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Someone on the Internet Doesn’t Like Me: Spam,Hackers and Erectile Dysfunction

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Over the past couple of weeks, I have had to deal with a tremendous uptick in the number of spam comments, both the automated type and the individual type. This has made a lot more work for me and I can no longer monitor the spam folder for legitimate comments that get marked as spam. There are just too many of them now.  If the numbers hold, the number of spam comments will jump from under 2,000 for March 2014 to almost 16,000 for April 2014.

I am also seeing a big uptick in miscreants trying to hack into this blog. I use a log in blocker that effectively stymies those who think I am, stupid enough to use admin or administrator for my username. They get two tries and then they are blocked via IP address for 1 week. Any further attempts result in a one month block. Surely they know my real username is thereisnogod or 666666666.

Such is the nature of the internet. The more visibility a site has the more attention it draws from those who have nothing better to do than try to leave advertising comments for virtually everything under the sun. (I can only imagine how much spam big sites receive every day) Some of these fake commenters are getting quite creative, using the name of previous commenters or using wording that makes their comment sound legitimate. Since all first time comments must be approved, both of these methods fail.

I just wanted to make you aware of this. Very, very few comments are mislabeled as spam. If you don’t see a comment of yours appear after you hit Post Comment, please let me know right away and I will make sure it is not being marked as spam.
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Number of spam comments blocked per month by Askimet, October 1, 2013-April 15, 2014.

Published: April 15, 2014 | Comments: 5

Top Ten Posts First Quarter 2014

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What follows is the Top Ten Posts on The Way Forward for the first quarter (January-March) of 2014.

  1. Fundamentalist Christian Reaction to COSMOS
  2. Should We Respect the Religious Beliefs of Others?
  3. Eight Good Rules to Remember When Having an Internet Discussion
  4. Why I Stopped Believing
  5. Pastor Steven Furtick Getting Rich Off of Elevation Church in Charlotte
  6. Know It All Evangelicals
  7. This is What Hatred in the Name of Jesus Looks Like
  8. Serial Adulterer David Hyles Has been Restored
  9. Is it a Sin for a Man to Have Long Hair?
  10. IFB Pastor Bill Wininger Outed as Sexual Predator

1,955 people viewed the My Journey Page, 1,112 people viewed the About Page, 869 people viewed the Links Page, in the first quarter of 2014.

 

Published: April 13, 2014 | Comments: 0

Please Read ! RSS Feed Updates

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Unfortunately, I have been unable to adequately fix the Feedblitz feeds for The Way Forward, so I am moving the RSS feeds back to the native WordPress RSS feeds.

If you are reading this blog via RSS, please update the feed you are using for POSTS (http://brucegerencser.net/feed/) and COMMENTS (http://brucegerencser.net/comments/feed/).

Please accept my apology for any inconvenience this causes you.

Bruce

Published: March 24, 2014 | Comments: 1

March Blog News

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It’s the time of month when I share what is new on The Way Forward and I remind readers of the various ways they can access this blog, contact me, or make a ten thousand dollar donation to my This Atheist Wants to Drive a BMW Fund.

No Blog Posts Until Late Monday

I am taking a writing break until Monday evening. I need a bit of a mental health break.

Health News

Nothing much to report here.  The change in drugs and dosages for my pain management regimen I mentioned a couple of months ago has been a big help. I also am able to sleep for 3-4 hours before I have to take more medicine. I am having an increasing problem with my legs but I am going to wait to see if this is just a passing problem before I say anything to my doctor.  I have lost some mobility of late but this may just be a temporary problem.

Angry Atheist Interview

I recently did an interview for The Angry Atheist podcast. If you have not listened to it yet, you can access it here.  Some of you have contacted me about the possibility of me doing a regular podcast. This does interest me, and I am “praying” about it. :evil:

Dear Evangelical Page

I added a page for my Dear Evangelical letter.

Ways to Read The Way Forward

There are many ways you can read The Way Forward.

RSS Feed for Posts

RSS Feed for Comments

Via Email. There is a form in the blog sidebar for subscribing via Email.

Facebook

Twitter

Google+

Tumblr

Comment RSS Feed

A handful of readers are using the RSS comment feed to get ALL the comments on The Way Forward. Currently, there is an unresolved problem with the feed not updating properly. I have been in contact with Feedblitz tech support and they acknowledged the problem is with their WordPress plugin, but so far the problem has not been resolved. I think there are only five people using the Comment RSS feed, so fortunately this does not affect many of you.

WordPress All Comments Notification

A handful of readers, via wordpress.com,  are receiving notification of ALL comments on The Way Forward. There is a persistent bug on wordpress.com’s end that is causing people to intermittently  receive a comment notification attached to the wrong post. I apologize for this. WordPress support engineers are working to resolve this problem. So far, they have been unable to track the problem down. It seems that new comments are getting attached to old posts that no longer exist. I suspect this is due to duplicate post numbers in the database on wordpress.com’s end. There is nothing for me to fix on my end.

With both the RSS comment feed problem and the wordpress.com problem, I could roll back The Way Forward to using its native RSS feeds and comments. The problem is readers would lose some functionality like subscribe to individual posts and subscribe to comments, and I know a lot of you use this function, so I have decided to “live” with the current problems in the hope that they will eventually be fixed.

Mobile Devices

For the month of March, 42% of The Way Forward  readers are accessed the site via a mobile device. This is up 4% from February. The vast majority of the mobile traffic comes from Apple and Android devices. I use WP Touch Pro (paid version) for mobile devices. If you have a mobile device and you are NOT seeing the mobile theme when you access this site, please let me know. If there is anything you would like to see added or taken away from the mobile theme, please let me know.

How to Contact Me

The best way to contact me is through the contact form. You can also contact me via FacebookTwitter,Google+, telepathy, and shouting real loud.

I will respond to you as soon as possible, but due to my health there may be a delay. Right now, I am a week or so behind on answering email.

Guest Posts

I am always looking for people to write a guest post. Do you have something you would like to write about? Please let me know and I will gladly publish your guest post on The Way Forward.

You don’t have to be an atheist to write a guest post. Maybe you disagree with me on something and you want to set me straight. Write away… I am especially interested in publishing your deconversion story. If you need to, you can write anonymously.

Please use the contact form to send me your guest post.

Donations

Each month, a handful of people make a donation to the Bruce Gerencser Relief Fund. I appreciate each donation, regardless of the size. I view the donations as an act of kindness to me by my friends.

When I started blogging six years ago, I decided I did not want to have advertising on my blog. I don’t blog to make money. I blog because I need to write. Donations are always appreciated, but they will never determine whether I blog. In other words, you can’t buy me! :)

The donation form is on the sidebar if you would like to make a donation.

As always, thank you for reading The Way Forward. Your kindness and support mean a lot to me, and I know my life is richer because of it.

Until next month…

Bruce

Published: March 22, 2014 | Comments: 5

February Blog News

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It’s the time of month when I share what is new on The Way Forward and I remind readers of the various ways they can access this blog, contact me, or  make a million dollar donation to my I want a big ass home just like Steven Furtick Project.

Health News

Nothing new to report here. I remain in a holding pattern. In my Christian days I would quote  the flamboyant Southern Baptist evangelist Bob Harrington, I am not looking for the undertaker, I am looking for the upper taker. These days, I do all I can to avoid the undertaker. My primary care doctor is also the Williams County Coroner, so I am in good hands whether I live or die. Now if he happens to buy a funeral home some day, I think I might change doctors. :) Just my gallows humor folks.

Blog Comment Rules Page

I added a Blog Comment Rules page. Hopefully, this page will educate first-time commenters about me, this blog, and the rules for commenting. As I said, hopefully. As the past month has shown, some Evangelicals are definitely reading-challenged.

Ways to Read The Way Forward

There are many ways you can read The Way Forward.

RSS Feed for Posts

RSS Feed for Comments

Via Email. There is a form in the blog sidebar for subscribing via Email.

Facebook

Twitter

Google+

Tumblr

Comment RSS Feed

A handful of readers are using the RSS comment feed to get ALL the comments on The Way Forward. Currently, there is an unresolved problem with the feed not updating properly or it giving the comments all the same time stamp. I have been in contact with Feedblitz and Flywheel tech support, but so far the problem has not been resolved. I think there are only five people using the Comment RSS feed, so fortunately this does not affect many of you. I AM trying to get the problem resolved.

Mobile Devices

For the month of February, 38% of The Way Forward  readers are accessed the site via a mobile device. The vast majority of the mobile traffic comes from Apple and Android devices. I use WP Touch Pro (paid version) for mobile devices. If you have a mobile device and you are NOT seeing the mobile theme when you access this site, please let me know. If there is anything you would like to see added or taken away from the mobile theme, please let me know.

How to Contact Me

The best way to contact me is through the contact form. You can also contact me via FacebookTwitter,Google+, and telepathy.

I will respond to you as soon as possible, but due to my health there may be a delay. Right now, I am a week or so behind on answering email.

Guest Posts

I am always looking for people to write a guest post. Do you have something you would like to write about? Please let me know and I will gladly publish your guest post on The Way Forward.

You don’t have to be an atheist to write a guest post. Maybe you disagree with me on something and you want to set me straight. Write away… I am especially interested in publishing your deconversion story. If you need to, you can write anonymously.

Please use the contact form to send me your guest post.

Donations

Each month, a handful of people make a donation to the Bruce Gerencser Relief Fund. I appreciate each donation, regardless of the size. I view the donations as an act of kindness to me by my friends.

When I started blogging six years ago, I decided I did not want to have advertising on my blog. I don’t blog to make money. I blog because I need to write. Donations are always appreciated, but they will never determine whether I blog. In other words, you can’t buy me! :)

The donation form is on the sidebar if you would like to make a donation.

As always, thank you for reading The Way Forward. Your kindness and support mean a lot to me, and I know my life is richer because of it. I appreciate the recent emails and comments  I received from readers who were worried about whether some of the caustic Christian commenters were wearing me down. They were, and are, so I appreciate the fact that people care enough to check up on me.

Until next month…

Bruce

Published: February 22, 2014 | Comments: 2

Are You Interested In Telling Your Story?

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Are you interested in sharing your story? If so, I would love to post your story on The Way Forward. You can use your post as your coming out party or you can share your story anonymously.  Sometimes people sell themselves short, thinking, I am not a good writer, or who would want to read my story?  The quality of your writing is not as important as the story you have to tell. After six years of blogging, one thing I have learned is that lurkers (people who never comment publicly) are encouraged and challenged by people openly and honestly telling their story. Your story just might make a difference in the life of someone else.

If you are interested in telling your story, please contact me via the contact form. For you who have already contacted me and haven’t sent me anything…get going! (just kidding) In your time, when you are ready.

I am also interested in posting articles by people who have a science background.  I am especially interested in articles that deal with creationism, global climate change, and autobiographical articles that deal with your religious upbringing and how science forced you to re-investigate your creationist beliefs.  (sorry Creationists, no space for you. See Ken Ham)

I know many of the readers of The Way Forward still have some sort of religious faith. I am also interested in posting your story. While I am an atheist, I am interested in reading the stories of those who have been able to make religious faith or spirituality work for them.

This is my open invitation to you! I hope you will seriously consider writing a post for The Way Forward.  Guest posts are an important part of this blog. Like the special speaker at church, we need to hear a different voice from time to time. Bruce Gerencser 24/7 will, sooner or later, become boring.  I have certain subjects that I like to write about. You might have a different perspective, so please, consider writing a guest post for The Way Forward.

Thanks!

Bruce

Published: February 18, 2014 | Comments: 12

My Apologies for the Temporary Posts

Yesterday, my desktop computer crashed and I had to reinstall everything. I am having  a problem getting Live Writer to display the blog template properly and this why there were a handful of temporary posts. Please ignore them.

Microsoft has not updated Live Writer is almost two years, which tells me that they are going to, sooner or later, do away with the program. Maybe it is time for me to start using the WordPress interface.

Thanks!

Bruce

Published: February 15, 2014 | Comments: 11

January Blog News

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It’s the time of month when I share what is new on The Way Forward and I remind readers of the various ways they can access this blog, contact me, or  make a million dollar donation to my ,I want a big ass home just like Steven Furtick Project.

Thursday, January 30th

I will be gone for the day, so blog comment approval will be delayed. Polly and I are traveling to Fort Wayne to hear Darius Rucker, David Nail, and Eli Young Band. One “positive” of being in a wheelchair is that we often get good  seats at concerts. We have floor level seats and we are expecting to have an awesome time. This will be the first country concert we have ever been to. Two years ago, we saw Matt Nathanson in concert, and six years ago, our son’s took us to hear Collective Soul. (I was 50 years old before we saw our first “secular” concert)

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Health News

Nothing new to report here. My primary care doctor added Tramadol to the pain management regimen I am on. I am now taking Hydrocodone 7.5/750 mg and then 2-3 hours later I take 50 mg of Tramadol. I also take 2 500 mg Naproxen per day. I repeat this cycle throughout the day and this has really helped with the pain spikes. As people with chronic pain know, the narcotics do not take away the pain but they do break the pain cycle and reduce the pain to a level that is tolerable. (on most days)

Wine

Polly and I have started drinking an occasional glass of wine. As with most things, due to our fundamentalist past, we are coming late to the party. We are interested in wines that are sweet, red or white. If you have any wine suggestions, please leave them in the comment section. We are definitely uneducated when it comes to alcoholic beverages. (and no, drinking a glass of wine does not causes any problems with the drugs I am on)

Blog Comment Rules Page

I added a Blog Comment Rules page. Hopefully, this page will educate first-time commenters about me, this blog, and the rules for commenting. As I said, hopefully.

Ways to Read The Way Forward

There are many ways you can read The Way Forward.

RSS Feed for Posts

RSS Feed for Comments

Please double-check what RSS feed you are using. I moved the feeds to Feedblitz, and in the near future the Feedburner feeds will stop working.  Most everyone has already moved. As of today, there are 11 people still using the Feedburner RSS feed.

Via Email. There is a form in the blog sidebar for subscribing via Email.

Facebook

Twitter

Google+

Tumblr

Mobile Devices

For the month of January, 30% of The Way Forward  readers are accessing this site via a mobile device. (62% Apple device, 36% Android device, and 2% everything else) I use WP Touch Pro (paid version) for mobile devices. If you have a mobile device and you are NOT seeing the mobile theme when you access this site, please let me know. If there is anything you would like to see added or taken away from the mobile theme, please let me know.

How to Contact Me

The best way to contact me is through the contact form. You can also contact me via Facebook, Twitter,Google+, and telepathy.

I will respond to you as soon as possible, but due to my health there may be a delay. Right now, I am a week or so behind on answering email.

Guest Posts

I am always looking for people to write a guest post. Do you have something you would like to write about? Please let me know and I will gladly publish your guest post on The Way Forward.

You don’t have to be an atheist to write a guest post. Maybe you disagree with me on something and you want to set me straight. Write away… I am especially interested in publishing your deconversion story. If you need to, you can write anonymously.

Please use the contact form to send me your guest post.

Donations

Each month, a handful of people make a donation to the Bruce Gerencser Relief Fund. I appreciate each donation, regardless of the size. I view the donations as an act of kindness to me by my friends.

When I started blogging six years ago, I decided I did not want to have advertising on my blog. I don’t blog to make money. I blog because I need to write. Donations are always appreciated, but they will never determine whether I blog.

The donation form is in the sidebar if you would like to make a donation.

As always, thank you for reading The Way Forward. Your kindness and support mean a lot to me, and I know my life is richer because of it.

Bruce

Published: January 24, 2014 | Comments: 17