2010/09/23: A Thing Which I Did Not Want To Have To Do
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. firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com, 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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