Free IRC hosting!

Well, I am not sure if hosting is the best wording there, but now that we are on a nice stable new server, we are able to offer any sites or hacking groups who want their own IRC channel or channels a place to live.

IRC.BINREV.NET is our official IRC network and home of a very active #binrev community. Beyond that, it also houses channels for the assorted BR groups (not many left these days), the HPR channel, and many more. If you have a small community and want to have a reliable server where you can have your own registered channels and nicks, run bots (not botnets, lets be clear about that), and join a server that is already active with members that may cross over into your channels or channels that you may also join, then binrev.net is the place for you.

Contact me if you are interested. I’m pretty easy to find. Post a reply to this entry if all else fails.

Here we go again

Possible hosting changes in the future. What a fucking mess. I retired to get away from this shit!

I am scrambling to find hosting solutions again. I am 95% sure that I can find something but there is a small chance that this is the final nail in the coffin of binrev. BinRev is holding on to the edge of the cliff by its last fingers here people. None of you people help out. No one contributes. Its all up to me to hold it together and I don’t care anymore if you all don’t care. I treat it like an archive now more than anything.

SHOW ME THAT YOU CARE!!! How?

lurk moar and Post moar!
volunteer to help moderate the site(s).
record episodes of HPR.
Use the blogs and galleries that we provide.
link to us from your sites.
recruit others to come and join binrev.
create new project.
do research and write articles.

Just fucking HACK!!!! something! anything!

I will go through the work of moving hosts (I don’t need hosting offers, I have that in-progress) but unless someone starts stepping up, we are going down for the last gasp. I served my time. 12 years of my life to this family of sites trying to make a difference in the hacking world and herd cats into cooperating and working together. It was a short-term success with great people like dual parallel, bland, decoder, enigma, droops, nick84, so many others and then it just fell off. It is a long-term failure. Where is the next generation to replace us old farts? I know you are smarter than me. Show us! I will finance it all as long as I can and as long and I see people caring. If you stop caring, so will I.

You provide the content now. My shift is over. I clocked out.

Haters…Why do they hate?

I awoke one morning to find this message in IRC at around 5 AM.

–> Peroxyde (Dylan@omghax-4CF3650B.home.cgocable.net) has joined #binrev
<Peroxyde> Huh, just as pathetic as I expected.
<Peroxyde> Kudos on ruining the community, StankDawg.
<– Peroxyde has quit (Quit: SHAZAM)

This is the shit that I have to put up with… Is there no wonder why I want to quit?

So many new features, I have never been this excited for the site!

I learned something a long time ago on this site and in this community. I learned not to mention projects and content early because sometimes, it never materializes. So it is very hard for me to bite my tongue and hold in the excitement that I have for the new features that we have in store for BinRev. I know that makes this posts and any vague references like it a huge cocktease, but trust me when I say that the site will be revitalized. You can already see many of the changes with our new blogs section becoming more and more active by the day. Our gallery is now more tightly integrated with the site which makes the need for off-site image storage unnecessary. We have a new Links Database and the calendar app is easier than ever to use. We also purchased the downloads module which is on the to-do list to populate as soon as possible, so that will make a nice place to store files, source code, and any content that might be of interest to our users.

And notice that I HAVE NOT EVEN MENTIONED THE FORUMS! Everything that I just mentioned above are all NEW features to the site! The forums, besides being upgraded in basic functionality and features also have a lot of new add-ons that make it more fun and interactive with our users. It has really been rebuilt to emphasize the community aspect of our site, which we have always prided ourselves on. You do not just have accounts, you have profiles. You can customize your profile, update your status, add friends, and have a social networking environment just for hackers.

Also enhancing the forums, are great new features and modifications like the reputation system and integrated sidebar apps to make site navigation easier and bring more content together. the “Show new posts” feature that many people used has now been replaced with a “Show new Content” feature that works the same but lets you know about ALL new content including posts, blog posts, links, uploads, and so much more!

And I may be the only statistics junkie that likes these mods, but I have enhanced the forums to include statistics almost EVERYWHERE! Your profile page even has a statistics TAB that breaks down so much information about your posting habits and tendencies. The general forum statistics are awesome, the gallery statistics are much more in-depth, and if you look, you will also find blog and download statistics integrated as well.

All of that and I did not break my rule about discussing new things too early! We have so much more to come! We have rolled out SO MUCH STUFF already, and a lot of it came quickly when we rebuilt the site so that you may not have noticed it all. Look around at all of the great things on the site and all I can say is wait until you see what comes next!

Building a links database, a long slow process

As I post this, most of you see the message at the top about how I am cleaning up posts from the linkz section.

The original idea for the linkz section was to handle the large number of posts from members, many of them one time posters to spam their sites, that were simple links to their sites. We also wanted to have a place for people to post links to interesting ebay auctions or craigslist finds. It did a good job and kept the rest pf the forums pretty clean from that type of content in the early years. Now that we have grown larger, the amount of content is sufficient enough to send those type of posts down the post list pretty fast, thus rendering them less annoying.

As we grew, there was actually a minor phenomenon that happened where some people were confused as to what the linkz section was for and where they should post some content. People started posting links to news articles that were hacking or phreaking related in the linkz section thinking that was the correct place for ALL links. Now this was a good thing that people were trying to follow the rules and post in appropriate areas, so obviously we never had any problems with that, but truth be told, a lot of those posts probably should have gone directly into the General Hacking section or the Old Skool Phreaking section instead. As I go through it, I also find some that I am moving into other parts of the forums like the graphics section and a lot of off-topic stuff. Since each thread has to be judged individually, I have to go through them one by one and decide what to do with them.

That forum has around 2800 posts in it before I started. Now that we have an actual links module, I do not see the need anymore for having a linkz forum. But what do we do with all of that content? There are a lot of good links that are still valid and useful and a lot of great discussion on many of them. While there is a “mass move” function that I can use to just dump EVERY post into another forum of my choice, I do not want to use that since the topics are diverse and no single forum is a good place for all of them. Basically, I have to go through them one by one and decide 2 things.

  • Whether the link is worth adding to our new links database.
  • Where to move the thread itself.

How do I decide what to save, you might wonder? Well, admittedly, it is just me using my best judgment, so please don’t be offended if I skip a link that you think should have been in our new database. For the most part, I read each thread and decide whether the link is still active and valuable to keep on file. If so, I find the proper section of our links database to put it in and save it. Since the links database is just beginning, I am having to add sections as I see a need, so new categories are popping up all the time. Some I skip intentionally, some I just miss on accident. Many of the links are simply to news stories of some kind and there is not really a need to keep them in a database. They may still have valuable discussion and content however.

This leads to step 2. I then decide what the thread is about and find another place in the forums to move it. If it is about hacking, I move it to GH. If it is about Phreaking, I move it to OSP. We have many forums that cover a lot of different topics and so far, I have found an appropriate place fore everything. If anything is questionable, I move it to off-topic. While I work through this, which may take months, you will see content disappearing from that forum and popping up elsewhere on the site. Since it is older, it will get shuffled in chronologically and you will not see them appearing at the top of any forums, don’t worry about that.

If you want to help out, what you can do is just add links to our links database. I am going through the linkz section, but if you have any links that you think deserve to stay in out database because they are good, ongoing, useful or fun sites, by all means submit them. To prevent SPAM, all links must be approved by moderators. Try to post them in the appropriate category, but a moderators may decide to move it if they think it is better served elsewhere. Don’t worry, the links database is searchable.

This is just one of many news apps that we are now offering on binrev.com so keep checking back. You can subscribe to my blog to get announcements (and other assorted drama) on all things binrev and StankDawg in nature.

FUCK YOU I’M AN ALLIGATOR!

OK, so I am stepping away from the day-to-day operation of binrev and all of the associated sites. BAwwww…. whatever. Anyway, I am going into the semi-retirement life that is blogging and producing content again. You will see me less involved in forum maintenance and content and becoming more of a standard user here. I will be moving the content from my old site over to this one and try to blog regularly. Why? Because FUCK YOU I’M AN ALLIGATOR!
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That is my new attitude. You guys all hate me, and hate how I run things, so fine…fuck you, I’m the dawg. I don’t need your shit. I am living my life no and doing what I want. Right now, I have more important personal drama and bullshit in my head to deal with skiddies and asshats. I am going to focus more on my friends and family and get all of the recent negativity out of my life. That shit brings you down. I will use this blog to post shit that I find kool and probably to whine and bitch about my life. I don’t do livejournal and myspace and shit like that, so you fuckers will have to put up with it or don’t read it. This is my personal place to vent and get shit off of my chest. I have been going through a lot of personal issues lately and I am finding it therapeutic to talk and write about it. It helps to get it off of my chest.

If you don’t like it…

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I will explain more about your new team and structure soon.

Activity Increase

As August closes and we move into September (my Birth month), I thought it was worth pointing out some really great threads that have been brought up in our forums.

There is some interesting discussion on “the New York phantom exchanges” about some missing blocks of number from 212-394 and 212-955. Blue Box building is still around thanks to projectMF from our friend Phiber Optik. This and lots more is in the Old skool Phreaking forum.

From the hacking side of things, I recently posted a new entry on the official DDP blawg about interesting things caught on MythBusters. There is also lots of great hacking discussion in the forums in general. All of these forums are OPEN and DO NOT REQUIRE REGISTRATION! But if you do choose to register for the forums, you also get access to our registered members section with talk that is more focused on specific topics like hardware hacking, Retail Hacking, and our always excellent programming section.

We also appreciate our artistic side here at binrev so registered member can participate in our photoshop contests or our desktop of the month threads in the graphics section. Right now, I am anxiously awaiting more submissions to the Hacker Magic Cards contest. The templates are provided, all you have to do is register to access these sections (which is free). We also have an off-topic general chat section where zaniness abounds. Everything from comics, to humor, to poetry to pr0n is shared in this section.

If you are really into the Binary Revolution, you should consider donating 25 bucks to join our donors program. This will give you the ability to host your own blog here at binrev.com (or get a nice link to your own blog from a high google-ranked site) along with extra gallery storage space and access to an awesome forum with exclusive content. Right now there are active threads on accounts that were harvested from disposable email accounts and shared with the group as well as much more.

We have been picking up some steam after a long summer with lots of distractions and reorganization here at binrev. I am glad to see that we are on the right track and I look forward to seeing the news threads in the forums every day. I hope you feel the same!

New subscription service offers more features!

To quote someone from the off-topic section, “The Revolution will be Monetized!”

WHAT IT IS:

Many of our long-time users here know that we have been through a long road of increasing server costs that have come out of my pocket personally. I have not bothered anyone about money because I want to share as much information for free as we could to help our community grow. I always tried to find alternative ways to pay for our family of sites. Increased server costs and software licenses have made that difficult financially, but I think I have found a solution that if fair to everyone *and* will hopefully help ease my personal financial burden.

I never set up a donations link because I wanted to give people something back in appreciation for their support and I think that I have found a way to do that. What I have done is create a new member group called “Agents of the Revolution” that is a subscription based group. What this means is that you can only join this group by donating $25.00 towards binrev and all of our services each year as part of this subscription. It is important to immediately point out after that statement that THIS IS TOTALLY OPTIONAL! It will not impact any current members in any way whatsoever! All of the forums that we have currently are not going to change and are still under the same settings that they always have been. This new group is strictly on a voluntary basis.

So why would you want to join this group? Besides just the show of support, we tried to give you a lot of extra bonuses and capacity on the server. They are as follows..

WHAT YOU GET:

  • More PM space (500!)
  • Unlimited gallery space!
  • Free blog space right here on binrev.com
  • Access to 1 special private agents-only forum
  • Advance previews of content (like articles, radio shows, videos, etc…)
  • Exclusive and Advanced offers before public availability (discounts with affiliate sites, pre-purchase of binrev merchandise, etc…)
  • More forum features to numerous to mention (no flood control on searches, ability to view offline board, change your forum name, etc…)
  • Our appreciation for your support!

IMPORTANT NOTES and FAQ:

  • Forum rules still apply! You MUST FOLLOW THE FORUMS RULES or you can still be warned and/or banned and your money WILL NOT be refunded!
  • You can choose not to renew at any time if you are no longer interested.
  • There is another separate group called “Senior Agents” who have access to this private forum as well. Membership to the senior agents group is by invite only for members who participate in project and content for the hacking community. YOU CANNOT BUY MEMBERSHIP TO THIS GROUP!

DIRECTIONS:

How do you subscribe to this group?

If you have decided that you like what you see and want to subscribe to this new group, you can do so by going into your “MY CONTROLS” section using the link located in the upper right hand corner of the forums. On the left hand side menu system you will see a section labeled “OPTIONS”. Here you should click on “Purchase Paid Subscriptions” and you will see that there is only 1 subscription available. Select it and click the continue button which will take you to the PAYPAL payment gateway. At this time, we are only able to offer paypal as our payment gateway. New users will be presented with this option when they join the forums.

The payment and activation should be immediate assuming your paypal account works properly. If it does not, you can PM me with your information and I will look into it. When you come back to the forums, you should notice yourself in the member list for the new group.

CLOSING:

I know that some of you will not agree with this and think that everything should be free, but please understand that it is getting more and more difficult to sustain these ongoing costs which I have covered personally for the past 5+ years. I have come out of my own pocket for literally tens of thousands of dollars during this time. I have resisted advertising on binrev.com and want to continue to do so. I thought that this was a fair compromise that still provides the same service but offers you something in return for your donation. Between this and the ads that we have put on our smaller sites (most of you probably didn’t even notice these either) we hope that we will be able to cover our monthly costs long into the future.

Thank you for your support, whether financial or participation in the forums. I understand that not everyone can afford to do this, but we appreciate everyone none-the-less. I look forward to a long life for the Revolution!

-StankDawg

Minor ongoing server issues

I just wanted to let everyone know that we are having some minor issues with the server. We have identified the problem and and looking into it. During this time, apache may spontaneously die and restart. We are not under attack nor is this a critical issue. It looks like a minor misconfiguration that we have to isolate.

I have implemented a solution, but bear with us to see if it works.

Why threads get closed

Someone made a comment to me how annoying it was that I close threads randomly, so I thought I would answer that question.

First of all, I don’t close threads randomly. As a matter of fact, I rarely close threads. Our entire moderating teams discusses decisions like that together to ensure that no one gets preferential treatment and at the same time, no one gets singled out unfairly. Once we agree that a thread has become a dead end for whatever reason, it may be closed. How we we determine that? Well there are a few reasons…

1) SPAM. If a thread starts, or ends in clear and obvious SPAM, we usually close it. If there is some useful information in the thread, we will try to split the good posts out and move them somewhere appropriate in the forums. If you are here to spam your site, you should leave these forums because you will get caught and banned quickly.
2) FLAMING. This is the most common reason that threads get closed. Sometimes they start as flames, other times the end up turning into flames and there is no longer useful information being posted. When this happens, you can usually bet that there were warnings issued to people who were involved even if you do not see it. We do this to keep the forums on topic, useful, and friendly to everyone. If anyone doesn’t like the way that we moderate, they should probably leave. It will make our job easier and enhance the overall enjoyment of the forums for everyone else, which is a win-win situation for us since that is what we are trying to do.
3) USELESS POSTS. This is very rare, but on occasion someone will post a question that is devoid of content or intellectual benefit. The truth is, we try not to make any assumptions on what is useful or useless because everyone has different views. The problem is that it needs to be posted in the appropriate place. We rarely close things in off-topic, so you can post useless crap there all day. That is what it is for. But if you post silly or worthless posts in other forums, they will most likely be closed. Search for answers first, give people the benefit of the doubt when they answer you, and be appreciative and respectful of your fellow members. If you are not adult enough to do this, then you should leave these forums. And if you are going to leave in a huff and post a flame of how much you hate me and BinRev and how much I have wronged you, at least do it in the proper forum in the off-topic area on your way out.
4) ILLEGAL MATERIAL. WAREZ is almost always an insta-ban. I still cannot believe how many times we have to ban people for WAREZ or posting other illegal material even though it is clearly in the rules. You do not see warez anywhere else in the forums, so why post it? There are other forums for this sort of content and BinRev is not it. If this is why you are here, then you should also leave the forums.

But apparently some people think that there is a 5) RANDOM reason for closing threads as well. I guess technically, we could play that card if we wanted to. We started these forums and built them to what they are today. I pay for them out of my pocket, so yes, technically I can do whatever I want them. But again, this is why we have a moderating team in place so that even I cannot abuse power. If a single moderator was to abuse power or I starting abusing my power, you can damn sure bet that there would be a huge revolt by the entire moderating team.

If you have had a warning, or a thread closed/moved, or any sort of action from the moderating team or myself, I want you to think for a second why we did it. If you think we enjoy it or want to piss everyone off, think about it…does that make sense? Why would we do that? The truth is that for every PM or comment that you send one of us complaining about us closing your thread, we have gotten several other PMs from other members complaining about you and your threads! Your peers don’t like what you are doing and we are representing them. So you turn your misplaced anger away from us, and back towards yourself.

So, just to be clear: We welcome everyone to BinRev. WE WANT YOU HERE! We do not care about your experience or skill level. We don’t care about your age, your gender, your skin tone, your nationality, or anything else. But what we do care about is that you respect the rules that we have set forth and that have been working for years. You will respect your fellow forum members, and the moderating team. We treat everyone equally and if you violate the rules and a thread get closed on you, or worse yet, you get banned, it because you did not follow the rules and advice that we have presented to you in multiple places. If you do not like these policies, you should leave this forum. The other 99.99% of our users thank you for making it a better place by leaving.