Some of you are members of my forum (http://forum.aaronsleazy.com). As you may have noticed, a couple years ago I turned it private and disabled public registrations. This was a reaction to two unfortunate events: First, the number of spam registrations, in particular from Russia, India, and China, became too much to handle. Second, it was also necessary to do a lot of manual intervention and remove low-quality posts. By this, I mean drive-by-posts, such as vaguely related one-liners or, worse, meme images.
To counter this, registration has been switched to manual. If you are not a member, you need to send me an email and introduce yourself. I’ll do a bit of vetting. If you only want read access to the forum, the bar is obviously lower. To offset the administrative hassle with the forum, there is a modest one-off fee to be paid.
There is still a trickle of activity. I think that in this day and age it is not possible to have an active high-quality forum that is open to the general public. Just look at your typical YouTube channel or Reddit board — the number of people who think that “Me too!” is an important statement to make is staggering. I don’t want to expose myself to any of such nonsense, and I don’t think the typical reader of my blog wants to either. On that note, my blog is likewise moderated. One-liners normally end up straight in the trash, making for a much more pleasant environment all-around.
The forum has just been updated to a new version of the underlying software. I also intend to stop by regularly. If it has been a while since you last visited, come by and look around. It’s worth a visit.