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    #1

    Why am I locked out?

    My username, probus, and password are no longer valid. I've had this same problem recently with facebook, so maybe I have some virus that is messing with my passwords. Or is something wrong with usingenglish.com?

    In any case, would an administrator please give me (probus) a new password?

    Thank you.

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    #2
    Password reset. Problem solved.

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    #3
    Welcome back, probus.

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    #4
    In the last couple of days, all the passwords which were set 180 days ago (when the site had a revamp) have expired. When I tried to access the site 2 days ago, I had an on-screen message saying my password had expired and I needed to set a new one. I did and got straight back in. Did you get no such message? We all need to get used to this because the passwords are all going to expire every 180 days so we will all have to think up new passwords twice a year.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5
    " Did you get no such message?"

    I received none.

    This seems to me a less than ideal security solution. If passwords are to expire every 180 days users should be advised of that fact on a timely basis and invited to change their passwords in advance.

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    #6
    When you log in after 180 days, it will tell you to change. If this didn't happen, then it is likely to be something else, especially if you are having other problems with passwords. Clearing the cache often helps with things like this to clear the memory if something has become corrupted, like cookies to remember you.
    Last edited by Tdol; 17-Mar-2014 at 06:36. Reason: Adding 'having'

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    #7
    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    then it is likely to be something else, especially if you are other problems with passwords.
    Sorry, sir, I did not understand the highlighted part. Could you please elaborate?
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #8
    TDol meant "having problems". It is common when typing for your brain to move faster than your fingers.
    Last edited by 5jj; 16-Mar-2014 at 12:48. Reason: small typo

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    #9
    Your brain can also move faster than your eyes when you are reading - It perceives what it thinks is there. Bhai and ems both liked Tdo'ls post. I assume they didn't notice the slip, as I didn't until charlie asked about it.

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    #10
    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Sorry, sir, I did not understand the highlighted part. Could you please elaborate?
    Certainly- it's a common form of are having, mostly used by clumsy typists.

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