Don’t mind me…

Opposable Thumbs

… I’m updating and doing some general cleanup in the registrations aisle.

  • I’ve also installed a filter that will restrict attempted registrations using disposable email addresses.  I had to remove 224 Russian attempts to register here.
  • I upgraded the comment plugin, so comments might display a bit different than before.

One of the things that seems to be hurting this site right now IS the fact that you have to become a member to comment here.  In today’s day and age of data breaches and doxxing, people are very reluctant to sign up on a blog using their real names and email addresses.  I certainly won’t.

If the comments were open for anyone to comment, then you would attract more participation — and traffic.  I would suggest a trial of open comments to see what happens.  It can always be shut down if it gets out of hand.

But it isn’t MY call.  Just my suggestion, for what it’s worth here.  I’m finished here for now.  See y’all in about a month or so unless I see a comment here.

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angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster
June 8, 2020 04:38

Well I see my account is still here. 🙂
(Posting from the basement of mom’s house in Moscow)

VonZorch Imperial Researcher
VonZorch Imperial Researcher
June 8, 2020 19:10

We had open comments here a while back. It got changed because of all the spam.

LCBren
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LCBren
June 8, 2020 20:44

Deej, as a “junior” admin, my biggest concern is spambots. Id be VERY grateful if you could email me with some details as to how to keep that to a minimum.
 
Thanks.

LCBren
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LCBren
June 8, 2020 20:46

I also think a lot of what kept people away was the extended period where people could NOT comment owing to system issues…that and TBH…people are sick to death of this garbage, seeing as our “leaders” and yours..the Dems…are throughly pissweak in dealing with the hate of the Left.

redc1c4
redc1c4
June 10, 2020 13:16

the major problem i have with registration is that,when i lose a computer and all it’s saved logins, i often have no idea what e-mail addy i registered under, and, sometimes, said e-mails aren’t even active anymore.   also. this isn’t my house, so i will defer to those that have to clean up spam and other trash on how… Read more »

LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret
LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret
June 14, 2020 10:30

Have to agree, spam filters have gotten better, maybe an experimental period of no registration followed by Dave’s assessment of how it worked? I use a couple of sites that moderate EVERY comment, no matter how man you make and that’s a pain. I’m sure Deej can come up with a happy medium…

Haverwilde
Haverwilde
June 15, 2020 19:59

I have been in hiding for awhile. Nice to see the joint again.

L.C. Mope
L.C. Mope
June 18, 2020 18:30

Has anyone ever seen DJAllyn and Opposable Thumbs in the same room at the same time? Or, for that matter, either of those and Misha in the same universe and outlying counties? I think not.
 
Note to his Eminence: I’m putting the band back together. Got bail money?

LC Wil, S.C.E.
LC Wil, S.C.E.
June 18, 2020 21:01

David, the Russians make more sence than the DNC . . just sayin’
 
And the last time there was unrestricted commenting, you and I came in.

Terrapod
Terrapod
June 29, 2020 20:09

While we are reminiscing, anyone know what has happened to Azy or BC for that matter? Don’t do Twitistan and limit severely use of Fakebook so would not know if that is where the gang migrated to.