Hackers!

Guess we’re getting so popular that even hackers want our traffic!

Today we discovered a nasty little bug in PHP 5.2 that allows people to write to your website. Bad times for us! But on the positive side, NO user data was stolen from us.

If you notice anything wrong with the site, please let us know.

Website status:

As of 13:10 PM EST – Forum is back online. All services restored to full functionality.
As of 12:18 PM EST – Blog (main site) has been restored. Forum is still offline.

SOPA

As you may have heard, SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) is a bill that is trying to be passed that will censor the Internet, and hand the keys over to the US Federal Government for control.

Quote from Wikipedia:

The bill would allow the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as copyright holders, to seek court orders against websites accused of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement. Depending on who requests the court orders, the actions could include barring online advertising networks and payment facilitators such as PayPal from doing business with the allegedly infringing website, barring search engines from linking to such sites, and requiring Internet service providers to block access to such sites. The bill would make unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content a felony. The bill also gives immunity to Internet services that voluntarily take action against websites dedicated to infringement, while making liable for damages any copyright holder who knowingly misrepresents that a website is dedicated to infringement.

GoDaddy has chosen to support SOPA, and consequently has lost 802Subaru’s business.

What does this mean for 802Subaru? Nothing!

We are simply moving our domain name registration over to a different registrar; and if you’re curious our web host (DreamHost) is also anti-SOPA.

Why is 802Subaru taking this stance? Our fearless leaders believe in innovation, in the automotive world and in the technology sector, including the Internet. SOPA paves the way for warrantless bullying from the DoJ and that goes against our beliefs as a group.

If you’re a website owner and you manage the domain name and or hosting, we’d like to suggest switching to DreamHost and using promo code “802SUBARU” – we’re offering a free life-time domain registration with that code and a discount off of the hosting services. More details are in the forum.

Blog Comments

We’ve made a change to the way comments are handled here on the blog. From now on you are no longer required to create a separate account, however you do need to provide an email address each time you comment.

Why are we doing this? To eliminate the multiple user accounts needed to participate on 802Subaru.com – In the future this may change again, but for right now you will only need an account to use the forum.

Half Century Point

As we come into summer, the sun comes out, the temperature rises, the cars come out to play. In the summer months, the internet tends to have a slow period, forums become quiet, facebook doesn’t have so many updates, etc…

We are currently running towards the “half century point” with 45 members on the forum. This means that many of the fans on facebook have seized the opportunity to be a part of something that will be great in years to come! When the winter months roll around again, we’ll be sure to see lots of activity on the web, but until then, I’d like to say Thank You all for your support & if you see a nice Subaru….Tag It! Referrals to the forum are very welcome & recommended.