Administrative note: registration and forums

This article was originally posted by Ryan at the original Blogs.

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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