I’ve implemented a CAPTCHA filter on the new user sign up page which should deter the spambots. Hopefully for good, but if they decide that the lure of being on DearDiary’s front page for a few hours is worth the extra effort and investment then they will return.
I have some plans up my sleeve for an alternative if this system is broken by spammers so if you notice spam diaries kicking off again please drop me a line.
No system will ever be totally spam proof as some spammers are now employing people from lower paid economies to sit and sign up for these sorts of things, but we can (and just have) make it harder and less economical for them to do this.
So if you’ve been waiting to sign up, you should be able to now.