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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!

StankDawg

Episode #200 of BRR is now available in the archive and on the podcast.

About the episode:

  • "This is your life episode" with Directors commentary on every episode from the first 4 seasons.
  • Seasons 1-2 starring ntheory (3+ hours).
  • Seasons 3-4 Starring BlackRatchet (2+ hours).
  • "Where are they now" segment featuring dual_parallel (~1 hour).
  • My closing comments and some shouts/thanks (~30 minutes).

The file is over 7 hours in length and weighs in at over 75 MB!

StankDawg

I just finally got settled back in after my recent trips to HOPE #6 in NYC as well as DEFCON in Las Vegas. I spent 9 days at each location and met lots of interesting and intelligent people (and a few a$$holes as well).

I was scheduled to present the first episode of season 4 of Binary Revolution Radio at HOPE in front of a live audience, which was something that I was looking very forward to. We also had a very special guest in attendance for that episode as well in the form of MC Frontalot who even performed live on stage for us (sans band). It was incredible for those in attendance, but thanks to the on-site film crew, I cannot share this memory with everyone since the recording stopped right in the middle of Frontalot performing! Not only that, but the end of the show had the entire crowd participating in our closing catch phrase ("Same Hack Time, Same Hack Channel")in unison. It was a very special moment for me personally, and it is a memory that was not captured on film and lost forever. It really was a crushing feeling to find out that they had screwed up such an important event for me and I am not sure that I want to set myself up for that again by speaking at a place that simply didn't seem to care about its speakers. But let's not dwell on the negative, there were a lot of other great things that happened on my trip!

Speaking of filming, even though I had bad luck with the people who were recording mine, I did a little camera work myself over in track 1 which was surprisingly fun! Our good Friend Rax volunteers every year to do camera work, and after 2 long days of filming, I gave him a short break to grab some food and took the seat behind the camera for one of the presentations. I was a regular Scorsese behind that thing! OK, I exaggerate, but it was fun and I made it a point to really focus on the content of the speech and keep the camera trained on the speaker and the slides when appropriate so that hopefully it came out better than the recording of BRR that I mentioned earlier. If I go to HOPE again, maybe I will simply volunteer to run the cameras instead of speaking.

But the radio show wasn't the only presentation that I gave. I always have presentations on my laptop, usually for my local BR407 meeting, that are ready to give at any time. When one of the speakers was unable to give their talk (airlines all backed up due to weather) I stepped in and presented "The Art of Electronic Deduction" which I had previously given at interz0ne in Atlanta. I originally thought this to only be a small presentation for a small group of people, specifically my local BR561 meeting at the time. Now here I was at a conference of 3000+ people giving this very same presentation and it went over surprisingly well! I had a lot of audience participation, which is what the presentation was designed to elicit, and people seemed to enjoy it! Several people came up after the talk saying that they were glad that they stumbled into the presentation, since they were not expecting this talk. I had run out quickly and placed some cardboard signs up at the last minute to try and let people know about the talk. The best thing was that the volunteer who was working in that area running that speaking room (track 2) came up to me and said some very kind things about it, which meant a lot. He had seen all of the speeches that whole weekend and for him to compliment me was very much appreciated. He was the only volunteer there who made me felt appreciated. Plus he had this 31337 Nigeria soccer jersey with the number 419 on the back and NO ONE SEEMED TO GET THE JOKE! I gotta get me one of those.

Shadowing MC Frontalot every step of his way was a film crew from Vaguely Qualified Productions that was filming a nerdcore documentary. I had to make some accommodations with the conference organizers to get them in, but it worked out well as they got some good footage and probably some really bad footage any time I ended up in the shot. The Frontingest one and I even sat down to do an interview for the documentary and discussed how and why nerdcore music was interesting to hackers and geeks. We also discussed some general tech topics, how and why I host his web site, and of course spent an unusually long amount of time on everyones favorite subject, pr0n. The crew there was not only VERY qualified, but they were extremely nice and fun as well. They were good people, and so was MC Frontalot guitarist/bassist (and friend) Brandon who was super nice and really seemed to be getting into the vibe of the conference itself.

After our radio show presentation ended at around 12:30, we got a group of people together to meet and hang out. Unfortunately, there really isn't anywhere around the hotel that can accommodate a group of 30+ people and not be uber-expensive, so someone made the suggestion (I think it was Black Ratchet, but it wasn't me believe it or not) that I could get sweet iced tea at White Castle (one of my favorite restaurants) so we proceeded to moblog the local white castle at 1 in the morning. We met some interesting people there, had the cops stop by for a visit and ask us to leave, but it was all worth it when I saw the look on the face of the clerk when he watched me lead a line of 30 people right up to the register!

At Defcon, I didn't have the burden of having to speak this year so I was free to hang out and meet people and do the whole Vegas "thing" (I highly recommend anyone to go see La Reve at The Wynn hotel if you find yourself in the area). We organized a group meetup at defcon, just like we did at HOPE, which went wonderfully. Since not everyone was over 21, we avoided bars and since buffets in Vegas are not cheap (that is a myth) we did the traditional food court meeting at a local mall right there on the strip. Even though we got started kind of late, we had probably around 30-40 people or more and I enjoyed meeting everyone. I got to meet up not only with my long-time friends like dual_parallel and Elonka, but also some new friends like verbal, upside-down, and many many friends from our forums. There should be some pictures up in the BinRev Gallery.

The other thing that I planned on doing, and was able to do very successfully, was to meet up with some people to discuss some specific projects that I had in mind. I made some contacts and began the process of collaborative projects with some good people. Some who were already friends, and some who were not. I was doing some similar, or related research on a couple of topics that they were also interested in, so I think we may work together on some things in the future. I will not get into details now, since it would be pointless, but look for announcements here, or on the DDP blawg, when they become a reality.

So it was a great vacation that included sightseeing to the hoover dam in Vegas, the WTC site in NYC, and lots of places in between. It was filled with wonderful people, and I hope to keep in touch with everyone and hopefully get back into some projects again. In fact, it has already begun. No matter how hard people try to stop it...The Revolution Will continue to be Digitized!

StankDawg

I wrote an article a couple of weeks ago and I recently posted it to the private financiers forum. I submitted it to 2600, so hopefully they will print it. I have not submitted anything to them in quite some time due to a lot of drama in my life. It feels good to be writing again. Even if they do not print it, I will eventually put it up over on DocDroppers.org to share with everyone. For now, it is one of those perks that you get for your $25.00 donation to join the Financiers group.

StankDawg

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

I just found out today that an article of mine was published in the Winter 2004/2005 Issue of 2600 magazine. The topic is "Hacking Star Search" and shows how vulnerable and poorly designed their online voting system is. It uses the same voting engine that every other poll on the site uses instead of a special secure version for this particular show (which awards a $100,000 cash prize. Luckily, I think the show has been canceled since I originally wrote this article.

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I will put this file up on DocDroppers with the rest of my articles sometime soon.

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StankDawg

I confirmed last weekend that I will be presenting at the 6th HOPE conference again this year in New York City. I submitted 2 talks, but they were after the deadline, so only 1 was accepted.

The talk that was accepted is actually not a normal presentation, but more of an event. It will be the first episode of season 4 of Binary Revolution Radio and will have both myself and several others on stage with me including nottheory, zer0db, and others according to availability.

But what will the show contain? That is the question...

The show will be 1.5 hours long and will focus mainly on the conference itself and the experiences of the weekend. It WILL NOT be pre-scripted or planned. It will be impromptu and very light-hearted and will include interviews with several people from the audience, so bring your questions and comments with you. We will probably bring some random people onto the show and some special surprise guests as well.

We will have some free stuff to give out to audience members who participate in the show and we will be getting together directly afterwards to hang out and grab some food as a group activity for BinRev forum members and supporters.

There will be an announcement at the end of the show pertaining to the future of Binary Revolution Radio, so stick around until the end! "The Revolution Will Be Digitized!"

StankDawg

I saw Elmo just outside of the subway station on 34th street in Manhattan but then again two weeks later in Las Vegas. In both cases he was begging for handouts and scraps of food. I’m pretty sure he offered one guy a “half and half” in exchange for a sandwich. Get a job hippie!

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Notice that he is accompanied in NYC by Spongebob but below, he seems to be joined by a broke-ass Mario and some ghetto Ninja Turtles.  I know that it is hot in Las Vegas but put on the whole costume FFS!  Elmo doesn’t wear jeans and a red t shirt!  You’re not even trying!

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Update by ntheory: Looks like he ended it all… sad.

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StankDawg

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

While doing the editing for episode 2 of HackTV, I had some footage that didn't really fit in with the regular episodes of HackTV but it was too good to leave out! Instead of watching it rot on my hard drive, I put together a special episode called "PWNED" and you might be wondering why"

You see, I was fortunate enough to attend The Phreaknic 8 conference in Nashville Tennessee in October of 2004. While there I played a little prank on some of the guys in DDP (and one person who became "collateral damage") and that is exactly what this episode is about. It is about 8.5 minutes long and I didn't want to spend that much of the real HackTV episode on a prank, so I thought it was a great reason to make a special episode. It will also give you something to help pass the time until episode 2.

So you can find this episode, and all episodes of HackTV over at the official HackTV site. We hope you enjoy it and spread the word!

PS: Before you ask... Yes there is a new episode coming soon and no, I do not know when. I work on it on the weekends and when I get time. I try my best. Please be patient.

StankDawg

I was watching Attack Of the Show this weekend on my DVR and during the "Around the net" section, after showing a live web site tool, they minimized the browser quickly before the director has changed the camera. This allowed a 1 second glimpse of the desktop of that machine and I paused it to find some interesting things.

The obvious thing that I noticed was that the computer was running (surprise!) Microsoft Windows. This was assumed.

StankDawg

I got advanced screening tickets to see the new transformers movie Thursday night. I was already anxious to see it when it comes out on July 4, so I jumped at the chance to see it early and waited in line, in true geek fashion, 2 hours early. Like many people, I grew up watching the transformers, so I had high expectations of this movie and hoped that the transformers would be done properly.

WARNING: SPOILERS INSIDE! Do not click and read the rest of this article if you want to be surprised at the movie.� I will not give away the main plot or ending, but I will talk about some aspects of the movie that can be considered spoilers. DO NOT READ FURTHER UNLESS YOU ARE READY!

If you do want to read it, click the small button that says "show"...

My biggest concern going into the movie was not so much the accuracy of the cars and robots and keeping them true to the originals. I actually am not that much of a purist to insist on no changes from the originals.� Movies always make some accommodations for the new format and newer audience. It did not bother me that Wolverines claws came from between his fingers when, in the comics, they come from the back of his hand.� It did not bother me that "movie Spider Man" generated his own webs from his body while the original "comic book spider man" invented a special fluid that he created himself. I can let these things go, if it helps the movie.� I will warn you now that there are several accommodations that you will need to make going into this movie.

Bumblebee is not a Volkswagen like the cartoons. BFD! This did not bother me one little bit. Bumblebee is a Chevy Camaro, but the character was still great. He was definitely the most human-like of the autobots and had the deepest connection with the audience. He is the first transformer introduced at the beginning of the movie, and you got used to him pretty fast so that the other changes were not as bad when they were introduced.

Another small character change was one of my favorites as a kid, and that was "Jazz" originally voiced by Scatman Crouthers. In the movie, Jazz is more of a hip-hop gangster voice and attitude, right down to the posture.� He has a very small role actually, so this was also acceptable to me. The only voice that was actually kept form the original was that of Optimus Prime, and it was deserved. He did not say very much, but when he spoke, he had the voice of a leader, whatever that means. you definitely knew he was "the man" and the voice acting of the movie was great.

My other concern was the acting. I was worried that it would be all flash and special effects with bad acting, but the acting was good. This is where it becomes interesting to me as a hacker.� Hackers played a pretty big part in the plot of the movie. The government intercepts a signal that they need cracked and they bring in teams of hackers and cryptographers to try and break the code. Sure it is a Hollywood cliche, but the good thing was that they actually portrayed hackers in a positive light as people that HELPED for a change.�� It was also accurate (IMHO) showing that hackers are also into gaming, sci-fi, and music and generally normal, fun-loving people who just happen to have a gift of curiosity and knowledge. But I digress...

The code that was being cracked and the screens that were shown were all total "Hollywood" and had no reality to them. There was no NMAP siting here. Again, who cares? The technical details of the code and the hack were kept to a minimum anyway. I was just happy to see positive hacker roles in a movie.

I could go into more detail about the movie here, but I do not want to ruin the whole thing. There were other accommodations made that were not faithful to the original cartoon, but I found them all acceptable. I was also pleasantly surprised at how funny the movie was. There were a lot of jokes in there and some geek humor (watch for the Wolverine/Freddy Krueger conversation) and I was lawling several times during the movie.

I also found a lot of little hidden jokes and scenes and I am sure there were more that I missed. Keep your eyes peeled for the FURBY truck and the X-box 360 scene towards the end. It was also funny/interesting where the top-secret hiding place was located (You will know what I mean when you see it). I wonder if any conspiracy theories will grow out of that one.

We were warned repeatedly before the movie started that we were not allowed to use cel phones or cameras and no video recording of any kind and that we would be prosecuted if we were found recording the film. I was a guest here and had no intention of course, but I was a little surprised by it since I had never been warned directly like that before. Some theaters even check people as they enter with one of those magic wand metal detectors like in the airport.

All-in-all, the movie was fantastic. It was one of the best that I have seen in a long time, and I really think that it will beat out all of the other big blockbuster summer movies including spider-man 3. Go see it! It is "more than meets the eye"! And yes, that was a bad joke to end this blog entry. I will smack myself on your behalf.

StankDawg

I posted a couple of days ago that I wanted to see a show that looks interesting and now I found another. A friend went to see Cavalia last week and said that it was pretty good. When I asked him to describe it, he called it "Cirque du Horse" which looks to be pretty accurate. It is made by one of the cirque du soleil founders so it seems to be of high quality. It isn't too far to go over to Tampa, but to be honest, none of my friends are into this kind of stuff. I don't want to go by myself, so maybe I can convince someone to go with me.

StankDawg

Mesothelioma

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006. Also note that it refers to some testing that I was trying on a different site that is no longer active (nor is my google Adwords account).

Mesothelioma is an interesting word that I discovered while doing research on Google AdWords for a presentation that I was doing. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is caused by asbestos. There are several money-grubbing lawyers out there looking for these fat cases so that they can hopefully get a class-action lawsuit out of it and hopefully, a big payday.

In the meantime, when I present the possible negative effects that can come from PPC advertising on this subject, I am the bad guy. This is a proof of concept post on my web site to see what those effects might actually be. If there is no danger, then this is all well and good. But as I pointed out in my presentation the use of Mesothelioma in a site that really isn't about Mesothelioma or asbestos cancer could be worthless.

So this will be an interesting test of my theory to see what kind of results I get. This is a perfectly valid post and a perfectly valid web page, although it is more about experimenting with Google AdSense than it is with Mesothelioma or cancer or class action lawsuits. It is not fraudulent in any way, other than it may generate traffic towards one of the valid sites that are hopefully listed to the right.

If you are looking for valid information on Mesothelioma or asbestos cancer or are in need of a lawyer for a law suit over mesothelioma, then hopefully the ads to the right will be helpful for you. Good luck and I hope we both find what we are looking for.

StankDawg

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.

StankDawg

More T-shirts sent out!

All shirt orders placed from Oct 28, 2007 to Nov 15, 2007 are on their way to the post office as we speak. US should be getting your orders within a few days and one is going to the Czech Republic may take just a little longer. ;)

We are running very low on most sizes except for XL, so this is your last chance to buy other sizes. I will remove the other sizes from the orders page sometime next month. Make sure that you place your orders soon before we run out of your size!

StankDawg

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

I get a lot of questions from people asking me to recommend web hosting companies to them. I have used many different hosting companies and generally, I have had good luck. I plan to put together a list of web hosting companies that I support and who are "hacker-friendly" in their terms of service.

Understand that when I say "hacker-friendly" hosting, I don't mean that you will be able to do anything illegal, since that is not what hacking is about. What I mean is that the hosting company will allow you to have your freedom of speech and will not be afraid to let you discuss topics that may be borderline dangerous or questionable.

I will include a list of Web Hosting companies that will range from co-location facilities to full administered servers right down to low-end cheap hosting. You will have to determine your own web hosting needs. This is a work in progress and will be ongoing over time.

There simply is a lot of competition in the web hosting arena and a little review and/or recommendation will go a long way.

StankDawg

Interz0ne 4

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

I just confirmed that I will be presenting at the Interz0ne 4 conference in Atlanta the weekend of March 11-13. The topic will be "Disposable Email vulnerabilities" and we will officially announce a new DDP project related to that topic.

I will also be doing a lot of other things while I am there. My tentative schedule is as follows:

I will not arrive at the conference until Late Friday night at around 9-10 PM. I have no specific plans Friday night other than checking in and getting some food somewhere!

Saturday, I volunteered and will be working at the registration desk for most of the morning. I will then probably break for lunch and come back and set up in the vendor area with copies of Binary Revolution Magazine 1-3 (sorry, 4 is still not done yet). I will take in as many other presentations as I can on Saturday as well.

Saturday night, I am tentatively scheduled to go on after the keynote speaker. Watch the official Interz0ne schedule for the final speaker schedule. After that, I will watch as many of the presentations as I can and then I will probably be hanging around and maybe filming some HackTV segments if anyone comes up with any ideas.

I will be recovering Sunday, but I still plan to take in some presentations and set up in the vendor area with the magazines again if I can. I will have to leave the con early Sunday evening to catch a flight Sunday night.

If anyone wants to say hello, just look for me at those areas in those times. I will be glad to sign copies of the magazine or anything like that. I am pretty approachable, so don't be afraid to say "Hi". I hope to meet a bunch of you there!

StankDawg

April fools!

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

The spoiler below as the original post that I made here. The post that you see below was made after April fools day was over...

Despite the hopes and wishes of a lot of people, I am NOT in custody at this time nor is the site down. It was just a little April Fools joke! The original post is listed below and it was corroborated by several other sites which made it all the more real.

I'm sorry to burst your bubble with the reality, but it was all just a joke.

********** Original Post Below **********

I was notified today that I am under investigation for "aiding and abedding criminal activity" and some other charges that were filed against me for the actions taken by one of the users on our forums. Someone did something very bad and I was forced to turn over all of the logs for the last 90 days and the entire forums database.

I am hoping that they will realize that I am not responsible for the actions of others, but until they make that decision, I may be incapacitated for a while. I AM NOT IN CUSTODY AT THE MOMENT! I am on my own recognisance but I am being called in for questioning by several different agencies at this time.

I will post here if I get any news. If I am unable to post here for whatever reason, please check out OSP and I will communicate through Natas if possible. DO NOT INVOLVE YOURSELVES!

I will update this area if I get any news.

StankDawg

Waiting at the DMV

The DMV shovels ads to us poor bastards waiting for service via something called the mvn (motor vehicle network). Well they so until the eeepc running vista crashes. I wasn’t fast enough to capture the post screen but it is true that the DMV uses a fucking eeepc. FAIL!

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StankDawg

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

In July 2004, I attended and presented at the 5th HOPE conference in NYC. The subject of my presentation was "AS/400: Lifting the veil of obscurity" which was an introduction to the AS/400, how it works, and where common mistakes are made from an administration standpoint.

While the MP3 audio version has been available for some time, it appears that 2600 magazine (the people who run the conference) have made all of the videos available on their web site now as well.

You can get a copy of my presentation for $5.00 on SVCD at the 2600 store. The entire list of presentations is at this page. I also made a 5-10 minute appearance on sl1pm0de's excellent "hacker radio" presentation as well, so I recommend you pick that up while you are there.

StankDawg

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

This is just a heads up to let everyone know that I am making some big server changes during the first week or two of February. Please bear with me and don't worry about any problems or site outages that you may encounter during this time. They will be temporary.

The following sites will be affected:

stankdawg.com

binrev.com

docdroppers.org

oldskoolphreak.com

phreaksandgeeks.com

fl2600.com

phreakphactor.net

geekloveradio.com

defaultradio.com

and one or two others that haven't been announced yet. ;)

StankDawg

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.