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Choice of the Week

First off I’d like to apologise to all users for our lack of updates to the Choice of the Week, we received quite a few suggestions and a few comments about the lack of update so thank you to all who did write in to the choice@deardiary.net address. As you can see this is now…

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IBill Problems

Hi All, I just saw a news article on The Register regarding troubles at IBill. The article is here – excuse the poor title that is in the true ‘style’ of The Register. I’d just like to reassure everybody, as we use IBill for our premium subscription service, that none of our subscription options make…

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COPPA Regulations

I have today updated the new user screen, the change user details screen and our privacy policy to reflect our interpretation of the COPPA regulations by which we must abide if we wish to provide service to the USA. Its a bit late, and for that we apologise, however, even though we are a bit…

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Banning Users

We won’t ban American Users dont worry. Besides which, 80% of our users are American. Probably 50% of those are under 15 (we actually don’t know of any Americans here who are under 13 – and don’t want to, at least not yet!) The comment of banning American IP addresses was more intended to show…

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Comment Headache

OK, now I know why I wasn’t experiencing the problem and others were… Our old ad provider obviously switched themselves off today, the ones who went bust that is, because it was the ad code that was causing the delay, while it tried to connect to the ad server to get an ad. I didn’t…

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More on comments

If people could let me know whether their problem is now resolved, I may have some idea of what it was… Trouble is, with the sketchy ‘it isnt working’ details I have, and the fact that its working quite happily for me, its hard to pin down 🙂

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Inability to add comments

I’m adding comments. As you can see at the bottom of this diary… I don’t geddit! If people can post me in email their comments and the diary they’re trying to post to, I’ll see if there’s any noticeable pattern. Steve.

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It gets worse

My interpretation of the COPPA law is that we may actually have to do what the other diary sites have apparently done and that is to ban kids. This will suck, but there is no way we can possibly hope to get parental consent to allow their kids to post information on to the web….

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Minors Revisited

This has opened up an interesting can of worms. By doing our business in the US, and having our server in the US, according to the FTC and COPPA (which is where the law is cited as requiring parental consent for collecting information about children under 13) DO have jurisdiction over us… Though I think…