Administrative note: registration and forums
by on Wednesday, March 2, 2016  (4 comments)

I hope it has mostly gone unnoticed to most of you but there has been a rash of attempted attacks by spammers over the past few days.

Largely, the spammers have been trying to do their thing over at the forums. There have been a few attempts on the blogs also but, as of now, those have not gotten through.

In order to combat these attacks, I made a few changes:

  • Registration (which goes through the forums) will now require email confirmation. Your account will not be active until you confirm your email address.

  • Posts from new members are being moderated. New members can still post a new topic in the forums but posts from new members will not appear until they have been approved.

  • Topics that have not been commented on for 30 or more days will be closed to comments. Commenting on old topics has been a major tool used by spammers to get their garbage on here.

  • I'm sorry for any inconvenience this causes but something has to be done. I'm also sorry if anyone encountered the spam. Hopefully these problems are now behind us.

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    4 comments
    cesar

    Good done Ryan!! A lot of trolls there!

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    Ryan

    It's a constant battle Cesar. I try my best. The new setup seems to be holding now but I am looking into other, much more significant, changes to keep spammers at bay.

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    Ed

    Ryan, if you need help reviewing posts from new members to ensure that they are not spam just let me know and I'll do what I can to help out.

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    Ryan

    Thanks Ed, I'll keep that in mind. As of now, I am laying out a plan for bigger changes that should help but I'm far from ready to move forward with those changes and not sure how long it will take.

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