A breath of fresh air

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Hello everyone, I just wanted to give everyone a brief update on our recent spam user purge. I used a plugin that flagged every user account for deletion that hasn’t been used to write posts or comments, but there was no way to automatically exclude users that have only posted in the forum from this list. So I went through every forum post to look for users that have commented in the forum, checked their community page for comments, and if none, I plucked it out of the deletion list. Thus, anyone who has used their account in the forum (but not for comments on posts) has had their account saved. There were also some recent new users whose names I recognized, and they were also protected from deletion. A few clicks later, and over 700 spam accounts clogging up the system were deleted.

Now our blog’s community page is a breath of fresh air. Take a look, find yourself in it and how you appear to others visiting the site. For those who are not familiar with this yet, registered users have community pages that they can use to write a bit about themselves, flag favorite posts, link to facebook (or Google+) profiles, and put up pictures. Registered users also get a chance to win community contests – and there will be another one of these soon.

And from the last couple weeks, I have not seen any new spam users show up, so I think the new registration confirmation process is working. It is nice to actually see the accounts of users on this site! Fantastic.

Follow Karl Haro von Mogel:
Karl earned his Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics at UW-Madison, with a minor in Life Science Communication. His dissertation was on both the genetics of sweet corn and plant genetics outreach. He recently moved back to his home state of California. His favorite produce might just be squash.