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More spam stuff

Hi all.

Further to my recent blog entry about spam bots and a programming error, it has been brought to our attention (thanks, August Rode) that there was another programming error that was allowing spam bots to bypass the captcha check. I've fixed that…

Posted 20 days ago 4 comments

Password update bug

With thanks to user maple t I have uncovered a couple of bugs in the "change password" function. Seems that none of us have tried changing our passwords since the site went live nearly five years ago. The good news is that you can now do that without …

Posted 2 months ago 1 comment

Featured story

I'm thinking that the featured-story code is locked up. I'll have a closer look when I get the chance.

Keep writing!


Posted 9 months ago 5 comments

I haven't forgotten you

I've just been stupidly busy with life.

If any regulars here would like to contribute blog posts from time to time, just let me know in the comments and I can add you as a Ficlatté blogger.

Hoping that those of you who do Thanksgiving had a good time, l…

Posted 10 months ago 2 comments

GDPR - Data protection

Hi all.

There's a new law coming in in the UK (and Europe, I think) next week that means that we need to be even more careful with your data than before and not send you unsolicited e-mails.

As far as I can tell, we're compliant. We only send you e-mai…

Posted 1 year ago 3 comments


So the last couple of weeks have seen a new influx of wicked spambot activity in our lovely community. These interlopers have been duly noted, and while they don't know it yet, they've already been marked for death. These bots are apparently more clever t…

Posted 1 year ago 11 comments

Happy New Year!

To all our members, both new and old, we here at Ficlatte want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! We hope that 2017 was good to you and that 2018 will be an even better year!

Last year saw some pretty major upgrades to the site, and we're hoping to brin…

Posted 1 year ago 5 comments

Bad Bot Behavior

Ladies and Gentlebots,

You may have noticed recently that we have, once more, had an incursion into our realm of the most botific kind. Our lord and master, ethelthefrog, has been magnanimous enough quietly quash these invasions, but until today we had b…

Posted 1 year ago 6 comments

Jim's been at it again

Good morning, fine Ficlateers. I hope today finds you well.

Two things today. The first is that our fantastic resident code-monkey, Jim Stitzel, has been hard at work again and has added the ability for us to "like" comments. Should be fairly self-exp…

Posted 1 year ago 4 comments

Behind-the-scenes site updates

Jim has been hard at work and, as usual, I have been too busy to listen. I've put my insomnia to good use tonight, though, and I have pulled in his latest updates. If everything worked, you should not notice anything at all, but his work has tidied up t…

Posted 2 years ago 6 comments