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Spam Reduction + T&Cs

I have received emails today that indicate somewhere approaching 50 spam diaries were set up today. Clearly that’s just ridiculous.
As such, despite still being in mid-exam fever, I have taken some time out to implement the Terms and Conditions system. When you next login (if you haven’t done so already) you will be presented with a Terms and Conditions screen when you next try to add a new post or administer your diary in any way. You will need to accept these terms and conditions before you can make a post. If there’s something you disagree with, do NOT just click accept – e-mail me using the Support button at the top of the front page and we can discuss it. However, if you’re a spammer and don’t agree with the antispam position, well, too bad 🙂
Secondly, I have also implemented signup questions which must be correctly answered before the signup process will complete. The questions aren’t that hard, hopefully. But if you aren’t a spammer and you get stuck, please drop me a line by using the Support link.
There is a potential side-effect and that is the migration process of course doesn’t ask you security questions, and doesn’t need to because it knows you’re not a spammer if you’re coming from the original site. On the other hand, the SYSTEM itself doesn’t know that you’re creating the new user as a result of the migration process rather than by the main screen, so I have had to make some changes to the migration process. If you migrate your diary and it tells you that you didn’t answer the security question properly, please drop me a line using the Support option above.
Thanks for your time!

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3 Comments

  1. So the bottom line is when my brains are scrambled I should call for help. Got it. 🙂
    Is it ok to hate spammers? lol

  2. [PRIVATE COMMENT]
    I can’t seem to figure out how to get to the other diaries to read them (such as the old DD site had). Can you please tell me where the link is?

  3. [PRIVATE COMMENT]
    Steve,
    if you still have the anti-spam community system, like on the old site, where some of us have rights to mark the diary as spam, can you please set me up with such rights on the new one, I used to have them on the old site, but they no longer valid here. At least I can help as much as I possibly can. If the system here is different, please ignore my request.
    Lana.

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