This is going to be the most boring blog post ever. So I will do what I can to at least keep it short: I’ve had to delete about 1500 fake user accounts and I may have accidentally gotten a few real ones.
Maybe even yours.
I tried really hard to identify which are real and which are fake but it is tough; in terms of scripted account login bots, some of them are starting to approach the Turing Test level of believability. With no automated methods at my disposal, I had to eyeball each account and take my best guess. Page after page after page. I think I lost consciousness a couple of times, but the growing pool of drool on my desktop would reawaken me.
So many fake users. So many. It helps when the real ones stand out.
So … if I got yours, please do not take it personally, just make it again. Note that having a name in the account (as opposed to just listing an email address) helps to make it stand out for the next time I have to do this. So does having a custom icon, or writing comments, or (best of all) becoming a DDOGamer author.
Although I did accidentally delete an author too. Hopefully I’ve fully recovered that one. Sigh.
But for everyone else, no worries, creating a new account is so easy even a script can do it, as they have been several times an hour for the last year and a half.
Spring cleaning. It beats scrubbing blinds and baseboards. Except no, wait, it doesn’t.
🙂 😀 🙂