New Global Thread Old one for those that missed it: https://enrive.org/global/thread/24889 Still working diligently, no ETA yet on new code.
We have been at a hiatus for a long, long time, but I have actually been hard at work coding almost daily for all these years. In fact, it scared me how much time I put in something that to me is only a hobby. Just a few months ago I was reading 1000+ pages of programming books in a week, and I have refactored the site's code some 5 times in this past year. Every time I learned something new, and every time I made the code better to work with, with more longevity and professionalism. On top of that, I developed many of my own tools to assist in the creation of sites, because I didn't like what was out there. I have finally arrived at a point where I am happy with the code and ready to develop Enrive again. It should still take me some 2 to 3 months (perhaps much less) to translate the current code to this final iteration, and after that I will take us down for probably a day or two, upload the new code and from then on focus only on making new features, in the hopes that we grow and save the internet from all the moderators out there. One major change that will come with this first update, is that there will no longer be a distinction between user account and anonymous ID - everything will be the same system. You'll be able to create and manage boards as well as post with just 1 user account (or, in the case of posting, still with just your IP).
For anyone who might have downloaded a userstyle for Enrive, or uses the Stylish browser extension, your browsing history is seemingly being tracked. Please read more at: https://enrive.org/nsa/thread/4524 Here is a quote from the thread: >Unfortunately, since January 2017, Stylish has been augmented with bonus spyware that records every single website that I and its 2 million other users visit [EDIT - I am told that the Chrome version has had tracking since January 2017, but the Firefox version has only had it since March 2018]. Stylish sends our complete browsing activity back to its servers, together with a unique identifier. This allows it’s new owner, SimilarWeb, to connect all of an individual’s actions into a single profile. And for users like me who have created a Stylish account on userstyles.org, this unique identifier can easily be linked to a login cookie. This means that not only does SimilarWeb own a copy of our complete browsing histories, they also own enough other data to theoretically tie these histories to email addresses and real-world identities.
This place started in 2012 as MasterChan, a /pc/-only gaming board using somewhat of a joke as a name, and it was quickly changed into something new in 2014 as I grew wary about 4chan's increased moderation and censorship - a trend that in hindsight has only gotten much worse regarding the Internet as a whole. 4 years later in 2018, the concept of a website where moderators cannot control what others post still remains something unique with just us, and it continues to be important that I work on this place and finish all its features and layout, so the internet can become an interesting place rather than the new TV system where a few people control the narrative. We were just lacking a name that was more suited to what we had become after departing from the old pc gaming only chan, and I found a suitable name with Enrive.org To rive means to cleave, to split something forcefully, or to split people (their ideals and beliefs) apart from each other. I think it reflects very well the nature of our open system, where not even board owners have the power to create safe spaces, and everyone has to be confronted with opinions and arguments that differ from what they may believe, no matter how controversial those arguments get to be. Thank you everyone that keeps believing in what we are doing, and keeps coming here even though the posting has slowed by now. Give me time to keep fleshing things out and we will revive this place. A place that even in its current form is essential, as you can't find another place out there where you can just post and not worry about your content being deleted by some enraged mod.
Tomorrow I will rebrand us for the final time. I have decided on a name that I like and feels appropriate to what we have become ever since we departed from /pc/ only MasterChan and became something more. RIP ccluster, it served as a temporary intermediate name but it will be forgotten now, except for its cute icon. If you have a good name suggestion, this is your final chance. Tomorrow you'll all become something else.
I still haven't found the perfect name for our website, and will move away from ccluster once I do. All I know is that I don't want anything ending with "chan". Any ideas?
IP posting temporarily back while 4chan is down. If spam gets out of control I will disable it again however. In the future IP posting will come back permanently
With spam contained for now, I will continue developing the new version of the site. Other than improving the looks in some needed pages that have no style at all, most of the changes will be internals only - the code must be professional and clean before I can continue making new features, and I am only arriving at that point now, even after all those years. Mostly because the original masterchan is where I started learning how to code websites and proper coding in general, so it took me some years to become proficient at it.I expect to have finished this internal part and moved on to new features within this year already. Also, I'll probably rebrand us again. I wanted to move away from the "chan" ending, but I still haven't thought of the perfect name for our site. And once I do all of that above, I will also re-enable outlander posting
This is my plan to stop spammers: >new anon IDs are confined to only posting at a /newusers/ board until they have 3 days of activity and some 25-50 posts >/newusers/ posts will not show on frontpage, so there is less incentive to spam >posting and deleting your own post will reduce your post count by 1, so that can't be used as a stealthy strategy anymore >you must post at least X characters per post with a new account so your post count actually increases. This ensures you can't just type "lel" or post an image 50 times and have your post count increase, you will actually have to engage with a thread making it more obvious when something is random spam and when it is not >this only addresses anon ID spammers. IP spammers are dealt with IP ban ranges and are irrelevant to this anti spam measure Do you think this would work at all? Would it be too constricting? If anything, it ensures other boards are clear of spam, even if the /newusers/ one is still a target of it Let me know before I code it
People always asked me to keep this place a secret club, and I have decided to go with that idea. From now on, only accounts that already have at least 5 thousand postcount will be able to make new posts
Last week, February 21st, was ccluster's first birthday. However, I forgot about it.., so I am making a happy birthday thread now. Don't worry, I'm still working on ccluster almost daily. Rebirth is imminent as you guys say happy birthday ccluster!
I have been coding ccluster pretty much daily for a while. Once I release a new build (possibly within 6 months) with more features and an overall better looking design for the frontpage and some other unfinished areas, we can work on growing this site again. Until then I guess I can declare us officially ded
After reading a few new books, I've begun working on the 3rd or 4th major refactor of Ccluster's code. With this internal update, I'll make everything generally better to work with including the ability to auto-update anything we'd want. I'll continue working on new features after this update.
Due to a global moderator posting a screenshot which showed someone's anonID name, I've changed the behavior of the reports page. Previously, global moderators could see the name of those that reported a post (but never the name of people who made a post, to maintain user's privacy). Now, the anonID name does not show up anywhere at all.
I am trying to find or purchasea database of known proxies/TOR exit nodes/spammer IPs, that is regularly updated, to add them to our permabanned list so I can bring back IP posting. If you know of a reliable service, help is appreciated.
New changes: >Reporting someone will prevent them fro posting again until moderators review the report. If you have 50 posts /5 active days, being reported will not prevent you from posting >Reporting a post will make it disappear from the frontpage, from the board page, and from inside a thread. Basically everywhere. Right now trusted anonIDs don't have protection against their threads being hidden, but I will add that probably this week I wanted to make that reporting one post would make all posts by that user also hide from view. Very good against spam, unfortunately it also lets people identify legitimate user's sameposts, which is very bad for privacy and therefore could not be implemented. Regardless, everyone can act as a janitor now cleaning up the boards and preventing bots from further posting.
Starting next monday, I will dedicate at least 1 day a week to code ccluster, so we get back to steady updates. Sorry for the hiatus. I have realized that I won't be able to do what I once did in the past, that is, to alternate between working on my games exclusively for a while and then ccluster. My next goals are to: >Finish the report feature (trusted IDs will be able to report and hide posts from untrusted new IDs and so on) >Bring back IP posting and mass IP ban of known proxies (which doesnt prevent ID posting with banned ips) >Make the overall site look finished, with features such as customizing your board and hiring your own board helpers, so we can grow in users.
A bug in the system is allowing anon IDs with high post count (probably from donations) but 0 active days to post disrespecting cooldown times. This is why there is so much spam again. I will attempt to fix this tomorrow. Soon I also intend to code the feature that lets trusted IDs hide reported posts from everyone's view
How is the first step of the new anti spam system holding up in your opinion? Soon I'll start coding the next steps. Check the past global threads for more information
The first step to stop spammers has been taken. Anon IDs now require both a post count and active days to unlock benefits: https://ccluster.com/app/AnonymousID/Benefits All existing anon IDs have been given 100 active days (days since ccluster.com launched) If you want to see the other upcoming changes, check: https://ccluster.com/global/thread/22198
Here is what I am considering doing to stop spammers: >Greatly increase posting cooldown for new Anon IDs When using an anon ID, your IP is actually taken in consideration to decide your posting cooldown as well. Spammers will have to make new accounts (which takes some time) and use new IPs constantly in order to spam, or be subjected to strong posting cooldowns. >Add a time factor to unlock anon ID benefits Basically, to be able to bypass captcha, post images, get faster cooldowns and other benefits, not only you'll need an X post count as usual, but you will also need an anon ID that is X days old. Spammers can't get benefits anymore by spamming 1000 posts in a few minutes. >Reporting posts may have new consequences: If an __untrusted__ anon ID post is reported, that anon ID becomes locked from posting until all reports are dismissed. If an untrusted anon ID post is reported by a highly trusted ID, all posts made by that user are automatically hidden as well. You may re-report a post with your highly trusted ID to achieve this effect. If an IP poster is reported by a highly trusted ID, all posts made by that user are automatically hidden as well and he is prevented from posting until reports are dismissed. >Range IP bans for known proxies and tor, followed by enabling outlander posting again With their posts being mass hidden and with added difficulty in posting, hopefully we will not be an attractive audience to them anymore. And to make it clear, if your account is trusted, then you are immune to other users hiding your posts. If you feel these changes are not enough to stop spammers, let me know of your ideas or how other sites do it. Otherwise I'll start coding them this week.
Starting tomorrow I'll begin thinking of a solution to stop the spammers, for both anon IDs and IP posting (other than IP range banning proxies/TOR when using IP only posting) Please post your suggestions in here, even if they are complex.
Today I'll be removing all threads and posts that had their images accidentally deleted a few months ago, to clean up. I will keep some posts from /pc/ and all from /nsa/ and restore images manually in those cases, by uploading something myself that is related to the posts, just so we keep that content.
Within 1 or 2 weeks I should start mass banning IPs from known proxies and TOR for outlander posts (as usual anonymous IDs can post regardless of their IP). For now, because spam is too great to handle even with the help of gmods, I'll be disabling outlander posts altogether until the IPs are mass banned.
Our memergetic levels are dangerously low. We used to make the most memes, but now we are running short on them. Unless 3 new good memes are created in this global thread, I'll have to turn chancluster offline for 24 hours.
It seems that /b/admin's account is gone. /b/admin if you are still around please correct me. Otherwise, we need a new /b/admin, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to apply, and also tell me how you would moderate off topic and on topic. Also, I can still use more global moderators (previous thread https://ccluster.com/global/thread/19714), and today I'll code a pagination system for the reports page so gmods can do their job better for now when I'm not around.
Those interested in becoming Global Moderators, please send me an email at email@example.com with your registered username (not the anonID name). If you missed the previous thread, make sure to read: https://ccluster.com/global/thread/19535 For now, to prevent abuse since I don't have a log/report mismoderation system yet, gmods can only moderate posts made in the past 24 hours (that still have their user post history), and posts made by IPs or low post count anonymous IDs. I will prioritize gmods that are already board admins, or that I recognize as being people that have already been reporting a lot of stuff, but if you are interested in helping while staying true to this site's ideals make sure to contact me.
Here is my idea for Global Moderators. As usual, let me know of your feedback. I've spent a lot of time over the years thinking how to let other mods step in without power abuse becoming a problem. Now that I'm finally sitting down to code this, I'm realizing that that is pretty much impossible. At the same time, as the site grows, I won't be able to be solely responsible for moderating everything anymore as that would eventually be too time consuming. I already can't handle the spam as it is. So this is what I have in mind. I will have two classes of gMods: >Those that can delete and ban IPs and low post count anonymous IDs >Those that can ban high post count anonymous IDs To prevent abuse in both cases, I will make in the future that deleted threads or posts instead of completely disappearing, will instead show for a few minutes a notification of deletion, as well as a reminder that if you believe a moderator has erroneously deleted your post or image, you will be able to report that as well through a new button. I will also have the ability to undo the deletion. If gMods abuse their power, there will be a log for me to verify, and remove their gMod. And as long as they know people can easily report mismoderation through a button, it should be enough for them to restrain themselves and never abuse power in the first place because there will be consquences. [1/2]
Due to the large amount of spam, I will be creating a new feature to allow moderator help soon. I don't know what specifically at this point, as making sure moderator abuse does not happen is a priority. Also, if it turns out it will take too long to code it, I may simply disable outlander posting for the moment.
Welcome to the new form of masterchan.org - ccluster.com I have been thinking about rebranding us for about 2 years now. I believe our new name transmits our ideals better and it is also more mature. Our days of being a /pc/ gaming chan only were 5 years ago, and we have enough perks to differentiate ourselves from all the chans out there that I believe we are entitled to our own name, and to being our own thing as an original website. I'm distancing myself from the chan archetype, something I was never very strongly about other than having a basic image board format. Unfortunately, I could not improve our layout before the name change. There are still pages that look very ugly and broken, and the frontpage while it has a lot of added functionality it still looks the same. But you can now filter the frontpage to your likings, just bookmark it after you hit the customize button. Lastly, I need to address the legal troubles we've had in the past week. To sum it up, I've been in email contact with Dutch Law enforcement and the issue is that: >This includes child modeling which sexual posing and focus on genitals. We concluded that masterchan.org not only made such child modeling files available, but also... Since to my knowledge I was already moderating everything with sexual posing, and law enforcement has said otherwise, posting of child modelling can no longer be allowed here. I wasn't told exactly what images caused this problem, but it is my understanding that: [part 1/2]
Happy 3rd and last birthday MasterChan! Within 9 days, I will rebrand us to a new domain name more appropriate to our unique characteristics as a forum. RIP all our memories. If you have any suggestions for our new name, this is your chance to be immortalized. Here is our official timeline: >2012-2013: MasterChan as a PC only gaming chan >2014: Current MasterChan starts with no stylization at all, but people still post here. >2017: Our new incarnation will begin. Let's reminisce.
I've received this mesage today: >** IF NO REACTION TO THIS MESSAGE WE WILL SUSPEND THE SERVER IMMEDIATELY ** >We were ordered by the Authorities to tell you: >The following site(s) must be removed within the next 24 hours to avoid suspension of the server(s) >Kind regards, >NOVOGARA Abuse Team >:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: >https://masterchan.org/ As you can see, it is a broad message to remove masterchan.org entirely. I believe that this was triggered due to users uploading child modelling pictures with watermarks, from agencies that are known for taking illegal pictures as well - that makes even their non-sexualized images illegal according to the law in my understanding. I'm making this thread to remind people to please report images that fall under that category, and also so you are aware in case we go down.
I've been busy doing some alterations to my upcoming game. I have the new frontpage functionality pretty much done, and once I'm past crunch mode for my game I'll get back to MasterChan to release it and continue coding new features.
This is MasterChan's last year. At some point in 2017 (probably during Februrary), it will be rebranded into something new. RIP MasterChan, you were pretty cool
Our domain name is back, until MasterChan is rebranded that is RIP previous thread: https://masterchan.org/global/thread/17763
For some reason the domain name MasterChan.org is not working. Yet, eNom's dashboard says everything is working fine. I've sent them an email, and will attempt to call their support soon as well. Meanwhile you can use MasterChan through this domain name, which I used for an alternative ads page. Unfortunately, HTTPs requires the name masterchan.org, so HTTPs cannot be activated in here and people (like your ISP or others connected to your wifi) can attempt to spy on what pages you visit in here, or know what anon ID you use. With HTTPs disabled, I do not recommend anyone posting with their anon IDs. Make a new one or use a shared one for now.
We are back to running MasterChan with only one computer. With our recent code optimizations and chosen softwares, today, we can fit more people in here with 1PC than when we were under 2 or 3 a few months ago. So I finally removed the last server ( by migrating all its images to this one) not only to save money that was being spent over nothing, but because it is not good to run a website in the half-assed manner I was doing. Either you get a few PCs (4 or more and distribute the software with them instead of clumping all together as I did), or you stay with 1. Meanwhile, I have been working on the new frontpage and it should be done soon.
I've begun working on the new frontpage. What features would you like in it?
Sekrit is back! I've reworked it in a way that is 100% compatible with how other boards operate, unlike the previous sekrit, so even with big code changes in the future we will be able to maintain its post same as other boards. The new sekrit still retains its daily changing access point, and its posts and images will not appear on the frontpage. The way to access it has changed slightly, but I'm sure you will figure it out. While I will not punish posters that reveal how to access the board or that link directly to it, I will delete any reported posts that fall under that, including this one. By the way, an illustrious MasterChan poster had already created sekrit, so I had to remove him as the administrator since sekrit will have no mods.
I've made a few changes to deal with anon ID spammers better, and also due to a long identified flaw regarding how those IDs were punished. None of the following changes affect IP posting: >15 posts are now required to bypass the captcha, rather than 5. >Reply cooldown increased from default of 3 seconds to 10 for new Anon IDs. >Rather than having a decreased posting cooldown benefit based in confusing percentages as it used to be, instead you can have your posting cooldown improved to a flat 5 seconds (with 50 posts) and then 1 second (100 posts). Check the benefits at: https://masterchan.org/app/AnonymousID/Benefits >And finally, applying a permaban to an anon ID which previously reset the post count to zero, will now delete that ID altogether from the system forcing spammers to take an additional step in registering again. Also, In my reports page, any ID with more than 50 posts in it shows a huge warning to assist me further in not making permaban accidents.
Please read this thread if you have not: https://masterchan.org/global/thread/17343 For now, I'm keeping all posts with missing images alive. I've only deleted posts/threads where there was a missing image along with no text at all. If you'd like your board to be wiped, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting it. Make sure to write down your board owner username so I can verify you are the actual owner.
I have sad news. I noticed that many older posts were missing from some of our boards like /nsa/, /pc/ and /movies/, and spend the day yesterday restoring them. After having successfully brought back all of the posts, I realized that their images were permanently gone. Upon inspection, the cause was a flaw with the new code where upon deleting a post made with an anonymous ID, where that post's ID history had already been removed, it went ahead and deleted all posts that had their ID history removed as well: which means pretty much all of our older posts lost their images. While I can restore the posts themselves, I cannot restore the images because there was no backup of them. I could say that the illness I recently had for the past months impaired my focus which led to this bug, but in truth It was something I had to do a lot more testing, and I should have backed up our images with this big update, something that I've always done before. I wasn't in a good state of mind I guess. I've coded MasterChan in a way where posts never have to expire, but we've lost many of them. Right now, there is only 3 things I can do: 1) Keep the older posts as they are right now, with the mystery image (including original posts). And delete all posts where there was nothing but an image. It would preserve the text. 2) Delete all posts and threads with a missing image 3) Since I am going to rebrand masterchan soon, probably before the end of the year, I could erase all posts and images and start anew once I do that (while keeping all IDs and boards and everything else still the same), and discard even the recent posts Let me know your opinion.
File names are all being changed from board directory + post number (as in b587.jpg) to board directory, underscore + post number (b_587.jpg). This prevents files being overwritten in cases where a board directory is made of a number. New images will already be displayed properly and with the new naming convention.
Sorry for my inactivity, but my health issue and personal things have kept me from working for a while. I have restored 5.000 original threads that for some reason where deleted with the new version of MasterChan. Boards like /chummery/, /pc/, /nsa/, /movies/ and /pol/ have had all their posts returned. I've also returned most of the original 2.000 posts that I previously said were deleted for good. Additionally, I've fixed a bug today where the catalog would sometimes display only as much threads as a normal board page. I should be able to resume working daily on MasterChan from now on. I still have to fix the missing images from those restored posts, and that is what I'll start doing next.
Tomorrow I'll begin uploading the new MasterChan code. Since many things were changed internally, we will most likely be offline for some 8 hours or more, depending on how fast I can get everything working again. There won't be significant changes right now, and I haven't worked on a new frontpage either, but there will be some new features available at this time. But more importantly than that, I am ready to start coding new things now because the parts of the code that were once rushed and poorly done were corrected or entirely rewritten. I expect to take us down tomorrow at 11 AM PST
First, if MasterChan was down for you and you just got back, here is the thread explaining what happened: https://www.masterchan.org/global/thread/978/ Second, we are already getting too many posts a day here for me to keep up with. Moderating has become a chore, so I took this morning to implement a Report feature. The report button shows when you are inside a thread at the bottom, and requires captcha so bots don't report everything. For now, you can also use it to report automated comments that have begun appearing on the replies of some threads because there's no captcha for it. By the way, reporting will not work for for threads made before this post. But I went through all of them, at least when it comes to the images. It will be a relief to browse MasterChan when I see fit and to be in the threads I like instead of having to go through everything all the time afraid I missed something. Moderation is serious business and I don't even do it for free, I pay monthly for the server. And now, if the police finds something they don't like, they can just report it to me as well instead of showing up at my house unannounced.
Tomorrow I'll upload code that will expire boards where the admin hasn't log on in forever and most importantly wipe out all images and references from the database of its posts. I will backup what we have right now, so if your board gets deleted by a bug in the system I'll revert it back - except for the images. If you have images you need to save from the boards you visit, do it now. I will probably make the boards expire in a week right now just for testing, but after that you'll get a warning after not logging in a month, and if you don't log for another month the board will be gone. Plenty of time.