I mentioned in an earlier post that I’d been working on a few things behind the scenes… Over the last couple of weeks this site has been inundated by spam bots. In fact the number of spam comments has more than doubled over the last month.
For the most part this blog has weathered the storm pretty well, unfortunately that wasn’t the case with forums… Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been seeing roughly 10-15 bot registrations a day on the forum, that made the situation pretty much untenable from my point of view. This web site is more or less hobby, it’s something I do in spare time and it’s something generates little or no revenue so something had to change.
I’ve made some server configuration changes that should help keep many of the Spam Bots away, for awhile at least anyway, and I’ve migrated the forums from phpBB to vBulletin. I suppose I could have just shut the forum down but that’s not something I wanted to do.
Frankly the old forum was the least visited part of the site… Something I’d like to change, which is one of the reasons I decided switch from phpBB to vBulletin. In addition to having better spam fighting capabilities the new vBulletin based forum includes new features like community blogs, member photo albums and social networking in addition to the message boards.
Anyway here we are… Head over to CTLiberty.com… Registration is free and easy and you can be posting and blogging in minutes. 🙂