Trying out adding ReCaptcha to Post creation, in an attempt to limit spam which has gotten even crazier lately. Still working out some bugs, but it should be up and running soon.
-- UPDATE --
So I kind of shot that message out quickly to confirm the system was working correctly, which it now seems to, but I wanted to provide a bit more clarity as to why this is being put into place.
I'm sure you've all seen and are very, very aware of the nefarious bots that love to spam junk posts with links all over our community section. This has been an ongoing battle for quite a while now, and given how bots are it will likely continue as long as bots exist.
We've taken measures in the past to attempt to reduce their abilities to post, while trying to keep the experience as easy for users as possible. Sadly, those measures haven't proven as effective as we'd like, so we have to resort to using ReCaptcha since that's still a great tool in the fight against bots. It adds another step when trying to post, unfortunately, but overall reCaptcha has been streamlined quite a bit over the past couple years and most of the time, you just have to click the checkbox and you're on your way.
Simply adding reCaptcha certainly isn't going to win us the war against spam bots, but it should absolutely level the playing field much more and greatly reduce the occurrence of such shenanigans. If you end up running into problems, reach out and let me know and I'll do my best to make sure the problem is addressed. I'm still hunting through all the various edge-cases that may arise as a result of this to ensure we provide the best experience possible, but things on the large scale seem to be working as expected right now.
Engineering <3's you all!!! Except the bots. I vehemently hate the bots. Like... more than I can possibly express via a text-based post.