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Locked threads on Beta forum


john bunyan
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On my PC all the threads on Beta testing forum have a red lock symbol to the left. Is that because of a Spam attack? If not it seems odd.

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fourm member

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Nothing odd about it.

I started out with

'The beta forum is for tests that go on for a certain time and then finished. Once a test is over there's no need for the thread to be kept open.'

but then I remembered that the FE introduced an automatic lock for threads with no new posts for some time in order to reduce the chance for spammers to attack that way.

Dig into the past of this forum and all the threads are locked.

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john bunyan

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fourm member

Thanks for the explanation. Your young memory is better than mine, as I could not recall FE's decision re auto locking.

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bumpkin

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fm' is there another one for removed posts

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fourm member

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I left my post like that to show that the right answer didn't come to me immediately.

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lotvic

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As far as I remember Threads are locked after 3 months have passed since last post.

bumpkin, another one what? Once FE removes a post (or a Thread) it's gone.

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Graham*

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Try WD 40 for locked threads.

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Jock1e

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john bunyan

Most security programs run their own beta version and if you want to try them you have to go to their sires and download them from there.

I know that you use Avast I think.

Avast Beta

Most threads are now locked after 3 or 4 months on any forum you can still open them you just cannot add to them.

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bjh

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John Bunyan.

I may be wrong, and only the F.E will know all, but I noticed some spam on the beta threads some months back (28/11/2012) linking direct to rather a nasty malware download. Informed the F.E. and F.E replied he'd tidied up and, when I looked, all the threads were locked.

F.M. is right about the auto-locking but, in this case, I think the silver mouse was at work last November ;)

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john bunyan

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bjh

Fine; I had forgotten and it just seemed odd to find a forum with all threads locked. You and fm have explained it.

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