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i don't pretend to understand how forum hosting works, but the obvious uptick in problems on here has me thinking.



the several day virus alert problem aside, it seems all these new posts about hand-knit siberian wool socks in russia, hats for nigeria dwarfs, viagra for my "maleness problem" and other yet perceived needs i have all are from 1st time posters. i assume these are bot posts and not an actual person doing these (a bad assumption??) could there be a 2-3 reply post requirement before a new member could post a new topic?



could there be a volunteer corp of approval checkers for someone's 1st 10 posts?



not trying to make some posting censor board, lively discussion is good, but is there a proactive way to block these jerks, and save chopper charles some work?
 

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a captcha system might work for the automated spambots, but it will always be our own vigilance to report forum abuse in the end


That sounds good - require it for the first 20-30 posts from a new user which should help keep most of the crap out.



Don't require it for every post though, that would just inconvenience all of us.
 

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Generally speaking, a forum with an "open registration" system gets the "spamy" new user. The way it could be handled is for the mods/admin to hold all new members in "the back room" so to speak until they have a chance to OK them and therefor allowing membership. It's a lot of work but it's also a lot of work clearing the spam posts. OM
 

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There is lots of spam/spammer caught that you don't see. It's too much work to oversee every new user and their postings, so we relie on you to report the spam that gets through and they get shut down as soon as we are notified. When the spam increases, its usually targetted and can be trapped with ip filters, but some clever russians are using a new ips everytime. Charles is aware and he has tools at the admin level that us moderators don't. All I can do as a moderator is delete the spam. Charles can limit access, deny approvals and filter ips. So if you would like more action, get in touch with Charles.
 
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