2013/09/22 - The winds of Change
This is the Black Pages, your Freak to Freak Directory... or at least, it was from 1999 through 2011. It was a good, solid 12 year run, but alas, all good things must come to an end.
... and yet, as the vampire doth arise from its grave, thus the Black Pages may too be reborn.
So, here's the deal - I'm looking to find a way to bring back some of the utility and relevance of the Black Pages of old... maybe bring back the phonebook and event announcements and well, who knows?
One of the big factors for me taking the site down was the sheer volume of spam and malware and hack attempts. Our little community at its peak probably had 600 people participating (the full extended circle of friends of friends that was the Black Pages), yet when I finally killed off the server, it had some 11,500 members signed up... so essentially 11,000 of them were robots/scripts trying to get in to push spam or hack the site or just steal information.
It got to the point where I had to turn off the ability to request a membership as I could not keep up with the fake account requests.
Ok, I'm rambling. I haven't yet decided what to do - using any pre-made software is likely to get me right back where I don't want to be - stuck with a bajillion bogus users. So, I'm going to leave it a bit static at the moment and work toward bringing features online that would be useful to our users.
You can help by letting me (Tananda Densmore) know what you would like to see here - using that aforementioned ubiquitous social web site.
2013/09/22 - Friends in Need
Tasha and Kureel
Our good friends Tasha and Kureel (Kris Snopek and Kevin O'Brien) have recently experienced a terrible loss - their Beyone, NJ home caught fire and they lost all of their pets and Kevin received 2nd degree burns over 10% of his body.
Kris's sisters have created a relief fund Facebook Group. Donations may also be made directly via PayPal. To date (September 22), the fund has received over $1600.00 in donations.
News story on NJ.com
Our long time friend Shaka has been going through a great deal of difficulty due to medical complications from diabetes. He's buried in a mountain of medical bills and due to his injuries is struggling to work to pay them.
"it is not easy to ask for help. You always put yourself out on a limb and fell like a target; But I have reach a real low point in this life. On 09/30/2012 i was rush to hospital for a foot infection I am a diabetic and not in the best of shape. The trip resulted in surgery on my foot that laid me up without work since.The company that I work for Sodexo covered me for medical for three monhts then give me a bill for the insurance for about two thousand dollars and the cancelling of the policy. I have been living with friends and all my savings are gone. My doctors want and needs to get paid for all the services that the insurance does not cover any longer and I still need to see them twice a month, my prescriptions for insulin has run out and I can`t cover these anymore and I fallen between the cracks with Social Services most people do, my family tries to help but things are tough all over. So I tried another site like this before and it work out well for friends so as a last shoot I will try again to see if the people out there are as great as they were."
There is a gofundme.com donation page set up if you are able to help.