I don't understand some people on the internet

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  1. PTravel
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    My writing partner and I are writing a musical and we're setting up a small, on-line workshop of invited participants (we're calling it the "vOrkshop" for "Virtual Workshop"). I created a website that has a forum where members will be able to post their comments on the show, which we're distributing on CD and paper script via snail mail.

    The original website had the show's title and a button that said, "Enter the vOrkshop." The button links to the forum which can be entered with a name and password -- guests are not allowed. Because I'm using off-the-shelf forum software, it also offers the option to register.

    We had been getting a couple of people a day who were not invitees who would try to register. Of course, I simply ignored them, but my writing partner thought it was "creepy" (her word) that strangers would try to do this. To allay her concerns, I added the following language underneath the "Enter the vOrkshop" button:



    Since adding this language, the number of uninvited people filling out the registration has increased by an order of magnitude.

    Why do people do this? I just don't get it.
     
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  2. work2fly
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    Maybe they think it's a secret website for travel deals!
     
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    Mostly likely more a case of something they're being denied they want more.

    Ignore it or figure out how to remove register.
     
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    Edit that statement, and write:

    And you'll see the number of people trying to get in quadruple. :D
     
  5. Gargoyle
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    Actually, the spammers, hackers and cops all probably think you have something shady going on, and so they all want in.
     
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    Probably closest to the truth. Lots of spam bots out there trying to register on any forum they can find, so that they can post Viagra and Asian Brides ads in the hopes that 0.0000001% of them get a hit.

    The interweb is all a numbers game these days. If your odds are one in a million, but you can automate the process so you can produce a trillion...
     
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    can you put noindex/nofollow tags in there, or do other things so that google et. al. won't index your site? make it harder for the rif-raf to find you...
     
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    Why can't we register? We give likes, and most rifraff do not.
     
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  9. PTravel
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    Good idea. The forum is closed to the bots, but I didn't put anything on the site's index page.
     
  10. PTravel
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    You can register if you have interest and specific experience in musical theater. :)
     
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    I would chalk it up to pure curiosity, but they are probably more than curious as to what's behind the virtual door. The more exclusive, the more people want to break in.

    I like Musical theater and can even sing, but I am sure that does not enough to break in!

    Don't forget to host a Theater Do once you are in production! [​IMG]
     
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    I've spent time on OMNI. Does that qualify as musical theater?
     
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    [just kidding]
    I've seen every Sondheim show since "Company" - does that qualify? :D
    [/kidding]

    More seriously, do let us civilians know if the workshopping results in a production of the finished product!
     
  14. PTravel
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    Ah, you have excellent taste. I'm a HUGE Sondheim fan. I think West Side Story (for which he did the lyrics and somewhat more of the music than most people realize) and Sweeney Todd are the two greatest musicals ever written and produced for the American musical stage.

    More seriously, do let us civilians know if the workshopping results in a production of the finished product![/quote]
    I don't know if the show will ever see production as its a rather large production and, given the imminent failure of Spiderman -- Turn on the Dark, I suspect there will be few producers interested in a sci-fi musical on a fairly large scale from two complete unknowns. We also have at least another year or two of writing ahead of us.

    If someone REALLY, REALLY, REALLY wants to do this, let me know by PM.

    Yes, but I've never heard you SING. ;)
     
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    Count yourself lucky.
     
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    Add registration fee $100 [​IMG] and the traffic should drop off noticeably.
     
  17. PTravel
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    Oooo, I like the way you think! :)
     
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    matter of fact, set up a fake piracy site with no content and no capability of adding content, charge $100, between the script kiddies and the local yokel cops looking for a big bust, you'll make lots of money.
     
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    Are you also giving away ipads?
     
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    I just about choked on my sandwich. Thanks a lot Gargoyle. [​IMG]
     
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    Congrats on putting in the work to write a musical. Long, tough road - I've supported friends through it with some incredible results at the end.

    Not sure why all those nonces are trying to join. Could you possibly add a nominal fee (? $2) that you could refund to your friends but will
    a) give us more data on what makes crazy internet people work
    b) possibly earn you a little on the side if they keep coming?

    You could restrict their access to one forum only that has no content.
     
  22. PTravel
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    This one is, I think, the 7th or 8th show I've started. I finished one in grad school (really an adaptation, no original music) and was 2 songs away from finishing another. This one, though, I'm bound and determined to finish, even to the point of investing fairly heavily in recording equipment, synthesizers and the like. We're 30 minutes into the first act -- so far, so good, I think.

    I don't want to let anyone who doesn't belong into the site -- even if they pay $2 and it's an empty forum.

    Interesting idea for a scam, though:

    www.makemoneyonline.com

    It's forum that charges $20 for access. Once inside, there's a single post that says:

    "Create a forum that charges $20 for access."
     
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    Anyone else looked at the title of this thread in the front page and though "Seriously?"? :)
     
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    Try this:

    This is an open forum to give way free money from dormant Nigerian bank accounts. Please register by giving us your name, address, social insurance number, credit card & bank accounts. Then send us a cheque $1000 and we will send you a cheque for $8.3 million (US). Thank you.​

    Cheers,
     
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    Only if you consider all blowhards to be woodwind or brass experts.
     

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