Hello, I must be going

Has it been two weeks already? This has been fantastic.

Those of you who read and comment on this website may suspect that the people who run it are the coolest people on the planet; turns out your suspicions are absolutely correct. This has been a wonderful place to blab on about all sorts of issues and I hope I get the opportunity to contribute again. Thanks in particular to Mark for helping me not get Boing Boing sued, and Xeni for turning me into a YouTube-embedding ninja.

In the unlikely event that you're still interested in anything I have to say after these two weeks, you can find me on twitter, my blog, and my website. You can also find me at my new job, which I'll be able to reveal in a week or so.

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Trouble logging in?

Try to shake it awake by shift-refreshing the homepage to get a fresh cookie. Some folks report that they can't get in until they clear the old ones and empty the cache: in Firefox and IE, head to the Tools menu and the delete/clear history option. In Safari, it's under the Safari menu, as "Reset Safari."

(We're still working on some of the tail-end issues, so don't panic if you still can't get in! Lots of stuff in old posts will be broken--links to profiles, for example--until we give the all-clear on the upgrades and hit "epic republish" on many years of posts.) Read the rest

Overaggressive spam filter

A housekeeping note:

Our assistant moderator Antinous has noticed an increasing number of legit comments getting caught in the spam trap. Previously, it was only catching an innocent comment about once a month. Now he's fishing three or four comments a day out of it. We'll try to sort this out.

For now, Antinous says that having multiple links to the same domain seems to be the trigger, even if the links are to different pages in that domain. For example, a comment containing links to three different Wikipedia articles runs some risk of getting snagged. Avoiding that pattern isn't an absolute guarantee of safety, though; he's found a few comments in the spam trap where all the links were to different domains.

What we know for sure is that several commenters have complained that we unpublished their long, thoughtful, citation-filled comments, when in fact they'd been grabbed by the spam filter. If you have a comment go missing, let us know. In the meantime, Antinous will keep checking the trap. Read the rest