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.
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.