To: Agonist subscribers, authors, and users:
Today, The Agonist was subject to an attack by spammers with thousands of registrations in a short period of time. This is part of a much broader effort by spammers to build an army of users that can be activated and used for a variety of reasons, including denial of service attacks. The problem is outlined in an article here in Ars Techinca. That’s the bad news.
The good news is that the site didn’t tip over. The problems are being addressed in a comprehensive way. Some changes made about a month ago by the Proaxis Media folks prevented an even worse outcome. Special thanks to Tina, steeleweed, and Raja for their efforts throughout the day to identify this and contain the problems.
More Good News
The other good news comes from Proaxis in response to a request made to provide site upgrades requested by subscribers and the Agonist Team. Since the transition from the old site, only a fraction of the subscriber base (me included) has a fully functional member mailbox with other features. This is at the top of the agenda, as is user diaries. There are other features that will enhance our visibility on Google, Bing, and Yahoo and a foundation for improvements in “look and feel” – the presentation of the site to users.
Editor in Chief