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2010/09/23: A Thing Which I Did Not Want To Have To Do

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Always use secure-HTTP / Secure HTTP / Permanent Link

Okay, this has become a bit troublesome. Over the course of the site's history, a number of people have been posting in the comments using fake-but-valid email addresses (i.e. asdfghjkl@lol.cat) and causing trouble. (If you haven't seen it, it's because I already deleted the posts.) This makes it problematic to either ban them by email address, since they could just put asdfghjkm@lol.cat, or to communicate with them if they aren't simply being idiotic trolls. They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and I have to admit, "physically" preventing people from using fake email addresses is, indeed, sixteen times better than trying to stomp on each fake-email that comes up.

(Now, I'm aware that if you've been using fake-but-valid email addresses and not causing trouble, this may be unfair to you, but speaking as the guy who owns this site, doing that kinda makes me ... uneasy, so that I can't directly communicate with you for any reason, including positive ones, nor reliably ban someone by email should they start causing trouble. I understand if you're concerned about privacy; I promise you that I'm going to be the only one who sees your email address, and even then I usually skim over the comments and don't actually pay attention to what the email address is. If you're worried about third parties getting at it, I recommend using the "Secure HTTP" links which can be found at the top of every page. And if you don't trust me, I'm going to be that much less certain that I can trust you. Simple as that.)

Bottom line: I am setting up a system for validating email addresses by sending an actual email to the address with a "click to prove this is a real email address" link, and I will implement it tomorrow evening if all goes well. You will only need to validate it once, unless you change your email address or username.

On a lighter note, I've finally implemented "preview comments," which will hopefully result in fewer incidents of "hay, Muffinz, can you fixing the grotesque error I made in my poast?"

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Player Three

Won't bother me any.

On a lighter note, I've finally implemented "preview comments," which will hopefully result in fewer incidents of "hay, Muffinz, can you fixing the grotesque error I made in my poast?"

Yessss. I know I need it.

Testing it, it seems to work pretty well. I'm wondering if there's a way to not have the preview show up on its own page, maybe by putting it into a pop-up, but that's just a product of my own preferences. It's still your show and all.

Kimiko Muffin

I dunno, all the "preview posts" things I've ever seen involved going to the next page.

CapedLuigisYoshi

...Well. The fact that this is even necessary is a very not-good thing.

Hunter 1

Agreed, CLY, agreed...

-ED

Considering I rolled a gmail account strictly for the purpose of Touhou fandom nonsense, I don't mind this very reasonable action at all. Anyone who is frustrated by this, just take 5 minutes and solve a CAPTCHA at gmail.com to get a working email account.

Assuming, of course, that you are either human, or a sufficiently advanced robot who can emulate meatbag pattern recognition functions. But that would be silly. Hah. Hah. Hah.

P.S. MuffinCAPTCHA changes after every preview. Is this intended behavior?

sRc

On a lighter note, I've finally implemented "preview comments," which will hopefully result in fewer incidents of "hay, Muffinz, can you fixing the grotesque error I made in my poast?"

while that's kind of awesome, still doesnt help when I don't exactly say everything I want to say in the post... but ah well.

Spirit Tsunami

Ah, this will be good. Now I can actually try out new HTML that I've never used without worrying about looking like a ⑨.

Oh, right, have to re-enter the CAPTCHA after hitting preview...stupid.

Formica Archonis

Considering I rolled a gmail account strictly for the purpose of Touhou fandom nonsense, I don't mind this very reasonable action at all.

Yeah, no kidding. My buddy has a server and sets up anything I want on it. Fire off an e-mail asking for a new e-mail account and ten minutes later I got it. Hell, I made a new one for here before I realized it wouldn't be used!

while that's kind of awesome, still doesnt help when I don't exactly say everything I want to say in the post... but ah well.

It protects against brainfarts. More fundamental problems are out of its reach.:)

Spirit Tsunami

Oh, didn't notice the part about validating email addresses. I guess I should switch to using my current email address, then; I've been putting my old one for awhile because that was the one I used when I first started posting and it's still a working email account.

Kimiko Muffin

You ... didn't notice the entire point of the article. Okay then!

Mr Chips

Oh noes! Do the trolls not know that you don't mess with Touhou?!

A swift, Yukari-related death awaits them!

Also, fortunately, I've been using a real address, so I is not too worried.

Kaynato

Eh, just wanted to get the email sent, so I can post comments, heh.

I've memorized all the touhouverse, canonically. (Not obsessed, really!) I'll probably post on the "Shenanagains in a magical Forest."

Hakurou Musha

I've memorized all the touhouverse, canonically.

This is actually a detriment to understanding SiaMF. Go read everything else Muffin has done first. I'm completely serious; many parts of the adventure assume you already know all that stuff he's added. This has been a source of WTF for some of our off-site players.

Kimiko Muffin

Yeah. Chronologically, the first thing that happens is "Kaguya and Mokou fall in love."

Alternatively you could just roll with it and treat it like the random nonsensical shenanigans of Problem Sleuth. "You don't have enough ELF TEARS to summon the WEASEL KING!"

Arcc

You do what must be done, Muffin. Trolls are required by nobody. And I always did like the quiet, friendly atmosphere of literacy that this site has. Er, not intending to sound pretentious or nuthin'.