Upgrade to PrefBlog Software; Problems with eMail

Assiduous Readers will remember that I had problems with Live.com’s spam filters in February, 2016, which I addressed.

I now have more problems with these spam filters. I have been advised that the likely cause of the problem is registration-spam on PrefBlog; spammers open accounts with fake addresses and try to post comments; they are frustrated by earlier measures I took to eliminated comment-spam so they keep trying; and end up generating eMail sent to their fake addresses to tell them about their input errors.

For instance, late on Saturday evening, I had 143,601 registered users; now, about 38 hours later, I have 143,781 registrants. Canadian preferred shares have a global popularity I had never dreamed of!

So I have had to install another layer of protection around PrefBlog and in order to do this I had to upgrade PrefBlog’s software. I hate doing this because the WordPress organization is crammed full of teenagers who have never done a day’s work in their lives and therefore love to add features … ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if we required all inputs to be in Hungarian and then applied automatic translation to them? Awesome!’ So I’m probably in for another month of frustration as nothing will work the way it has before. Can’t wait.

However, my eMail problem will probably be solved, for a little while, until the industry’s big boys figure out a new way to force independent operators to use their services. All this nonsense could have been avoided twenty years ago by instituting a nominal charge for eMail, with a refund granted for eMail receipts (with various limits) that, for individuals, would almost always net out to zero. But the hippies didn’t like this; they interrupted their dope-smoking free-love vegetarian bead-making orgies for just long enough to whine that the Internet should be free and as a result we have expensive annoying messes like this. Hippies ruined the internet!

If you have any problems registering or signing in, please let me know and I’ll try to figure out how to fix it. I am hopeful that I will again be able to send eMail to live.com addresses in the near future.

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