Fixed a pretty bad issue with our spam prevention system today. It was likely impacting people for roughly the last month. 😞
We found a very critical issue with our spam detection system that led to many people being marked as abusive users if they had a gmail address on their account. It seems to have started around June 24.— Write.as (@writeas__) July 22, 2022
Truly sorry to everyone who's been affected by this.
I thought the drop-off in daily new users (about 80%) was due to spammers slowing their usual onslaught, but it turns out it was mostly this issue. I'll be keeping a better eye on that in the future.