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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Garden Research Contributor Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Permaculture
Raises cows Beekeeper Vermiculture Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Plant Identifier
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dave
Aug 22, 2018 10:36 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

We've had a number of issues this past week. Chinese spammers posting thousands of threads, and we've also had a tremendous amount of traffic from botnets.

This morning I made a move to migrate us to a new frontend protection service called CloudFlare which provides an extra layer of protection for the site, and should help a lot with the site slowdowns that are caused by the botnets. It will not protect against spammers. For that, we will continue to just be proactive in shutting them down when they come. Soon I'll also make it so new "members" can only start a few threads per day so they don't post thousands at a time.
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
Forum moderator Hybridizer Region: Pacific Northwest Lilies Sempervivums Sedums
Pollen collector I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier
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pardalinum
Aug 22, 2018 11:04 AM CST
Much appreciated, Dave!
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
Cactus and Succulents Seed Starter Foliage Fan Xeriscape Container Gardener Hummingbirder
Native Plants and Wildflowers Garden Photography Region: Mexico Plant Identifier Forum moderator Plant Database Moderator
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Baja_Costero
Aug 22, 2018 11:10 AM CST
Thank You!
Name: Ginny G
Central Iowa (Zone 5a)
Plant Addict!!
Daylilies Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hibiscus Irises Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Peonies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Birds Native Plants and Wildflowers Lilies Garden Art
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Legalily
Aug 22, 2018 1:48 PM CST
Thank You! Thank You! Dave. Much appreciated!! You're the best Thumbs up
Be a person that makes others feel special.
Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Morning Glories Region: United States of America Amaryllis Hummingbirder
Region: Southwest Gardening Echinacea Roses Birds Seed Starter Plumerias
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quietyard
Aug 22, 2018 1:49 PM CST
Thank You! Dave. I got that error 342 last night and it was slow. Today no issues so far. Thumbs up
" And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden" Genesis 2:8
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Charter ATP Member Bookworm Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California
Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
Aug 22, 2018 5:45 PM CST
I agree I noticed how slow it was yesterday, but today all is normal. Thank You!
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
Region: Florida Daylilies Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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rocklady
Aug 22, 2018 6:32 PM CST
Thank You! Thank You! @Dave. You're the best Thumbs up
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level
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valleylynn
Aug 22, 2018 8:52 PM CST
Thank you Dave for all you do to keep the site up and running.
Name: Ginny G
Central Iowa (Zone 5a)
Plant Addict!!
Daylilies Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hibiscus Irises Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Peonies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Birds Native Plants and Wildflowers Lilies Garden Art
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Legalily
Aug 23, 2018 10:35 AM CST
I agree I agree
Be a person that makes others feel special.
Name: Christine
NY zone 5a
Charter ATP Member Region: United States of America Deer Region: New York Birds Cat Lover
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Container Gardener Hostas Tropicals Dog Lover Hummingbirder
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Christine
Aug 23, 2018 6:45 PM CST
Thank You Dave🥀
Name: Dana P
Canton, OH (Zone 6a)
Project Junkie
Daylilies Butterflies Hummingbirder Cat Lover Dog Lover Roses
Region: Ohio Composter Birds Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Level 1 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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bloominholes2fill
Aug 23, 2018 11:13 PM CST
Dave Thank You! Thank You!
"The heart is happiest when the head and the hand work together" ~ Jay Leno (I think)
Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
Container Gardener Tender Perennials Dog Lover Houseplants Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Tomato Heads
Hostas Tropicals Annuals Foliage Fan Aroids Cactus and Succulents
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Frenchy21
Aug 23, 2018 11:32 PM CST
Dave, you are the bomb! Hurray!
Name: Ronnie (Veronica)
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
Count your blessings, be grateful
Organic Gardener Keeps Goats Zinnias Lilies Morning Glories Annuals
Bee Lover Dragonflies Butterflies Hummingbirder Birds Region: Pennsylvania
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luvsgrtdanes
Aug 24, 2018 10:37 AM CST
Best site ever!
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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Newyorkrita
Aug 24, 2018 10:45 AM CST
luvsgrtdanes said:Best site ever!


I agree I have to agree with that!!
Name: Cheryl
North of Houston TX (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias Ponds
Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 24, 2018 10:50 AM CST
: Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! I tip my hat to you. :
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you Smile.
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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tx_flower_child
Aug 24, 2018 2:28 PM CST
Thanks. I'd give you an acorn but that might seem silly.
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Cactus and Succulents Plant Identifier Plays in the sandbox Greenhouse
Sempervivums Bromeliad Adeniums Morning Glories Avid Green Pages Reviewer Brugmansias
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plantmanager
Aug 24, 2018 2:28 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing
Handcrafted Coastal Inspired Art SeaMosaics!
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level
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valleylynn
Aug 24, 2018 2:31 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing
Yes, since he is the one that harvests all the acorns used on NGA.
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
Forum moderator Hybridizer Region: Pacific Northwest Lilies Sempervivums Sedums
Pollen collector I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier
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pardalinum
Aug 24, 2018 3:11 PM CST
Well I gave him an acorn as a symbol of my esteem for him...
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level
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valleylynn
Aug 24, 2018 3:19 PM CST
Wouldn't it be nice if we could send him a semi truck full of acorns?

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