Back on the Devtome

Author's note: This article is part of an ongoing blog about my adventures in the world of alternate currencies.

The Devtome is finally beginning to emerge from what has been (in terms of Internet time) a very long hiatus. I'll never fully understand what exactly happened on the back end. There were a ton of bot registrations, and one of the administrators' attempts to put a stop to it accidentally deleted a number of legitimate accounts. As a signup admin, my account was restored (or recreated) and I was asked to begin recreating the accounts for some of the other writers. When they PM me, I search to see if their account exists, and if it doesn't, I create it and send them the password.

I figured I'd be swamped with PMs requesting new accounts, but it's been a slow but steady trickle. I also believe that's how registration of new accounts will be handled from here on out. A potential writer PMs an admin a username of his or her choice, and the admin creates the account. No more ability to self-register means no more bot registrations to gum up the works.

As an aside I learned from someone else on the Devcoin thread that bot registrations aren't entirely automatic. There's a human being on the other end filling out the Captcha, and that person gets paid some ridiculously small fraction of a penny for each captcha he completes. I think all the Captcha fillers of the world need to unionize.

The problem seems to have been solved for the Devtome, and I can now start posting my articles there again. I have a few days' worth of articles on this site which still need to be published on the Devtome. I'd love to do it tonight, but I think it will have to wait until tomorrow or later this week. There's still time left in this round.

I have to say it feels good to be back on the Devtome.

Devtome Writers


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