Spam sucks.. Unless it’s the canned variety.
You know, Spam does not get enough love. Neither does corned beef hash.. But that’s not what we’re here for. We’re here to discuss our latest site changes and how they impact you.
We’ll also discuss some things you can do to protect your WordPress self-hosted site.
We’ll keep it short and sweet so no worries!
Protect Your Account – Say Hello!
We had a lot of annoying spammers registering names (over 5k, to be exact). Most of these accounts looked like they were produced through random smashing of the head on keyboards but others were hard to weed out. It wasn’t a big deal until we realized it made it hard for our fellow geeks to find other legit community members. It ruined the leaderboards, messaging, and forums. No me gusta.
In response, we did some database clean-up and increased security on our servers, WordPress implementation, and registration forms. We basically deleted all accounts that had no activity, assuming they were spammers (or lazzers). If you were deleted, please re-register and post some activity to stay active. Here’s a good place to start:
We’re trying to keep our site as user-friendly and snappy as possible but, rest assured, we are more secure than the average web site. I personally find things like CAPTCHA really annoying and mostly unnecessary.. But sometimes they are a necessary evil. We’ll be dabbling with additional security layers so please stand by, folks!
Give The Site A Real Spin
Gang, help us out by really putting the site to work. There are great people to connect with, a wide variety of content to experience, and tons of shows to tune into. Click away and see if you can break something. This site is a work in progress so we’re constantly working to make it even better for you! Some areas to check out include Storytelling, Giveaways, and Forums.. Just for starters, of course.
There are some known issues we are working on such as select users getting server errors. These usually happens when there are repeat reloads or any activity that can be perceived as brute force hacking attempts. Usually, the site will stop loading all together if your network or IP address is seen as a threat. If this happens to you by accident, tweet us @GeekyAntics and we’ll get you fix0red.
Leaving comments is the easiest away to keep your account active (it would also help if you sign up for our G.A.N.G. mailing list). All it takes is one comment and less than a minute to keep your account safe from our automatic security pruning. Just make sure you are logged on first. When you are logged on, you’ll notice the top menu features additional options and your profile shows up on the sidebar.