I realize that the website has seemed rather idle for the greater part of the last month (especially during October). While it may appear this way on the outside, we have actually been under a constant onslaught of spam-bots, each one rapid firing new user registration. Most of these fall by the wayside, stopping once they hit the CAPTCHA wall that guards our Forums or Comments, with less than 10% of those breaching beyond this point to post tantalizing offers regards cheap concert tickets or great offers on kitchen remodeling. The nasty side of all of this.. is the sheer volume with which this has been happening: if only 10% of these spammers breach our security measures, that is still 10% of the 100+ new registrations every day firing salvos of spam at our website.
I have wanted to keep user registration open on our website, allowing for you the community to participate in conversations with our team about Mana Punk (and role playing games in general). This has been the primary motivation for suffering through this entire barrage of spam. Unfortunately it looks like we have crossed a point that is forcing us to rethink this agenda. The time and manpower required to keep the spam-bots at bay has become too much, infringing upon development of future work.
From this point forward, we will no longer have open user registration for the website. I have gone through and pruned out every single account that looks like a spam bot account, keeping ll ‘normal accounts’ that I could identify in the process. If this means that your account was deleted in this process, I apologize for this. Your account has been sacrificed for the greater cause and we appreciate your understanding of this.
This also means that, for the time being, our Forums will be disabled entirely until we can produce a more viable (and more easily moderatable) alternate solution.
If you have Twitter or Facebook accounts, or a WordPress account from WordPress.org / WordPress.com, then you can still use those accounts to participate in comments on our posts. Once we come up with a viable substitute for our Forums, we will make sure to update you with progress. Thank you for your patience during this whole process while we wait for this storm to pass.