Thanks to the efforts of polygone, our little forum has recently acquired three new members!If you have tried creating an account recently, see the notice at the bottom of this message.
Two of them are disgusting spam bots.Username: RisMilo1984
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Date Registered: Today at 05:23:24 AM
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Date Registered: March 21, 2012, 09:32:55 AM
Last Active: March 21, 2012, 09:36:51 AM
The other one's legitimate. You may know him as fresnobob or, on the IRC, as mrboduma. Welcome to ENIGMA, fresnobob.
Now, you may be asking, how did we manage to acquire two spam bots? Didn't Josh spam proof the forum a year ago?
To answer the latter, yes! He did! Now, how to answer the former?
Well, it seems that while our good friend polyfuck was disabling the email verification, which I don't give a damn about, he also decided that my verification questions are too hard. You see, they actually require a brain to answer!
(Rather than a 1"×1"×1
" collection of tin, zinc, copper, gold, and silicon, I mean.)
Unfortunately, it turns out—and, get this—it turns out, if your questions don't require a fucking brain to answer, then—and pay attention to this part—things which do not have brains will be able to answer them.
So I've went and made another executive decision here—and I do hope you'll forgive me—and I went and put the old questions back.
For your further enlightenment, these were the questions that do not
require a brain to answer:
- What is 5 + 3? :
- Name a yellow fruit:
These are questions that do
require a brain to answer:
- Name one of the project leaders here (if you read the last page, you should know this):
- Type the name of the forum backwards (Six letters):
(I throw in the yellow fruit one too so registrants can feel creative; it accepts fifty answers, all of which have thus far been "banana")
SO. If anyone here feels they are incapable of answering the above questions, please leave a reply and I will personally ban you from the forum for all eternity.
Why does this piss me off? Because commercialism is one thing. Spamming links everywhere to steal rank from people who deserve it—DESERVE it, in the capitalistic sense, based on REPUTATION, the concept by which capitalism FUNCTIONS—is, in my book, a pretty serious crime.
Further, I don't even like the fucking pizza ads people stick under my windshield wipers. I make it a point not to visit any restaurant that does that. If you want to stand outside your restaurant and hold up a sign about how great your pizza is, that's great! If you want to do that in a public place, that's fine too! If I am uninterested, I will simply ignore your sign, or maybe I'll decide I'm rather in the mood for pizza after all, and that your effort won me over. If you tie a note to a brick about your pizza and smash it through my window, I will probably by pissed at you for it.
Of course, I also made it so registrants who have not made a post cannot set signatures, avatars, or anything else that could subtly be used to suck page rank out of everything. So in reality, no harm was done by these bots joining. Save for some kilobyte of extra crap in the database, which is negligible. I just happen to like yelling at polyfuck in public.
Notice to those who have recently attempted to register:
I found some 20 accounts "awaiting activation" from the past month or so. I just went ahead and activated them all, including duplicates. That said, if you have attempted to register here recently and were unable to activate, I have manually activated all outstanding accounts from within the past year. If you registered multiple, go ahead and use whichever account you like. We'll delete the unused ones in five years or so.
(Admins are not notified by the forum software when a member requests activation; it gets added to a queue somewhere that no one can see until we stumble upon it. When no one is on the queue, it is invisible to admins.)