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Posted on: 2.Oct.2019, 04:34 PM


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Stockholm posts belong in the Stockholm section. That's where yours moved to.
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Posted on: 8.Dec.2017, 06:47 AM


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Sorry for the break in the spam button.

We upgraded a software package, and the upgrade was incompatible with the spam script.

It's now fixed.
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Posted on: 23.Mar.2017, 12:42 AM


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User "immigrantio" was banned for a combination of two reasons: 1. being persistently rude to other forum members, and 2. writing with such poor English that many of their posts were not understandable to anyone. They then attempted to bypass the ban by opening seven new accounts: "immigrantio2", "immigrantio3", etc. through to "immigrantio8". These were subsequently banned also, sometimes by admin, sometimes by other members.

Uncle Fred, you have correctly used the "Spam" button to report spammers. This is the blocking action that others have mentioned. You reported spam once two days ago, and a couple of times in February. Maybe you forgot you clicked it, but the actions do not look suspicious, nothing has been hacked.
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Posted on: 24.Feb.2017, 10:33 AM


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Good point, Johno. The "Crime reports" section is now excluded from the Today's active topics list.

And Fred, I think it's pretty clear that the section name refers to Sweden only. Afterall, this is a Sweden site, and the section is placed within the "Swedish news" section. If non-Sweden crime reports are posted they'll be deleted. If it becomes a problem we can rename, but I think it'll be OK.
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Posted on: 24.Feb.2017, 10:19 AM


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On the one hand, I don't want to delete the postings because then we would be accused of trying to hide the news or stifle conversation.

On the other hand, the persistent heavy flow of crime reports to the "Swedish news" section is drowning out all other news-related discussions.

So as a trial solution I have split the forum section into two. We now have Swedish news and Crime reports. Hopefully it is self-evident which posts belong where.
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Posted on: 27.Sep.2016, 09:23 AM


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This site has now switched from HTTP to HTTPS, which should help make it more secure.

Unfortunately this had a side effect of breaking the spam report button. That is now fixed.
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Posted on: 21.Sep.2016, 02:05 PM


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Hello,

We’re looking for volunteers who would like to test our new website and feed back their thoughts to our team. If you might be interested please get in touch by emailing oliver.goffe@thelocal.com for further details.

Kind regards,
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Posted on: 12.Oct.2015, 09:56 AM


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Hi everyone,

A few of you have reached out to us here at The Local regarding the spamming we're seeing across the forum. Firstly, we'd like to apologies for any inconvenience this is causing and reassure you that we will be trying to resolve the issue in the near future.

Although I can't communicate any dates at this point, we are looking to update our forum software, which will ultimately protect against this type of spam. We hope to have made the transition by early next year, but when I know more specific dates I will communicate them to you all.

Oliver
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Posted on: 5.May.2015, 08:14 AM


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Hello everyone,

You may have noticed that in the last few days the forum has been inaccessible. Sorry about that.

We've been making changes to the database in order to separate our newsletter registrations from our forum registrations. (Not everyone wants both.) It took longer than we thought it would...

Anyway, everything's back up and running now but if you have any problems, please email support@thelocal.com.

Kind regards,

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Posted on: 14.Feb.2014, 11:26 AM


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Awash with mixed feelings about what to expect on Valentine's Day in Sweden this year? Two single expats offer up their take on how to survive (or thrive) the not-always-celebrated holiday.

Finding romance abroad can be hard, something many single expats in Sweden know first hand. Different customs, different styles... not to mention different languages can all contribute to making it hard to hook up with that special someone.

While Valentine's Day has been widely celebrated in the US and the UK since the mid-1800s, it was only in the 1960s when Swedes began to catch on to the commercial aspects of the holiday inspired by early Christian saints and cemented into the cultural conscience by Chaucer's love birds.

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Posted on: 9.Jan.2014, 12:13 PM


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We were alerted yesterday to a problem with the password reset function.

If you had tried to reset your password then you would have been permanently locked out of the site.

This problem has now been fixed. Password resets on locked-out accounts should now work again.
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Posted on: 5.Dec.2013, 06:24 PM


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Yes, this is a known problem. We're working on it.

By the way, if your username contains an accented character then you won't be able to post on the forum at all currently.

We're working to fix that too. See the related thread: Problems logging into the forum
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Posted on: 5.Dec.2013, 06:23 PM


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On October 30th this year we upgraded the software that powers The Local's news pages.

Unfortunately this broke access to the discussion forum for some users.

We have determined two errors, one of which might apply to you, as follows:
  • Previously when logging in, you could enter either your username OR your registered email address into the "Username" field. Both of these still appear to work for logging into the site. However if you log in with your email address the forum pages will not work. So the temporary work around is to always log in with your username only, then you should be able to post to the forum as before.

  • If your username contains non-standard alphanumeric characters, then again, you might still appear to be able to log into the site without errors, but you won't be able to post to the forum. For example usernames that contain the accented characters will fail. Unfortunately there is no temporary workaround for this error.
We are working to fix both of these problems in the next few days and will update on this thread once it's done.

The problem with accented characters also applies to posting on the forum.
See the related thread: Accented characters are broken on the forum
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Posted on: 20.Nov.2013, 01:25 PM


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Thanks Ivor, for bringing this to our attention.

You're right, this was quite a problem.

It has now been fixed.
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Posted on: 8.May.2013, 10:49 AM


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But that's irrelevant, isn't it Rick.

If you don't like the site, don't read it.

If you don't like the ads, use adblock or, as above, simply don't use the site.

Don't come here, expect to receive services for free, and then complain about it.

Just because you post to the forum, that doesn't give you any entitlement. We don't owe you anything.

Every interactive site on the internet has spam buttons: Gmail, Facebook, you name it.

Now The Local's forum has one. Ten years late to the party, but better late than never.
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Posted on: 8.May.2013, 05:48 AM


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Remind us how much you pay to use the site?
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Posted on: 7.May.2013, 10:35 AM


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Spam button is now activated.
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Posted on: 13.Apr.2013, 03:37 PM


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Thank you for the feedback, we have deleted the spam that flooded the site today.

We are experimenting with commenting functions on The Local (you may have noticed our new system below the news articles) and we will look into whether we can reinstate a waiting period for new members of the discussion board (in the hope of discouraging spammers).

Thanks again, have a nice weekend

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Posted on: 4.Apr.2013, 04:12 PM


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The Royal Court has announced that Stefano Catenacci will be cooking for the royal family at Princess Madeleine's wedding this summer. The Swedish Chef is on the menu as The Local's Swede of the Week.

Chef Catenacci will be writing the menu and acting as restaurateur for June's wedding between Princess Madeleine and her financier fiancé Chris O'Neil at the Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm.

But it's not the first time the Swede will be cooking for royal appetites - he was head chef at Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel's wedding in 2010 - and guests shouldn't expect the same dishes this time around.

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Posted on: 4.Apr.2013, 03:02 PM


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Löfven was formerly appointed as party chairman by the party's governing board (partistyrelsen) at the beginning of 2012. That choice was upheld by party members on Thursday.

A welder and former metal union boss started off his first official speech by saying that people in Sweden were not treated equally and that it was time to plot a feminist course for the future.

"Sweden still has a patriarchy, which we need to meet with a feminist agenda," Löfven said.

He also put emphasis on collective responsibility by comparing Sweden to a family.

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Posted on: 4.Apr.2013, 02:00 PM


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Sweden should let more foreign offenders serve their prison sentences in their home countries, with a government appointed inquiry stating it would be the humane thing to do.

At present, Sweden sends between 40 and 60 foreign citizens (not including the Nordic countries) to serve their sentences at home every year.

Swedes returned to Sweden to serve sentences for crimes committed abroad average six to seven cases annually, not counting offences in the other Nordic countries.

Karin Kussak headed the inquiry and delivered the final report to the Justice Minister Beatrice Ask on Thursday.

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Posted on: 4.Apr.2013, 12:20 PM


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Love Elfvelin, 22, who has said no to sex change surgery in part because he one day wants children of his own, says the two Christian Democrat MPs who want to continue sterilizing transgender Swedes won't get far.

Elfvelin has never identified as a girl, not even at daycare, but he decided to suppress the feeling while at school. By age 16, however, he could no longer ignore his true gender identity.

Since "coming out as a boy", Elfvelin has faced an array of reactions. Some have accused him of wanting attention, while others claimed it was youthful folly that would pass.

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Posted on: 4.Apr.2013, 11:22 AM


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The Social Democrat party's economic policy spokeswoman Magdalena Andersson lambasted the government's jobs policy on Thursday, as she addressed party members preparing to officially elect Stefan Löfven as their leader.

"I can calmly state that the government's policies aren't working," Andersson, the former head of the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket), told the party faithful who have gathered in Gothenburg for the Social Democrat party congress.

"They believe the unemployed and the sick are lazy and don't want to work."

She emphasized that the Social Democrats' mission is to give people the ability to make a journey in life, by creating more jobs and improving Sweden's schools.

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Posted on: 4.Apr.2013, 08:26 AM


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The Småland Airport in southern Sweden was shut down on Thursday morning, after airport staff received a letter believed to contain a bomb threat. The airport was reopened in the early afternoon.

The alarm was raised at 7am, when staff members at the airport just outside of Växjö received the letter, prompting an evacuation of the airport. Several flights were also cancelled.

Airport head Ulf Axelsson refused to go into details about the contents of the letter, but insisted that the threat was not explicit.

"One of our employees got [the letter], read it, and understood that it could be interpreted as as a bomb threat. The police had the same understanding," he told the TT news agency.

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Posted on: 4.Apr.2013, 07:42 AM


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TeliaSonera's new CEO Marie Ehrling has ordered a thorough review of the state-owned telecom firm's dealings in all markets abroad, as a new board was elected after a year under tough scrutiny over bribery allegations in Uzbekistan.

Ehrlin said she had ordered a review "country by country, transaction by transaction, and deal by deal".

The company will bring in outside expertise to look at the material in a review that will be much greater in scale than the Uzbekistan inquiry performed by Swedish law firm Mannheimer Swartling, whose findings were presented in February.

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