Watch for Spammers
If you're wondering about the source of the recent increase in phony users signing up for Advogato accounts, I think I've found it. A number of Russian SEO/spammer blogs are discussing a list of websites that seem to be highly trusted by Google based on the ratio of pages in the main Google index to the supplemental Google index. Advogato is #16 on the list. (I'd provide some links but giving them links from Advogato is the last thing we should do. If you're curious you should be able to find them using a site like Technorati to find blogs that have linked to Advogato in the last few weeks.)
A side effect has been a big bandwidth hit. I thought at first we'd been slashdotted. But the main result is a rash of SEO spammers signing up for Advogato accounts and trying to find some way to get backlinks to their link farms and spam sites. Average survival time for their profiles has been less than 48 hours so probably nothing to worry about but everyone should take a look at the "recent people joining" list and flag anyone who looks like spam. Hopefully it will die down in a week or two.