19 Nov 2016 02:07

Happy Birthday Candy!

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Topic LELO's Black Friday Deals
Posted 18 Nov 2016 02:49

Passing this on, for those who wish to get in early:

As you know, Black Friday is just around the corner, and this year at LELO we are preparing some amazing deals and exclusive discounts for our customers. Up to 100,000 products are set to go on LELO.com, from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, with discounts ranging above 50% on selected items - Our biggest discount ever.

Even better than that we will be doing an early bird exclusive discount for people who register in advance at http://www.lelopromo.com

https://upload.lushstories.com/843269479-LELO.png .

Topic Chomsky on Trump
Posted 17 Nov 2016 03:00

Interesting read.

On November 8, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)…reported that the past five years were the hottest on record. It reported rising sea levels, soon to increase as a result of the unexpectedly rapid melting of polar ice, most ominously the huge Antarctic glaciers. Already, Arctic sea ice over the past five years is 28 percent below the average of the previous 29 years, not only raising sea levels, but also reducing the cooling effect of polar ice reflection of solar rays, thereby accelerating the grim effects of global warming. The WMO reported further that temperatures are approaching dangerously close to the goal established by COP21, along with other dire reports and forecasts.

On that same day, the American people handed full control of their government to a Republican Party intent on burning every last ounce of coal and plundering the grounds for every dollar of black gold to be found, no matter the cost to the environment or the public’s wellbeing.

“The winning candidate, now the president-elect, calls for rapid increase in use of fossil fuels, including coal; dismantling of regulations; rejection of help to developing countries that are seeking to move to sustainable energy; and in general, racing to the cliff as fast as possible. It is hard to find words to capture the fact that humans are facing the most important question in their history — whether organized human life will survive in anything like the form we know — and are answering it by accelerating the race to disaster.”

Topic Announcing the Winners of our Fetish Stories Competition
Posted 15 Nov 2016 05:35

There were some really interesting stories in this latest competition. Only a couple of points separated the Top 3, which shows how tight the judging was.

Congratulations to Oceanrunner, VirgoGo and Saucymh, on your winning entries:

1st Place (Lifetime Membership to Fetlife.com ($240)) Dirty Martini , by Oceanrunner
2nd Place (2 Year Membership to Fetlife.com ($120)) Getting into Character , by VirgoGo
3rd Place (1 Year Membership to Fetlife.com ($60)) How Would You Like Me? , by Saucymh

Making up the Top 10, are the following excellent entries:

Living Doll , by PervyStoryteller
Sweet Dreams, Alicia , by gilrenard
Obsession , by browncoffee
Cum Compulsion , by Kee
The Reward , by TonyaL
Ice Cold , by Gillianleeeza
Soft as Fur She Was , by seeker4

A big thank you to Fetlife.com for sponsoring this competition. It was a pleasure working with you.

A new competition will be announced shortly.

Cheers!

Nicola

Topic PM Dating Spam Warning - this is NOT sanctioned by LS
Posted 10 Nov 2016 01:16

I clicked on the link and I recognized at least three fat girls in my area that were down to fuck with no credit card or sign up needed.

It's not entirely a scam, just saying

laughing9 You're a shocker.

Gav has added a few more filters so bad temp email domain services can be blocked prior to signup. It all helps in eradicating parasites.

Topic February Fast Approaches... Donald Trump is being taken seriously... Should we be TERRIFIED???
Posted 09 Nov 2016 10:13

The BBC evening news reported that the Canadian Embassy / Immigration website crashed earlier today, as it was swamped with people wondering how they could move over the border.

Some are still scratching their heads as to how this happened. Michael Moore's prediction was unerringly accurate (thanks for the reference / link Milik) - http://michaelmoore.com/trumpwillwin/

I think there will be a turbulent few weeks ahead, particularly on the financial markets, but things will calm down pretty quickly, as they have with the Brexit vote.

"the times they are a changin..."





Topic February Fast Approaches... Donald Trump is being taken seriously... Should we be TERRIFIED???
Posted 09 Nov 2016 05:07

Well, that result was slightly more surprising than the recent Brexit one.

Topic PM Dating Spam Warning - this is NOT sanctioned by LS
Posted 07 Nov 2016 04:55

Me too, every time I go visible

If you, and others who encounter these spammers, report them, we will snuff them out a lot quicker.

Unfortunately there are a lot of people who try and leech off popular sites like this, and there's little we can do about it, other than react as fast as we can.

EDIT: It would probably be a good idea if we add a "spam" or other appropriate symbol, on the online chat and black box interfaces, with a confirmation pop up (in case you press the button by accident).

Topic PM Dating Spam Warning - this is NOT sanctioned by LS
Posted 07 Nov 2016 02:17

I'm bringing this to everyone's attention, because we will NEVER message people about other sites , particularly dating ones. People seem to successfully use this site as one anyway!

There's been a few accounts created recently, which are set up to spam members, with a particular dating site (the rogue affiliate promoting them, has been reported to the owners of the program).

The message looks something like this, and masquerades as having something to do with our site. It doesn't.

This is simply a spammer trying their luck, pretending to be affiliated with lushstories.com.

Please report the message and delete it. Clicking wouldn't be a smart idea!

From: thirstage
Sent: 06 Nov 2016 16:44
To: ********************
Subject: Do you love sex?

Hi)) I love sex and want to talk to you about it. But I hate to chat on multiple sites.
If you want, find me here: http://**REMOVED**/lushstories-dating

My nickname there is thirstage ;)

Don't worry, REGISTRATION IS FREE))


http://**REMOVED**/lushstories-dating
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Topic February Fast Approaches... Donald Trump is being taken seriously... Should we be TERRIFIED???
Posted 05 Nov 2016 06:17

I just read this - Donald's Trump card? http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/julian-assange-clinton-foundation-isis-same-money-saudi-arabia-qatar-funding-a7397211.html

Hillary Clinton is really going to have to lay down some aces of her own, in the coming days.

There's so much mud being flung, this really could go either way. I wouldn't have believed that, 3 months ago.

*Quietly goes back to the sidelines to observe it all unfolding.

Topic Moderator of the Month for October
Posted 04 Nov 2016 06:40

Always a consistent member of the verifying team, this person really stepped up to the plate when we were short on numbers in October, processing close to 300 stories =d>

That number far surpassed any other verifier's, making it an easy choice to decide this month's award.

Winning the award for a record 3rd time running, congratulations to WSCLG. Thank you so much for all the hard work you do behind the scenes Hugs

A special shout out too, to Jessicax, who put in another solid shift at the coalface.

Can both of you please keep an eye on your email inboxes, for your respective prizes. They should be with you tomorrow.

Thank you!

Nicola x

Topic $100 Prize - Design Competition for our Default Avatars
Posted 04 Nov 2016 06:23

I quite like those browncoffee. Not sure grayscale would work all that well on the site though.

I think I'll put this on the backburner for now. We have more pressing matters to deal with.

Thank you to everyone who put their ideas forward.

Topic just wondering
Posted 02 Nov 2016 14:35

In theory, the 12 month bronze membership, should be added to the 3 month trial membership, so you are correct.

It may override the 3 month "trial" and start the 1 year membership, from the date you upgraded. I'll ask Gav to look into it for you.

Topic Announcing our Fetish Stories Competition
Posted 31 Oct 2016 11:02

Do the stories have to go into the Fetish category or can they be put into say, straight sex?

They should go in the most appropriate category.

Topic Solar Power Capacity Tops Coal for the First Time Ever
Posted 26 Oct 2016 05:07

I guess I can post this in the "Hardware" section!

This was heartening to read: http://for.tn/2eHOgQa

The environment will be a lot happier for it.

It's good to see the direction we are taking, as conscientious global citizens. Clean Renewable Energy, Electric Vehicles, Energy Storage, are all very positive steps, in terms of reducing the pollution levels, globally.

Vehicles are also high up on the worst offenders list. Germany are one of the front runners in banning internal combustion engines: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/237320-germany-votes-to-ban-internal-combustion-engine-cars-by-2030

China and India are following suit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carl-pope/the-internal-combustion-e_b_10928278.html

It's not hard to see why these steps are becoming urgently necessary. Fancy a visit to Beijing?

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