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Advertising spam

Nov 25, 2010

I really didn't know where to post this, but I wanted to make a statement.

To me, this is an inspiring group of members and a site I look forward to visiting even several times each day.  I consider the members cherished friends even though we've never met.  I'm touched by the caring and sharing shown by members toward their fellow humans of all races and religions, even animals and insects.  Why can't governments and multinational corporations see the real people in the world?  I know the reasons and they're all to take what someone else has for personal gain. 

Back to my first thought.  Thank you Roger and others for somehow eliminating the spam advertising that creeps in through new memberships and others that have nothing to do with kitchen gardens.  KGI members who are gardeners and list their web/blog sites on their profile gain my applause.

I'm probanly well past middle age, achey, and sometimes grumpy, as a group on the old site was called, and feel I am entitled to moralize a bit.  Keep up the good work, because this site gets better all the time.

Stay natural,



I could not have said it better myself. And thank you for being one of the cherished friends!
Thanks for these comments, David. I'm working hard to keep this site both advertising free and spam free. The advertising question is strategic and fundraising related. If we don't want ads, we have to generate revenue in other ways to cover costs. With the spam issue, the solution is two-pronged. We need to make sure that we have some technical protections in place that make it difficult for spammers to sign up and have access to site and members. But I'm convinced that the best line of defense is to have you, me, and the rest of the community keep our collective eyes open for site users of ill intent. I do my best to screen the new sign-ups and delete the clear offenders, but some slip through all the same. I appreciate your drawing my attention to them. Ultimately, I think we'll put in place a little team of community managers/facilitators who are empowered to remove spam content/profiles as soon as they see it. We hit a bit of a rough patch this past year with the transition to the new web platform, but we're seeing more people and activity on the site of late and the right kind. The best is yet to come!

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