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Small Improvement
NewsMade a small improvement to the home page, now when you click on a link to a top discussion it will take you to the last page of that thread making it easier to find the new content.

Also just approved a batch of images... enjoy :)
A Few Updates
NewsAfter a bit of a slow period I've been inspired to get things rolling again. I have been silently working on a new version of this site and have neglected the current one in the mean time -- no more. I just reinstated the registration system, except users will require administrator activation. Which brings me to my next point, please help welcome our new admin joseo85! He has graciously offered to help out around the site. I have downloaded and installed a module to help manage pending user submissions, it seems a bit glitchy so I am working to get those resolved as PHP Fusion seems to have no native support for this (despite having the option to require admin activation). Hopefully this allows us to get new users on the site without opening the doors to the spam bots once again.

So far I've only made a few other changes. I fixed the broken images so you no longer need to click View Full Image, you go straight to the preview and then click the image to see a full sized version. I also made some tweaks to my pending images module to make it a bit easier for me to go through the submitted images and process them. It used to be a two step process, I'd go to a link, then click another link to see the image, then close that tab and approve it, then go back to the menu and repeat. Now it goes straight to the image with the option to approve it. The end result is I will hopefully be more inclined to sit down and go through all the images in the queue so you can all get some new content.

Next up I disabled the ads. There might be a few buried around the site still but the two sidebar ads are now gone. This site has always been a labour of love and not about money. That being said, I have fixed up the PayPal donation page a bit and added BitCoin as another payment option. Several people have been generous over the years and that has helped me cover my hosting costs, and I will always appreciate that. So I will keep that door open for those who choose to be generous.

So that's it for now. Hopefully more will follow soon.
Loading Times
BugsNot sure if everyone is experiencing long loading times or if is just my shoddy internet connection, but I am trying to track down what is causing it. Some nights I can't even get onto the site :( Tried disabling some of the intensive SQL queries but it didn't have an effect, so it could just be the server :(

Please let me know if any of you are having issues as well, so I'll know what to focus on. Thanks!
Urgent: Votes needed (Hoop combination pictures)
Karin lets readers vote, what jewellery they want her to wear in her next column. One choice is "Creolenkombinationen", e.g. all kinds of hoops combined. Until now this choice has only 20% of the votes and trails. As I would very much like to see her wearing all kinds of hoops, please vote: http://karinkoller.wordpress.com/2011/05/12/umfrage/
Twitter Feed
SoftwareI've been playing with a JQuery Twitter feed for some time now, haven't found a solution to filtering out the blatant spam, but honestly I don't think there is one. I decided to enable the feature to anyone, as I enjoy seeing what the world has to say about hoops -- even from those who are not fans of them.

Let me know what you all think, feedback is always welcome.
Downtime
BugsSorry for the downtime, my registrar decided to not renew my domain despite having set it up for auto renew. Luckily it didn't happen while I was out of country or I may have missed the grace period and lost it.
Hi All
MembersHi All.

What a wonderful website! just stumbled accross it, I can see a lot of thought, time and effort have gone into this. Wonderful Job hlover!! Im please to be joining you hoop gang! good to see some other ladies on here too! xx
Email
My apologies for not responding to my emails for so long. That account gets a few hundred spam a day so I quit checking it long ago. I ended up creating a Gmail account and having it fetch all the email there since it's spam filters are so good. Managed to get some old emails but Gmail automatically deleted a bunch of the older ones, so if you don't get a response I apologize.
2 Years
NewsWell folks, its February and that means it's time for the sites second anniversary. So to celebrate I'd like to hold another contest. The rules are simple: you will be awarded points for every video and photo submission made (and approved). Every video is worth 15 points, photos are 10 points, and I will also be offering 5 points for every message posted on the forums. I will be announcing the prize in a few days.

Good luck!

If you'd like to see who's on top, I wrote a script that will calculate everyone's score.
Show Scores
1 Million Hits
NewsWas just checking out the stats on all of the sites I run and I noticed that this site had just passed 1 million hits. All I can say is wow! It took just under 2 years but I'd still say thats quite impressive. Thanks to everyone who submitted pictures and videos and help made this site a success.
New Ad Servers
NewsJust switched most of the ads over from AdBrite to Google Adsense, hopefully I can get some decent cash out of all this traffic. AdBrite was only making me $1 a month off of 3000 impressions a day. Plus the ads are a little friendlier :D Feel free to help keep this site alive, visit our sponsors!
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