SPAM: Anyone Can Register?

I can’t say the Inter­net ever sur­pris­es me.  There real­ly are an infi­nite num­ber of mon­keys out there.  My CRIA post con­tin­ues to attract the most SPAM that comes to my atten­tion as I described in anoth­er post.  Most­ly, how­ev­er, the spam­mers are not par­tic­u­lar­ly an issue.  The wax and wane of SPAM can be a meta-indi­ca­tor of the pop­u­lar­i­ty of my site (or maybe just a tweak to my ego; make of it what you will), but it gen­er­ates very lit­tle atten­tion grab­bing email for me to ignore.

Until today.

For some time, peo­ple have been reg­is­ter­ing to my site.  As far as I can tell, there’s no ben­e­fit to reg­is­ter­ing.  You do not get any par­tic­u­lar priv­i­leges.  As I’ve said before, to post a com­ment with­out mod­er­a­tion (some­thing that seems to be the tar­get of spam­mers) you need to have had a pre­vi­ous com­ment approved.  Not tough, but not some­thing the spam­mers have fig­ured out, either.  Even if they did, there are sev­er­al lay­ers to catch them cul­mi­nat­ing in my notic­ing it on my n900… where­by I can can­cel it before the google bots inflate their nefar­i­ous pages.

Sev­er­al times a week, for some time, some­one reg­is­ters.  Are these mechan­i­cal turk work­ers slav­ing to repave cyber­space with spam?  I sup­pose I don’t real­ly care, or didn’t care until today.

Today, dozens of peo­ple … 5 or more an hour … have been reg­is­ter­ing.  They don’t seem to do any­thing after reg­is­ter­ing, but they reg­is­ter nonethe­less.  I did some research, and unless I’m invit­ing guest post­ing, the user reg­is­tra­tion func­tion doesn’t have much use.  If you real­ly would like to reg­is­ter, I’m flat­tered.  Get a mes­sage to me in one of the many ways it can hap­pen.  A com­ment on the blog might even be appro­pri­ate.

Until fur­ther notice, open reg­is­tra­tion is off.

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