July 28, 2014

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If You Don't Comment Today, You'll Be Deleted From Hennessy's View

If you registered as a user but never commented AND you want to continue getting an email notification when new blogs are posted, all you have to do is COMMENT on this blog. Say anything, like “don’t delete me, bro.”

Here’s why: my blog has about 8,000 registered users. That sounds great, I know, but it’s not. Most of these registered users are zombies. They were created by a spam bot so the bot could post spam comments.

These zombie users slow down the sight for everyone, and they present a security risk. Plus, they prevent me from implementing a cool new newsletter feature I’ll tell you more about in the next couple of weeks.

**I am going to delete every user who has never commented on this blog on Tuesday, July 29 at 6:00 pm. ** Zombies

So why aren’t there a bunch of spammy comments with all these zombies hanging around? Good question. I use Akismet spam blocker to block spam comments. But I require commenters to be registered users. While Akismet stops the comments, it doesn’t stop the registration spammers.

After I clean up the zombies, I’m going to install software to block new zombie users, but that won’t affect you.

Once again, if you want to remain on my email list and able to comment, you must comment by 6:00 pm CDT on Tuesday, July 28, 2014.

If you get deleted, just re-register. I hope you do.

And if you haven’t registered, I recommend making a note on your calendar to do so AFTER Tuesday.

Thanks, Bill