First we are going to be blocking known spammers. This will affect some of you. It already has because the system was temporarily rolled into place and a few of you were blocked. We know it will affect some of you and that is why the read-only site exists. It would have been a lot easier if we hadn't made a read-only site and just left an error page for those of you who are blocked. If you are accidentally blocked please do not be upset. We will work with you as this page explains.
We are trying to make this a better place. Keeping spammers out is one part of that. The other part is keeping malicious users out. That's where the Tor, public proxy and manual blocks come in. Tor and public proxies make it way too easy for a user we don't want to come back time and time again. It's happened numerous times already. It makes our lives much easier if we just out-right block all users using those tools. If those tools are the only way you can access this site (for example, you are using it to evade a work or school block on our site) then you can still continue to use them to access the read-only mirror.
So what can you do on the read-only mirror? Well, read. That's about it. You can download files and browse the forum or issue tracker. If your machine happens to have a valid login cookie for the forum then it will still continue to function. However, if you log out
of the forum you will not be able to log in. You can not log in to the read-only site. The read-only site is designed so that everybody can still read our content but the malicious users won't be able to mess with our content.
We aren't trying to make your lives more difficult. Hopefully none of you will be affected but that's an unrealistic dream. We are trying to make this a cleaner place. A place that requires less work on our part to administrate so we can do productive things like develop AutoIt instead of baby-sit.
Edited by Valik, 28 February 2012 - 05:14 PM.