Happy Ending

Happy Ending

As of this morning, I awoke to find several emails from Blizzard stating that they had reinstated my account and all items / money was returned. That was just after another email stating that they had reset my password again. I admit that first email made me a little nervous but it did coincide quite well with the following set of emails.

Since then I have logged back into my account, first through the Battle.net website and then back through the game. From what I can tell everything was returned (including all gemmed/enchanted items) which I wasn’t expecting so that was a nice bonus. Let me tell you though, the ‘Items Restored’ list on Cymre was LONG! The hacker may or may have not been surprised to find that I didn’t have one free bag spot on my gal.

I also managed to get the Core Hound Pup on all my toons so if you were wondering if you can get the pet using a mobile authenticator, there’s your answer. Quite fitting really as he’s ready to spew over any future ‘would be’ hackers so take that you bastards!

Also to commemorate the occasion, I thought a few screenshots were in order since the last few posts were sadly lacking :P

I was originally going to link this music video remembering the lyric as ‘Thank you’ for My Happy Ending, except that listening to it again I realised that wasn’t quite the theme of the song. But who cares, it’s my Happy Ending post so I’m just going to pretend she’s singing that instead… it’s a catchy tune anyway :P

Did you see that? One of the Searing Gorge Rares even made an appearance, all must be right in the World… (of Warcraft) :P

Thanks again to everyone for keeping tabs on me over the last 24 hours. As Navi said earlier, your comments really did boost my spirits. Blizzard also did a great job getting my account back, including all my items. A special shout out goes to GM Mazarhai for his efficient service \o/

Gravatars

Gravatars

For a while now, I’ve realised the importance of Gravatars and consistency in our login details. I have my own ‘Wall of Fame’ (under admin) where a good number of past commenters have a blank image appearing. I’m going to take this opportunity to go over a few things I’ve noticed and hopefully in the process, help some of you out.

What is a Gravatar?

Your Gravatar is a universal image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. Avatars help identify your posts on blogs and web forums, so why not on any site? These days if you already have a WordPress account, you should also have a Gravatar since the accounts are now linked (and another reason I like using WordPress).

Why is it good?

I’m going to let this video made by Gravatar themselves to help illustrate the point.

I already have one but my image doesn’t show up

There are a few people who have a Gravatar profile – I can see an image for them on certain sites but not on others. This can happen if you use more than one email to sign in and comment. The great thing about Gravatar is that you can add more than one email address to your Gravatar profile and then link the same image to that email.

Although I recommend that you use the same avatar image across all sites and emails, especially if you are new to the scene of blogging and commenting. By using the same image, people will start thinking, “Hey I remember that avatar on so-and-so’s site, they comment a lot” or “they have a lot of interesting things to say”. Either way you’re getting noticed.

Until you get your name out there, people will start recognising you by your handle or blog name. After a while you can change your avatars on Twitter or facebook.

I’ve also noticed readers using a different email to one previously used. If your blog is set up to approve first time commenters, you’ll be re-approving a lot of people. This tends to get a little tedious as I tend to go into the comments to edit the email to match the one which previously had a Gravatar image associated with it. The same goes for those who have changed blog addresses. Updates like these can be quite time consuming when you have over 100 entries to change but that way you get the most accurate numbers and details for people clicking through to someone’s blog.

I also use Admin Commenters which lets you know via a numerical count whether someone has commented on your blog before. This will help match up a difference in name, email or URL. So pls remember to be consistent in all three where you can.

How do I get one?

If you’ve never set up a Gravatar profile before, the first time you comment on my Blog you will be prompted to get one.

Don’t forget to confirm the email

When you sign up, you’ll be asked to confirm the email address so check your email accounts. If you didn’t receive one try to resend the confirmation email.

My avatar doesn’t show up on my profile (or it’s the wrong one)

Avatar images are cached for a period of time. Even when you change the image under your profile, it may take up to 10mins before you see any change. When you do get around to adding/changing an avatar image, you will be prompted to confirm the email you wish to be associated with the image and the rating. Make sure you click the ‘G’ rating so it will show up on ALL sites.

I turned off Hovercards, now how do I get them back?

(I admit this happened to me a while ago for my own blog, although I’ve turned them off for now by default)

To re-enable Hovercards that have been disabled with the Turn off hovercards option, you will need to delete the cookie nohovercard from the domain .wordpress.com.

If you are unsure about how to clear individual cookies you can visit this site for details of removing cookies for various browsers.

Why doesn’t my Hovercard/profile load for one of my email addresses?

Because of the way Gravatar works, only your Primary Address will load a hovercard (on sites that support them) or your profile (via any of the profile request formats). If you want to make profile details available via a different address, you will need to either create a new account using that address, or make it the Primary Address on your current account.

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So get your personalities out there by way of a unique avatar image :D

Find answers to some other commonly asked questions

Thanks Everyone

Thanks Everyone

First of all, a huge thank you to everyone who took time out on my Blog or through Twitter to send me a few (or in Töki’s case :P) words of comfort and encouragement. I honestly can’t believe the amount of support I’ve received and truly feel honoured by all your wonderful comments. A special shout out to the first time commenters out there too :D

The outpouring of support has been truly fantastic and I never could have imagined this kind of response as I wrote the post early this morning. However, I thought it would be nice (since my combined responses to everyone were getting quite long) to write an actual post. It’s funny though, I recently wondered what post in the future would be able to top my WoW Factor comes to Dath’remar post and From Draenei with Mischief posts (in terms of popularity ie comments) which were both exciting posts for me to write. It’s a little sad though that my Hacked post was the one to do it.

To let you know where I am at the moment, I’ve since scanned all computers (just to feel safer), changed the relevant passwords,  installed a mobile authenticator on my account and put in a ticket. I have since received four separate emails to say that the transfers to another server were rejected but that was only after the hacker on my hunter had sold some of her gear (as seen from Armory). In the meantime, my account was officially closed by Blizzard as a security measure.

In response to all the lovely comments I’ve received:

@Ffpmmarc – Thx, it’s been nice not having to worry about other people, raids, etc. for a while. We did decide on a character and Guild name change but it just doesn’t feel right. Ironically, today the old Guild name unlocked meaning I was finally going to have the MischiefUs name back.

@Buildar – I do love blogging but since it’s tied with what I do in-game, I might just finish off the rare posts for now, since those images are saved to my HD.

@Melfina – Thx and yep, the URL generally needs the ‘http://www’ bit to register or at least the ‘http://’
Send me a tweet or something and I’ll add it in if you like or try commenting again below… what are you typing in?

@Coolidge – Yep, you’re my constant cheerleader :) You of all people know how much effort I put into my costumes, camping, blogging, etc.

@Dragonray – Aww, thx so much, your first sentence made me teary (in a good way) :D Don’t feel that way about commenting, I haven’t regretted anyone commenting on my blog unless it’s spam. You may not think it’s worthwhile but I appreciate any thoughts you have to share.

@Pando – That’s true… looks like I might have just been unlucky in this case. I’m glad I could offer some new stuff and bloggers for you to read too :)

@Az – TY so much for the offer although I live in Aust so the postage will prob. be expensive. But the mobile authenticator I’d added now should do the trick.

@Rades – I do plan on getting the stuff back, just feeling really deflated right now and seeing what happens with the ticket. Since they closed my WoW account, it might take a bit depending on how long it takes but *fingers x’ed

@Bel – Aww thx, and for the Gravatar thing too :D I am trying to hold off on the Beta stuff now but I still love exploring the new areas for my Image gallery posts and the odd quest or profession post. Good to hear the guys enjoy my costume posts as well :P

@Navimie – It’s true, I do love blogging and it feels so much longer than six months. I’m still amazed at all the responses from my Blogging friends and the WoW community.

@Rioriel – hugs and <3, that really is the best medicine right now as well as a few giggles and even more smiles from these comments.

@Classy – that’s how I see them too… appreciate the kind words though :)

@Godmother – that’s one of the things that makes be a little sad, I love the achievements, etc. and with these new group rares/world bosses coming out, I’m not sure if and when I’ll be able to do them. In fact, I’m still missing the dragon in Deepholm for my Guide. But there will be a lot of other stuff I will be able to do solo or with Coolidge. It would be awful to write a guide for something to try to help people out but to not be able to do it myself, like the Darkmoon rabbit.

@Töki – It’s true, this is a small population server (at least for Horde) so that was one of the major problems for us and being the tail end of the expansion. I feel the same way about the name change and Guild name. It just doesn’t feel right now and since things have calmed down now and everyone has moved on (some back to their own Guilds), I doubt they’ve even looked back.

I think you’re right about the WoW Factor thing too, as I heard from Navi that their Guild chat, etc. was a flurry of activity so I’m sure my whispers were just lost in the fray. I have since spoken to this person in-game but it always seems to be me having to instigate something.

Oh and don’t worry about your wall of text, you wrote it for me so I am happy to read it. I have been known to vent here from time to time. It’s more for me as I need to get things off my chest and even now, I feel better for doing so.

@Mabaho – Don’t worry I’ll still blog, I just don’t have much variety to write at the moment. The other day I even did some back posts from the last year or so. Apologies if you get multiple posts or wonder why I’m talking about a first Chogall kill now but it was news I wanted to incorporate into the Blog as it’s my timeline and visual diary or sorts for myself to look back on and remember that “hey that was a cool memory, I wish I had a video of that”.

@Aygaren – TY for the reassuring words.

@JD Kenada – Thx JD. I hope you never have to go through this and I am on a US server. I haven’t been up to re-adding people to RealID yet. That may very well change soon though. But be warned, Iately I often open up MogIt to fill up the whole screen (so I can see things nice and clearly) so if I don’t respond in a timely manner I’m not ignoring you :P

In regards to the comments, I would love any comment no matter how trivial so feel free to say anything you wish :)

@Tome – LOL! See times like that I feel a bit sorry for my readers. I never want to make it a chore when I post multiple times a day but sometimes they’re mini posts like the ‘Silver Dragon’ ones. Those feel like I’m just posting images. It’s pretty rare I’ll have a venting post or a more detailed one like the Scepter of the Shifting Sands or more recent Superhero ones. Ones like those, I feel particularly proud of, even if they do appear more long-winded than the rest.

Oh and you know it’s a serious post when I publish without any images… they are usually my venting ones.

@Erinys – Thx for the kind words :) I’m intrigued by the fact I inspired a post and as I wrote above, any comment no matter how small is appreciated. I also don’t feel like I always have something valuable to contribute in a comment but I always think that I would like to see one comment on my post, particularly the ones I put a lot of effort into.

@Avi – that’s much appreciated, thx and no comment is stupid IMO unless you’re trolling…

@Shoryl – I’m glad you find the images relaxing :D in general I love posting the image rich posts but they do take quite a bit of work to do :) I also appreciate the Guild /server offer. I’m guessing things will feel a lot more invigorating once Mists goes live, assuming Blizzard can recover all my items and return the transferred toons.

@Hyperious – Yep, it’s really the feeling of losing everything and you DO feel violated since someone you don’t know gains access to your account. It makes you wonder what else they had access to and how they got in.

@Kaozz – I don’t see myself giving up blogging as I do love it. I still get a lot out of it. in fact, I might spend an unhealthy amount on it, checking stats, tweaking the look, functionality and my favourite – reading comments :) Can you be addicted to your blog? :P

@Euphyley – TY! You know with all of your support I feel like you guys are psyching me up for a big race or something :D I’m still amazed at the sheer number of fantastic people (some for the first time) to share their thoughts and offer support.

@Matty – I really appreciate your kind words. I just feel that commenting is kind of like an ongoing conversation, so when I don’t get any comment for a while, I wonder if anyone is ‘listening’. I know people do view my blog but it’s just nice to be acknowledged every now and then but in the last couple of days, I can feel the genuine love and support from everyone.

Also, the fact that you think of me every time you see or kill a rare is really sweet. The hack was such a horrible feeling and in a way I would liken it to a home invasion, even if it was of a virtual nature because if they are on your Battle.net account it makes you wonder, what else they have access to? Honestly, I was surprised that my Battle.net password had not been changed so that was the first thing I did.

@Alethiar – I really appreciate you taking the time to weigh in on the situation. I was also really touched by your tweet yesterday, just asking how I was after the incident. Let me first say that I’m very interested in what you have to say so if I can alleviate your fear about commenting, pls allow me to so do. I often wonder who views my site because I often have the views but no real way of knowing who the individuals are. I was actually looking for a “was here” plugin for people who visit but don’t want to leave a comment. The closest thing I found was the “Like” button you find on the free wordpress sites. However, my plugin list is getting quite long so I’m trying to hold back on installing more, if I can help it.

As I said to some of the others, feel free to comment any time, even if it’s just to say “So and so was here” :) I may not respond right away but I do read everyone’s comments pretty quickly, unless I’m sleeping :P I always try to give a combined response so I won’t have a million comments just from me. Ideally, I’d like to be somewhere at the bottom of my own ‘Wall of Fame’. Unfortunately I haven’t found a way to hide my own profile from the widget though.

I <3 U GUYS!

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