changes policy on contributed articles

Although it pains us to do it, because of rampant spambots will no longer accept anonymous story contributions. You will need to be logged in with your user account in order to contribute articles.

As far as we are aware, no spammer has ever succeeded in publishing content on, because our editorial staff manually reviews every story, event, weblink, forum post, and comment before they are allowed to appear on the site. Except in egregious cases of copyright violation, libel, profanity, or wildly-off-topic content, we don't censor comments, but we do throw out spam. And like any news publication, we pick and choose what articles we will run, based on newsworthiness and whether or not the story has already been covered.

Until now, we have allowed our readers to submit stories without a login account, and have relied on manually deleting the occasional spam. Unfortunately, in recent months the spammers have attacked us with new automated software robots ("spambots") that "contribute" large numbers of bogus stories. There are a surprising number of community-oriented sites that actually allow anyone to post comments without review, and the spammers don't distinguish us from those sites. Their material never goes onto our newswire, but their spambots don't realize it's a lost cause. As a result, our editors spend an inordinate amount of time deleting anonymously-contributed spam from the system.

As of today, therefore, we have changed our site's policy so that only registered users can contribute stories and event notices. In a nutshell,

  • If you already have an account, there is nothing special you need to do. Just be sure you are logged in when you want to contribute a story.
  • If you don't yet have an account, just go to to create your personal account.

Having a personal account on also allows you to post on our forums, to add comments to stories, and to customize which newsfeeds from other web sites appear on our home page.

Detailed information about submitting articles to is in our Guidelines for Contributors.

We are sorry for any inconvenience, but the increasing attacks from spammers have made this necessary.