Possibly Ed’s rant against overusage of “bias” has escaped the attention of some commenters. “Bias” is no longer a welcome word on TTAC. Usage can result in permanent banning. I am inclined to put the word “bias” on our bad word list. The only thing that keeps me from doing so is the fact that the banning robot is stupid and will also kill comments that contain, “bias-ply tires”, sundry “phobias”, “suburbias” etc. Don’t make me wipe out whole suburbias.
While on the topic of banning: Because of an onslaught of spam which we have to clean up manually when we have nothing else to do, a new spam filter has been employed. Its ways are as mysterious as those of most spam filters. However, it also contains a list of “throwaway” email accounts. If your comments don’t come up, and you use Disposable Email Addressing (DEA), change you email account. As the all-knowing Wikipedia says:
“Many forum and wiki administrators dislike DEAs because they obfuscate the identity of the members and make maintaining member control difficult. As an example, trolls, vandals and other users that may have been banned may use throwaway e-mail addresses to get around attempts to ban them.”
And therefore, we have banned a long list of DEA mailhosts.