Rob Sequin | Havana Journal
The Havana Journal has seen a jump in traffic and membership registrations in the last several months. The site gets well over 2000 unique visitors per day now.
With that popularity comes comment spam, just a fact of life on the Internet. If you have left a comment on an article and opted in to be notified of follow up comments, you may have seen some of these off topic comments come through. Sometimes they are on topic but the comment spammers will bury links to their non-Cuba related sites into the comment.
Both types of comments are immediately removed and the IP address(es) is banned to prevent further comment spam.
One way to slow down this comment spam is to require all comments to be left by members only.
I have left the comments open to all since we started this venture in March 2003. At some point in the near future, we are going to restrict all comments to be posted by members only. So, please plan to register as a member of the Havana Journal.
Membership is free and has it’s advantages.
1. You can stay logged in so you never have to enter your name or email into the comment box.
2. You can contact other members directly to start a conversation and other members can contact you in order to ask questions, share comments or in order to network with like minded people. Note that we see all member to member conversations and warn then ban inappropriate contact but I will say that member to member abuses are VERY VERY rare so you should not worry that a member will contact you in order to spam or confront you in some way. Those who sign up as members give other members and the website the respect they deserve.
3. Members can attach a signature to their comments if they wish to promote their personal website, company or non-profit organization.
4. Members can post comments in the Cuba Forum which has been open to members only since it was launched several years ago.
5. Members receive very periodic updates from me that are newsworthy or informational. We send out maybe four emails a year regarding some big Cuba news event or to announce some Havana Journal feature or event.
6. Member information is limited to name, email address and user name and we NEVER share our mailing list.
So, thank you to all non-members who post regularly here (even though we may not often… or ever, agree) but please consider registering as a member of the Havana Journal so you can enjoy the benefits listed above and to help us reduce comment spam.
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