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Housekeeping – User Accounts – Readers Take Note

Housekeeping – User Accounts – Readers Take Note

Eliminating fake User accounts by deleting accounts that never have commented. See below for details.

We need to do a little maintenance on our vast database of User accounts. It will happen overnight early in the morning (Eastern) of May 13.

You don’t need to register as a User (“Subscribe”) to read the website. You only need to register to comment or to use the Thumbs Up/Down on comments.

For the first couple of years after moving to a self-hosted WordPress site (from Google Blogger) in June 2011, we did not have a “Captcha” screen when signing up for User accounts.

Hence, we have hundreds of thousands of “fake” User accounts established by robots that never have commented. That huge database is causing us some server problems.

One solution is to ditch hosting our own Users and Comments, and move to a third party solution like Disqus. That would be the commercially smart thing to do.

But, it would increase the drive-by commenters who have no interest other than in throwing hand grenades into a crowded comment section. Someday we may have to do that, but we’re trying to hold off the incoming tide as long as possible.

So we are eliminating User accounts which never have commented.

So, if you ever have commented, even once, you are fine and don’t need to do anything.

If you never have commented, and your User account is eliminated, you can sign up again.

Or if you never have commented, you can preempt the problem now, by commenting on this post, even just a “Yes” or “Save Me” or “WTF?” You have until midnight Tuesday night, May 12, to do so.


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ronlankford | May 12, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Yikes! Better comment for safety’s sake.

Yes. Save me please.

Should be safe, this confirms the obvious

Another Voice | May 12, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Me too..Save me..this site is a life line to the real world.

choirboy626 | May 12, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Save me please

No grifters in the White House. (applies to Republicans too!)

Southwest Chuck | May 12, 2015 at 3:16 pm

It’s been a while since I commented, so this is just a secret double back-up comment to make sure I’m not deleted! Great site Dr. Jacobson

Pretty sure I’m a real person. But then so was Pinocchio.

Phillep Harding | May 12, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Disqus was okay until they stopped showing down votes. They should also show how many flags a comment collects.

Comment on Trolls: About half of the ones I have observed offer their throats to anyone who studies their personalities and beliefs.

I am a great fan of your product and/or service and wish to be included in your databsae.

Heh… seriously… gotta do what you gotta do. Fortunately I’ve been a semi-regular commenter for years.

Trying for the third time … hope I’m not on a do-not-fly list….

save me

Not sure if I have commented on this site, but I know that I have been following it on a daily basis pretty much since the beginning. Lots of great analysis and commentary have come out of it.

Save me

Just to be sure.

Making sure I have commented and not just thumbed up.

Delurking just this once.

Thank you all for the great site.

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ijustwanttovote | May 12, 2015 at 9:13 pm

I am pretty sure that I have commented once before, but I will this time, just to be sure my account is maintained. Thank you for producing this excellent website.

It’s been some time since I commented but I read this site daily.

Save me! ♥

Sammy Finkelman | May 13, 2015 at 1:10 am

I’m seeing, or saw, something even before May 13. When I signed it it wanted to me to update something or said it had a problem.

To be exact, it said:

“An automated WordPress update has failed to complete! Please notify the site administrator.”

And put me on my Profile page.

It also told me:

“WordPress Sentinel: Install files have changed. (Details)”

Details = You do not have sufficient permissions to access this page.

Kathy O'Shea | May 13, 2015 at 2:34 am

I’m still here and not a drive-by. Do Not Eliminate 😀

Kathy O'Shea | May 13, 2015 at 2:40 am

OK, my first “save me” didn’t show up, so here I am again. Do Not Eliminate (again). I love your site, I’d have to leave if Disqus was hired. Bad group, bad, bad group.

When being accused of something my usual reply is: “I’m not like that anymore!” The response from my antagonist is often; “Nor any less!”

1)turn on all noscript permissions containing LI
2)did i ever comment? don’t remember but sent $ once
3) browser remembered a username & pw – excellent!
4) what to say now? “Thanks Professor J & LI crew”

MarlaHughes | May 13, 2015 at 1:04 pm

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