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I'm trying to register for the Archlinux forum, and they have a question at the bottom that verifies that you're using Linux:

What is the output of "date -u +%V$(uname)|sha256sum|sed 's/\W//g'"?(Required)

The answer I gave was:


I tried on Ubuntu and Arch and got the same result. No dice. Here are some of the pieces (that seem to be working):

$ date Wed Jun  5 15:16:05 UTC 2013

$ date -u +%V$(uname)

Is there something I'm doing wrong? If not, who should I contact about this?

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Well, someone actually involved with the arch Linux forum perhaps? – terdon Jun 5 '13 at 15:23
+1 Same result here. Are you sure they don't mean you to run this on an Arch Linux installation? And could you link to the relevant page? – l0b0 Jun 5 '13 at 15:27
Looks like somebody has asked "Are you capable of running a Linux forum?" ... – Hauke Laging Jun 5 '13 at 15:32
@l0b0 updated question with link to the registration page. Also, I actually did try both Arch and Ubuntu just in case. – tjb1982 Jun 5 '13 at 15:39
@terdon since I can't register for the forum, I don't think there's a way for me to make any noise over there (no "contact us") – tjb1982 Jun 5 '13 at 15:40

Surely this will be resolved soon, but in case anyone else encounters this problem before it's resolved, the answer is:

  1. submit the form
  2. do not press the browser's back button
  3. re-paste the answer into the form
  4. re-submit the form
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Seems like functionality intended for people who hate it when people frequent their public web forums... – Bratchley Jun 5 '13 at 18:55
It's actually functionality that prevents the otherwise overwhelming volume of spam that plagued us for several months, sucking up huge amounts of the time people who run the boards volunteer... – jasonwryan Jun 7 '13 at 2:20
there's probably a better way to mitigate spam than presenting the user with a seemingly broken form. – tjb1982 Jun 7 '13 at 5:42

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