I am temporarily suspending new user registrations today and I wanted to explain this to our long time members and contributors.
Spam registrations have been outnumbering legitimate new users somewhere in the 100 to 1 range. Possibly 500 to 1 at times. Even with the range of technical tools available to throttle spam including Akismet, spammy users have better tools to get past the gates.
Over the last year, the new books we've published have shifted to direct readers to Wiley's 24x7 technical support team (http://hub.wiley.com
) to funnel questions from legitimate readers there to the editors and authors. As the volume of legitimate questions on older books has declined, there's little need for us to put up with 1000 spam registrations a week and dozens of spam messages that get past Akismet to find 2 or 3 legitimate questions a month.
By the way, this is no knock on Akismet. They're blocking 1/2 to 2/3 of the spam posts and well worth the nominal cost for our use.
At this point, no decision has been made on whether this temporary action will become permanent.