Please let me apologize for the screaming headline. The Error 403 message had "the WEBMASTER" link all in caps and I neglected to turn off my caps lock key for the subject line.
I note That my first screen shot didn't make it through (I see now you click on the little "more attachments" link rather than browse over the first one, note the befuddlement in this screen shot's last sentence).
I think the whole issue started because of and during my first post ever, I would go off into Google or the User Manual seeking answers and return to the post. At that point, unbeknownst, I had been logged out automatically and would have to progress backwards, log in again and finish the post. In this instance I must have made a slip-up in trying to do that, setting off this tangent. It might have been because I hit the refresh button first. I experienced about an hour's worth of problems before I could post again and my original post had disappeared. I think something somewhere had decided for a while I was truly nefarious.
The Error 403 message (one of those black letters on white background things) must have assumed I knew what 403 meant, offered me some computer-ese jargon routines I wasn't going to touch with a ten-foot pole; words like malware, viruses, cookies, etc. It did seem to suggest that Firefox had "rejected" me and further hinted in layman's terms that I close my browser and open it again. As a further precaution I restarted my computer before opening my browser again. Nothing changed.
I can tell you there was another link called "you can fix this yourself". A new black and white page came up and in place of Error 403 it was titled Bad Behavior and offered me more computer-ese routines that I wasn't going to touch with a ten-foot pole. I went back to Error 403, or should I say Area 51, vaguely insulted that this link had fingered me as some sort of internet culprit, which I am not. At that point I said to hell with it and hit the WEBMASTER link. A blank pre-addressed email popped up (the one in question); I explained the problem and sent it off. It bounced. Malex was the pre-address filled in.
This might help if this whole episode was in itself some sort of a scam directed at Scribus. For about an hour afterwards I couldn't login to post from anywhere. Going back to the post pages, "Hey JohnJR" was still in the top right corner but I couldn't post. I needed to login. Okay, I tried many things, going backwards and forwards with Google's arrow icons, logout, out, button from the post page and logging back in from my login page and the now blank login boxes at the top right hand corner--simultaneously when both appeared on the same page. At one point, this started: "you do not have permission" pages that sent me back to a blank login page which I filled many times, click, "you do not have permission" back. A two page loop.
At one point it prompted me that "JohnJR is not a valid user name". Of course I had never put that in as my username, only my email. I fretted about my password, sent for the email link to reset it (at least that worked), "reset" my password with the original and went back to my Pavlovian login circles--entering and reentering the same username email and password, back, repeat. Somewhere in the loop, it worked. Pavlov will have a persistent puppy now, I was restored to the New Topic post page and sent off this post first thing.
I do have a question with regard to the words above: malware, viruses, cookies, etc. I have Macs and use my computer primarily as a word processing machine, my internet usage is sparing and confined to places like Wikipedia and so forth. Downloading Scribus or Gimp is about as far out on a limb as I care to go. I have always assumed/trusted that Apple and Firefox took care of things like this for me, but in light of this incident might you have an opinion or suggest I do something more proactive?
Before typing this, I hit the Post Button and nothing happened--frozen. Preview button works, but not Post. At the top of the page the "Hey JohnJR" is activated, I Google-arrowed back to a login page anyway and note my password is blank in both places on that screen (I have checked the "keep me logged in box" to stop this, but can't do anything about the 60 min. box). I fill in my password, Google-arrow back to my post, click the Post button--nothing happens, still frozen. Needless the say I'm back in my Palovian loop. I think I saw one of those "you do not have permission", but what? If you ever even get this post, please, please tell what I'm doing wrong--or what is wrong. I've spent a better part of the day at this and it's frustrating nearly to the point of tears.