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Technical issues (again)

Although the most serious blog problems (such as my not being able to post) appear to be resolved, that doesn’t mean that everything is peaches and cream here at ScienceBlogs. Apparently the servers have been getting slammed by spammers attempting to deluge us with comment spam. Consequently, we have all been asked to tighten our security up. That is why a valid e-mail address is required to comment here. Don’t worry. Neither I nor ScienceBlogs use the e-mail address for anything other than comment verification. If you ever have reason to suspect otherwise, let me know, and, like Chad, I promise to find out what’s going on. If your suspicions turn out to be justified, I’ll raise holy hell. Hopefully the spam flood will decrease and this restriction will no longer be necessary. In the meantime, if it bothers you too much, you can always get a throwaway e-mail account from places like Hotmail or Yahoo!. (If you’re a regular from the old blog, I’ll even send you an invitation to Gmail if you ask me nicely–at least as long as I have invitations left to give and as long as you’re not a regular troll from the old blog.)

If it gets worse, I’m told that we may have to require TypeKey verification of everyone. I would truly hate that. If that were to happen, I might go as far as to post links to my ScienceBlogs posts over at my old Blogspot blog, to allow anonymous comments.

One other issue is that it’s been difficult for some people to comment. If for some reason you find that the system won’t let you post a comment, try deleting all ScienceBlog cookies and try again.

Finally, like PZ, I’m willing to hear bug reports or usability issues. You can post them here, and I will forward them to the webmaster/developer in charge of ScienceBlogs and the Seed Magazine website.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

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