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Denise ([staff profile] denise) wrote in [site community profile] dw_news2009-05-03 01:17 pm

Temporary community creation rate limiting

This afternoon, someone called to our attention that a group of people are creating a high number of communities to "squat" on popular/in-demand usernames, then offering to give away, trade, or sell those usernames to the people who want them. While we don't want to place limits on the number of journals or communities people can maintain on Dreamwidth for personal use, bulk registration for malicious use like that falls into the category of exploiting the service, and in the interest of fairness for everyone, we do need to place limits on that.

We've renamed the accounts that were registered in bulk, in order to free up those usernames for legitimate use, and we've temporarily instated a rate-limit on the number of communities an account can create. For a limited time -- probably just during our open beta phase -- accounts will only be able to create up to three communities per week.

We think this strikes the right balance between encouraging legitimate growth and preventing automated abuse. If this limit turns out to be too low, we can raise it, and this is intended to only be a temporary measure. For the time being, though, we'd like to make sure that everyone has an equal chance to have access to resources.

Again, this isn't meant to place restrictions on legitimate usage. You're welcome to create multiple personal accounts, or maintain multiple communities. We're just taking steps to block things like people registering 100+ communities with popular usernames and then trying to trade or sell those usernames. If you run into problems with this rate-limit, you can contact us through Support and we can see what we can do.
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[personal profile] allegory 2009-05-03 05:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you. This is awesome.
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[personal profile] girlfight 2009-05-03 05:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Excellent :)

I always appreciate a sensible, appropriate response to a problem. I think you've hit the nail on the head with your solution.
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[personal profile] hugh_mannity 2009-05-03 11:05 pm (UTC)(link)

And thanks for letting us know what's going on in such a timely manner. You guys rock like rocking things that are made of win and awesome.

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[personal profile] delladea 2009-05-03 05:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you for this, you guys are awesome! :)
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[personal profile] vergil 2009-05-03 05:34 pm (UTC)(link)
just another person echoing thanks. it's so incredible to see such fast response time to user requests and to feel this well taken care of. :)
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[personal profile] ame 2009-05-03 05:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you for keeping an eye on things. :) One of the many reasons I love this site is how responsive the staff is to issues. ♥
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[personal profile] ame 2009-05-03 05:38 pm (UTC)(link)
I think I've found someone else who registered usernames to squat on as well. I'll PM you the details.

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[personal profile] jessilestrange 2009-05-03 05:36 pm (UTC)(link)
What idiots.
But thanks for answering to the situation so quickly~
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[personal profile] bunny_m 2009-05-03 05:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Whilst it's a damn shame that this was necessary, good to see a fast, reasonable response. Kudos to you all.
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[personal profile] dtissagirl 2009-05-03 05:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks for dealing with this!

Grrr, the levels of jerkiness people can display will never cease to be this frustrating.
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[personal profile] wish 2009-05-03 05:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you!
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[personal profile] mrkinch 2009-05-03 05:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Were those 100+ usernames left in the hands of the squatters? I don't know what else you could have done, but I am curious.

(Anonymous) 2009-05-03 05:40 pm (UTC)(link)
No, the post says: "We've renamed the accounts that were registered in bulk, in order to free up those usernames for legitimate use".

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[personal profile] kespionage 2009-05-03 05:39 pm (UTC)(link)
It is unbelievably cool to have a place that notices these things and takes care of them. Thank you.

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[personal profile] kalloway 2009-05-03 05:41 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you for a very level-headed response to an unfortunate problem.
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[personal profile] tresa_cho 2009-05-03 05:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Great job! Sounds like a solid plan.
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[personal profile] logovo 2009-05-03 05:43 pm (UTC)(link)
I had no idea this was going on. Wow.
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[personal profile] helens78 2009-05-03 05:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Go team DW! I think this sounds like a very sensible solution.
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[personal profile] bethbethbeth 2009-05-03 05:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Well done, you guys!
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[personal profile] jade 2009-05-03 05:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Great job! Just another member echoing all the thanks for this. It's a shame to see this happening but glad that action has been taken!
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[personal profile] sofiaviolet 2009-05-03 05:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks for addressing this problem quickly, sensibly, and with transparency.
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[personal profile] brownbetty 2009-05-03 05:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Agh, what complete hosers. Augh. I'm glad you've taken action.
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[personal profile] sunfell 2009-05-03 05:44 pm (UTC)(link)
I think you all should squeak it down to either one a week, or three per month. Why should all the greed-mongers get all the low-hanging fruit?

Still, your swift action has reinforced my confidence in your ability to handle stuff like this, and made me glad to have purchased my accounts from you.

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[personal profile] rainbow 2009-05-03 05:44 pm (UTC)(link)
I suppose I shouldn't be so surprised that there are idiots who try things that are specifically against the rules, but I am.

You rock for taking care of the situation so quickly and effectively!
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[personal profile] juleself 2009-05-03 05:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Some people... but you guys are GREAT!
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[personal profile] raynedanser 2009-05-03 05:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Seriously? People were doing that? I guess the part that gets me is that anyone would try and SELL the account. o_O

I don't blame you a bit for putting the limit into place. Good grief.
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[personal profile] griffen 2009-05-03 10:03 pm (UTC)(link)
People try to sell all kinds of electronic "stuff" - witness the still-brisk electronic-gold-for-real-world-money trade going on in World of Warcraft and similar MMORPGs.

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[personal profile] koryou 2009-05-03 05:45 pm (UTC)(link)
It's sad that some people always have to be idiots and make things harder for everyone else. Your way to solve this problem should work great for everybody though.

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