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Winners, comments, and other businessy stuff

I was on vacation for a couple of weeks and so here I am to announce some belated winners (who have been emailed).

For the first edition Windflower, our winner is:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
I hope you all enjoyed the bookchat we had on The Windflower. It was really fun to read the comments, particularly how in depth people got. That’s one of the greatest parts of DA and I appreciate all of you commenters wholeheartedly. The next giveaway was for the The Fault in Our Stars promotion. The winner is:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

TFiOS beat out a highly rated Tom Cruise movie last weekend and critics say that it shows the viable power of a female oriented movie. That’s good.

Finally, we’ve had some problems with comments lately. I think I shared a while ago that we were/are getting inundated with spam. So much so that my host said that they were going to charge me $3000 a month if I didn’t get it under control. We installed CloudFlare and a spam captcha but CloudFlare seemed to prevent legit comments.

What we did was move to a new host. We’ve turned CloudFlare’s sensitivity way down. BUT if you can’t comment or are labeled a spammer by the system, email me right away and we’ll fish your comment out of spam if possible. And we’ll see if we can whitelist your IP and stuff like that.

Anyway, thanks for bearing with us.

I’ll be back this Sunday on the issue of the importance of the international market. We also have a big ARC giveaway coming up so yay!

Dear Author

Dear Author Comment Issues

Dear Author is the target of a huge amount of comment and link spam. It may be because of our high Google Page Rank or because we’ve got great content or it might just be serendipitous. Whatever the reason, it’s causing us to have huge traffic server problems.

WPEngine has basically told us that we need to get it under control or we’ll have to be charged up to $3000 a month for server fees. DA just could not weather a cost like that. We’ve hired a developer to help us solve this problem.

One of the fixes is to install Cloud Flare and then mark certain IP addresses (or ranges of IP addresses) as problematic. This has resulted in many legitimate commenters being marked as spam.

We still have your comment, but it’s in the spam folder so if you are marked as spam, Tweet me or email me [email protected] and let me know. I’ll fish it out right away.

I’m sorry that comments are being eaten and we are trying our best to resolve this ┬áproblem (hence the Captcha) but right now we’re using a fairly aggressive spam filter to try to reduce the back end traffic load. Thanks for being patient with us.