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posted by janrinok on Monday January 02 2023, @12:48PM   Printer-friendly

Some of you may have seen the claims in certain journals that SoylentNews is blocking new accounts. I have been looking at the actual figures for accounts created during December 2022.

A total of 2198 accounts have been successfully created during December. Unfortunately the vast majority of these were created by a bot and they will never become active because the bot does not have access to the email addresses being quoted. The email address is required so that the initial password can be issued. The site is designed to handle a much larger number of accounts and at a far greater rate than the bot is using. This causes us no problems whatsoever. It must be keeping somebody amused though. I think it would be nice to have some form of 'captcha' (NOT Google's fire hydrant, bicycle, bus and pedestrian crossing counter!!!) to prevent bots such as these.

It is possible, indeed likely, that there will be a small number of genuine accounts buried in there somewhere but it is difficult to identify them until they become active.

In those accounts we have successfully identified 28 attempts at creating sock-puppets which have been disabled automatically. This gives 1.27% of all attempts to create an new account are blocked, which is significantly less that the the claim that 'all new accounts' are being blocked.

The latest UID to be created is 22820.

 
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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by cmdrklarg on Monday January 02 2023, @03:11PM (5 children)

    by cmdrklarg (5048) Subscriber Badge on Monday January 02 2023, @03:11PM (#1284779)

    Some of you may have seen the claims in certain journals

    I am still not seeing Journals listed on the main page. Also, when I try to use the Journals link on the left side it tells of an "internal error or misconfiguration". It has been this way for a while now.

    Hopefully things will settle down for you guys so that you can devote time to fix this. Thank you for your hard work.

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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by janrinok on Monday January 02 2023, @03:59PM (4 children)

    by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Monday January 02 2023, @03:59PM (#1284795) Journal

    It is the same for us all - but the journals are still there:

    https://soylentnews.org/~insertnamehere/journal/ [soylentnews.org]

    Insert the name of the journal that you are interested in and it will take you to their page. Until we can get down to some serious bug squashing this is the best that I can suggest.

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    • (Score: 2) by janrinok on Monday January 02 2023, @04:54PM (1 child)

      by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Monday January 02 2023, @04:54PM (#1284803) Journal

      I wasn't expecting a 'Funny' moderation - it is what I have been doing for several weeks now. It works.

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      • (Score: 5, Informative) by Reziac on Tuesday January 03 2023, @02:46AM

        by Reziac (2489) on Tuesday January 03 2023, @02:46AM (#1284878) Homepage

        Speaking of things that work, I have mod points back again, so thank you for fixing whatever got fixed!

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    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by cmdrklarg on Monday January 02 2023, @10:37PM

      by cmdrklarg (5048) Subscriber Badge on Monday January 02 2023, @10:37PM (#1284844)

      I figured that would work, but I use it by clicking on a topic, rather than a certain user's journal. I can wait!

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    • (Score: 2) by cmdrklarg on Thursday January 05 2023, @07:00PM

      by cmdrklarg (5048) Subscriber Badge on Thursday January 05 2023, @07:00PM (#1285311)

      Today I see that they are back! Thank you!

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