April 17th, 2016

LotR Challenges 7 by Dreamflower

Changes to the MPTT Registration Process

As those of you who are MPTT authors very likely already know, we have been fighting the good fight against comment spam for several months now. The pattern is the same: a bot registers for a new account, cleverly bypassing all captcha and other obstacles we try to throw in its way, and immediately spams dozens if not hundreds of stories with link spam in comments. This is obviously distressing and annoying to our members--who have been wonderful and patient with us through each attack--and can take hours for the mods to repair.

As a result, we have decided to begin manually registering members. If you already have an account with MPTT, this will not impact you. For new members registering for an account, instead of self-registering using a form that automatically creates the account, we now require new members to email us with the pen name they want, and we will set up the account for them.

Yes, this will create a minor inconvenience for new members, who will have to wait a couple of hours before they can beginning posting stories and commenting. But we hope it will save our authors much frustration in believing they have a new comment on a story only to find they are being peddled Rolex Watches and Cheap NFL Jerseys from yet another Internet shyster.

ysilme and I (dawn_felagund) have spent today making the changes to the MPTT site to reflect this new approach to registration. As always, we welcome all questions or comments at manypaths@lotrgfic.com or on this post.