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Show Off Your Ninja Skills

We’ve introduced a new way to show the world your particular ninja skills. Now you can tag yourself with “Expert tags.” Are you an Exchange 2013 wiz? Tag yourself with the Exchange 2013 tag. Know the K1000 inside and out? Tag yourself. Once you’ve tagged yourself, you’ll earn special “expert points” and work your way up the expert rankings anytime you create or reply to content tagged with that tag. You’ll be able to back up your bragging with actual proof that you know your stuff.

How to tag yourself

While logged into the site, click the “Profile” link to go to your profile. Once there, click the “Settings” tab. Scroll down until you see “Expert Tags. 


Here’s where you’ll enter the tags for your particular ITNinja skills. You can choose up to 15 expert tags. Just start typing and the tag picker will help you narrow it down.

How to find content

Now you want to find content tagged with your expert tags. Each tag has its own page, that consolidates all of the content. Just go to http://www.itninja.com/tag/(tag-name). So the scripting tag is http://www.itninja.com/tag/scripting. If there are spaces in the tag, replace them with hyphens. So VB Script becomes http://www.itninja.com/tag/VB-Script. You can bookmark these searches, or subscribe to the RSS feed for that search.

You’ll see a complete list of questions, blogs, and links tagged with your expert tags. You get the most points for answering questions and writing blogs, but you also get points for comments on blogs, questions and links.  (Expert points are given in addition to your regular Ninja points for participating)

Soon, you’ll be able to see the list of top experts for your expert tags, and in the future, we’ll be adding a feature that lets someone notify the experts when they post a question, giving you the best chance at being the Ninja who responds first.

So, get to work Ninjas. Show the world your skills.

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Moderators: Earn Points for Canning Spam

We’ve introduced a new spam management system that should reduce the amount of spam on ITNinja, and give moderators a way to earn points. Here’s how it works.

When a user sees some content they suspect might be spam, like the link below:


They click the “Flag” link and are presented with a pop-up that lets them specify the problem and add a comment:


When a moderator is signed in, they can visit: www.itninja.com/moderation or clicke the "Moderation" link in the menu bar  (You won’t be able to view the link if you’re not a moderator.)

Once there, moderators will see the the page below, with a list of any reported spam:


Clicking a row will show the report below:


Here you can choose to view the page to get the context, decide it’s not spam, or that it is spam. Choose the option and hit “Submit Review.” If it’s spam, it will be hidden from the site.

Clicking the Report tab on www.itninja.com/moderation will show you all of your spam moderation activity and the points you’ve earned for it.


With your help, we’ll be able to keep ITNinja a spam-free community.





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K2000 Deployment Appliance Version 3.7.1 Now Available!

We are pleased to announce the immediate release of Service Pack 1 for the K2000 Deployment Appliance version 3.7. This service pack features the following improvements:

·         Upgrades the operating system of the appliance to FreeBSD 10 (for new appliances and virtual appliances)

·         Adds support for hosting a virtual appliance on Hyper-V (RSA is not supported on Hyper-V)

·         Introduces a new strong password policy for the appliance

·         Improves the deployment workbench and the Driver Feed

·         Security, performance and stability improvements

 Service pack 1 is available for immediate download through the Dell Software support portal at: https://support.software.dell.com/k2000-systems-deployment-appliance/

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Code Update for 2/17/15

We are pleased to announce a new release with one great new feature and several important improvements.


Software Reviews: ITNinja is already home to the most complete software library on the Internet, and now we’re working to make it the go-to destination for admin-oriented software reviews. Every software page now has a Reviews section at the bottom of the page and a button for adding a new review. Now you can add a detailed review, and give a star rating to any software version. Reviews can include anything you can include in a blog article, including formatted text, images and links. Community downloads, like the Admin Script Editor, can also accept software reviews. Users earn Ninja points for entering reviews.


Performance Improvements: Regular users of the site have noticed some recent performance problems on our busiest pages, like the Questions page and popular tag pages.  We recently pushed out a fix for the Questions page, and with this release, we have completely revamped the behind-the-scenes code for tag pages, resulting in some pretty substantial performance improvements. We’re planning further performance and reliability improvements in the coming weeks.


As always, we appreciate your participation and feedback on the ITNinja community. If you have other suggestions, please enter them in our UserVoice portal.

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Problems on ITNinja /question page

I just wanted to let everyone know that we are aware of the problems on the itninja.com/question page and are working hard to get a fix out as quickly as possible.

As an IT community focused primarily around questions, our /question page receives a huge amount of traffic and has to process a lot of data to display each page. Right now, that time is often exceeding our timeout limit and you're seeing that as a 503 Service Unavailable error. We are taking a few steps to fix quickly.

First, we have raised the timeout limit on our server to give the page more time to load. This will stop the 503 errors, but won't do anything to help the page load times.

Second, we are testing a fix to speed the page load time right now, for release as soon as testing is complete. In our staging environment, this new fix drastically improves the page speed, and we expect it to significantly improve things on the main site as well.

We apologize for the inconvenience. We know there are a number of IT community sites out there, and we appreciate that you're here at ITNinja. We appreciate your patience while we work through this problem. 

I will update this article as soon as the fix is available.

Thank you,
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