Hi everyone –
I can’t believe I have to write this post. But I’m doing it.
Last week, hackers started a concerted effort to get into my website. They haven’t, but their bots were so aggressive that my web security kept shutting down my access to the site for a day at a time.
At one point, as part of security, the site went down for about eight hours, which was why many of you got various error messages when you tried to go to the site.
That was fixed, but the hackers are still a problem.
In order to get back in, I had to create a new user profile. One the hackers don’t know about. The problem is, the site doesn’t regard me as the main user any more. Only the main user gets a star by their name.
In the meantime, I thought I would address one other issue. I have always answered comments on the site as ‘stu.’ But I was always getting comments from people not knowing what to call me. ‘Stu’ always seemed a little too informal for a young person who doesn’t know, so I decided to start responding to comments as ‘Stuart Gibbs.’
The combination of this change and the fact that my name no longer has a star by it has been a disaster.
Many of my loyal visitors got the idea that someone was impersonating me. And almost nothing I could do has convinced them otherwise.
While I think that people should have a healthy distrust of things they read on line, the level of distrust here has been incredibly frustrating. I think it’s awful that people are growing up in a world where their first instinct upon seeing someone answering comments on my site as Stuart Gibbs is to assume that it must be an impostor.
So that’s why I am posting this. No impostor has the ability to write a blog post on this site. Only I do.
Maybe there is a way I can get the star back by my name. I’m working on it. But in the meantime, just know that the person responding to comments as Stuart Gibbs is really me.
If this isn’t enough to convince you, then I give up. If you choose not to believe this, it’s your loss.
The real Stuart Gibbs