Comments suspended, and other news

Anyone who has peeked into this site anytime in the last few months will have noticed a complete dearth of visible activity.   There’s a couple of reasons for this, not least the fact that we do not yet have a critical mass of both contributors and readers to sustain regular postings.  However, one major contributing factor has been that this forum has become a total spam magnet!  Having to manually scan and delete over 4,000 accumulated spam comments, as I just did, takes much of the fun out of administering the site.

A long-term solution would lie in the installation of a Captcha plug-in that requires a commenter to prove they are human (by typing the characters in a distorted image) before a comment will even be accepted for moderation.  For reasons I cannot quite fathom in view of the obvious need, the procedure for doing this in WordPress is rather unfriendly, and so I haven’t yet finished muddling my way through it.

In the meantime, I have disabled comments, period.  If you would urgently like to post a comment on an existing article, please send e-mail to admin@siftingandwinnowing.org and we’ll work out a backdoor way for you to get your comment posted.

In the meantime, my apologies for both the inactivity and any inconvenience!  Stay tuned….

– The Editor

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