This morning we made a change that has long been discussed: you can no longer post anonymously here in G2G. You need to be a logged-in member to participate.
This was done primarily to slow down the spammers. You might not think spam is a very big problem here, but if so, that's only because we have some great members and moderators who flag, hide and delete spam before most members see it. But this does not prevent our forwarding the spam to members, as Carolyn Martin mentioned this morning.
We hesitated to make this change in the past because of how difficult it was to become a member. Our changes on June 1 made it a lot less intimidating to register and participate as a Guest or Family Member.
We also hesitated because of a persistent bug where G2G doesn't recognize you as member even though you are logged-in. G2G says you are not logged-in, but the main site says you are. We made a change this morning that will at least make this a little less confusing (a message appears on the login page saying to logout and login again if you are having trouble with G2G).
One unfortunate consequence is that more spammers may register. You can never completely defeat these jerks.
If you spot other unintended consequences or problems let us know. Thanks.