About LifeinBklyn

Infomation and posts about the site

March 11, 2015

Site moved to new server
May 20, 2015 6:33 PM - BoerumHillScott
Hopefully things will run a bit faster now.

I also verified that daily backups are in place, and are automatically copied to a different server.

A couple of requests...
May 12, 2015 9:09 AM - rf
Hi Scott,

I know that you've been super-busy but I wonder if, when you have the time and energy, you would consider one or more of these requests:
1. An "ignore" button. I don't want to see the What's posts anymore. Seriously.
2. Removal of an author to delete responses to his/her post when s/he deletes his/her own post. The responses will stand for themselves.

Respectfully submitted.

Privacy Between Site Users
April 26, 2015 6:33 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Welcome to Life In Brooklyn! Let’s dispense with the pleasantries and get down to what you came here to read: Our Policy on Posting and Discussing Private Information:

First and foremost, you must understand that LIB is a PUBLIC SITE!!!

LIB encourages all participants to engage in conversations/debates/etc. respectfully and as fully as they wish. However, to cover our asses and to make sure you know what you are getting into here, please read the following in full.

Participants can visit the site and interact without revealing any information about themselves. If one does choose to reveal any level of personal information on our site for the purposes of correspondence, then you should know that said information is no longer private, as it exists on the never-ending interwebs! You are free to delete a comment/photo/etc. you posted in the past, but the site’s admins and editors will not take the countless hours required to do this for you. Site admins and editors will however remove violating comments/photos/etc. going forward at the aggrieved poster’s request. The repercussions of said violations will be the sole determination of the site’s Super Admin.

All participants are asked to be respectful of private information they may hold regarding other participants. Specifically, participants are asked not to divulge any personal information, whether damaging or otherwise, about other participants on the site. Failure to do so may expose you to legal action by the aggrieved poster. In no event shall LifeInBkln or its ownership, its employees or agents, or anyone who has been involved with the creation, production or delivery of these pages be held liable for any direct, incidental or consequential damages from the use of this site.

If you are comfortable with some posters and are willing to have certain aspects of your life freely discussed, carry on. We just ask that everyone use common sense and a modicum of kindness. Thank you.

Major screw up
April 19, 2015 9:45 AM - BoerumHillScott
Yesterday, the site went down due to a hardware failure at our hosting provider.
During the day they said they were restoring it, and it would come back.
This morning when I asked for a status update, they said the server was lost, and no data could be recovered.
I was making backups of the site, but was storing them on the same server, so they were all lost as well.
In the past, I also copied backups to a different server, but due to procrastination I never set up that process for the new site.
Right now, the site is running on the same server that I run various personal and other web sites on.
It should be fine here, but I will start looking into other options for hosting. My strong preference is to have the site on a virtual private server by itself in order to segregate lifeinbklyn from the other sites I run, as well as to let the two servers back each other up.
I am sorry for the inconvenience and the loss of data.

About LifeinBklyn
March 15, 2015 8:48 PM - system
LifeinBklyn.com is intended to be a site where all aspects of living in Brooklyn can be explored.

This site is community run, and we want as many people to participate as possible.

This site is entirely supported by donations.

Site Privacy Policy

Current Site Finances

Site overview - groups, posts, comments

Site overview - Access levels and rights

Site Privacy Policy
February 27, 2015 10:52 AM - BoerumHillScott
This site does not share personal information with third parties nor do we store any information about your visit to this site other than to analyze and optimize your content and reading experience through the use of cookies, server logs, and Google Analytics.

You can turn off the use of cookies at any time by changing your specific browser settings; however this may impact your ability to log in and post/edit content.

IP address are logged and stored, but can only be seen by the site owner(s).

Email addresses are only used for account management, including password resets, and can only be seen by the site owner(s) and site administrators. Your Email address may be used in the future for notifications and mass mailings regarding site information, but will never be shared with 3rd parties or used for commercial purposes.

Public information that is made available on the site includes your user name, date you joined the site, profile information, group/posts/comments, and images uploaded.

By posting content, you grant LifeinBklyn.com the right to display it on this or successor sites. Content can generally be edited or deleted by the creator or site/group editors, owners, moderators, and administrators. In general, edited content will be notated with the time and user name of last edit. There are a number of cases where a post/comment can no longer be edited/deleted, including the post being locked, a user leaving or being banned from the group, or a user leaving or being blocked from the site.

Posted content may be stored in the database, on disk, or in backup formats after editing/deletion, and can be restored at the discretion of the site owner(s). In general, this will only be done when entire threads get wiped, either intentionally or though some system problem, to correct other technical problems, or under extreme circumstances to investigate threatening/illegal/dangerous statements. Only the site owners(s) and in some cases the content creator can view or restore deleted/edited content.

This site was primary created with custom written code, and also includes 3rd party and open source code. The site runs primarily on open source platforms and is hosted on shared services. There is no guarantee that the custom code, 3rd party code, open source code, platforms, or services are free from unintentional or malicious defects that could reduce or eliminate the effectiveness of this policy. Any violations of this policy will be disclosed when detected, and defects will be corrected as soon as feasibly possible.

We are not responsible for republished content from this website on this or other websites without our permission.

This privacy policy is subject to change without notice and was last updated on February 27, 2015. If you have any questions feel free to contact me directly at boerumhillscott (at) gmail.com.

Site overview - Access levels and rights
February 27, 2015 9:36 AM - BoerumHillScott
There are several levels of access that a user can have on the site:

Not Logged in:
- See posts i public groups
- See comments and images in public groups (except limited pubic groups)
- See list of Private groups with open membership, but cannot see content

User: Everything above, plus:
- Create comments on posts in public groups, including uploading images, and edit those comments. (with exceptions, see below).
- Join private groups with open membership.
- Create new private groups
- Be invited to private groups with closed membership.
- See count of New Post in public groups and joined private groups.
- Create new posts in joined private groups.

Private groups only: Group Moderator Everything from User, plus:
- Edit and delete posts and comments in the group.
- Ban members from group (except group moderators and owner).
- Invite members to groups with closed membership.

Private groups only: Group Owner Everything from Group Moderator, plus:
- Edit name and description for the group.
- Lock posts and make "sticky" for the group.
- Add and remove Group Moderator status from group members
- Assign new owner to group.

Public groups only: Site Author Everything from User, plus:
- Create new posts in public groups

Note: the access levels below are not turned on by default, but must be switched on in order to be used

Public groups only: Site Editor (RowerChick) Everything from Site Author, plus:
- Edit and delete posts and comments in public groups:

Site Administrator (Partridge, Pepper, Snappy) Everything above, plus:
- Lock posts and make "sticky" in public groups.
- Create new public groups.
- Edit name and description for public groups.
- Ban users from public groups.
- Approve new user requests.
- Block and delete users from site.
- Change site configuration settings.
- See user logs, except for IP address.
- Assign and remove Site Editors and Site Authors.

Note: Admins run with Author privileges by default, and must turn on the higher privilege level

Site Owner (BoerumHillScott) Everything above, plus:
- Change fundamental behavior of site.
- Assign and remove Site Administrators.
- See IP address in logs.
- See raw files, logs, and database records.
- Undelete/un-edit items

Note: Site Owner runs with Author privileges by default, and must turn on the higher privilege level

Note on ability to edit own content:

In general, the user who creates a post/comment can edit it, but there are a number of cases where a post/comment can no longer be edited, including the post being locked, leaving or being banned from the group, or leaving or being blocked from the site.

Site overview - groups, posts, comments
February 27, 2015 8:26 AM - BoerumHillScott
The three levels of content on the site are groups, posts, and comments, replacing the previous mix of articles (with comments), forum topics, forum posts (with comments), and pages.

A group is primary a container for posts.

There are two types of groups: public, which can be seen by everyone, and private groups, which can only be seen by members.

Public groups are farther divided into two types: ones people who are not logged in can see all content, and limited public groups where people who are not logged in can only see posts, and nto comments or images.

Private groups are farther divided into two types: ones where anyone logged in user can join, and ones where only invited users can join.

Inside groups, posts can be created. For public groups, only users with "Author" level of access can create post. Inside private groups, any member can create a post.

If a post has not had any comments made to it yet, it can be deleted by the creator, users with "Editor" access in public groups, and by group owners and moderators in private groups. Once a comment has been made to a post, it can only be deleted by an administrator.

A post supports a wide range of HTML formatting, and can have multiple images.

Site administrators or owners of private groups can "lock" a post, preventing additional comments or edits.

Comments can be made to any post that is not locked.

A post supports a wide range of HTML formatting, and can have multiple images.

Thursday OT
June 28, 2012 5:51 AM - ilovestoops
FFOTD (Farm fact of the day): longhorn bulls produce smaller calves - easier on the cows and more calves survive.

Additional Site Adminstrator
June 19, 2012 7:33 PM - BoerumHillScott
Snappy has been added as a site administrator, and given the title of "Most high destroyer of spam."

Current site administrators are :

Recommendations for Mechanical Watch Repairs?
September 20, 2011 5:08 PM - Bob Marvin
I'm re-posting this here, at Arcady's request:

Not house related, but I'm hoping that some people I who like old houses also (like me) like old wrist watches. I have a late '40s Swiss chronograph that needs repairs. The last place I used for this watch was the Clock Repair People on 7th Avenue in PS, now long gone, Any recomendations, preferably, but not necessarily, in Brooklyn. The watch is fairly good quality but not a high end brand. Nevertheless, I realize that chronograph repairs can be costly.

Additional domain name - lifeinbklyn.com
September 2, 2011 8:26 AM - BoerumHillScott
Yesterday evening, I registered lifeinbklyn.com and pointed it here.
I did this both to help people with spelling/memory problems, as well as to keep someone else in the future from registering a name so similar to hours.

In the first few days of the site, it was mentioned that it would be a more logical name of our site, since bklyn is a more common abbreviation than bkln. There is no technical reason why would could not promote that as the primary name. It is not a question that I have any strong feelings on.

The only downside from switching names is that people who are logged in under one URL would have to re-log in if they enter the other.