Tuesday December 11, 2018 - 8:48 am
AnyNowhere: an online community of 1,046 members
daily contributing to 14 active discussion forums
where 136,643 messages are listed in 5,019 threads
and 8,627 files are kept in our public community disk
welcome

This page briefly explains how this site works, and lists most of its features. If you're new to this site, you might want to read this page in full before you continue. If you lose this page following its links, click home in the navigation bar that you might see above. Thank you for visiting and have a nice stay.

account registration: just a nickname and a password

Unregistered visitors, known as guests, may navigate public forums, read messages posted there by registered members, and download files from the community disk. Registration grants the rights to chat, post messages, upload files, send or receive private messages, vote in polls. Registration is free and does not require you to reveal any personal informations, but requires you to allow cookies to be stored on your computer. That said, all you need to register an account is choose a nickname (up to 20 characters long) and provide a password of your choice (between 6 and 20 characters long). You only need to register once, as multiple accounts are generally not allowed.

logging in and out

You may log in using the proper form loaded to the left. By logging in you initiate a session, a cookie is stored on the computer you're using, and afterwards everything that is browsed or sent through that computer will be acknowledged as part of your session. If you do nothing, after 15 minutes your session will expire and you will be automatically logged out. To log out without waiting for the session to expire, you may use the logout link presented in the session control panel (it appears there once you have successfully signed in), which is especially important when you're using a public computer: if you leave the cookie intact on the computer, whoever uses that machine will control your account here.

community rules, intended for peacekeeping

By accessing this community you implicitly agree to be bound by the following set of rules: at any time you may decide to leave the community, by accessing your profile form and checking the three boxes to resign, should you no longer agree with our rules. Actively participating to the community, as well as selecting links to show the chat frame, read messages, download files from the c-disk, is solely under your own responsibility and implies that you agree with the following rules, which are strongly enforced by moderators and administrators, who are equally entitled to take actions in case of infringements.

  1. You are supposed to do your best to comply to the so-called «netiquette», an unwritten set of rules generally aimed to create a peaceful and productive atmosphere of friendship between the participants to internet communities. This includes, but is not limited to, avoiding to attack other members, to intentionally and repeately disturb discussions, to practice any forms of explicit redundant advertising for commercial goods and services.
  2. Do not submit material generally considered not suitable for a public place. This includes material characterized by: race and/or gender discrimination, explicit pornography, excessive and/or untargeted violence, bigotry.
  3. Do not submit copyrighted material whose copyright owners did not authorize you to distribute in public. Do not link to sites in direct possession of such material. If you are not sure you hold appropriate distribution rights over something, seek informations before submitting it.
  4. Do not lie. Do not willfully deceive the other members of the community by spreading information you know is false. Consider that there is a difference between deception and joking. That said, we do not want to compromise your privacy: you can, and should, omit answering personal questions.
  5. Do not try to stress the system (and its users) with meaningless spam, or with the repetitive creation of threads, messages, chat phrases («flooding»), c-disk files, having no meaningful reason to be submitted. Yet, you may feel free to look for glitches and problems in Postline's code, and test the system under special conditions to see how it reacts, but only if you strive not to disturb other users, and for the sole purpose of eventually reporting your discoveries so that underlying problems could be solved.
  6. Do not register multiple accounts. You are entitled to register only one account. You are allowed to register again only after your original account has been pruned for inactivity, or deleted by system malfunctions. By successfully completing the registration process, you implicitly agree that all community staff members will be granted the right to collect and monitor available informations about you and your computer, with the sole purpose of identifying multiple accounts. On their side, staff members agree on keeping such informations strictly confidential.
  7. The official community language is English. Slang, dialects and distortions of English are completely tolerated, and although preferably limited by common sense, rough language is also tolerated, unless it is used to insult one or more members, therefore breaking rule number 1. It is your own responsibility to comply with your actual legislation concerning objectionable language that you may encounter in this database. Significantly long conversations and messages made in languages different from English and its variants are not allowed.

Repeately acting against any of the above rules may cause your actual account to be temporarily or permanently disabled, your IP address range to be eventually blacklisted, and abuse reports to be eventually sent to your access provider.

about the community disk

The community disk (also known as c-disk or just cd) is part of the server's disk space that's been made available for arbitrary files uploading from the members. Any registered members, once logged in, may save any number of files into the c-disk, which makes them available for download to any visitors, including guests. By uploading one or more files to the community disk (c-disk) you implicitly agree to be bound by the following rules:

  1. Any file(s) that you upload to the c-disk is (are) under your sole responsibility. You must not consider the c-disk to be reliable enough for storing important informations which loss could cause damage to you and/or to third parties, and in general informations that exist in no further copies, or in lack of any safe backup copies.
  2. In no circumstance whatsoever this community itself, its members apart from you, its hosts, its managers, its moderators and its administrators, will be held responsible for any inconveniences and/or damages your uploaded files may cause to you and/or to third parties, either directly, or consequentially, or indirectly, and even if advised of the possibility of such inconveniences and/or damages.
  3. The community's manager, administrators and moderators reserve the right to delete any file(s) uploaded to the c-disk that they don't see fit, either because they explicitly break one or more of the community rules, or for any other unspecified reasons at their own discretion, as soon as such file(s) are identified.

One suggestion: although there is no condition that blocks you from uploading more than a given amount of files, you might try to avoid exceeding your quota. To see how much of it you have used at a given time, go to your profile and select the button to list all your c-disk files. On top of that list, it tells you whether you exceeded your quota or not. However, the indication is only informative and, given good reasons for you to exceed the quota, you may be allowed to do that. One final precisation: the c-disk simulates the way a real disk works, so it calculates its allocated space in units called «clusters»: when you upload a file, its allocated space will be calculated by rounding the file size to the next multiple of the cluster size. This, indirectly, gives a maximum amount of smallest files (taking one cluster each) that could be ever stored to the c-disk, because no file can take less than one cluster. Here follow overall informations about the c-disk:

  • capacity in clusters, max. uploadable files: 1,572,864
  • cluster size: 32 Kb.
  • overall capacity: 50,331,648 Kb.
  • quota per member: 336,827 Kb.

While current members' quotas will be progressively shrinking as new accounts are created, there can be several solutions: members, moderators and administrators may agree to be more tolerant about those who exceed their quotas; the community manager may decide to allocate more server space for the c-disk; members may be pleased to go and seek any unnecessary files to make room for newcomers; moderators may begin to patrol the c-disk for useless, large files, and, last but not least, administrators may decide to remove inactive accounts that couldn't be automatically pruned, but whose owners aren't logging in since long time.

self-moderation: personal ignore lists

So, there's moderators and administrators, but they're not the only ones who can do something to moderate the board: even "major members" can contribute to reduce the presence of people who may not be playing fair. It all depends on the ignore lists. Every member is given, in the database, a personal ignore list: it's the list of those members you don't want to read posts from. The forums will filter out those member's posts when you access them: all you will see at that point will be a short notice («ignored: nickname»), in place of any of their messages. Also, the system will not deliver any private messages to recipients who ignore the sender. To add someone to your ignore list, access that member's profile, and select the button at its bottom that reads «ignore his/her messages». For stronger moderation, Postline is told to consider the indications of a significant number of major members; actually, that number is 10 members. What happens is that, when at least 10 major members choose to ignore the same person, then Postline automatically sends misbehavior reports about that person to staff members. Members will reach «major age» after having been registered for at least 100 days and posted at least 100 messages in the boards. Once you become a major member, note that your initial ignore list will be cleared: from that point onwards, you have more decisional power, so you will need to rebuild your list, being careful determining who you decide to ignore, and why.

postscript

The ignore lists' moderation features may be disabled by administrators, should they suspect they are being abused, so please try to be careful ignoring random people around. The actual state of such features, as the 10-member threshold is reached, is: merciful (the system only sends reports to staff members).

source code

The source code of this bulletin board and content management system, by the name of «Postline», and in the form of a set of PHP scripts and additional graphics parts, is Copyright ©2001-2010 by Alessandro Ghignola, and is distributed under GNU General Public License. The entire source code can be downloaded free of charge by clicking this link.

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