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    Lounge 'red flag' format question

    Hi all --
    Urgent, it seems to me:
    I wonder whether there should be another kind of thing available in Woody's Lounge???
    It is now fairly late on June 1. From May 26 to 30 there was a thread going on the new Antivirus/Security board,
    about incompatibility between Zonealarm and Norton Antivirus. It turned out that the recent ZA upgrade to version 5
    silently disabled all email checking (incoming and outgoing) for those of us who use Zone Alarm and NAV (and possibly for many others).
    As of 530pm MT on June 1 (two days after the last posting) this had still not been fixed, so many of us were unprotected
    as to email nasties, without realizing it. I first noticed it only a few hours ago. Zonelabs had still not fixed it, and Symantec
    had still not alerted us, I believe. Ideally, shouldn't there have been some mechanism (moderator operated) to alert
    all lounge users that there was a hotline type issue burning? I'm going to start regularly checking the new forum/board
    in the lounge, now that I've had this experience. But, wouldn't it be nice if there were an eye-catching graphic,
    or else a crossposted posting on some of the main boards???
    I'm not even sure where I should have raised this issue.
    ????
    yerubal

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    Re: Lounge 'red flag' format question

    Do we have a lot of NAV + ZA users??

    If we get really fancy, we'll let users store their software product names and then show all the recent threads on those products in their control panels. This assumes that all posters type the names correctly, and abbreviate them the same way, or that we moderators edit or add keywords to each thread. Hmmm... Let's assume this won't happen right away. <img src=/S/blackteeth.gif border=0 alt=blackteeth width=20 height=20>

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    Re: Lounge 'red flag' format question

    Hi yerubal

    Perhaps, as the Lounge grows, develops and matures, something such as you suggest might happen. Keep in mind that the Lounge is primarily a collection of forums for Micro$oft program/OS users, with a few diversions.

    For now, we have this new forum for security issues which makes it much easier to keep up to date.

    I think that regular checks into the forums specific to, and maintained by, the developers of the software that's important to you is the best way to keep aware of problems and new developments. Links to the appropriate websites can usually be found in the "Help < About" dropdowns of the individual programs or by conducting a general web search using terms such as "Program Name forum".

    Have a Great day!!!
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    Re: Lounge 'red flag' format question

    Hi yerubal,

    As a Zone Alarm Pro and NAV user I believe my first line of information has to come from the vendor's site. As a matter of fact the Zone Alarm User Forum (found here) has as much information as one could digest. There is even a specific area once you get into the forum where Zone Labs is trying to keep their clients informed of current events. As for Symantec, I wouldn't necessarily rely on them to point a user towards Zone Labs since the silent bypassing of virus checking e-mail is not their problem.

    As for The Lounge creating a special flag to identify crucial situations... I personally, do not believe that is in the best interest of a board providing a discussion area for many products... and free at that. Anyway, I hope you don't take my comments the wrong way. Just coming from someone who has reaped benefits from being a member.

    Cheers, Bob
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    Re: Lounge 'red flag' format question

    One caveat that I think should be considered when looking for software support forums -- any email address used could easily, and probably quickly, become the target for spammers. Email addresses used in these forums would have a great likelihood of being an actual active account; you do give it out in the hopes of receiving replies. I posted to an Excel forum once and within a day I was receiving spam sent to the address I had used. Thankfully I had used a disposable Spamgourmet address that could be shut off. <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15>

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