Important Information for AOL Users

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Important Information for AOL Users

Colfax30
Registered User
Joined: 29 Apr 2002, 05:57

10 Apr 2004, 22:39 #1

Since I'm a Moderator, I was surprised yesterday to discover that I'd been banned from posting on BFT. I wrote to Sheryl about this and learned that in the last few days many other posters who had never been banned were getting "You've been banned" messages when they tried to post. (This only happened to me when I tried to initiate a new thread. I could still reply to threads started by others.)

The common theme to these erroneous banning reports was that almost all of the posters were accessing BFT through AOL's browser. I'm on AOL too.

I'm not a technical person and I can't offer an explanation other than "It's one of those AOL things". If you're on AOL and find you've been banned when you have no reason to think that you have been, here's what I suggest:

1) Sign off and sign back on. Sometimes this is enough to solve the problem.

2) If you still can't post to BFT after signing back on, minimize your AOL window, open Internet Explorer (or whatever other browser you have), and post to BFT through Explorer. I was able to post this way.

If you've set your AOL Internet Preferences to refuse cookies that could be contributing to your banned status. Again, I can't give a technical explanation why that is. But one of our posters reports that when he edited his AOL Internet Preferences to allow cookies from ezboard.com he no longer was banned. You can do this edit, if you choose, by going to Keyword:Preferences, then choosing Internet Options, and clicking on the Privacy tab.

I think in most cases though you can solve the problem just by signing in again, or using an alternate browser.
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RovinMoses
Registered User
Joined: 27 Feb 2004, 12:29

29 May 2004, 16:20 #2

I got the banned message this morning, but I'm not on AOL. I just use Explorer, CableOne is my ISP. Was using my Favorite link. Opened another browser window and typed in biddingfortravel.com and here I am. Very strange.
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Colfax30
Registered User
Joined: 29 Apr 2002, 05:57

29 May 2004, 19:11 #3

Although I haven't heard of anyone other than AOL users getting "Banned" messages before, you're the second non-AOL user to report it today, RovinMoses.

p071.ezboard.com/fpriceli...1481.topic

In both cases the user was able to post by closing their browser window and starting over.
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careis
Registered User
Joined: 28 Aug 2001, 11:58

25 Jul 2004, 04:34 #4

I am an AOL user and have received the banned message. Although I was able to post here...?? I will try your suggestion about signing off. thanks
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Colfax30
Registered User
Joined: 29 Apr 2002, 05:57

25 Jul 2004, 06:25 #5

It's not necessary to sign off. You can minimize your AOL browser and open Internet Explorer, Netscape, or any other alternative browser that you have and access BiddingForTravel from there.

I still recieve these Banned messages from time to time and I find they usually don't go away any more just by signing off and on again. The Banned messages only appear in certain boards, usually a board where I've recently posted. I have to shut down the computer and reboot. That's too much work. So as soon as I get my first Banned message I switch to Explorer and continue my BFT session from there.
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tginnis
Registered User
Joined: 30 Dec 2002, 00:12

16 Aug 2004, 23:39 #6

I am not an AOL user and received this message last month in the Omni Hotel in San Diego. It happened again the next morning, and my laptop had been turned off in the interim.
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Sheryl
Registered User
Joined: 16 Jan 2000, 16:19

16 Aug 2004, 23:47 #7

tginnis, did you receive the banned message the entire time you were at the Omni or only part of the time?
Please place all of your Priceline bids through our Priceline link.
Please check rates at Hotwire and make your bookings through our Hotwire link.
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ppcox
Registered User
Joined: 03 May 2003, 05:10

21 Aug 2004, 22:07 #8

I have also recieved the banned message I have had no problems B4 the only change was I disabled cookies so pop ups were not allowed.I am going to change that back to see if thats the issue.I have only ever used this site responsibily I am feeling like a I have done something wrong.
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Colfax30
Registered User
Joined: 29 Apr 2002, 05:57

21 Aug 2004, 22:33 #9

Disabling cookies and disabling popups are two different things. I don't think it matters how you change your settings though, ppcox. If you're accessing BFT via AOL you will get these banned messages from time to time.

It's nothing personal. When it happens just go to Explorer or some other browser and access BFT that way.
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cmjaffe
Registered User
Joined: 31 Oct 2004, 04:17

30 Oct 2004, 21:17 #10

I've tried to get a reply for a bid help...
got the "response" to check settings... everything's OK... don't know what to do, since I'm NOT AOL.. we're cox.
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