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    ‘Bots and Spammers Win Again

    Well, sorta.

    Unfortunately, I just can’t keep up with them.  By the time I find that the site is being hammered and scraped, the damage is already done.  The only solution I know of at this point is to require you, the “real” users, to register and login.  Ugh.

    I really hate when I have to do this myself.  I get it, but I hate it.

    One method of proving a potential user is a “real” person is a CAPTCHA challenge.  I especially don’t like these because there are too many of them I can’t read.  So, register and login it is.

    You do have options, though.  Many of the areas have a login and password of “Guest” (without the quotes).  This seems to be the most painless way to do it.  Some sections do require registration, but rest assured I have no interest in harvesting your emails or selling them to someone else.  My guess is you already have enough of this going on.  But if your username or email address set off my spammer radar, your registration won’t be approved.

    I heartily apologize for this inconvenience.  But the bandwidth eaten up by the “bad kids” has gotten to be too much to handle.

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