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1  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Azarashvili on: August 15, 2018, 09:40:19 pm
After consultation with co-moderator Dundonnell, the original links posted in this thread have been removed. With apologies to rkhenderson, the original poster, who I am certain had no idea these links would cause subsequent problems.

For the record, I examined the URLs for the links and they appeared to be perfectly normal YT links with no additional redirects or other other links embedded. I also tested them with no adverse effects.

The only guess I can hazard to explain the problems some encountered would be that those individuals unknowingly had some sort of malware or other Trojan on their computers which was activated by these links, or some part of them. Again, just a guess, based on sad personal experience in the past, and please be clear I am making no accusations. If anyone has a better explanation, please let me know privately.

Suspicious links quoted in subsequent posts in this thread have also been deleted, to avoid the possibility of anyone accidentally clicking on them, resulting in further harm.

Thanks to all for their patience and understanding, and let me again recommend in the strongest possible terms, if you see a link that seems suspicious in any way, DO NOT click on it. Instead, please inform the Administration and we will investigate.

2  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Azarashvili on: August 13, 2018, 01:53:51 am
Fellow members,

I have now consulted a friend of mine (not a member of this forum) and asked him for an opinion. He has had a look at the site and has clicked on the various links mentioned in the posts above.

For what it is worth:

He points out that the forum is hosted by a free site provider. We do not pay any rental fee to the host (I pay an annual rental fee to the company which hosts my own personal website).

There is therefore the distinct possibility, indeed probability, that our host provider will allow Ads to appear on our site. This will be how the host makes some income, since it is not from us!

This is not something we can simply wish away in the sense that the Administrators can "remove" these Ads. What members can do is to installl Ad-Blockers on their own devices. These MIGHT work but there is no guarantee of this. Members can be advised NOT to click on ANY link when there is the slightest doubt in their minds about these links.
You Tube links SHOULD be ok and those who have clicked on the link which started the present concerns have reported no "ill effects". Members are also-of course-advised to have anti-virus and anti-malware software installed on their devices.

I appreciate that the large "Banner Ad" at the top of each page with "Download" and "Play Now" is annoying in the extreme. I certainly cannot remove it.

As I said in my previous post I am open to any and all advice, guidance, suggestions that other members may have.
3  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Azarashvili on: August 11, 2018, 10:09:16 pm
(From Dundonnell):

I am extremely sorry for my belated intervention in this thread. I was away from home on both Thursday and Friday evenings attending concerts at the Edinburgh Festival and only had a look at this particular thread when I noticed the number of posts it had attracted.

I wish I could express anything other than total helplessness.

When I accepted a role as an administrator I did try to explain that I had received absolutely no guidance or advice on "how the site worked". It was therefore inevitable that if anything "went wrong" (in the technical sense) I would prove completely and utterly useless to members. I have absolutely no technical knowledge, let alone expertise. I have to admit that honestly and candidly.

Latvian-one of my fellow administrators- MAY be able to help. I have messaged him as a matter of urgency. His knowledge and experience can only, however slightly, be greater than mine!!

I feel acutely embarrassed to be in this position but I honestly have no idea what I can do to help resolve the situation (apart from a somewhat pathetic appeal to members to try to keep calm and continue to treat each other with respect- in normal circumstances I would of course have deleted the extremely angry second post in this thread but these are not normal circumstances, I understand the reasons for the anger and I will let it stand).

If any member feels that he (or she?) has any possible technical solutions or strategies for tackling the problems described in the posts above then I am more than ready to offer whatever is required (eg administrator rights) if that would help.

I wish that I were able to point to a way forward but I am afraid that I cannot. Maybe Latvian (Maris) can?

My (ashamed) apologies!
4  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ruth Gipps symphonies on: August 05, 2018, 03:22:58 pm
just hearing the new chandos disk with the Gipps symphonies. as expected very disappointing. dull music which sounds like i heard a hundred times ago, simply redundant. sorry, but this isn't really relevant music.

Ok. This is a final warning! You post sporadically but almost always to decry the music of a particular composer. Repeatedly you use words like "redundant" or "relevant".
This has annoyed other members who have asked you to explain what you mean by "relevant". You have never done so. In fact the concept of relevance to music written in 1945 (the Ruth Gipps Symphony No.2) is meaningless. The suspicion must be that you continue to use this "means of attack" because you know how annoying it is to others.

You are fully entitled to expressing a musical opinion but when it is couched in the same terms over and over again that expression becomes both tedious to read and of zero value.

If you continue with your approach I shall simply delete the offending posts.
5  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: New Braunfels cd from CPO on: June 30, 2018, 12:18:06 pm
The last post from member Expi was removed.

This was not, primarily, because he informed us that he would not be buying this new cd: although that in itself can be of little interest to others, and certainly not because he considers Braunfels "over-rated": which is a legitimate view to hold.

The post was deleted because of the use of foul language which will NEVER be tolerated on this website. It was not acceptable under the previous administration. It is not under the new administration.
6  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Harlap Clarinet Concerto on: June 22, 2018, 08:04:20 am
This is a rather disappointingly speedy example of the sort of post to which members were taking exception yesterday and which I advised against.

The piece of music in question may be on You Tube-which is a "reputable" source but there is no indication of who Aharon Harlap is, his country of originin, his date of birth/death(I have certainly never heard of him) or why his Clarinet Concerto may be of interest to other members.

Members are simply being invited to click on the link to find out for themselves. Some members might find that an intriguing prospect, others will find the work of no interest and will feel their time wasted.

To reduce the possibility of the latter it would be much more helpful to post a simple, short sentence giving some explanation of why the link is being posted. Please try to provide some such explanation in future. It does NOT require to be a lengthy essay but some guidance would be appreciated by those who raised this issue yesterday.

Thank you for your future co-operation Smiley
7  Preliminaries / Greetings / Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ? on: June 07, 2018, 11:11:14 pm
One thing I like about this forum is that it is totally driven by the contributors.. we don't have a moderator posting topics and then arguing with the members about what is or what should be..  it is somewhat like sending a message out into outer space and getting a response months or weeks later... but that is the beauty of the forum....  enjoy !!

Funnily enough I was just about to post on a new topic when I read your comments Smiley  Never mind, I can so I shall............ Grin
8  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Unknown Martinu on: January 14, 2018, 08:36:01 am

Please remember our second rule and stick to Martinů, about whose music it is assuredly possible to say a great deal more. Thank you members.
9  Preliminaries / Greetings / Re: I'm back! on: September 13, 2017, 07:46:42 am
I didn't see anything about that posts about Shostakovich were not allowed??!?

They are allowed, but in moderation, because he is certainly not "unsung" is he. What are not allowed are copyright recordings of performances of his works. Personally I cannot abide any of his wearisome stuff, but that is beside the point.

10  Preliminaries / Greetings / Re: I'm back! on: September 13, 2017, 01:28:43 am
Just a reminder to members: please don't forget our rule 2:

"No discussion of the personal characteristics or motives of fellow members - courtesy must come first."

11  Various / Miscellany / Re: Onno van Rijen's Shostakovich & Other Soviet Composers Page on: July 05, 2017, 02:42:47 am
As is stated on our home page, this forum is devoted to little-known composers, long-forgotten compositions, rare non-copyright recordings, and discussions of the arts.

The man Shostocovitch does not really qualify.

12  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Links to videos of compositions by little-known composers on: July 25, 2016, 01:53:59 am
Personally I would have no objection. All forms of commercialism - buying and selling - seem wrong to me; not activities to be supported. So please feel free to do whatever you yourself feel right. The more (high quality) links you post the merrier! And there are many alternatives to Mediafire; is just one example.

(Sorry for very very late response.)
13  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: David, Johann Nepomuk and great new site for composer info on: May 09, 2014, 01:58:23 am
Adding to David's dilemma, I see he has music posted under Germany and Austria here at A&M.

Thanks for pointing that out JR. I have inserted a note to that effect in the Austrian music department.
14  Various / Miscellany / Re: Composers and "Morality" on: March 15, 2014, 02:41:17 pm
"The Bin" is advertised as the correct repository for threads which do not fit neatly into any of the other categories listed. I do not take it to imply by its rather awkward title that such threads are "unworthy" in any sense . . .

Precisely . . . so I've changed the name to "miscellany."

15  Various / Miscellany / Re: Composers and "Morality" on: March 14, 2014, 07:49:27 pm
I think this should have been in the Bin 

True. And now it is!
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