This post is sticky – look for new entries below. [Updated November 16]
We have had to totally overhaul our blog membership rolls to clean out thousands of spam bot registrations. Some members’ registrations may have been affected in that process and normal member registration is temporarily closed while we sort out the details.
UPDATE: As of Nov. 16 we are still working to put new member registration procedures in place. It may be another 2 days. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate readers’ patience. In the meantime if you would like to register, please email us at T19elves [at] yahoo [dot] com and we will be glad to give you more details about how we can create a temporary registration for you.
Click on the read more link below for more details as to what is happening with T19 blog memberships.
Readers may have noticed sometimes T19 features adverts for designer handbags and educational courses in the comments. Recently we have been receiving a number of membership applications from spambots, well quite a lot of them. Unfortunately T19 had to take some drastic action now to prevent more serious problems in the future:
NEW MEMBERSHIP PROCEDURES
Our registration procedures are being overhauled which will now require more human input from applicants and for us to manually complete registration. It will not be possible to register as a new member for a few days while this is being put in place and we will update this post with more information as the system is reconfigured.
We have had to review the membership rolls to exclude the bots. In doing so it is possible that collaterally some real accounts have been affected. Please check your account by signing in as usual with your individual password and check that your membership is still active. We hope that this has not happened to anybody, but if it has, it may be necessary to re-register when the new procedures above are in place. In a few cases the account may now be ‘pending’ – so email us to reactivate it. We would also like to hear from anyone who is having problems or needs help so feel free to email us [with your screen name so we can identify your account] at T19elves [at] yahoo [dot] com
Hopefully this will improve the T19 experience for the future. Many thanks and sorry for any inconvenience – The Elves