Registration Procedure

To deter robo-spammers, I manually approve each registration before you can post something to the discussion boards. After you fill in the registration info (username, password, etc.), 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. It’s cumbersome and inconvenient, but this procedure keeps the discussion forums remarkably clear of spam.

I usually clear out the queue of spammers each morning (usually numbering somewhere between 900–1500 fake registrations). So please send the email immediately after registering. I also delete accounts that have not posted anything after 30 days, so if you aren’t planning on commenting right away, it’s best to hold off on registering until you have something to say. The 30-day period is only for new accounts. Once you’ve commented on something, your registration is permanent and won’t be deleted.

Note that I also delete accounts 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. 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.

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 you need to register.

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