So what is going on?
It has always been a big concern to me that sudoku.com.au remains as warm and welcoming to visitors as possible. I have always thought that I have been very lucky to attract the sort of visitors so that the site gives out this feeling.
As with any large site, though, it has also attracted its share of spammers and people that are more interested in insulting others than anything else. I have put in place posting guidelines and various technical filters, but these are all avoidable if you are determined. Getting past the filters is made a lot easier by not having to log in before you post a comment or start a chat session - which is why I have introduced the free membership. The Free Membership (FM) is a new addition to the site and has coincided with the ‘Last Post’ competition. I have been asked if FMs are going to last beyond this competition, and the answer is yes.
By restricting access to the chatroom so that only members can enter, it is now much easier to ban people that just want to annoy (or worse) other people. Posting comments may be eventually restricted in a similar fashion, but hopefully not just yet.
A few supporting members have voiced their concerns that I am now giving away for free some of the things that they paid their membership fees for (Avatars, Smilies, Personal pages). While Free Members still have Ads and don’t get the sudoku solving tools, I can understand some SMs feeling this way. I am grateful that they have paid their membership fees & it certainly isn’t my intention to seem disrespectful. Almost all the new recent additions to the site have been for SMs and I am sure there will be plenty of new SM-only additions coming along shortly. If an SM feels that the free membership has everything they want from the site, then I would hope that when the membership expires that they remain on as a free member. Finally, if an SM has just recently joined or renewed their membership and would rather be a free member then just contact me and I will be happy to issue a refund.
Whew - thats everything! I have plenty of new stuff in the pipeline, so hopefully the site will get better (and better!). As always, if you have any suggestions just let me know. I have been super busy lately, so if you have sent an email and haven’t got a response please send it again.
Thanks to all the visitors to sudoku.com.au; Supporting Members, Free Members, and even the people that don’t want to know about this and just want sudoku