In that case someone please karma me. In 2 years and 1000 hrs of Arduino work, and thousands of downloads of my libraries, I've received 2 karma.
...and the playground is incredibly slow to load pages.
I can't see your Karma count any more so my motivation for giving more to you is gone. That is on the bug list for the forum.
this is working pretty well stopping bots and spammers.
@mastrolinux I think it's also working pretty well at stopping a lot of contributors who just want to make a small edit, don't want to go through a whole email process just to get the password, or don't know that they need to send an email to get the password. Arduino is changing quickly with many new IDE features and new boards. The playground needs to be updated along with these changes to stay relevant. It's really unacceptable that it has has been over 3.5 months and still to be fixed "not soon". The playground is a community resource that was created by the hard work of many people and the ability to openly contribute to it was taken away without any input from the community. I really don't see that the spam problem was so bad that it's worth doing this. According to the edit history, in the 9 years that the playground has existed there has been only around 74 spam edits. I support adding anti-spam measures like captcha, blocklists, or spam filters but password protection is too much.