I would like to add to this thread by saying that we are aware of the annoying spam. A Moderator views the forums early each morning and takes down as many as possible. A discussion was actually started today with the Developers to finally force a solution in regards to the increase of spam. Steps were taken a few weeks ago to do so, but it is apparent now that more things need to be done. Your help is appreciated if you see some Spam before it is removed to use the "report it" button to alert a moderator.
@dweller ... but in that case, someone simply could insert spam WITHIN an existing thread. That's likely worse than an initial spam thread. I like your initial suggestion ... anyone with less than one week's seniority on the forum must have ANY AND ALL of their proposed posts reviewed by a Moderator.
+1 on having a 'trial period' before posts are automatically accepted. Unfortunately, it puts a lot of strain on the mods, if they have to screen every new members post. If the admin does manage to eliminate the spam posts, I hope they have some safeguards for a DDos Attack. These spammers are going to retaliate when they can't keep posting. Bob
To Audiogon: As someone who comes to Audiogon late at night when I work the spam makes your site unreadable. This is a world wide site so imagine the people reading this 12 hours time difference from the USA.
You guys know which accounts are creating the SPAM. Some good ideas were posted above. What about no NEW accounts can post NEW TOPICS late at night (USA time) for a few weeks. The spammers will have more difficulty with that and you can kill the accounts that are misbehaving.
None of the suggestions posted so far need manual intervention. This can be automated. I know I could automate this so can your developers.
i was joking about audiogon benefiting.....but automated controls can help as other audio sites require before posting, as do some of the fishing and car boards I frequent. I put a lot of time into reporting the spam, so I am donating time as others do. i am here, so i see net positive..
I'm beginning to wonder if it isn't some fool(s) who lost an argument here from another site. Their lack of any participation kind of corresponds to the onset of all the spam. But as my mother used to say, I have a writer's imagination.
Ought to be careful here. Love audio, but I don't visit this site daily. I'm not alone. Require oversight of every one of my infrequent posts and my interest wanes - don't need this. Some of the threads suggest a move toward a semi-private club! Bo