Accounts at Olsson Family Homepage

Quick housekeeping note:

photo of Spam

Don’t cause such a fuss, dear: I’ll have your Spam

After a fair amount of annoyance (and deliberation), we’ve decided to remove the registration link here at Olsson Family Homepage. WordPress offers two options for the administrator: “anyone can register” means exactly what it sounds like – anyone who finds this blog and clicks on “register” can create an account. The other option is simply, no public registration at all. The problem was: we had been getting a significant amount of “registration spam” – users who would register from similar email addresses under unlikely usernames. Hopefully, the WordPress code is written well enough that these spam “users” are little more than annoyances…but as anyone with any IT knowledge can tell you, if there are problems with your code, someone who already has valid credentials can potentially “escalate” their privileges, meaning they could go from subscriber to a much higher level of access, and potentially wreak havoc on the blog or perhaps even on our server itself. So it’s more than just an annoyance to have to check on and delete spam registrations, it’s a potential security hazard as well.

In the mass-purge of spam accounts, it is possible that we may have removed genuine accounts as well, though I hope not. If you can no longer log in using your old credentials, this may have happened to you. Don’t worry. We can still (re)create accounts for people manually, and we’d be happy to do that if we know you. Just send us a quick email requesting your login name (and password), and we’ll set it up and send you a reply when your account is created.

If you don’t want to go through the hassle of creating yet one more account in this age of too many logins and passwords, no problem: you can still comment on posts if you like, but if you haven’t commented before (or in a long time), there may be a short delay while your comment is moderated and approved (that way, we don’t simply exchange the problem of registration-spam for comment-spam). Again, sorry for the inconvenience.

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