I have registered Halfpast with Project Honey Pot.
You can read about its virtues here
or on the page below.
As you can see on "Rejected Registrants"
, we constantly have spammers trying to join the forum. A couple have slipped through and spammed the site. We also get "spiders" which are web-bots that pull information from the site, but potentially also lift e-mail addresses for whatever reasons...marketing or spying. One IP in particular I have monitored and its activities do not make sense, in some ways, so I'm looking into what is available to preserve the site's integrity. Project Honey Pot, in conjunction with StopArticlSpam
are ways I can offer more protection to Halfpast members. My Administrator board as well has an IP tracker, which I use to determine where an IP address is coming from.
(IP=Internet Protocol) ["What Is An IP Number? What Is My IP Address - Shows Your IP Address
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to do with the internet is potentially dangerous, and a liberal-minded site like Halfpast may indeed be closely monitored by political groups and government agencies. (We seem to generate a lot of interest from Russia, Germany, Israel and the Ukraine). I can't do anything about that, but I can help make the site safer in regards to member's personal e-mail addresses and information to marketers and questionable organisations.
In the past, spammers' accounts were deleted, along with their advertisements or political messages. I now filter registrants through IP number websites to insure that potential members have no internet history of spam or spying. All political views are welcome as long as they are presented reasonably and amiably (though Halfpast is primarily a Spiritual website).
Even Project Honey Pot is no guarantee that it, itself, isn't a front organisation. As I've had to struggle with learning about computers and Administrator duties in a fairly rapid time, I take chances in hopes of erring on the side of caution, with the intention of protecting members as much as I am able to.