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April 8, 2002

DCGreeks.com Mythology 
 

In ancient times, if there was anything in nature our forefathers had trouble explaining through their limited knowledge of science, they would create myths to place these natural phenomena in a context that they could understand. Often times these myths would be more entertaining than the scientific explanation discovered hundreds of years later. 

In keeping with that tradition, we here at DCGreeks.com created some myths of our own for April Fool’s Day to explain some of the unexplained phenomenon on our site, including the existence of seemingly too-good-to-be-true members and system bugs we had with our messaging center. In our feature, Secrets of DCGreeks.com Revealed, we told a few tall-tales for the purposes of entertainment, making sure to put a Disclaimer at the bottom to let people in on the joke. Well, based on some emails and conversations we’ve had with people, it seems some of you didn’t notice the disclaimer, and wondered why we would go to the trouble of creating aliases or delete people’s emails. Just to be perfectly clear, we’ll go over a few things:

Pappas, Hot Rooster, Happening Hen, Steamy Serpent, Ihategreeks, Ladies-Luvin Lambrinos, and Polizoumeri are not figments of our imagination. They are all real people, just like you and us.  Some people are more creative with their profiles than others, and as long as they’re not being offensive or harassing to other members, we don’t have a problem with them.  We We do not delete normal messages from legitimate users. There have been times in the past where members have received member mail notification emails but have found nothing in their DCGreeks.com Inbox. This can be explained by one of the following reasons:

There was an error that prevented the message from getting saved to the database. Sometimes excessive network traffic prevents the data from hitting the database. In the past, the page was set up to send the notification email to the recipient before the message got saved. If the message didn’t save, the recipient wouldn’t see anything in his or her Inbox. We’ve since fixed this bug to make sure the message gets saved to our database before the email goes out. 

You got spammed. While we have set up our Events Calendar for people to post their events, we do not allow for them to send out mass messages to our members to tell them about it. It’s this pull vs. push philosophy that separates DCGreeks.com from email lists you might be subscribed to around town. In the past we have had situations where event organizers have attempted to send out the same message to hundreds of our members; we deleted these messages accordingly. 

You were sent a message from a user that contained material of a lewd and harassing nature. A couple of times this year we’ve received messages from users complaining about sexually explicit messages sent to them from anonymous users. Normally in situations like these the offensive member will write a number of members at once. When we receive complaints, we will check the logs to see if the user sent messages to others as well. If we notice a pattern, we will delete these messages along with the member who posted them, along with any other appropriate action. In the coming weeks we will take further steps to allow members to self-regulate their Inboxes, including the design of a message blocking feature. 

There was never a Girl @ DCGreeks.com. That isn't even a real picture of a real girl featured in the article. 

We hope that clears a few things up. We apologize to those of you that didn’t read the article all the way through to read the disclaimer at the bottom.

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