We'll I just got back from the weekend at a lakeside cabin out in Omak, WA. It was a fun trip, spent a lot of time hanging out with friends, paddling around the lake, and best of all not even thinking about work.
Almost as soon as I unpacked the car I was online to see what happened on the network. It seems things didn't exactly die down over the holiday as predicted. Luckily Ben, did a good job holding down the fort. Lots of discussion of a spammer hitting ActiveRain, people getting points for more than 3 blog posts in a day, copyrighted material being posted, and of course the race for 3rd place :)
To comment on the first couple items:
Spammer: It's unfortunate that this happened, we had put a bunch of things in place to try and prevent this but we'll evaluate to see if we can do more.
People getting points for more than 3 posts: This restriction was removed several weeks ago when we had originally gone to a manual scoring system and we didn't put it back in place when we switched back to a more automated one. We'll probably put it back, but it should be noted that in most cases members who are posting more than 3 times in a day are receiving less points per post under the new system, due to lower post quality. While posts get 200 points initially it may take a day or two for the points to move up or down because of the factors involved.
Copyrighted material: A number of posts were removed and a few new members received warnings.