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  • Laurette Thomas

    01/08/14 - Info. for everyone fighting spam. While checking my Pinterest mail I noticed something off about the repinners (5) of one of my pins. They had all repinned to the exact same board name. I thought it was a little fishy. Then I looked at the photos shown as their profile pics. Although different faces, they were all the same type photo. I went to each one's boards and they all had the same board, and all 5 had "interchangeable" boards. Some had 4 or 5 boards and others a few more, but the boards were all the same ones. So when a pin was pinned by the "fake" person it showed up in my email as 5 people repinning because it went to all of the ones that had that board. Another thing was that the pins on all of the boards were very obviously all from one place indicating they were done in a hurry just to "make" a board. All had under 100 followers. Anyway, just a few things to look for. There are lots of spammers, but that's the way this one worked. Hope it's helpful.

  • SugarBush Squirrel®

    Thanks, Laurette and I LOVE your new photo!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!

  • Laurette Thomas

    You're so welcome. It's so much easier when you have little things you can just check and know they're a spammer right off, like opening a board and seeing all the pins are from one place...But if Pinterest would just do away with that feature that lets anyone pin and recruit to a group board we'd be spam free. So sad that's all it would take, but they won't just do it and don't care... Thanks so much on the photo. Hugs to SugarBush from my babies and me!

What is this new 'Send Profile' feature at the top of our profile page? I'm afraid to click it :)

  • Laurette Thomas

    Hi Paula, Do you send the pin to one of their boards after they accept? Sorry. Didn't quite get how you used the pin...Thanks! Laurette

  • Paula

    Hi Laurette, I pinned the one pin to the Share/Group Board. Enjoy the rest of your evening. ..Paula

  • Laurette Thomas

    Thanks Paula. I'll let you know when/if I hear from support. I also put in 2 more requests I've been meaning to get to. Sometimes they don't even reply after the initial canned message, I've found, so I'll keep submitting it if I don't hear in a few days or so. Now the last few days my new group followers aren't being credited right. I'm really hoping it isn't the same thing I dealt with in the past, although at least now they've learned how to fix it...I slowed down inviting during the busy holiday stuff, but was still doing some. I had about 7 or 8 accept yesterday and today so far and have only been crdited with one. Another support request I guess...Geez.

  • Paula

    12/6/ Morning Laurette. I apologize yet again for taking so long to take care of this & not get back to you. We have a major deck project going & I've been spending my days working on it before the cold weather & rain set in...tomorrow. I have a couple of other pinners who Followed me the other day, that I'm going to send their URL's to Pinterest also when I get the chance. When I went to 1 of their Followers & about sunk, when I saw all of the suspicious spammers & suspicious people. I literally sat for 1 1/2 hours & Blocked all 420 Followers this person had. Needless to say, by that time, I had had enough of being on the computer. I'm honestly thinking about deleting my account & starting over. It's becoming too much to. Here is my Em address if it will help not to use up all of Nancy & Kelly's space on this Board. sklar0114@hotmai;.com. I seem to be apologizing to you but honestly HAVE to get our deck painted, since it's bare. I wanted to let you know also, I bought a new phone Black Friday & noticed with THIS phone (not my other one) that the Group/Shared Board description IS showing up!! So I'm guessing, for people who pin from their phones, it all depends on what type of phone they have, as to how much they can see & do with it as far as Pinterest is concerned. Have a great day!! Paula

  • Paula

    Thank you Nancy, please feel free to delete her comments. Glad to see you!

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Happy Birthday, Sugar Bush Squirrel...aka Kelly Foxtion (October 20, 2013)!! Thanks for providing us with another great year of fun and entertainment on your Pinterest boards! Have a wonderful birthday! (this is animated...click to see Kelly and Sugar Bush)

  • SugarBush Squirrel®

    Absolutely Spectacular!!! Nancy, you ROCK!!! Thanks so much and we are going to have a great day today. We are working to finish up the new 2014 Sugar Bush Squirrel Desk Calendars so we'll be in the studio all day having a blast!!! Thanks everybody!!!

  • Nancy WB

    Have a great day, Sugar Bush! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with for your 2014 calendar!

  • Paula

    Happy Birthday Sugar Bush...aka Kelly! :)

  • SugarBush Squirrel®

    Thanks! Nancy and Paula! It was GREAT!

Pinterest - (October 11, 2013) en.help.pinterest... "Someone used my email address to make a Pinterest account"

  • Nancy WB

    Hi Paula, I think it will remain an ongoing problem. For people who don't use an email address very often, it could be a HUGE problem since they might not find out about it for a long time. At least Pinterest now has measures in place of how to deal with the issue if it happens to you.

  • Paula

    I didn't use to but I now change my passwords frequently. One of the girls who follows me told me last week, someone pinned every pin she had, even the likes, then blocked her. I told her to be careful & keep a look out for that sort of thing. I also told her to report it but I don't think she did.

  • Paula

    10/20 - I've been attacked over night with tons of those co's spammers selling the pro athlete jerseys. Here's pinterest.com/alicebaker/ I can't keep up with them. Nancy you have sports boards, are they hitting you?

  • Nancy WB

    Hi Paula, not that I can tell. Hope they keep away!

  • Paula

    Between the people pinning from me with sports shoes Boards, selling NFL jerseys Boards & Michael Kors purses, I'll bet I blocked over 400 of them yesterday (sun) I was almost to the point of deleting my pinterest account. It took hours, cause I went to all of their followers & who they were following. Talk about a big business. Those kids are making $$ just to mess with us. Glad it's over!

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  • Nancy WB

    Hi Paula, These users are people who don't have a Facebook page (like me). When you are a new Pinterest user you get to choose your Pinterest image from a stock group (I was initially an egg) and usually when someone is more comfortable with Pinterest they choose an image to replace Pinterest's stock image (in my case I picked the elderly squirrel). Many spammers use people images they have stolen off Google, so using the Pinterest stock red pin doesn't mean a user is a spammer. I would check the user's pin list and check for the same pair of shoes (or whatever) pinned onto many group boards. That's a surefire way to deterime if someone is spamming.

  • Paula

    Thank you Nancy! That's what I've been doing, looking for common pins & followers/following. Most are fine, a small few have been suspicious. I thought in order to join pinterest, you had to have a Fb account, that's how it was when I joined. I've noticed quite a few people who have large amounts of pins & a lot of boards who have for what ever reason never changed their pic. Have you noticed more like this too? I feel much better now, thank you.

  • Nancy WB

    Hi Paula, Usually the spammers have over 90% group boards on their profile page....the group boards are where they pin their spam. When I joined Pinterest you could enroll with a Twitter account. Now you can also join with a simple email address. For people who are afraid of divulging too much info online (like me) they are probably content to use a stock image as their profile pic. I just finished Jeffrey Deaver's latest novel and once again he had the bad guys giggling over how much info they were able to get about their victims by visiting the victims' Facebook pages!

  • Paula

    I was interpreting some of these pinners as "spies" if you will, scoping out potential victims to spam. lol Guess I've been watching too much tv. There's a pin circulating about the FBI being able to get a charactor profile from pineterest, lol, have you seen it? Thing of it is it's true for some people.

  • Nancy WB

    Hi Paula, I haven't seen the FBI pin yet, but it doesn't surprise me if they would do that. Hopefully the FBI is just going after the bad guys!

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Test to see if links are still clickable on Pinterest. They are NOT on another board I am a member of. www.pinterest.com... www.pinterest.com...

  • Nancy WB

    Yep it works again. What's up with Pinterest?????

  • Paula

    Yeah finally! Thank you Nancy!

  • SugarBush Squirrel®

    It will be worth starting the T & C Board over to get it in your name. Just copy all of it and then have him close his board out. That's my advice for whatever it's worth. Best, K & SBS

  • Paula

    Hi SugaBush & Thank you! I had to start from scratch again but closed it already. One Board is plenty for me right now. I kept it as Closed, maybe I'll restart it another time.

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An example of an awful Pinterest experiment with a new look for users' boards. Can you imagine that ugly bar on your profile page? Thanks Ohio's Attic for making a screenshot to show what Pinterest is wasting their engineers' and staffs' time on!

  • Prayer Whisperer

    CS is customer service. Probably should have said help desk. Thank you. I am finding that when people follow me especially the last 3 days, that the board they are following comes over with a blue underline like a link to the web. Are you getting any of that?

  • Nancy WB

    Hi Kathy! I recommend you go through the regular help desk. They also have a new place where you can fill out a form if you don't find what you are looking for. I haven't noticed the blue line you mentioned, but I will keep an eye out for it. It sounds like a useful link.

  • Prayer Whisperer

    Ok. Thanks. I am going to be out of commission for a couple of months. I am having some serious effects from an epidural I recently had, and it is crippling me. Have no feeling in one leg and the other is just like rubber, and numb at the foot. A nerve was braised and there is a possible hematoma, at injection site. Saw Neurologist today and she did nerve conduction studies, and EMG's. The results were very bad so she scheduled me with a Neurosurgeon, but I can't see him till the 28th. He will do an additional MRI and then proceed with surgery on L4 & L5 disc, which is herniated. I am not to lift, bend or do anything. She called hubby in and gave him the news and what I not allowed to do. It might be awhile before I am able to do any reporting. If you want to take me off the board until after I am recovered, fully, I understand. Take care, and I will check with the help desk. Thanks.

  • Nancy WB

    Hi Kathy, The last thing I want to do is take you off the board!! Just get better and do what you can when you have the chance. You have some tough health challenges in the months ahead and I will be sending my prayers your way!

  • Prayer Whisperer

    Thank you so much, Nancy. That means a lot. I know it is a tough job, and I am sure people burn out, but, thank's to Jesus, I have been able to do it guilt free and not see a thing. Unless I am pinning and hit on one accidentally. Uf da. Yes, I have some challenges. Tomorrow is the cardiologist. I am just riding the wave and taking it as it comes. God is with me and His angels have charge over me. I am not afraid. I am more concerned for my husband having to share in such a rough load of chores. But if it doesn't all get done, it just doesn't. I have to care for him, too.

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Continuing Our Discussion......

  • Paula

    Thanks Nancy. That's pretty much what I figured but wanted to check to see if anyone had noticed if it had happened to them. Have a great rest of your weekend!

  • Paula

    9/2 - Hope everyone is enjoying their Labor Day weekend! I have a question. When I pin to a secret board, how does it show up on the persons' pin it was pinned from? Does it show up as a repin since it's going to a secret board & since repins always show where the person pinned it to, what does it show when it goes to a secret board? Thanks!

  • Nancy WB

    Happy Labor Day, Paula and fellow Pinterest buddies! Paula, I did some experiments with pinning onto secret boards and I determined that there was no notification that the image was pinned or repinned. Your personal pin count doesn't go up and there is no change to the original pin's pin count.

  • Paula

    Thank you Nancy! I did notice when I pin to a secret board from someone who hasn't had repins from that particular pin, that the pin mark shows up, that's why I asked. Btw, You probobly had or saw the pin I sent you but I thought of you when I saw it. Football countdown!!

  • Nancy WB

    Paula, I saw it and it was super cute! Tortoises like being warm, and there is nothing quite like a pile of warm puppies!

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Pinterest- Group Board Creators FINALLY Get REAL Control for their boards- en.help.pinterest...

  • Nancy WB

    The important changes: "When you block someone from your group board, it's like they were never invited: We don't notify the pinner. We'll remove the board from his/her profile, and he/she won't be able to pin to it. The pinner's old pins will be removed from the board, and he/she won't be able to join the board again. Anyone the pinner invited will also be blocked." So spammers who invited a gazillion other spammers are now removed as well as all of their pins. Hooray! Thank you Pinterest!

  • zia jnet

    Very good news to take back control over spam!

  • SugarBush Squirrel®

    Great news but I do have to say my Pin Pals of Sugar Bush Squirrel Community Board is thriving and we are having very little problems with spammers now. If I see a spammer on there they are zapped immediately and I think they've learned over the last year to stay clear of our board. Thanks also to some of my 'spies' who help keep watch over my board when I'm away from it. They know what to watch for and inform me of wrong doing immediately and I am deeply grateful for their help in keeping my board spam free!!! Thanks, guys!!!!!!!!!

  • Laurette Thomas

    That's fabulous Nancy! And glad to see the Pin Pals of Sugar Bush Squirrel Community Board is going strong with none of those nasty problems. Hi SugarBush!!

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  • SusansStyles

    @Nancy WB @Paula Sklar Hi Nancy & Paula, thanks for your replies. I won't be soliciting for new pinners to my group boards and I don't like it that you have to ask them to follow one of your boards because if they want to follow you they do so without having to be asked. If I find that it's happening too often, that I can't invite someone who has requested an invite, I will most probably close down my shared boards. It is supposed to be a fun hobby. By the way how does this new system stop spammers? Pinterest is in a way making us filter out the spammers instead of Pinterest stopping them. Why doesn't Pinterest stop them when they have been reported. I know they keep popping up with different names. Also, does this new system mean that pinners cannot get friends who are already on a shared board to invite them (?) leaving the full control of invitations to the owner of the shared board? And also, if you Nancy tried to invite me to your shared board, why didn't that work when we are following each other? I'm sorry but not having a good day with this Pinterest thing. Hope you both have a lovely weekend, its Friday afternoon here. Kindest Regards Susan :)

  • Nancy WB

    Hi Susan, I cannot invite anyone currently to my group boards. I also have two other group board Pinterest bugs relating to my account. Most likely they are all related. As for the spammers, in the past I think they copied all followers of a large group board and then tried inviting them to one of their spam boards....I used to get lots of these types of invites. My feeling is that the spammers were trying to cloak themselves among real Pinterest users. And I think they hoped to pick up followers this way as well. Now if their only followers are other spammers, it is much harder for them to grow their boards.

  • SusansStyles

    @Nancy WB Yes I agree. I actually check out any of the new followers following me just to make sure they are not spammers because I also received invites to 'suspect' new group boards. I also block 'suspect' pinners who pin from me to a group board. Hopefully, eventually spammers will give up and move on. If only pinners didn't pin from them!

  • Paula

    Morning! Susan I agree it's ridiculous to ask for people to follow you. I've been on Pinterest for almost 2 yrs now & just created my 1st Group Board after thinking about it long & hard. After seeing what everyone else has gone through with their Group Boards, I just didn't want the headache & extra work because like you said it's suppose to be fun. Hoenstly, having to go through a long list of Em's everyday isn't fun either. I got to thinking about soliciting for people to follow atleast 1 of my Board so I could sent the Invite & here's what I came up with. Of all the millions of people on Pinterest, we really only follow or have follow us, a tiny speck of members. Most people don't even know we exist & once they do, it opens up a whole new slew of people for us to follow. New people, new pins, new interests. There are so many incredible Boards out there. I probobly should have started a Group Board long ago & especially before Pinterest made all these changes. It's getting off to a slow start because I'm so picky & particular about who I Invite. Like you, I check out everyone who even just "Likes" one of my pins. & I'm wearing out the Block feature, which is the best invention since sliced bread! lol I completely understand your frustration. As for Spammers, when I 1st started on Pinterest I had NO CLUE about Spammers & pinned from everyone, sight unseen. I didn't check pins to make sure they went where they were suppose to either. Then I deleted ALL my couple hundred Boards & started over. Thankfully, came in contact with Lori, Nancy & others who "enlightened" me. So I think alot of people have no clue, like I did, about Spammers. Who they are, what they do & what their purpose is. I guess it's up so us that now know, to teach them....a never ending process :) Nancy I can't believe it's taking so long for them fo fix your issues. You've had such a great response with the people you deal with in the past. Hope everything works out for all of us sooner than later. Have a great weekend Nancy & Susan!

  • Nancy WB

    Susan and Paula, I've started a new thread to continue this discussion. Please go to this link: http://pinterest.com/pin/34...

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Pinterest - July 16, 2013 - Sort pins by # of repins en.help.pinterest... This sounds like an excellent feature request. Click on link to vote yes.

  • Nancy WB

    Just one comment from me ladies since I am about to participate in Cyber Monday....from as soon as I realized over a year ago that anyone on a group board can invite other users I have been vehemently against this feature and have written to Pinterest about it to no avail. I don't think they have changed it, although perhaps they have in the time I have been away from the site in the past few months.

  • Laurette Thomas

    Hi Nancy, No they still haven't changed it. One of the members on my board invited me to my own board by mistake...lol, but it was working. I know they're well aware at support. They MUST change this though. It was a stupid thing in the first place. lol. And SO EASY for them to change. It's ridiculous. It would totally eliminate spam.

  • Paula

    Hi Laurette, I'm amazed at the time & work you've put into it helping me. Thank you doesn't seem sufficient! But Thank you so very much!! I've just spent the last 1 1/2 hours that I would rather spend pinning myself but going through my em's Blocking & going through Followers of people & have run out of time tonight. But 1st thing in the morning I will work on sending Pinterest everything we have. I spent 1/2 the day today watching my grandbabies but tomorrow I'll be home all day & can put more time towards this. Again, Thank you!! Paula

  • Paula

    One more thing, I've obviously infuriated the people ( fake pinners I've Blocked & the so called Spam feelers), they are Following & pinning from me today in droves....unbelievable! They just don't give up & keep sending more my way. I just don't get it. They have millions of people to bother,, why keep picking on me! Anyway, off to fix dinner. Have a great night!

  • Laurette Thomas

    Hi Paula, I didn't mind at all. It has to change. It's unacceptable that you have to go through that daily...Get your stuff to P suppport and try to survive those terrible people. Take it day by day and maybe something will happen, finally. You never know! They know how persistant I am at P support (Zen Desk). I had a HUGE problem with them/their support and it took everything but my first born to get them to admit somehting was even wrong. I submitted request after request (I mean a LOT of requests) until they fixed it...Well see, but I sure hope things can get better for you.

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Pinterest- July 2, 2013 - Fake Pinterest Emails en.help.pinterest... Beware of Phishing expeditions!

  • ❧ Ᏸɛçƙƴ ❧

    Paula, I pin mostly from my desktop and iPad. It's never worked for me. Hopefully, it will get lined out:) I try so hard not to duplicate pix, but it happens on occasion. It will be a wonderful tool, if they can get the kinks worked out of it.

  • Paula

    It's one of their best, I think but agree it needs the wrinkles ironed out. Thank you so much for your help!

  • ❧ Ᏸɛçƙƴ ❧

    You are welcome! It will be interesting to see if anyone else is experiencing problems with it:)

  • Joyce Brown

    It has been working up till now for me. I pinned a duplicate today for the first time in a long time. Is it broken? I love the feature.

  • Paula

    It goes in & out, not consistant yet.

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Warning! Pinterest may be automatically posting your pins onto Twitter or Facebook. I found out the hard way that my most recent public pins went onto Twitter without my knowledge. Make sure the box under your pin is not checked if that is your desire.

  • Nancy WB

    Hi Janis, Not sure exactly what you mean. Are you talking about people I follow? Or people who follow me? Or people in my feed? Or people in my notifications list? let me know and I'll see how it works when I try it.

  • Janis Sweat

    Hi Nancy, no I'm talking about people on my own list. Whether its my followers or the ones I'm following. I can be way down on my list of people and say I go in and start pinning from someone and when I get done to go to someone else, Pinterest will send me back to the very top of the list every time. I've never had this problem until the new update.

  • Janis Sweat

    Hi Nancy, thanks for trying to help me. I just don't know if I'm doing something wrong. I was hoping you could help me figure it out. I don't like this new update, that's for sure. Lol

  • Nancy WB

    Hi Janis, I KNEW there was a comment I meant to answer and somehow missed it! I just tried pinning something from my "feed" with the new Pinterest. What I DID and it kept me at the same place was that after I pinned the pin I did NOT click on Pinterest's box that came up. I clicked on an empty space to the side and by doing so I stayed at the same place in the feed. Try doing that and see if it works for you.

  • Janis Sweat

    Ok thanks, Nancy.

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  • Pat Hodel

    That's great news!

  • Paula

    Ditto, voted!

  • Paula

    Hi Nancy! Is there a way to check someones "activity? You use to be able to go directly to "Activity" but since it's no longer there, is there a way to check?

  • Nancy WB

    Hi Paula, what I do is check their pins and likes. Unfortunately we can't find comments the way we used to.

  • Paula

    That's what I thought. Thank you Nancy!

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Interesting Pinterest fact

  • Nancy WB

    Just checked the board's followers and they are no longer listed. So that answers my question. Once you block someone you no longer follow their group board. That makes sense to me!

  • Laurette Thomas

    Yep. Makes sense. But they aren't worth following or being followed anyway. :)

  • Paula

    @Nancy WB I came across someone who Blocked me too & I jumped! Guess I forgot I had Blocked this person, went to pin from them & as a kind gesture he Blocked me too...thought it was funny! That's the only 1 though.

  • Mya

    Why when i invite some one to my board does it say" Whoops Slow down there?"

  • Nancy WB

    Hi mya. See answer on other pin.

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Pinterest- Fast Follow help.pinterest.co... Why you may be getting lots of new followers

  • Paula

    Don't know what I'm thinking..saw it, used it but didn't absorb it. It's great to be able to count on you, thanks once again Nancy!

  • Kate Holmes

    In other words, they now show you OTHERS' activity but not YOURS? I'd like to know how many Pins I pinned yesterday, the day before, etc, and to which boards. Now that I cannot find that, I am less likely to keep pinning.

  • Nancy WB

    Hi Kate, what I noticed is that on my iPad I still have the old Pinterest as well as activity. Perhaps if you try the Safari browser it will be the same. In any case, like you I really miss the activity feature on my desktop computer.

  • Kate Holmes

    Thanks for the tip, Nancy, but alas, none of the browsers I tried on my Win 7 desktop have "activity" available... for a while there, you could get to it by typing in pinterest.com/USERNAME/acti... when logged OUT... but they're nailed that doorway shut as well ;( ... this really has caused me to stop using P so much (that and the accursed "new improved" way to embed, and before that, the change they made to embedding that made all past embeds break in blogs and the like.)

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How to edit your captions on the "New Pinterest"

  • Nancy WB

    I just had this happen to me with this pin http://pinterest.com/pin/34... Every time I clicked on the pin to change the title I went to an internet site and not the edit screen. What I FINALLY figured out is that if I hovered my mouse at the bottom of the pin a bar with a little pen showed up. By clicking on the pen it brought up the edit pin screen. Good to know! Much easier than going back 49 weeks in my cute animals board to try and find it!

  • Pat Hodel

    Thanks, Nancy

Pinterest - (May 17, 2013) help.pinterest.co... Issue: I can't pin! The category drop-down menu is superimposed over the page

  • Nancy WB

    I regularly have this problem. In my case it is most likely Firefox causing the trouble.

Sugar Bush with just a quick note for all of you. I just went to pin something and it said, I think you've already pinned this to one of your boards. And it told me which board. That's FANTASTIC!!!!! Great job Pinterest!!!!!!

  • SugarBush Squirrel®

    Oooo, Pat....that screen shot rocks! Were you expecting it to jump up so fast! Scary!

  • Pat Hodel

    It surprised me, too! So far this notification has been a real help to me, though. The screen shot above comes from Pinterest Blog, and I just copied it.

  • SugarBush Squirrel®

    Should be a real help to lots of people....I know it will help me...I can't remember anything I pin...that's why I don't play Bridge!!!

  • Paula

    My memory isn't what it use to be either, this will be a great help to me also!

  • Joyce Brown

    Love it !!!

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Anyone else getting a gazillion emails from Pinterest today (May 13, 2013?). For some comments I've gotten over a dozen notices.

Pinterest - (May 10, 2013) help.pinterest.co... Rearranging boards now works.

  • Barb Goings

    Thanks for the good news! I just tried to move my boards and they stayed where I put them. Finally!

  • Paula

    Thanks Nancy.