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Changes to Registering on the Site

I fiercely support web and internet freedom – but that doesn't make it any the less annoying when targeted by ill-intentioned persons, who, it seems to me, contribute nothing of value and in fact, just pilfer and waste everyone's time to no good purpose.

I have always tried to make our website as easy and user-friendly as possible. To this end, we only collect the barest minimum of data when you register (to buy a design, to post on the forum, to see the free designs and so on), and the process has been very simple.

Unfortunately, this has finally attracted the "spam bots" – automated programs designed to create fake accounts for the purposes of then sending spam. While this doesn't in any way reveal members email addresses or any other details, it does clutter up our web server and it does lead to the likelihood of the spam bots sending spam emails that look as if they come from a mail address at whisstock.com.

So, reluctantly, I have made a couple of changes to the registration process:

Firstly, on the registration form, anyone new wishing to register will need to confirm that they are a real person. And secondly, instead of registering directly, they will now receive a confirmation email with an activation link to complete the registration – clicking the link completes the registration. Neither of these changes affect existing members.

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