It’s a sad day for the FLOG. We have always had an open registration process, where readers could register themselves to comment or post freely on the FLOG. More than 500 people have registered on the FLOG.
Unfortunately, as many of you may have noticed over the last few months, we have attracted the attention of spammers, who use specialized programs, known as “bots,” to repeatedly register and spam the FLOG. We have been told by our Internet hosting company that we must institute additional security.
This will NOT, I’m sure you’ll be happy to know, include either airport scanners or “pat-downs.”
Starting immediately, however, readers will not be able to register themselves on the FLOG. New readers who want to register must apply to a moderator or administrator (we have three) for registration.
[UPDATE: To clarify some questions that have been raised: 1) you do NOT have to register to READ the FLOG; only to comment or post; 2) to register on the FLOG, send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, a “user name” you want readers to see, your e-mail address, and if you want a specific password, include that as well.]
This will NOT affect existing registrations. If you are already registered, you don’t need to do anything else. You will remain registered (assuming you abide by our very flexible rules).
Sorry about this, folks, and we really appreciate our loyal and active readership. But we live in an imperfect world, and we have to adapt.