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Sites like this are vulnerable to attacks by spammers.  Spammers use automated programs ("bots") to post unwanted advertisements (typically porn, Viagra, Nigerian scams, etc.). These advertisements arrive in the thousands per day and completely overwhelm the legitimate content on the site.

Over time I have been forced to add barriers to automated attacks to the Area 'F' site. For example, when you create a user account you will have to deal with a puzzle consisting of distorted letters and/or numbers.  This system, which is known as Captcha, is a technique used to foil bots and is increasingly common on discussion forums and community sites. Whereas people can usually decipher the characters (granted with some effort and inconvenience), all but the most sophisticated bots cannot.  This prevents bots from creating accounts or posting comments. A second-level of protection is provided by moderation.  All comments from non-registered users have to be manually approved by me before appearing on the site.  This can take some time since I am often doing other things.

If you register for an account on this site, you don't have to deal with these security measures.  You will only have to do one Captcha puzzle (when you apply for an account).  And your comments will appear instantly on the site without the extra step of moderation.

If you absolute refuse to do the Captcha, simply send me an email with your preferred username and email address and I will create an account for you.

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