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Posted February 12, 2010 by publisher in Cuba-US Trade

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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.

Thank you for reading the Havana Journal.

Please support our advertisers in the column to the right since they support the Havana Journal.

Feel free to post your feedback, questions, concerns and comments below… open to all until next week.

Thank you.

Rob Sequin


  1. Follow up post #1 added on February 12, 2010 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    I saved a recent example of comment spam so everyone can see what these parasites do on a daily basis.

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  2. Follow up post #2 added on February 15, 2010 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Today is the day folks, February 15, 2010.

    Only registered members of HavanaJournal.com can post comments.

    See above for the benefits of membership and it’s free.

    Membership only requires a valid email address. We do not check to see if the name you enter is real or not, really doesn’t matter.

    What you write matters.

    This was necessary in order to cut back on comment spam.

    Membership approval is automatic and comments are not moderated before they are posted.

    However, it is very easy for us to remove comment spam and to ban the IP address of the offending party.

    Otherwise, thank you for your support, comments, arguments, complaints etc grin

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  3. Follow up post #3 added on February 15, 2010 by robolucion with 33 total posts

    I wonder if the house communists will become members too.

  4. Follow up post #4 added on February 15, 2010 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    All are welcome.

    The fact that people register as a member does not mean they are left, right or in the middle.

    Membership is simply a key to the doorway for posting here.

    Nothing has changed with regards to the ability for anyone to post comments here.

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  5. Follow up post #5 added on February 15, 2010 by robolucion with 33 total posts

    No I meant that it will be harder for them to post with multiple names, and they’ll be paranoid in making a profile.

  6. Follow up post #6 added on February 16, 2010 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    I understand the Cuba is a touchy subject at that people may hesitate to register as a member in order to post but membership requirement is common these days for forums, facebook, ebay, paypal etc etc.

    People can customize their setting in “Your Control Panel” once they are registered.

    We do not require a mailing address, don’t verify the name they enter or anything else other than the email address so membership here is pretty anonymous.

    Plus, now visitors can see who the active comment posters are here. Too bad that some comment posters did not register as members a long time ago since many have dozens and dozens of posts.

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