The EPautos roster of subscribers continues to grow – but oh-what-fun it is to separate the real people from the bots/spammers. For every one legitimate (actual human, here to read and post) new subscriber, we probably get at least 50 fake ones.
One of the fun jobs I have is to sort through the lists every day, flushing the fakes. But the toughies are those “new subscribers” who appear to be real people but who have not actually posted a comment yet. By posting a comment, you help identify yourself as a real person – not a bot, not a spammer – and this helps me to separate the wheat from the chaff. It also helps you – because once you’ve given us indication you’re real, we can upgrade your membership here (it’s free!) which means your posts will appear immediately instead of being held up in the “moderation” queue for approval.
So, if you’re new here – please post something! Even if it’s just a sentence saying hello.
The stickers are proving to be popular! I just sent out another batch, including a packet of several to one person who very generously supported EPautos this month. But, regardless of the amount, thanks to all of you who’ve supported the site. It’s been a tough year, but things seem to be getting better.
We’re on track for our second month in the black… which means I may not have to go live in a van down by the river after all!
It also means we’ll be able to keep EPautos free of pushy ads. We have a handful of ads, but they’re not pushy. They don’t dominate the page – or force you to wait for minutes while they load before you can see the stuff you actually came here to see. Contrast this with one of the “big” automotive sites, the relentlessly shill-you-to-death Edmunds.com for instance. I have an adblock program running on my Mac. It shows 20-40 ads per page blocked when I load Edmunds.com
That’ll never happen here, Elvis-willing!
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