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Anybody with Admin below their name is definitely me or a trusted person. I myself will always sign as Butterfree. If somebody signs under that name but does not have the Admin label, it is most likely an impostor.
Oh, I find them annoying too. It's a silly tradition established when I was twelve or thirteen and everybody was doing it, and I've since made an effort to make it unobtrusive by making it just redirect to the front page if you have a style cookie - I never even see it unless I specifically click it on the menu.
What with how by now I no longer have easy access to a scanner and only have a piece-of-junk tiny laptop mouse to use with my daily-use computer, though, it's become harder to even keep the tradition up properly, so at this point I really might as well put it away. Maybe I can later resurrect the tradition in some form that doesn't involve forcing people to go through hoops before entering the site for the first time.
Commenting on: 12-12-12
> Oh, and suddenly 4,500,000 front page hits! Thanks for that. Now excuse me while I panic about how I should have had a new splash ready by this point.
Might i humbly suggest that you retire the splash page? Personally i find splash pages in general to be annoying, and i'm sorry to say that TCoD's is no exception. They're also bad for usability, if you believe people like Jakob Nielsen.