A Note on Spam

If you have just signed up or are considering signing up to post comments on the site’s discussion forum, be advised there is a chance that your account will be deleted if you don’t post something within a day or two of signing up. A typical pattern for spammers is to sign up to a site and then return a week or so later to post their spam messages. I have a policy of deleting obvious spam accounts immediately and deleting all new accounts after two to three days with no activity. Once a member has posted a (non-spam) message to the forum, the account stays active regardless of future periods of inactivity.

So if you are a newcomer and like the site, but don’t have anything to say right away, hold off on signing up until you want to make a comment. Lurkers are welcome and you can read everything on the site without signing up. If you find your account has been deleted between signing up and posting your first message, just sign up again and post your message.

(I’m using the word spam to denote the practice of placing marketing messages in web-forums. Some might say that spam is rightly only applied to email, but I don’t know what else to call it.)

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Resources Section Revised

I’ve just finished an overhaul of the resources section of the website. I’ve added new sources (mostly websites), culled less useful sources and those of too narrow focus or only tangentially related to the aims of this site, and organized them into new, more useful categories.

Comments and suggestions are welcome in the meta discussion section of the site’s forums.

Twitter Feed

Wordorigins.org has a twitter feed. If you are a twitterer, you can stay current with the latest updates to the Wordorigins.org site by searching for “wordorigins” on Twitter and following the feed. Only updates to the main site will be twittered. New postings to the discussion forum will not be.

This is in addition to the existing RSS feeds. RSS feeds exist for both the main site and for the discussion forum.

Privacy Policy

Wordorigins.org is committed to respecting your online privacy and we only collect and maintain information that is required to effectively deliver content to you and to manage membership privileges in order to control trolls and other abusive behavior.

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Disabling Comments

I’ve disabled the comments feature here on the main wordorigins.org site. The comments had simply become a way for spammers to get their message through. The signal to noise ratio was somewhere around 1:100 and I simply don’t have time to hunt down the individual spam posts and kill them.

If you wish to comment on one of the posts here in the main site, please use the discussion forum.

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