The Website is Back!

Since the tail end of last year we have had ever-increasing problems with the website as a result of hackers who broke in and have been using Steampunk Magazine to spread spam and malware. This problem has got exponentially worse over the past few weeks, and culminated two days ago in my needing to take the website offline in order to prevent any further damage.

I have now managed to remove the offending codes and pages and carried out a complete update and re-install of all blog and forum software. For now, all that means is that you may be getting warnings from Google about the site until they check us again and give us a clean bill of health. It also means that things around here (especially the forum) are going to look more than a little different.

This is an unfortunate side-effect of our having to upgrade the forum. Fortunately, it should mean that we get fewer spammers registering in the future (which will in turn mean that we can make the registration process a little easier on everyone).

Over the next few months, hopefully both halves of the website will be undergoing a re-design, and will come out the other side looking much prettier. Until then, be rest assured that the website is once again safe to visit.

Warm regards,

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10 Responses to “The Website is Back!”

  1. It’s working just fine for me.

  2. Hi there you may be interested to know about a new steampunk webcomic that has started recently, it’s called Stinkpump, by Hyung Kim. There’s only a couple of pages up at the moment but I think it’s worth following.

  3. So, ….. I’m looking for the early issues …. like issue number-one …. is there a way of obtaining it? both links seem to be broken, and I am sorry to hear that evil hackers used this site as a virus commuting portal.

  4. I just checked all three formats for issue #1 and the links seem to be working fine. Could it be a problem with your computer?

    If you’re still having trouble, drop us at collective [at] letting us know what format you’d prefer and I’ll email you the file.

  5. Sorry, ya, it still doesn’t work ,

    (Not Found

    The requested URL /downloads.html was not found on this server.

    Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.)

    but I sent an email already, thanks for helping =]

  6. Hey guys, I had so much fun reading the SPM. I am curious… Why this website is not…. SteamPunk?? These designs in here are sooo… cold. I would suggest a new art application, or even a new color application just to start.
    Yet, one of my Fav Portals!

  7. Can’t wait.

  8. Was looking at the site and found a long running webcomic not listed, that is very much steampunk, and wondered if it was disliked or just forgotten, Girl Genius by Phil and Kaja Foglio, along with Freakangels my favorite webcomic.

  9. How is the site design coming along? I was kind of surprised to come back to the vanilla WordPress theme today.

  10. Glad to see you’re back! You’re one of my favorite sites.

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