Note To New Users (sticky)

IMPORTANT NOTE: WHEN YOU SIGN UP, IF YOU DO NOT PUT ANYTHING IN THE “LAST NAME” FIELD (IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE YOUR NAME; “I’M REAL” IS FINE) YOUR REGISTRATION WILL BE DELETED AND YOUR EMAIL DOMAIN BANNED. Details follow.

If you’re new to the blog (or just haven’t been here lately) please read this post about spam issues:

Folks, I’m having some problems with spam signups, so if you would, please, when you sign up put something in either your first name or last name field. (your username will do fine) The spammers never do, so having that non-blank is an easy way to sort them out for easy deletion and adding to Ban Hammer.

If you’re one of the people whose last name field now says “(real)”, feel free to change it to something else; I just edited something in there so I can tell you’re a real person when I look at the user list.

Also: if your email address has a subdomain — that is, if your email address is in the form fred@somewhere.else.com — it will be deleted and the domain added to the Ban Hammer block list unless you convince me ASAP that you’re not a spammer. Putting “I am not a spammer!” in the last name field will do nicely.

UPDATE: I have found it necessary to add gmail.com to the block list. I know this sucks, because so many of us (including me) use Gmail, but there are some very persistent Russians spamming the place up. I’ll periodically try unblocking Gmail to see if they’ve gone away.

Thanks!