Dearest Visitors & Members of the little Fountain Pen Nut house on the digital prairie,
Because of continuing problems with spammers and spambots registering on FPN, the ineffectivity of tools like reCaptcha these days (as spambots just get too clever) and the spam database never being 100% up-to-date, we have decided to manually validate all new registrations from here onwards.
This means that validations could take up to 48 hours, as we do not necessarily always have the manpower to validate new accounts instantly. We do try our utmost to validate accounts a few times a day, but we cannot guarantee that.
Basically half of the new registrations are spammers or spambots, and they are relatively easy to pick up by a manual check prior to account validation. It actually takes less work to check new registrations than it takes to remove spammers, so we think it is a worthwhile exercise.
It just means that newly registering members require a little more patience prior to engaging in the discussions in our forums.
Sorry for the inconvenience, but having way more spam messages is probably much more inconvenient.
Please do note that even this method is not 100% foolproof, but it should get quite close.
Thank you in advance for your patience.
Warmest regards, Wim
On behalf of the FPN Moderator and Admin Team