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 Post subject: New Profile Account Changes
PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 7:02 pm 
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We have had to install a new Profile Account Approval system for all new Profiles. We have been hit with link spammers creating new profiles and filling the blogs and other areas with links to all kinds of sites. They are trying to use our high search engine rating to generate higher search ratings for the linked sites.

In the past we worked on an honor system and it worked great for many years. Frankly I am surprised we went this long without rampant link spam. :)

We have added Admin Authorization for all new accounts. Any new account has to be approved by either Tarnus or myself. When a new Profile is created both of us will receive an email with all of the account information. Then we will decide if the account should be approved. While an account is awaiting approval it will be inactive. It will not show up anywhere on the web site except for the New Profile list. No one will be able to access the Profile or Blog Pages until it is approved. Any link to the new Profile or Blog will immediately redirect to the news page for the site. The new Profile is effectively INVISIBLE to the web until approved. The new Profile will show up in the New Profile list in the lower right of the page but the links will show nothing. If the email address given isn't a real account, we will poll the account, then the account WILL NOT be approved.

If the profile isn't approved it will be deleted from the system and all references to it will be deleted. We are very active in policing the site. New accounts will be approved or deleted within a couple of hours of either Admin receiving the email for the new account. In the rare case it may take a couple of days if we are busy.

All accounts will receive an Email indicating if the new Profile Account has been approved or denied.

During the next week we will be going through all 2200 Profile Accounts looking for duplicates and spam accounts. We will be deleting all we find.

We didn't want to do this but the spammers forced it. We have tried to make this as painless as possible. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

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