Member Rara Avis
It seems the Resident Poets at the main site are being spammed by a web site called personal-internet-publishing.com - which goes by the unusual acronym PIP. I just wanted everyone to know they have absolutely nothing to do with Passions, and needless to say, I don't condone harvesting email addresses and sending people unsolicited email. My thanks to Marge, Sharon, Kit, Rebecca, Chris, and all the others who gave me a heads-up about these, uh, people.
FWIW, these guys just barely squeezed in under the wire, and this should be the last time our Resident Poets have to contend with spam. The new site design is almost in place, and your email addresses will no longer be displayed for people like this to harvest. Instead, they have to fill out a form, which the server then sends directly to the poet - and it's up to you whether you want to respond. ONLY if you respond to them will they ever see your email address. Our visitors will still be able to send you their appreication, but the form takes a lot more effort than just sending the identical message to several hundred people, so that should discourage most spammers. The few who get by that hurdle will probably think a third time when they see the prominent warning that all URL's will be removed from their message. Spammers don't seem to have much to say when they can't include an URL.
With luck, this will eliminate most of the spam we've had to contend with because of the increased popularity of Passions.