New Registration Procedure

We’ve been having a big problem with robo-spammers on the forums. As a result, I’ve changed the procedure for registering new accounts. So if you’ve been having trouble with your account being deleted shortly after registering, please try again. This new procedure does not affect those already registered and who can successfully post to the board.

After you fill in the registration info (username, password, etc.), I will have to manually approve the registration. Please send me an email at that convinces me you are an actual human being, and I will activate your account. This “Turing test” should eliminate the robo-spammers.

You don’t need to be a registered member to read anything on this site. Everything here is open to the public. But to post comments on the forums or to blog posts you need to register. (Comments to blog posts are currently turned off, but I’ll be turning them back on once I’m convinced the spammers are under control.)

Note that I will still be monitoring new accounts and deleting those that consist of nothing but links to commercial web sites. I don’t run this site as a free advertising or search-engine-ranking-boosting service. (If you want to advertise here, you’ll have to pay me.) There is nothing wrong with participants on this site posting links to their web sites in their profiles, but just creating a profile so you can have a link to your site from this one is not cool.

S & W Slash Fiction

XKCD has done it again:

Old English Characters in Windows

Old English uses a number of letters and punctuation marks, like the thorn þ and the eth ð, that do not exist in modern English. Typing these can be a challenge. This MS Word document has information on how to get your Windows computer to produce these characters, OELetters.doc (721 Kb). (I don’t know the Mac, but if someone sends me info on how to do this on the Mac, I’ll add it to the document.)

If you’re typing for the web, like on this site’s discussion forum, it’s probably best to limit yourself to the most commonly supported characters. The more esoteric characters will probably not be seen on other people’s systems.

If you’re a hardcore user of Old English, you’ll probably want to download the Junicode font and even this keyboard map.

[Updated the linked MS Word document, Jan 2011 — dw]

Contact Us: Postal Address

If you wish to contact us other than electronically, you can send postal mail to:

Dave Wilton
Wordorigins.org
457 Marlee Ave., #303
Toronto, ON M6B 3J2
Canada

Off to Canada

Starting next week, the first week in August, I’ll be decamping to Toronto. As a result, I’ll have limited internet access for a week or so, as Dexter and I drive northeastward across the continent, and I’ll have no access to my print library for several weeks. (Fortunately, the online resources I now have access to through the University of Toronto are just superb.)

I’ll still be checking in at least daily to see how the site is going and to purge spammers, but my posting will be sparse. So go ahead and talk amongst yourselves.

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