You may have noticed that Revyu has recently taken a bashing from the seedy end of the search engine optimisation brigade – people intent on abusing the site’s high ranking in the search engines to try and drive more traffic to whatever destination site pays their fees at a particular point in time. There’s no decent word for these polluters of the Web, who try and make a business by devaluing otherwise useful sites with links to products and services that most people don’t want or need. They’re abhorrent, and they’re taking their toll on Revyu, leaving junk reviews that have to be cleaned up by someone. They will be beaten in the end, but in the meantime we need to take a break from their onslaught and replenish our resources for the inevitable fight to come.
To this end we’ve temporarily disabled new registrations on the site while we clean out the garbage that’s been left behind. Existing users can still login and add new reviews, and we welcome these thoughtful contributions as readily as always. There’s still a chance that some accounts have been created with junk reviews in mind but not yet used; these will be deleted as soon as possible after they’re detected. Our plan is to clean up the mess, take a break from the effort, and come back with a smarter system to prevent (or at least reduce) the kind of contributions that devalue the site for the majority of users. Thanks for your patience while we do this.