This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.

As many of you have probably noticed, we’ve been experiencing some technical difficulties here for the past few weeks. There were actually two distinct problems: one, the site was periodically getting hacked, and two, new users couldn’t register for accounts.

I attempted to fix this by migrating us to a new installation of WordPress, but it didn’t help. The problems returned.

Tonight I’ve taken a slightly more drastic step, and exported-and-reimported the blog into a new WordPress install. The upshot is that, while I’ve preserved all blog posts and comments, most user accounts have been deleted.

I’m really sorry about this. It’s annoying to have to register to comment in the first place, but to have to re-register again is super annoying. So please accept my sincere apologies.

I’m trying to maintain this site in my off hours, and I haven’t been able to do anything fun like post about the SR-520 bridge debate (thanks serial catowner!) because I’ve been mired in technical issues. I tried for several weeks to find another solution, but all of them would have been even more disruptive. When the site was re-hacked this morning, that was the last straw.

So, hopefully this solves the problem. If you’d like to register for an account so that you can comment, please re-register here. You should be able to use the same username that you had previously.

Thanks for your patience, and thanks for reading (and commenting!). I don’t say it enough, but I really enjoy the discussion on this site. Hit me up with any questions or concerns at or [at] orphanroad [dot] com.

3 Replies to “Orphan Road User Accounts”

  1. Sorry for all the troubles, Frank. We appreciate you and your site! I was going to suggest maybe going with Disq.us for commenting (so it’s one less administrative hassle for you) but I like that this implementation of WordPress allows Facebook connect, so that’s pretty handy, too.

  2. Thanks, James! I’ll look in to disq.us. I think the issue has been mostly solved, but we’ll see.

  3. Ouch! That implementation of disqus on Publicola is, shall I say, not very attractive. I like easy-to-read comments where you can see which comment is attached to which commenter name.

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