News: February 2008 Archives

If you find time in your busy day, please make a quick list of your five favorite IAD2s and list them as a comment on this message. I'll start printing a few of them soon, so lists may be of use in order to judge popularity.

Any other comments regarding IAD2 are also welcome, but I will not answer any questions about underpants.

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In case you care to know, the CAPTCHA seems to be working quite well. Spam has dropped off to zero, the plugin deflecting the buttholes and butthole computers that do their bidding. As a result, I've turned the comments on again. There are still a few bugs to work out -- preview seems to have issues with the reCAPTCHA plugin and I'd like to code things in such a way that CAPTCHA is not necessary for those with Typekey logins. When I get a few free moments (most likely in March), I'll attack this and other issues.

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In order to help promote Unloosen, I've integrated the popular "digg" system into Unloosen. In case you're not aware of how this works, I'll give it a try. You click the "digg" button and the Unloosen post in question is either sent to for further "digging" or is promoted based on the fact that people seem to like it. More diggs = more higher ranking, blah, blah, blah. I think you get the point. So digg away!

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After two days of no attacks, comments were hit by yet another spambot today, so I've decided to implement CAPTCHA. CAPTCHA, for those of you who don't know, is a verification system that requires a user to read a contorted word or two and type them to prove they're a human, not a spambot. I chose to use reCAPTCHA for our site due to its readability and the fact that it's got an alternate audio function for those who have difficulty reading the text.

As a result of this addition, I'll more than likely be reactivating comments on older posts when I have a little extra time.

Please test the system by leaving a comment and let me know if there are any issues. Thanks.

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Much to my dismay, I've been forced to turn off comments on older posts. Anything within a half-year range is still active, but any posts older than that are now static. This doesn't mean old comments have been deleted. All of our insane ramblings are still present.

The reason? SPAM commenting has become a much more serious problem of late, with spammers sometimes dropping 1,000 or more comments within a 24 hour period. Most of these are caught by filters, but some of them, the random-letter strings that have been showing up lately, hit the front page and that's not good. Today, I even woke up to an angry message from a spammer. He was upset because I blocked his IP addresses (yes, more than one)!

I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience brought upon legitimate users as a result of this decision. If the problem gets worse, I'm going to return to a registered-user-only system.

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