THIS IS MY FIRST (temporary) posting on Our Salon, and before I go any further, let me thank Lorianne and everyone else involved in this project for setting up such a user-friendly and spam-free blogging environment for the rest of us!
The spam infection is getting worse all the time, and I can't figure out why Jacob doesn't do the following: Just shut off the "most recent" function until further notice. I mean, it's not as if we notice new human posts anyway these days. They're all stifled in spam. I'm sure you've all had the experience of trying to check on how your most recent piece is doing and finding it stuck five pages back amongst mounds of quivering pink porcine gunk. Getting rid of "most recent" would pretty much take the spammers entirely out of our notice and we'd just see the posts on our "favorites" list - which is already the case anyway.
Wouldn't this pretty much dry the spammers up at the source? Tough luck for OS novices, of course, who would never find readers, but in the meantime Big Salon could try to fix the system and welcome everyone back when the fix is in.
Personally, I'd prefer to fry the spam in bacon grease, and have a big rollicking OS picnic!
I hate to be making such a pitiful suggestion. What a sad demise for a project that once seemed as exciting as a new puppy, and that has now become as wretched as a poor, terminally ill old pooch waiting for the vet to give him the shot that puts him out of his misery.
My proposal assumes that anyone at Big Salon actually gives a damn about OS these days. If the rumors are correct, and Salon.com is going to fold in 2013, this would explain most of the problems we've been having.
I don't envy Jacob for his job, but if the rumors are correct, neither he nor anyone else at Salon will be having a job before long.
That goes for the bloggers there too. I think Our Salon would be an excellent replacement for the old sinking ship if someone could think of a way to get the same exposure we had under the old regime. Any ideas out there?