502s, Spam and Staff Turnover
Hi Everyone! I know this hasn't been updated in a while, so have some updates!
First off, I'd like to announce that with some clever code updates, our devs have managed to make the intermittent 502 errors go away! This is a longstanding issue with the site, so it's nice to have that working.
Secondly, I'm sure everyone has noticed the flood of spam bots. To put it bluntly, it has been a problem, but our devs have been hard at work to try and combat that issue as well. There are a few new spam filtering methods in place, and we'll be tuning those to try and combat the bots while we clean up the existing mess they've made.
And that brings us to our third item. Staff Turnover. I know a lot of you have been reporting the spam issue to have your tickets sit open for a while. Over the past year, we have had several of our staff have to step away from the site. This is something that happens to everyone, especially in volunteer roles. This also means that we could use some new volunteers to fill the ranks.
So! If you're interested in helping out with moderation, send me a note and we'll go from there.
If development is more your speed, our code is open-sourced, and you can peek into our kitchen at https://github.com/Weasyl/weasyl . Patches are welcome.
That's it for now, though I will try to keep updates coming more regularly, here. Thank you all for your patience!