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    posted a message on Official Chat Thread XXXVI: Harbingers of the Apocalypse Edition


    Me trying to escape the inevitability of time as it surrounds and consumes me despite my threats to ban time from the forum.


    ...as long as people follow the rules we'll be lenient, if you'd like to chat and reminisce and give the community a nice send out you're more than welcome to. This is the end of an era for everybody here, some of us have spent our entire adult lives here. As long as everybody is kind spirited, feel free to chat away for old times sake -- just remember, your posts will last forever, make them count! I'll send a prize to the person who makes the last post ever. Also we'll likely have some sort of event in the coming weeks to celebrate the forum and everybody's memories here :)


    Despite the, uh ...interesting... times we have had here in off-topic, it has been a good time and I appreciate every person who contributed to the forum over the years, even if I'd like to forget the PPNS saga.

    Posted in: General Off Topic
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    posted a message on Fandom buys Curse Media - What does it mean for the MC forum?


    That's a good question, thank you for raising your concerns. Although we share a name and origin, CurseForge is now a part of Twitch and no part of CurseForge remains under Curse Media. Due to the way that CurseForge was tied in to Curse Voice (which has since become the Twitch App) that meant that CurseForge was an integral part of the Twitch business and so it has remained with Twitch, it is not part of Curse Media. Fandom have acquired Curse Media only, which is made up of community websites (like MCF, mmo-champion, mtgsalvation.com, futhead.com), D&DBeyond, Gamepedia and our advertising representation business.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.

    Posted in: Forum Discussion & Info
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    posted a message on Regarding disappearing threads, posts and users

    During December we announced that Fandom (previously known as Wikia) had entered into an agreement to acquire Curse Media from Twitch, Curse Media is the company which owns the Minecraft Forum and various other video game websites, such as Gamepedia (home of the Minecraft Wiki). That deal closed this week and Curse Media is now owned and operated by Fandom.


    Due to recent changes in European law -- specifically, the introduction of the GDPR -- a company must obtain opt-in consent from users located within the European Economic Area to transfer ownership of their data during acquisitions. Each user that we identified as being covered under this law was given multiple opportunities to consent to the transfer of their data, through emails and an on-forum pop-up (which displayed every 5 minutes until consent was obtained).


    Last week, prior to the close of the deal, we closed our consent opt-in service and began removing all content from the Minecraft Forum that we did not have consent to transfer to Fandom ownership. This process involved the removal of around 1 million users and 10 million posts. As a consequence of this removal of data there are a large number of posts and threads that are no longer available on the Minecraft Forum. We appreciate that this is very disruptive but it was necessary to meet our legal obligations under the GDPR.


    At this time we are unable to offer the ability to restore deleted posts however we are investigating the viability of implementing such a system. Please reclaim your account (instructions below) and fill out this form to express your interest in the ability to restore your posts. Submissions to this form will help is gauge interest and will be used to determine which posts we recover if we do implement a system for recovery. Please note that we cannot guarantee recovery, we are only investigating the viability at this time and further announcements will be made if a system is implemented.


    FAQ


    1. My account was deleted and I would like to continue using the forum


    You are welcome to continue to use the Minecraft Forum if your account has been deleted, you can either create a new account or reclaim your previous account. Reclaiming you previous account is easy, first log in to the Minecraft Forum and then go to My Account and enter your nickname in the form at the bottom of the page. After you have reclaimed your account you will be able to continue to use the forum however your posts will not be restored. Please note that by reclaiming your account you are providing consent for your data to be transferred.


    2. I am trying to visit a thread that has been deleted ("HTTP Code: 404 Status Text: error", or "Not found")


    Unfortunately many of the most popular threads on the forum were created by users within the EEA who did not consent to the transfer of their data. Their threads have been deleted and unless we obtain their consent (through the reclamation of their account) we will not be able to restore their thread.


    3. My account was deleted but I do not remember being asked for my consent


    Each user identified as being within the EEA would have received 4 emails to the email address their account is registered under, additionally a pop-up was displayed on every Minecraft Forum page every 5 minutes. Due to the use of AdBlock and NoScript by some users the consent pop-up may have been blocked.


    4. I would like my posts restored


    At this time we will not restore posts and threads, however we are investigating a way forward. Please fill out this form to express your interest and we will keep you updated on the next steps.


    If you have a question that is not covered here please respond to this thread, or if you would like to speak directly to our support team please submit a ticket. Please do not privately contact Minecraft Forum staff members to ask for your posts to be recovered.

    Posted in: Forum Discussion & Info
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    posted a message on What is up with all the "User1234567" names?

    Update on January 18th: my comments in this thread are out of date, please refer to the following announcement for up to date information: https://www.minecraftforum.net/forums/forums/forum-discussion-info/2944101-regarding-disappearing-threads-posts-and-users


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    Due to the ownership transfer of Curse Media (our parent organisation) -- Curse Media has been sold by Twitch to Fandom -- we need consent from every user in the EEA (European Economic Area) to transfer their data from Twitch to Fandom, this is to ensure that we comply with European law (GDPR).


    The users you are seeing with "user-[number]" names are members who are within the EEA but did not consent to the transfer and therefore their accounts have been deleted. The process is ongoing and will continue through the weekend, so during this time you may see some content display and then disappear. Once complete, every user who did not consent will be deleted along with their content.


    For any user who has had their account deleted and would like individual questions answered please submit a ticket, I cannot provide user-specific support via the forum. A ticket can be submitted by following the instructions here: https://www.minecraftforum.net/meta/support.


    If anybody has any questions about the transfer of ownership, the relevant law or the consequences of this for the forum, please let me know here. I will provide as much information as possible.

    Posted in: Forum Discussion & Info
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    posted a message on Regarding disappearing threads, posts and users
    Quote from Robijnvogel»




    For clarity: the situation is that posts have been soft deleted and while there is no technical reason we cannot restore posts, it is effectively impossible for us to restore them because we do not have any tools available, and doing it post by post by hand would take hundreds of moderator hours, potentially thousands depending on the reclamation rate. I am not willing to commit the forum staff to that, I think it would be deeply unfair to expect volunteers to perform that task.


    The intention is for an automated process to be built and launched -- that's what the form is for expressing an interest in -- but I cannot guarantee that will happen due to the resources required. Realistically, if that process is launched then we expect to see full recovery of all posts belonging to reclaimed users, if that process isn't launched then I do not expect to see the majority of posts restored.


    I have let moderators make a decision on an individual basis if they wish to restore posts of reclaimed users, however I haven't publicised this in the announcement because I don't wish moderators to be inundated with requests.

    Posted in: Forum Discussion & Info
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    posted a message on What is up with all the "User1234567" names?

    I have posted an announcement clarifying the situation and steps forward: https://www.minecraftforum.net/forums/forums/forum-discussion-info/2944101-regarding-disappearing-threads-posts-and-users

    Quote from rabidgoodra27»

    Does this only apply to European users?


    Any user within the European Economic Area, yes. If you weren't prompted for consent and your account was not removed then you were not identified as being within the EEA.
    Quote from Videogamer555»

    @criticsquid Why not keep the threads and posts up, under an anonymized name like "User90283479327"? Then if that user reclaims their account, you can reactivate their real username. Some old threads posted by inactive users contain links to downloads like mods that may otherwise be lost forever, due to these threads being posted by old users who won't ever visit the forum again. Content produced should NEVER be deleted, because of its usefulness to others.


    As I understand it we cannot do that, it would not comply with our legal obligations. I agree that content should not be deleted and that it is very unfortunate content has been deleted but we were obligated to do so to comply with our legal obligations, if we could have avoided this we absolutely would have, it's as painful for us as it is for everybody else.

    Posted in: Forum Discussion & Info
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    posted a message on What is up with all the "User1234567" names?

    An update:


    At this time we are looking into the viability of implementing a process for restoring posts from users who have consented by continuing to access their account after the acquisition. Due to the resources required and the current focus of the company on working through the Fandom acquisition it may take a couple of weeks to get a final answer on whether or not it is possible.


    I have created a form for all members who are interested in restoring their content to express their interest, each member (once they have reclaimed their nickname) should submit a link to their profile through the form which can be found here.


    I will contact each member via Private Message once we have confirmation as to whether or not we can go ahead with recovery.


    Please let me know if there are any questions.

    Posted in: Forum Discussion & Info
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    posted a message on What is up with all the "User1234567" names?
    Quote from user-11210683»


    All I want to know now is, where can I accept this stupid EULA thing and when will MY posts, messages and other content be restored?


    I am sorry for the inconvenience but this was necessary to comply with European law, we did not have a choice about this. Every effort was made to ensure we obtained consent from as many members as possible. We are working to determine whether or not we will be able to restore public content, I will keep this thread updated with any further updates.

    Posted in: Forum Discussion & Info
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    posted a message on What is up with all the "User1234567" names?

    Just a quick update: we are working to determine our next steps forward, it's looking like we may be able to restore the posts and threads of users who have now consented to have their data transferred by logging in to the forum. Please be patient as we work through this, we will do everything we can to ensure there is the best outcome for everybody. I will keep this thread updated with any further news.

    Posted in: Forum Discussion & Info
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    posted a message on Links from other sites to here "forbidden"

    Unfortunately a large amount of content was removed from the forum over the weekend, including the thread you've provided a link to. You can read more about why in this thread: https://www.minecraftforum.net/forums/forums/forum-discussion-info/2943486-what-is-up-with-all-the-user1234567-name

    Posted in: Forum Discussion & Info
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