Changes to the Starsky & Hutch Archive
We have closed down registration on the Starsky & Hutch Archive to stop repeated spam attacks. Spammers join the archive to post false "reviews" on authors' stories that are lists of links leading to merchandising and malware sites. The spammers leave sometimes a hundred false reviews that I have to delete one by one. It frustrates the writers who get notified about a flush of "reviews" only to find spam. We've been searching for a solution, but are restricted by the limitations of the archive's aging software.
Legitimate users can still join the archive by contacting me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or sending an email to email@example.com. You do not have to register to read stories on the archive. You only have to register to review (comment) on a story. WE WANT YOU TO JOIN. WE WANT YOU TO LEAVE COMMENTS ON STORIES. Reviews are the only "payment" authors receive for all their hard work. But there is currently no mechanism to moderate members who join. These spam attacks have been the most frustrating and time-consuming part of archive work. Closing down registration should stop them.
We are looking for long-term solutions to the problem of our aging software. We will keep the fandom informed of any future archive changes.