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The Audiogon Mods do an excellent job of cleaning up the pages for us after the over night spammers do their flooding. I don’t think we should make things any more difficult for them than it already must be. I’m sure if there is a spam delete solution available to Agon they will find it and implement.
The internet is advancing so quickly that it’s always an update situation for phpBBs and other forum formats to keep up with. Agon is pretty proactive in keeping the flow going. We are a thankful bunch Agon.
It would certainly seem likely that many, if not all of these spam posts are by new “members” so they could be controlled. The solution that other sites use is first time posters have to have their posts reviewed by the admin prior to actually posting. I know the Admin folks are seeing these since at least some of the spam posts were dead when I clicked on them, but still visible in the list of posts. If they are not new members then a different approach may be necessary, but definitively not a pay as you post approach!
It's a lot of work for moderators to remove spam after the fact, and you see it if you are on the site at odd hours before they have had an opportunity to do so. I think there must be some good spam filters that work. I run a couple of web sites and the spam gets relegated to a folder, never appearing on the site, because users have to take more than one step to self-authenticate. I'm somewhat surprised that A-gon has this problem since you have to register to post, but if someone here has IT chops (I don't), they could probably explain how these bots can get on the board without triggering a filter. I suspect the powers that be are probably working on a software solution; however, I gather that this board is custom software, not standard off the shelf platform stuff, so maybe they have more issues than simply buying a plug in to ameliorate it.
As the OP, I am not sure where the idea of a tax came from. What I proposed is essentially a deposit of $1-5 to post on the forum. Once the moderator approves your post (within hours I would think?), an automatic refund is made to your account. However, if you are a spammer, you loose your $1-5 deposit.
At 6:15 CST I counted 24 out of 36 post on the forum, posted in the last 12 hours, are spam. I personally find this very annoying. Thoughts?