Anyone know what happened to boba?

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andyprough
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A rejoint: 02/12/2015

All of his posts and our replies to him disappeared overnight from the website. They are still on the archives, but not on the web version of the forum. Did he get banned for something?

chaosmonk

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I am a translator!

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A rejoint: 07/07/2017

I've never seen anyone get banned here for anything other than blatant spam. It seems more likely that boba deleted their own account for some reason.

andyprough
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A rejoint: 02/12/2015

Ah, I did not know that was possible. Kind of a shame that all of our response posts disappeared as well.

Masaru Suzuqi
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A rejoint: 06/06/2018

> Kind of a shame that all of our response posts disappeared as well.

Yes, cannot anyone retrieve them? There were some of my elaborated gags.

Urs
Urs
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A rejoint: 07/26/2020

I am awfully sorry for the fuss, I had difficult times with the email
provider I had been using for the boba account. My email address got
blocked for unknown reasons, they just would not tell anything, except
that they would not tell why. They also blocked the new address I
created in order to ask for a new account here. The name of the provider
is "mail" followed by the usual commercial ".com" suffix. I will be
boycotting them too.

My email address being blocked, I thought it better to erase my account
here but seemingly hit the wrong button. I did not expect all the posts
and the answers to vanish altogether, only the poster to turn to
"Anonymous" or something, as I have sometimes seen in older threads.

I have now asked for a new account with this email, I hope it will be
validated.

I have no idea whether deleted posts from a deleted account can be
un-deleted on the forum. Many of them were arguably not a big loss for
the community but I agree with andyprough that some answers were
valuable material.

andyprough
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A rejoint: 02/12/2015

Aha! Mystery solved! Well, you are safe, that's what counts. We can call off the bounty hunters.

Urs
Urs
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A rejoint: 07/26/2020

> you are safe, that's what counts.

I seem to have morphed into a penguin in the process, but yes, I am
safe, thanks.

> We can call off the bounty hunters.

Oh my, yes, please do. I had to start the random morphing process in
order to escape them.

Jaret
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A rejoint: 12/19/2018

Mail dot com has lots of bad reviews, most of people are complaining about email being blocked for no reason.

andyprough
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A rejoint: 02/12/2015

The free version of protonmail is really good, and recently they've been opening the source code for more of their tools. The protonmail bridge program that I have to use to pull mail into a GNU/Linux desktop email app was freed up and licensed under GPL3 about 4 months ago, and that was the last remaining item for libre use on the desktop that I know of.

Urs
Urs
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A rejoint: 07/26/2020

> The protonmail bridge program that I have to use to pull mail into a
> GNU/Linux desktop email app was freed up and licensed under GPL3 about
> 4 months
> ago.

That is great news. I briefly considered using protonmail as a candidate
but I thought it was webmail only.

The day I decide to merge my various historical email addresses into one
before they all get blocked or somehow disappear in the void, I will
most probably use protonmail.

> If it's not gone yet, David may be able to restore the deleted posts.

Thanks, I emailed him. Unbearable suspense now begins.

andyprough
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A rejoint: 02/12/2015

So - are you still a Hutt? And what did you do with Hamlet's skull? Sell it on ebay?

Urs
Urs
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A rejoint: 07/26/2020

> So - are you still a Hutt?

This is a tricky question. I might ask the Hutt Grand Council whether a penguin can still technically be a Hutt next time they meet, if they ever meet again. We do not have much precedent on the matter, most hutts stay clear from random morphing.

> And what did you do with Hamlet's skull? Sell it on ebay?

I was not allowed it when I registered for the mailing list, because my account has not been validated yet. So I mortgaged it to buy some extra ice and some fish. My penguin face seems to have already been given the go-ahead, though. I cannot change it until the user account gets validated. I must accept the outcome of the morphing process.

EDIT: the morphing process was not terminal. I became clouds in the sky for a moment before returning to mammalian life as a polar bear.

chaosmonk

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A rejoint: 07/07/2017

> That is great news. I briefly considered using protonmail as a candidate but I thought it was webmail only.

I still advise against it. Freeing the bridge source code is better than keeping it proprietary, but the bridge would not be necessary at all if Protonmail were a real email provider that supported open standards like IMAP and SMTP. Help keep email federated and decentralized by rejecting walled-garden services like Protonmail and Tutanova. If you're looking for a new email provider, try disroot.org.

andyprough
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A rejoint: 02/12/2015

I was wrong, I forgot that the bridge is not available for free protonmail accounts. I've been a paying customer since the bridge moved to GPL, and forgot that free users do still need to use the web portal. Never mind.

Urs
Urs
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A rejoint: 07/26/2020

> Help keep email federated and decentralized by rejecting walled-garden
> services like Protonmail and Tutanova. If you're looking for a new
> email provider, try disroot.org.

Protonmail surely comes atop in many respects when compared to gmail,
hotmail/msn/outlook (or whatever it is called now), mail/gmx and others
of their ilk.

I agree that not being able to use IMAP/POP3 standard protocols somehow
defeats the purpose, though. In my dream computing world, I would be
running my own instance of an email server.

chaosmonk

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A rejoint: 07/07/2017

> Protonmail surely comes atop in many respects when compared to gmail, hotmail/msn/outlook

Sure, it's not as bad as Gmail, but it's still bad. Why use something bad when you don't have to?

chaosmonk

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A rejoint: 07/07/2017

> I have no idea whether deleted posts from a deleted account can be un-deleted on the forum.

It depends on how long the data is retained before being deleted permanently. If it's not gone yet, David may be able to restore the deleted posts. You can contact him at david(at)trisquel.info

Urs
Urs
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A rejoint: 07/26/2020

The data is gone, I was stupid enough to hit the wrong button and confirm, which in the current settings permanently wipes everything away, posts and replies.

Lots of stuff just went back to the void where it belonged, freeing some storage space for better use. I cannot really regret that. Most valuable stuff is still in the mailing list archives.

I will now focus on sharing my Trisquel experience wherever applicable, outside the Troll Lounge.