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#3404335 I'm in a commercial

Posted by rbalch on 12 December 2011 - 08:15 PM

Dear Off Topic Loiterers,

All is well with me but I've been busy with some non-GZU stuff. Included in that was a favor to a friend: I was in the attached commercial. Its success begets my success so in a way it pays the bill for this server.

So do what you can to make it viral! :explode:

Cheers, :guitar:

#3351279 AmaroramA

Posted by rbalch on 24 March 2011 - 07:29 PM

If I worked from home, I would never get any work done at all.

Hey Em, my mum really likes your paintings. She was asking about prices.

Em's paintings are cool.

hey man, theyre copywritten, ill sue you

I think I saved that shadowy woman one.


You actually are so stupid that you would publicly say "I think I saved that shadowy woman one". That sure makes for an easy legal case.

You have one day to remove that shadowy woman one from your computer or face legal consequences.


#3268852 A Warm Welcome

Posted by rbalch on 08 April 2010 - 12:54 PM

Use this forum to share lessons for guitar, bass, stringed instruments, arrangements from piano, etc. All lessons must be of acceptable quality or they will removed. Also, as long as the lesson is your own work or you have permission from the author to share it, it will be accepted. Please message me if you believe your work has been reproduced here without your permission and you wish to have it removed.

You may embed YouTube videos into posts here. Click the far right icon on the second menu line of the edit window. It looks like three photos in a stack (blue, purple, and green). Then copy and paste the entire address from YouTube and click "Insert Media". The shorthand is to type "[ media ] http://www.youtube.com/watch... [ /media ]" without the spaces inside the brackets.

Don't forget to click the "other styles" menu (at the top left) and then "tab" (at the bottom of the list) to ensure that the proper spacing of your tab will be preserved in the post. The shorthand is to type "[ tab ]------0-----2-----3[ /tab ]" without the spaces in the brackets.

Cheers, :guitar:

#3268542 Idea to halt spam

Posted by rbalch on 07 April 2010 - 11:33 AM

I think the spam situation is not so bad since the new software was installed, and new rules came into effect.
If there is a still a significant problem, I'll try to do more, but I worried about discouraging new members by having too many limits on new user activity.


#3260111 Member Groups and Permissions

Posted by rbalch on 18 February 2010 - 04:18 PM

Is it possible to stop people giving themselves a +1 reputation? That's a bit pointless.

I did stop it... an hour or so ago. It was strange that it defaulted to allow self-rating.

Don't mention it as an anti-spam measure though.

I don't want it to sound too arbitrary.

I just took all 3 "anti-spam measure" notes off. It was a bit redundant. Thanks for the idea.

#3259618 Member Groups and Permissions

Posted by rbalch on 17 February 2010 - 12:20 PM

Lock out the status update box to anyone who isn't a GZ Regular, that will solve things. And set limits on how many posts new registrants can make per hour, since it seems that most of the spam this site gets happens in the span of about 10 minutes where all forums get the same topic, so maybe limit it to 5 posts per 10 minutes for new members and make it easier on the mods. I have seen a number of forums that limit how much you post as a new member.

There needs to be a balance between anti-spam efforts and welcoming new users. New users should be able to use all the features, but rate limiting sounds fine. I have just added that new users will be able to make 20 posts per 24 hours for the first 2 days since sign up. How about that?

#3259355 New Bugs List

Posted by rbalch on 16 February 2010 - 02:40 PM

Please reply here with any bugs you find with the new software.
I have created a new topic for this since most of the bugs in http://www.guitarzon...howtopic=190809 have been fixed.
This will hopefully be less confusing. When a bug is confirmed I will add it to the list below. When it is fixed. I will cross it out

  • Links in posts do not open in a new window anymore FIXED: Now they open in new windows again
  • For some people the insert link/media/color buttons do not work well (with IE7, reported by woggie) Still investigating this...
  • The fast reply box loads slowly I think you just need a faster computer/connection/browser. Also you can just not use fast reply
  • There is no divider between pinned and regular topics Looking for a fix...
  • Should not be able to vote on own reputation FIXED: Self-rating is disabled
  • Clicking a forum from the drop down box at the bottom of the page should not require a click on "Go" Looking for a fix...
  • Can't quote people CHANGE IN STYLE: It works differently now. Just click "reply" below the post you want to quote.
  • Unable to post image in signature (reported by Claptonman) Still investigating this...

Thanks, :guitar:

#3259319 Downtime for upgrades

Posted by rbalch on 16 February 2010 - 01:57 PM

Check out http://www.guitarzon...howtopic=190814
It explains the permissions of different users

The reputations are enabled now. I will work on the colors. And yes, there is a mobile lo-fi version that automatically loads on phones/mobile devices.

#3259315 Member Groups and Permissions

Posted by rbalch on 16 February 2010 - 01:49 PM

Welcome to the GuitarZone.com Forums,

Here is the authoritative list of how permissions work for members of the GZ community:
(I will edit this post as changes are made)

If you are just visiting the website and have not logged in, you will treated as a "Guest"
  • You will be able to read topics and messages.
  • You will NOT be able to create topics or post messages.

When you first sign up, you will be asked to confirm your e-mail address by clicking a link sent to your e-mail address. Until you click that link, you have limited abilities on the forums. You will be treated as a "Validating Member"
  • You will be able to read topics and messages.
  • You will NOT be able to create topics or post messages.
  • You will NOT be able to edit your profile information.

After you confirm your e-mail address, you will be treated as a "Member"
  • You will be able to create topics and post messages BUT you will be limited to making 20 posts/day for your first 2 days
  • You will be able to edit your profile information BUT you will not be able to edit your signature until you have made 10 posts
  • You will be able to send private message BUT you will be limited to sending 1 PM/5 minutes and 10 PMs/day
  • You will be able to vote in polls and rate topics.
  • You will have 5 positive and 2 negative reputation points to give per day.

After you have made either 1000 posts on the forums or been personally approved for promotion (just ask me!), you will become a "GZ Regular"
  • You will have all of the abilities of a "Member" with some improvements.
  • You will not have limits on message posting.
  • You will not have limits on signature editing.
  • You will not have limits on PM use.
  • You will have 20 positive and 5 negative reputation points to give per day.
  • You will be able to bypass the censor filter (since you already do it anyways).
  • You will be able to open and close your OWN topics.

If you are picked to become a "Moderator", you will be given special responsibilities
  • You will have all of the abilities of a "GZ Regular" with some improvements.
  • You will be able to edit and delete any posts or topics within the scope of your moderation job.
  • You will have 100 positive and 100 negative reputation points to give per day.

Finally, several "Ombudsmen" exist that can act as a "Moderator" across all forums.

Thanks, :guitar:
Rob (the "Admin")

Please reply with any questions or suggestions...

#2510473 Statement Regarding Legality of Tabs

Posted by rbalch on 17 July 2006 - 11:40 AM

July 17, 2006

To all "Guitar Tab Universe" visitors:

The company which owns this website has been indirectly threatened (via our ISP) with legal action by the National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA) as well as the Music Publishers' Association (MPA) on the basis that sharing tablature constitutes copyright infringement. At what point does describing how one plays a song on guitar become an issue of copyright infringment? This website, among other things, helps users teach eachother how they play guitar parts for many different songs. This is the way music teachers have behaved since the first music was ever created. The difference here is that the information is shared by way of a new technology: the Internet.

When you are jamming with a friend and you show him/her the chords for a song you heard on the radio, is that copyright infringement? What about if you helped him/her remember the chord progression or riff by writing it down on, say, a napkin... infringement? If he/she calls you later that night on the phone or e-mails you and you respond via one of those methods, are you infringing? I don't know... but I would really like to know. If anyone has information on this, please email support@guitartabs.cc.

Apparently, the NMPA/MPA believes that the Internet may be on the foul side of the legality line they would like to draw here. For me, I see no difference. It's teachers educating students and covered as a 'fair use' of the tablature. The teachers here don't even get paid nor do the students have to pay this website to access the lessons.

An attack on this website is really an attack on every one of you who have told someone (in person, or via the written word, telephone, or e-mail) how you play a song on guitar. And who, especially among small websites, has the deep pockets to fight the NMPA/MPA? They use scare tactics while there is, in fact, no legal precedent on this matter (to the best of our knowledge). If you are interested in expressing your opinion to the NMPA/MPA, contact them via their respective websites. Please do not resort to vulgar language or insults.

Millions of people use the Internet to learn guitar, in one form or another. It appears the NMPA/MPA and their members do not want to support us and help us further our education. To you visitors from outside the USA or UK, can you find your favorite artists' "official sheet music" at your local music store? Even in the United States and United Kingdom, we often can not. The NMPA/MPA have a choice to make: either they support us as aspiring guitarists, or they choose to alienate their customer base. To date, not one sheet music publisher has contacted this website to either inquire as to our activities or to express interest in any type of dialogue or collaboration whatsoever. All we deserve is a cold, indirect, impersonal threat without any explanation? They should embrace new technologies or else become relics of the old economy.

Since I'm now 'worried' about working around tabs at all, I'm in a tough situation! Luckily, I'm fairly confident that if I alone listen to a song and then figure out how to play it by ear, I will then be able to enjoy using that knowledge to practice and improve my guitar playing skills. Is that what is necessary for everyone to do? Work these things out alone? What a sad situation. noani.gif

Rob Balch

Manager of "Guitar Tab Universe"

If you would like to help out and join the effort to fight for our freedom to tab and share, please check out MuSATO.

Please consider donating to GuitarZone.com.
With more and more people using ad blocking add-ons for browsers, ad revenue has plummeted.
If you can spare even US$5 it would mean a lot to help pay for GZ's monthly server bill.
Thank you to all. Cheers! --Rob

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